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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 (3 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.

Christmas comes early to Skinningrove! The theme for this year's Skinningrove Bonfire (5 November) is wintergrove. This year's bonfire sculpture will be in the shape of Santa’s sleigh. 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.

High Paradise Farm Tearoom's Sparklers and Stargazing Evening (9 November) features Halo, an amazing light show, live music, mulled wine and chilli, just remember to wrap up warm!

Other great events and exhibitions

On 2 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). The Forestry Commission will 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 (9 and 23 November). Booking is essential (Adults: £12; Under 16s: £8 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 4 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 9 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, Bridge and Strauss. Booking essential.

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 Days, or experience Christmas at Nunnington Hall from the Georgian era to the war years (weekends only from 17 November until 16 December). 

This year's theme at Castle Howard is The Twelve Days of Christmas with flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight from 17 November until 31 December (closed 24-26 December).

Complementing Briganta's Yorkshire's 'Hygge', exhibiting in the Inspired by... gallery (16 November until 20 January 2019), our very popular annual Christmas Craft Fair returns (17-18 November). We're also holding a Christmas shopping weekend at our Sutton Bank National Park Centre (24-25 November), with live music, children's activities and crafts.

Lighting up the dark skies, the Whitby Christmas Festival (16-18 November) includes a lantern parade, Santa's Sleigh and fireworks. In Front Marina car park find market stalls with plenty of gift ideas, artists, crafts, hot food and drinks throughout the weekend.

The popular NSPCC Christmas Fair returns to Duncombe Park (15-17 November) where you can enjoy more than 50 stalls selling a range of festive gifts. Nearby, Beadlam Grange Farm Shop's annual Christmas Gift Fair in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns 16-18 November. Free entry and a chance to browse more than 30 stalls in their covered yard. 

Kirkbymoorside holds its festivities on 24 November (10am-3pm), with Kirkbymoorside Brass Band, carols around the tree, children's activities, free Santa's grotto and more than 30 craft, gift and food stalls in the Memorial Hall. 

Newburgh Priory's annual Christmas Fair returns on 29 November (evening) with carols sung by Ampleforth College Choir, and 30 November-1 December (day time) with plenty of festive gift ideas, workshops, talks and Christmas trees.

There's a rare chance to visit Ryedale Folk Museum at Night (30 November) – all ready for Christmas. Free entry with a chance to browse for gifts and stocking fillers in the Museum’s shop.