Flowers are blooming and bees are buzzing... summer is very definitely on its way! As the weather warms up, there's plenty of chances to enjoy the great outdoors, from open gardens to Open Farm Sunday, or just chill out in the beer garden of one of the North York Moors' many country pubs.
Find more walking challenges, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages. Foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors plus Malton Street Food Sundays return this month!
You can also search for events by date here, which includes a list of our free guided walks for the month, or book online.
See what's coming up in July too or you can search for events by date here or book our events online.
Family events and activities
Enjoy a spot of biking at spectacular Sutton Bank, including round 2 of Sutton Bank Bikes' Kids Time Trial (1 June), with five categories starting from balance bikes; prizes for winners and best fancy dress.
Head to Castle Howard for a weekend of medieval action & entertainment as the Knights of Royal England bring their Jousting Tournament on 8 - 9 June.
Head to Dalby Forest or Guisborough Forest and take a journey with Zog and all the characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story. Packs are available from the visitor centre for £3.
Lots of farms across the North York Moors will be throwing open their gates to visitors for Open Farm Sunday (9 June) to highlight life on a moorland farm and the vital role farmers play in looking after the countryside, including Stepney Hill Farm, near Scarborough, Wildon Grange near Coxwold, Beadlam Grange Farm, near Helmsley, Botton Social Farm, near Danby and close to Stonebeck Gate Farm, Fryup. We'll be at Stonebeck Gate Farm with a tractor quiz, craft activities for the kids, become a "Young Ranger" helping with bridge building. Enjoy sheep shearing, sheepdog handling, moorland management, the onsite museum of antiquated farming machinery, plus the all-important tearoom serving homemade cakes and teas, and lots of animals! Drop in any time between 12 noon and 4 pm. Free entry.
Families! Time to stretch the legs and enjoy our first BunnyRun, a new family friendly 5K run at Sutton Bank National Park Centre (16 June) with Hardmoors Race Series. Children between the ages of 7 – 13 are allowed to enter the 5k if running with their parent/guardian. Entries close 2 June.
Join the National Trust and East Barnby Outdoor Centre for one of their very popular sea kayaking for beginners (22 June) for anyone 14 years and above. Paddle a sea kayak from Runswick Bay, watch seabirds and discover rockpool life along the way.
Festivals, music events and performing arts
Catch the Esk Valley Railway every Friday evening during summer (7, 14, 21, 28 June) and you'll find yourself on one of its Music and Ale Trains. Spectacular scenery, real ale bar on board and live music on the train, plus the chance to sample one on the many classic pubs along the line.
Get a taste of the local folk scene at the Bay Folk Festival (7-9 June), a free weekend of relaxed music sessions and singarounds in and around Robin Hood's Bay.
If you love the Swinging Sixties then head to Whitby 60’s (7-9 June) which celebrates the decade's ground-breaking music, with some of the biggest names lined up, including The Foundations and The Undertakers.
Don't miss Rosedale Walking Festival (22-23 June) with a great choice of themed walks. Following the Festival is Rosedale Wildlife Week (23-29 June) seven days of wildlife themed walks, family activities, talks and workshops including Fabulous Flora in the village's historic churchyard, a species-rich habitat, with our Land of Iron team on 23 June and Goshawks to Humpbacks the Wildlife of the North York Moors with local naturalist Richard Baines who will be giving an insight into the ecology and top tips of where to go and what to find on 26 June. Booking essential for all.
Once again, music and lights fill the air at Dalby Forest as Paul Weller and Jess Glynne perform at Forest Live (28 - 29 June).
The National Centre for Birds of Prey is playing host to the 29th annual British Falconry Fair (29-30 June), the oldest and biggest fair of its kind; expect to find a world class series of ring events with flying demonstrations from the best display falconers and lots more. It's a great day out (or weekend away) for all the family. Camping is also available.
The Lost Words
A must see this month is The Lost Words exhibition (15 June - 29 July) on display at our Inspired by... gallery. The exhibition will display ‘spells’ by writer Robert Macfarlane and watercolour illustrations by artist Jackie Morris that were originally used to create The Lost Words book. The Lost Words celebrates the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s power to spark the imagination.
Join us for the Opening event and evening reception (14 June), plus you can Meet the Artist Jackie Morris for a special talk and tour of the exhibition (15 June, 11am and 2pm). Booking not required.
If that all inspires you to have a go yourself, there’s plenty of workshops to choose from. For kids, join The Lost Words Expedition (15 June, 11am and 2pm) and The Lost Words Treasure Hunt (15 June - 29 July). For those really looking to test their creative ability, book on to our Young Artist Workshop: The Lost Words (30 June, 20 July, 10am and 1:45pm) where you'll create a silk and mixed media collage celebrating nature and the outdoors with artist Jane Carlisle Bellerby. For adults we're running the ever popular Willow Weaving Workshop: Life Size Heron with Anthea Firth (23 June). Booking essential for all.
Other great events, exhibitions and workshops
The North Yorkshire Open Studios will be opening their doors once again (1, 2 & 8, 9 June). Don't miss a great opportunity to see a varied range of original artwork and unique studios, from dales to moors to coast.
‘Art Happens Here’ an exhibition by a new studio collective of artists based at Community House in Malton, continues at Ryedale Folk Museum through to 7 July.
The British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition at Nunnington Hall also runs throughout June. Expect to see some spectacular images from this year's winners.
Still got creative fever? Our gallery hosts artist James McGairy's popular small-group painting workshop (9 June). Booking essential.
June's the month for getting out to see the beautiful flowers blooming across North Yorkshire.
Drop into Scampston Hall's Spring Plant Fair (2 June) and pick up everything you might need from specialist nurseries and garden related stalls. Visit the many hidden and secret gardens in Wass Open Gardens (2 June 12-5pm), Hutton Buscel, Kirkbymoorside and Coxwold (all 9 June) and Glaisdale (22-23 June 11am-4pm). Ampleforth Abbey is running its orchard tours (15, 26 June), including a tour of the orchard and cider mill, plus a chance to taste its ciders.
Continuing the botanical theme, listen to Sue Hartley, Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute on food security and climate change: how plants can provide sustainable solutions to global challenges (13 June) at Yorkshire Arboretum. The Arboretum is also holding a series of Open Garden events throughout the month (2, 4, 9, 16, June).
Scalby Fair returns on 22 June, one of the few remaining village street fairs in the north of England, with various events organised through the week in the run up to the Fair, all themed around the '200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth'.
Explore the rejuvenated gardens at Mount Grace in Bloom (22-23 June) with garden tours, and explorer packs suitable for all the family.
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. It's National Refill day on 19 June, come along to our national park centres at Sutton Bank and Danby and fill up your water bottle for free.
Join in the events and activities we have planned across the National Park.