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Events in March

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, credit Daniel WildeyNorth Yorkshire Moors Railway, credit Daniel Wildey

March sees early spring blooms, while the weather is beginning to warm up and daylight is lengthening, with lots of activities to get you out and about this month and with Easter so early this year, there's lots going on, so grab your diary and make the most of these great events.

Find walking challenges and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages while foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors. 

You can search for events by date here, which includes details of our free guided walks for 2019 or book online.

Family events and activities

March sees the last regular stargazing event this winter in Dalby Forest with Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society (8 - 9.30pm 1 March). Free to attend (charitable donations welcome), these events will return in October. 

There are more chances 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 in Dalby Forest on various dates until end of March. 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!.

Guided Walks

Our guided walks programme opens for 2019 on 3 and 6 March with walks to Runswick Bay and Bilsdale. Our walks are relaxed and friendly and led by our knowledgeable volunteers. View this year's programme here. Don't forget to book your place online early!

National Trust Rangers also run a series of guided walks throughout the year; find out about Industrial Intrigue in Ravenscar (7 March) and coastal woodland on their Hayburn Wyke Wonder (16 April); see their Event's Calendar for dates throughout the year.

Other great events and exhibitions

Re-enactment groups will be at Eden Camp for a World War Two Living History Weekend (2 and 3 March) including Northern WWII Association.

At the Burton Agnes Orchid Festival (2-3 March), admire some of nature's most intriguing flowers while experts will be on hand with specialist advice. Combine with their woodland walk to catch the last few days of the famous snowdrops. Later in the month, pop over to Castle Howard for their annual tree and shrub auction (23 March) where you can bid for native hedging, amenity, forestry and ornamental trees and pick up top tips and advice.

Don a bee suit and delve into the wondrous world of bee keeping on a beginners course starting 6 March and running for six sessions (indoors and outdoors) with Ryedale Beekeepers Association.

2019 is the 900th Anniversary of the foundation of Gisborough Priory and to celebrate a year long programme of events will be held, including a medieval banquet, a medieval pageant and talks on all aspects of our unique medieval history. As part of this programme on 16 March, the de Brus Group are organising an afternoon of lectures which will cover Guisborough’s unique medieval history and the links between the Priory and the de Brus family. 

The Dark Skies-Moon and Showcase exhibitions at our Inspired by… gallery continue through to 31 March, and take inspiration from our dramatic night skies, featuring many renowned local and regional artists, photographers and jewellery makes, showcasing a stunning display of the National Park’s dark side.

Our exciting programme of talks and workshops in the Inspired by... gallery also kicks off this month with our first Moon Gazing Hare willow workshop for 2019 with willow expert Anthea Firth (10 March).  Book your place on any workshop online.

Celebrate Mother's day with a delicious Afternoon Tea at Castle Howard (30 - 31 March).

From 30 - 31 March, the 60009 Union of South Africa steam locomotive will spend a weekend running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Grosmont to Pickering. Book early to avoid disappointment! Note daily running on the heritage line commences from 27 March.

Year of Green Action

2019 is the Year of Green Action – a 12 month drive to get more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world. Throughout 2019 there will be events and activities across the North York Moors aiming to help people connect, protect and enhance nature.  

Join in the events and activities we have planned across the National Park.