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Events in January

Goathland Plough Stots Credit Guzelian/NYMNPAGoathland Plough Stots Credit Guzelian/NYMNPA

January is a great time to get out and enjoy the North York Moors without any crowds. Find winter walking and biking ideas plus which attractions are open at this time of year and when on our Winter page. You can also search for events by date here or book online.

New Year, new challenges

Get your New Year off to an active start with a trail race - the Hardmoors 15 and Hardmoors 30 are both held on New Year's Day. The 15 and 30 miles-ish loops take in Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar. These events are very popular so make sure you enter as soon as booking opens! 

For those that prefer a shorter distance, the No Ego Torch Challenge is a 5 mile evening race around Dalby Forest on 26 January. Don't forget your head torch! Or how about Dalby's weekly Saturday 5km timed parkrun, daylight guaranteed.

Walkers can join the Winter Welly Walk at Yorkshire Arboretum (New Year's Day) perfect for all the family, complete with hot drinks and homemade treats on your return. 

Or take on the first challenge walk/run of the year; Scarborough Rock (12 January) has 16 and 24 mile options and takes some of the North York Moors' many forests while the Redcar and Cleveland’s Winter Walking Festival begins on 28 January and runs through to 3 February, with plenty of walks to pick, from 1 to 9 miles.

For the little ones, head to Dalby Forest and get your hands on a James and the Giant Peach 'My Forest Adventure' kit to start an exciting exploration of the forest. Packs are available from the visitor centre for £7.50.

Find more challenge walks, sportives and trail runs for 2019 right across the year, you're bound to find one that suits you.

Other great events and exhibitions

Head to Dalby Forest for a chance to explore not only our own solar system, the moon and objects from deep space on one of Hidden Horizon's two-hour Stargazing evening events held on various dates throughout winter. Booking is essential (Adults: £15; Under 16s: £9 inc. hot chocolate/snacks). These tend to sell out quickly so be sure to book your place early!

There's panto fun at Whitby Pavilion Theatre (14-19 January) with classic fairy tale Sinbad The Sailor; Pickering's Kirk Theatre has everyone's favourite Hansel & Gretel (11-20 January) while The Milton Rooms, Malton features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (18-26 January).

The Goathland Plough Stots is a traditional long sword dancing team who perform around the village for the 'Day of the Dance' every year on the Saturday following Plough Sunday (the first Sunday after epiphany). This year it falls on 19 January, with dancing from 9.30am until about 4.30pm ending up in Beck Hole.

At the Inspired by... gallery, running until 20 January (daily until 6 January, then weekends only), Brigantia's artists and craftmakers showcase the best art, sculpture, textiles, carvings and ceramics.

Join us for the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend (26-78 January) at Sutton Bank National Park Centre! Help with our daily bird count, enjoy children’s crafts and nature trails plus discounts on bird food and bird products. You'll also find more birdy fun at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. The Big Garden Birdwatch is part of the RSPB’s “Giving Nature a home campaign”.