January is a great time to get out and enjoy the North York Moors without any crowds. Find winter walking and biking ideas plus which attractions are open at this time of year and when on our Winter page.
New Year, new challenges
Get your New Year off to an active start with a trail race - the Hardmoors 15 and Hardmoors 30 are both held on New Year's Day. The 15 and 30 miles-ish loops take in Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar. These events are very popular so make sure you enter as soon as booking opens!
For those that prefer a shorter distance, how about Dalby Forest and Castle Howard's weekly Saturday 5km timed parkruns?
The Ramblers annual Festival of Winter Walks, held over the Christmas and New Year period, usually includes some walks in the North York Moors area. Check out their events calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Or the Redcar and Cleveland’s Winter Walking Festival begins on 31 January and runs through to 3 February, with plenty of walks to pick, from 3 to 11.5 miles.
For the little ones, head to Dalby Forest to follow the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail and help Lu-La get home and start an exciting exploration of the forest. Packs are available from the visitor centre for £3.50. Be sure to download the app before you arrive as signal is patchy.
Find more challenge walks, sportives and trail runs for 2020 right across the year, you're bound to find one that suits you.
Other great events and exhibitions
Get hands-on and join Hidden Horizons for Dalby Diddys forest school for preschool children (various dates Tuesdays-Thursdays). Both you and your little ones will have the chance to explore the forest and take your pick from splashing in a stream with dinosaurs and bug hunts to cooking and craft activities.
There's panto fun at The Robinson Institute, Glaisdale (4 January), as touring theatre Northumberland Theatre Company present The Snow Queen with lots of music. Classic fairytale Mother Goose can be found at Whitby Pavilion Theatre (13-18 January) while Pickering's Kirk Theatre has everyone's favourite Humpty Dumpty (17-26 January).
The Goathland Plough Stots is a traditional long sword dancing team who perform around the village for the 'Day of the Dance' every year on the Saturday following Plough Sunday (the first Sunday after epiphany). This year it falls on 18 January, with dancing from 9.30am until about 4.30pm ending up in Beck Hole.
At the Inspired by... gallery, running until 2 February (daily until 5 January, then weekends only), Brigantia's artists and craftmakers showcase the best art, sculpture, textiles, carvings and ceramics.
Join us for the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend (25-26 January) at Sutton Bank National Park Centre and The Moors National Park Centre! Help with our daily bird count, enjoy children’s crafts and nature trails plus discounts on bird food and bird products. The Big Garden Birdwatch is part of the RSPB’s “Giving Nature a home campaign”.