March sees early spring blooms, while the weather is beginning to warm up and daylight is lengthening, with lots of activities to get you out and about this month, there's lots going on, so grab your diary and make the most of these great events.
Find walking challenges 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.
See what's coming up in April too or you can search for events by date here, which includes details of our free guided walks for 2020 or book online.
Family events and activities
March sees the last regular stargazing event this winter in Dalby Forest with Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society (8 - 9.30pm 6 March). Free to attend (charitable donations welcome); Forestry England will charge £3 per car on exit. These events will return in October.
There are more chances to explore the solar system, moon and objects from deep space on one of Hidden Horizon's two-hour Stargazing evening events held in Dalby Forest on various dates until end of March. Booking is essential (Adults: £15; Under 16s: £9 inc. hot chocolate/snacks). These tend to sell out quickly so be sure to book your place early!
Join some of our Explorer Volunteer families at Runswick Bay on 28 March for Beach Art Fun! and enter our competition in conjunction with ‘What the Tide Left Behind’ exhibition, which opens at the Inspired by… gallery on the same day and runs through to 4 May.
For the little ones, it's your last chance to head to Dalby Forest this month and follow the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail. 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.
Our guided walks programme opens for 2020 on 11 March with a walk to Cringle Plantation, over Wath Hill before returning through Raisdale encountering some charming little valleys and gullies en route.
Our walks are relaxed and friendly and led by our knowledgeable volunteers. View this year's programme here. Don't forget to book your place online early!
Other great events and exhibitions
A First Glimpse continues at our Inspired by... gallery through to 23 March and showcases an exciting, wide range of artists, artisans, photographers and printmakers that make up this year's programme. Featuring special work by artisan glass-makers Gillies Jones in their 25th anniversary year, award winning textile artist Amanda Cobbett, acclaimed landscape painter Len Tabner and North York Moors National Park Trust art award winner Ian McCulley.
It's also the last few weeks for Forestry England's 'Forest 100: a year in the life' exhibition at Dalby Forest which runs until 31 March. It showcases a collection of photographs by Scarborough based editorial photographer Tony Bartholomew and celebrates 100 years of the Forestry Commission.
The Yorkshire Arboretum opens for the season on 1 March, a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds is the background for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world. It's yours to explore!
Grab your pooch and come and take part in Dalby Forest's Canicross event on 8 and 29 March (plus multiple dates throughout the year). Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs, harnessed to you and running in a team. A great method to get you and your dog fit, whilst working your dog's brain and strengthening your bond. Plus, it's a lot of fun!
Later in the month, pop over to Castle Howard for Behind Close Doors (14 March) before the house reopens for the season on 21 March. Be sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Enjoy a hilarious night of tales and stories in a real Yorkshire dialect, Tellin' t' Tales, an evening with Adam Collier at Kirkbymoorside Library on 14 March. Booking essential, includes supper.
Celebrate Mother's Day (22 March) with the National Trust at Nunnington Hall. Pot a primrose for your favourite lady, then head to the tearoom for a roast dinner or tea and a slice of Mother's Day cake.
Join Ryedale Festival (27-29 March) for their Spring Weekend, kicking off with a Launch Concert at St Peter's Church, Norton and finishing with Concert and Cake at Duncombe Park. The festival features a wide-ranging and distinctive programme with outstanding performers from across the world in many spectacular and historic venues.