Events in September
As the school holidays and summer draw to an end, you'll still find plenty going on across the North York Moors in September.
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, and Food & Beer Festivals.
The North York Moors is the perfect place to escape to for peace and quiet. As the seasons change so do our senses and for September we're encouraging you to relax and renew as we welcome in the autumn. Feel invigorated in nature with a number of events and activities that will rejuvenate your spirits. Breathe and reboot with yoga by the sea, balance the body and mind in a peaceful meditative woodland walk or boost your mood with a digital detox day. Confirmed events are shown below, with more information and details of further events available soon.
- Yoga by the sea (3,10, 24 September) Join Happy Seal Yoga at Whitby beach. Bring your yoga mat and enjoy an hour of listening to the waves lapping against the shore.
- Relax and Meditate (4 September) Buddhist nun Ani Tselha takes you along quiet, shady woodland paths in Raincliffe Woods and a hay meadow.
- Mindfulness in nature (8 September) Re-connect with nature on a 3 mile mindful walk around Ravenscar.
- Digital detox day (14 September) Surrender your gadgets and breathe the fresh air at Raithwaite Estate in Sandsend. Start with a calming yoga session followed by a gentle mindfulness walk in the estate woodlands. Enjoy a wholesome lunch and unwind in the spa to finish off the day.
- A mindful woodland wander (15 September) Reconnect with nature among the trees of Hayburn Wyke on a 2 mile wander.
Music events, festivals and performing arts
The East Cleveland Scarecrow Festival returns this month (3-8 September). See the wonderful wizard and witch scenes in the Liverton Village Hall on 3 August and enjoy finding the scarecrows around the village.
One of the year's highlights is the eighth Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage (7-8 September) where fishing cottages become pop-up galleries and cafés for the weekend as more than 130 artists descend on this picturesque village. Talks and walks, street food, workshops, lobster pot and Yorkshire coble boat demonstrations, and music, including seafaring shanties from the Men of Staithes Choir, acoustic folk sessions and plenty of homegrown talent on Sunday, run alongside the galleries for a full weekend of art and entertainment.
This year's gems include Emma Stothard's Coastal Bird Trail, a special photographic exhibition from Grant Mckee one of the Festival's founding members who sadly died earlier this year, Yorkshire-based printmaker Suzie Devey's miniature printmaking studio in the iconic red telephone box and an exhibition from Ian Burke, painter, print maker and head of art at Eton College.
Malton's Harvest Food Festival (7-8 September) celebrates the best of the region's late summer and autumn bounty, from game and seafood to wild and foraged food and soft fruit. Alongside a wide range of stalls, you’ll find street food, live chef demos, cookery lessons, talks, tastings, pop up picnic area, a festival bar and live music.
The Yorkshire Fossil Festival returns to the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough this year (13-15 September). The event will be bigger and better than ever, welcoming local and national museums, universities and businesses who will provide entertainment and expertise for all.
Join us for our first Rhythm and Brews festival at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby (14-15 September). Two days of beers, live music, local food stalls and children's activities for all the family to enjoy. Come and taste delicious food from over 12 local producers, sample the finest local beers from 15 breweries, enjoy cooking demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, children's entertainment and the funkiest live music on Saturday night to get you in the festival spirit.
The Festival of Thrift returns to Kirkleatham Museum (14-15 September) for a fun-filled weekend of thrift, recycling and upcycling, hands-on activities for all the family, music, artists, demos, talks, workshops, food and drink and more.
Folk fans should head to Goathland Folk Gathering (20-22 September) at the Hut to enjoy a ceilidh, live music from Whitby Community Choir, Damien Barber and Mike Wilson and children's activities.
Round off the month with the sounds of the swinging sixties at the Whitby 60’s Festival (27-29 September) where you'll find giants The Manfreds with Paul Jones and Mike D'abo, The Chuck Berry Experience and other great names playing the music that defined a generation.
Heritage Open Days (13-22 September)
Celebrate England's architecture and culture at this year's Heritage Open Days where you can take advantage of free access to places that usually charge for admission or our closed to the public. This year's highlights include:
- Ayton Castle, West Ayton (14)
- St Mary's Church, Goathland (14-15)
- History of the Ballroom Exhibition, Hetty & Betty, Whitby (14-15)
- Castle Howard - Howard Family Mausoleum Tour (14 & 20)
- Grosmont to Esk Valley: A walk & talk through the incredible ironstone industry! (15) Join our Land of Iron team for a fascinating walk and talk through Grosmont to Esk Valley's ironstone heritage
- Howsham Mill (15)
- Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace (both 20-21)
- Teasures of St Nicholas and the Priory, St Nicholas Parish Church, Guisborough (21)
Find more details, including exact opening times on the Heritage Open Days website.
Other great events and exhibitions
Three exhibitions will be on display at the Inspired by... gallery from 5 September - 16 October. Andrea Bailey Retrospective: A Life Through Art, showcases the strong foundation of her drawing ability, where as Dennis Roddam’s artworks and ceramics capture the natural spirit of North Yorkshire in Drawn to the Moors. Both exhibitions compliment Saving Turtle Doves, a joint exhibition with Forestry Commission England presenting a variety of top wildlife artists and photographers that supports The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project.
Over at Sutton Bank Debbie Loane will be returning with her Cleveland Way creative workshops; Family Drawing Workshop (7 September) and Natural Landscape Workshop (8 September). Kicking off the art courses at the Inspired by... gallery, the autumn instalment of Awakening the Writer Within (8 September) led by Janet Dean and Clara Challoner Walker with use the landscape, flora, fauna and art to stimulate your poetry and prose. The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) will be returning with a David Hockney’s Yorkshire Landscapes talk (14 September) and we welcome back James McGairy with his ever popular small-group painting workshop (22 September).
As truly dark skies return after summer, Yorkshire Arboretum will be sharing its love for nocturnal wildlife with a Bat Walk (7 September). For the second time, Rievaulx Abbey will be illuminated (19-22 September), offering atmospheric evenings of light and sound. Plus this year, Museum of the Moon, by Luke Jerram, will float above the historic ruins.The huge seven metre diameter moon will be spectacularly suspended high in the abbey, whilst music fills the space. A free shuttle bus from Helmsley will provide access to this event.
Eden Camp’s annual All Services Parade (8 September) is the largest gathering of service veterans in the north of England; the parade steps off at 2pm.
Helmsley Walled Garden will be running a number of courses this month, including Botanical Illustration (10-11 September) and Garden Photography (28 September). There's another chance to Carve your Initials into a stone (21 September), under the expert guidance of Peter Maris in Dalby Forest that will become part of the world's largest dry stone wall maze.
Go behind the scenes and learn all about Malton and Norton's horse-racing heritage at the annual Malton Festival of Racing (15 September).
The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire returns to the area for two days (27-28 September). Filey acts as the event hub, with rally stages around Dalby and Langdale Forests, and Staindale Gale Rigg. Please note that walk and cycle trails in Dalby are closed for the day.
Railway fans should head to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for its Autumn Steam Gala (27-29 September) celebrating 100 years of the railway's Q6 locomotives along with the RAF's 100th anniversary. Vintage trains will steam through the National Park’s beautiful autumn colours.
As the autumn colours begin to develop and the season's bountiful harvest is enjoyed, don’t miss Ampleforth Abbey's orchard tours (28 September), with a chance to taste its ciders. Scampston Walled Garden's annual Autumn Plant Fair (29 September) is also a chance to pick up everything you might need for the garden from more than a dozen specialist nurseries and stalls.
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