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Events in November

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As December beckons, bonfire night starts November off with a bang while thoughts turn to Christmas and our towns begin to sparkle with festive lights. Early booking is recommended for many of the Santa events.

Find challenge walks, cycling and mountain biking, 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 also search for events by date here, which includes a list of our free guided walks for the month, or book online.

Bonfire night bangs

There's bonfire fun and fireworks at Helmsley (2 November), with food stalls and bar. Gates open at 6pm, bonfire is lit at 6.30pm and a firework display to music begins at 7pm (Baxtons Lane, Helmsley YO62 5HT). Tickets available on the gate.

Head to the legendary Skinningrove Bonfire (5 November) themed around 'The Greatest Showman' this year. Expect a spectacular firework display from 7pm while the bonfire will be lit from 7.30pm. Roads into the village are closed from 5.30pm (some earlier). Car sharing, walking and public transport recommended. Full details of parking and road restrictions will be available on their Facebook page. The event is free but relies on public donations to keep going.

Other great events and exhibitions

On 1 November head to Dalby Forest for Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society's regular stargazing events from 8-9.30pm. These are free to attend (charitable donations welcome). Forestry Englandwill charge £3 per car on exit. Also in Dalby Forest, there's 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 (8 and 15 November). Booking is essential (Adults: £15; Under 16s: £9 inc. hot chocolate/snacks).

See a flying demonstration of tiny owls by candlelight at one of NCBP Duncombe's Winter Owl Evenings (every Saturday until Christmas, 7-9.45pm), including a 2-course meal and mulled wine. Pre-booking required.

Malton Forest Rally returns to the area on 3 November, with rally stages around Cropton, Langdale and Dalby Forests. Please note that some walking and cycle trails may be closed or diverted for the day.

On 8 November, join us at the Inspired by... gallery as The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival holds an Exhibition Concert. Enjoy an energetic and passionate classical programme featuring The Oculi Ensemble performing quartets by Haydn and Borodin. Booking essential.

A previous Inspired by... gallery exhibiting artist, John Freeman will be exhibiting at Whitby's Pannett Art Gallery from 9 November - 15 December. Showcasing works from his 50 year career, the exhibition includes images in oil, line drawings and watercolour. 

Christmas is coming...

As Christmas fast approaches, head to one of the area's great houses all decked out for the season's festivities. Burton Agnes Hall opens its doors from 14 November to 23 December, with festive events running alongside, including Christmas Craft Wednesdays, or experience Christmas through the ages at Nunnington Hall from the Georgian era to the war years (weekends only from 15 November until 15 December). 

This year's theme at Castle Howard is A Christmas Masquerade with flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight from 16 November until 5 January (closed 24-25 December).

Complementing Briganta's 'Uniquely Made', exhibiting in the Inspired by... gallery (16 November until early February 2020), our very popular annual Christmas Craft Fair returns (16-17 November). We're also holding a Christmas shopping weekend at our Sutton Bank National Park Centre (23-24 November), with live music, children's activities and crafts.

Lighting up the dark skies, the Whitby Christmas Festival (15-17 November) includes a lantern parade on Friday, starting at Pannett Park at 6pm, before reaching Front Marina car park, where you'll find live music, Santa and the official Christmas lights switch-on. In Front Marina car park find market stalls with plenty of gift ideas, artists, crafts, hot food and drinks, as well as live music, a First World War fashion show and fireworks on Saturday.

Beadlam Grange Farm Shop's annual Christmas Gift Fair in aid of St Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough returns 15-17 November. Free entry and a chance to browse more than 35 stalls in their covered yard. 

Find more Christmas Fairs at Beck Isle Museum (30 November) and at Scampston Hall (30 November - 1 December).