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The Moors National Park Centre photo by Chris J ParkerThe Moors National Park Centre photo by Chris J Parker

Covid-19 update from 5 November

In line with Government guidance, The Moors National Park Centre, Inspired by... gallery and Park Life Café are closed and will reopen on Wednesday 2 December.

All exhibitions, events and activities that were planned to take place during this period have been cancelled/postponed.

We know how important accessing the National Park is to your health and wellbeing and therefore our car parks and toilets remain open. You can exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place local to you with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person, plus any children under five.

If you're only a short journey away and thinking of visiting the North York Moors, please follow our guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly #RespectProtectEnjoy

Please don’t visit if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

What's open?

The car park and grounds remain open. The car park ticket machines take cash only but are cleaned on a regular basis. All the money raised in this car park is spent on looking after the National Park. Thank you for helping others to enjoy their time here.

The outdoor adventure playground is open. Please wash everyone’s hands thoroughly before and after use and avoid touching your face. Supervise your children carefully – help them have fun while keeping their social distance.

Crow Wood is also open. Follow the woodland trail and hunt down the secretive woodlings.

Our toilets are open (daily 10am–4pm) but are operating at a reduced capacity to make social distancing easier for you. You may also find them closed for additional cleaning during the day, please be patient as our staff clean the toilets for you.

Dog policy

Dogs are not allowed in Crow Wood, except for assistance dogs. Crow Wood, a small woodland area, is used for children's activities such as den building and plant identification where children are likely to be in close contact with the ground and professional advice given to us is that we should avoid the potential for contamination with domestic animals.

We’re all in this together!

We know these measures and restrictions will have an impact on your visit, but please be kind and considerate to our amazing staff who are still there looking after the site to keep it safe for you.

You can read our full COVID-19 risk assessment which will be updated as things change.

These measures will remain under constant review.

Frequently asked questions

Our events in the near future have been cancelled, while others, subject to any lockdown extension, will look to recommence on 5 December, following Government guidelines. Please check our events calendar for details.

Will I get a refund if I have booked an activity at The Moors National Park Centre or Inspired by... gallery?

Yes. If you booked on our events via Eventbrite that we subsequently have to cancel due to covid-19 restrictions, you will receive an automatic refund. If you have booked via any other means i.e. made a booking at the Centre, please email

Will my child still be attending a school trip at The Moors National Park Centre?

We are open for educational visits after 2 December and have measures in place to ensure that we are COVID secure. We work closely with school staff to ensure that the right risk assessments are in place and are freely accessible.

I have further questions, can I contact someone to find out more?

Yes. Please send a direct message to us on Facebook and we will do our best to help. If you require more information regarding a booking, gallery exhibition or an event, please contact


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