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Major festivals and events

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From Railway in Wartime to music, food and art festivals, join in one of the many events held throughout the year across the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast.

Traditional Yorkshire country shows are an integral part of summer, one of the finest being the Ryedale Show, Kirkbymoorside, always held on the last Tuesday in July. We’re talking sheep-dog trials, shire horses, champion cattle, ferret roulette and improbably large vegetables – with similar events at another dozen or so local shows to follow throughout August and September.

More art than agriculture? Then head to Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage in September, where picturesque fishing cottages become pop-up galleries and cafés for the weekend while we play host to a series of popular creative workshops at the Inspired by… gallery throughout the year.

Major events 2022

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It's a big year for the North York Moors as the National Park celebrates its 70th birthday in 2022! We'll have special events, family activities, exhibitions and more as we showcase the very best of the National Park. Look for the * symbol below and head to our dedicated anniversary page to find out more.

Not all outdoor challenge events are included below; you'll find walking, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages. Do also take a look at the monthly farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors, and Food & Beer Festivals for more foodie ideas.

See Discover Yorkshire Coast for more major events in Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and along the coast.


We also have family treasure hunts, trails and plenty of fun events and activities for children throughout the school holidays at our two National Park Centres at Danby Lodge and Sutton Bank. Drop in any time to find out more and pick up a trail.

  • 12 – 1 January Christmas Trails, Danby Lodge National Park Centre and Sutton Bank National Park Centre
  • 12 – 15 January 2023 Countdown to Christmas, Brigantia's seasonal treasure trove of gifts, Inspired by... gallery, Danby
  • 18 – 20 Whitby Christmas Market and Festival
  • 26 – 27 Christmas Shopping Weekend, Sutton Bank National Park Centre
  • Dates tbc Christmas at Nunnington Hall
  • Dates tbc Castle Howard at Christmas: experience this magnificent house decked out and lit by candle and firelight