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Days out are on hold for now

Due to COVID-19 this section of the website may not have the latest updates regarding externally-run events. All events in the near future have been cancelled. We will endeavour to remove cancelled events and add new dates where events are rearranged as soon as we are made aware of changes.

The North York Moors National Park Authority has cancelled all events, guided walks and other activities that were planned to take place until 31 May 2020. Further guidance regarding our events is available on the Sutton Bank National Park Centre page and The Moors National Park Centre page.

If an event you are due to attend is not run by the National Park Authority, please contact the event organiser directly.

The stunning National Park will be waiting for you to enjoy when it is safe to do so and we look forward to welcoming you back then.


From Railway in Wartime to music, food and art festivals, join in one of the many events held throughout the year across the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast.

Traditional Yorkshire country shows are an integral part of summer, one of the finest being the Ryedale Show, Kirkbymoorside, always held on the last Tuesday in July. We’re talking sheep-dog trials, shire horses, champion cattle, ferret roulette and improbably large vegetables – with similar events at another dozen or so local shows to follow throughout August and September.

More art than agriculture? Then head to Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage in September, where picturesque fishing cottages become pop-up galleries and cafés for the weekend. Or head into the heart of Dalby Forest for Forest Live, atmospheric summer gigs featuring big names from across the music world, while we play host to a musical programme at the Inspired by… gallery, from chamber concerts to folk-roots rockers.

Major events 2020

Outdoor challenge events are not included below; you'll find walking, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages. Do also take a look at the monthly farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors, and Food & Beer Festivals for more foodie ideas.

See Discover Yorkshire Coast for more major events in Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and along the coast.

May
June
July
August
September
October
  • 9 – 11 Railway in Wartime, North Yorkshire Moors Railway: turn the clock back to 1940s for this popular event with street parades, vehicle displays and re-enactments along the line. Special events at Pickering Castle and Beck Isle Museum too.
  • 10 – 9 November, A Portrait of Place (Gillies Jones 25th anniversary), Inspired by… gallery, Danby
  • 18 MoorsRun, North York Moors National Park in partnership with Hardmoors Race Series present the Turnpike Trot 10k and the Rabbit Run 5k
  • 23 – 25 Musicport Festival, Whitby Pavilion: the UK's biggest indoor world music festival (21st anniversary)
  • Dates TBC Illuminated Abbey, Whitby Abbey
  • 30 – 1 November Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby
  • Date TBC Halloween: Fear in the Forest, Dalby Forest
November
December