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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. Head into the heart of Dalby Forest for Forest Live, atmospheric summer gigs featuring big names from across the music world.

March

Until 3 March Dark Skies Festival, events across the North York Moors, Howardian Hills, Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale

2 – 3 WWII Living History Weekend - Axis-Allied, Eden Camp, Malton

30 – 31 Union of South Africa, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

2 – 3 Orchid Festival, Burton Agnes, near Driffield

16 WWII Living History Day - NWW2A, Eden Camp, Malton

April

2 – 4, 6 – 7 Union of South Africa, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

6 – 7 Sci-Fi Scarborough, Scarborough Spa

11 – 14 Books by the Beach, Scarborough Book Festival

12 – 14 Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby

13 – 21 Discover National Parks, annual celebration of National Parks at Sutton Bank and The Moors National Park Centres

13 – 28 The Great Castle Howard Easter Egg Hunt, Castle Howard

20 – 21 WW2 Living History Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, Eden Camp

26 Easter Fun Day, Scampston Hall

26 – 28 Tomorrow's Ghosts Gothic & Alternative Festival, Whitby

27 Escape Lines Memorial Society Reunion & Service, Eden Camp, Malton

May

2 – 5 Tour de Yorkshire, (Bridlington to Scarborough via North York Moors 4 May)

4 – 5 A Festival of Dogs, Castle Howard

4 – 6 Behind the Scenes, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

18 – 19 Fish & Ships Festival, Whitby

18 – 19 Yorkshire Game & Country Fair, Scampston Hall

25 – 26 Malton Food Lovers Festival, 150 food stalls and street food, cookery theatre, Festival Bar, live music and more

25 – 27 Castle Howard Traction Engine Rally, Castle Howard

25 – 27 WalkFest!, celebrating 50 years of the Cleveland Way National Trail

June

1 – 2, 8 – 9 North Yorkshire Open Studios, artists open up their studios across North Yorkshire

7 – 9 Robin Hood’s Bay Folk Weekend

9 Open Farm Sunday, visit one of a number of farms across the North York Moors

16 BunnyRun, Sutton Bank National Park Centre: North York Moors National Park hops over to Sutton Bank for a new family friendly 5K run

16 – 23 Scalby Fair, Nr Scarborough: one of the few remaining village street fairs in north England (Fair Day is 22 June)

22 – 23 Rosedale Walking Festival, Rosedale Abbey

23 – 29 Rosedale Wildlife Week: seven days of wildlife themed walks, family activities, talks and workshops

28 – 29 Forest Live, Dalby Forest, Music gigs featuring top artists in the forest (Paul Weller, Jess Glynne)

29 – 30 British Falconry Fair, National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley

July

4 – 7 Staxtonbury Music Festival, Manor Farm, Staxton, family friendly festival

6 – 7 Duncombe Park Steam Rally, Helmsley

12 – 14 Whitby Sea Festival, Whitby

12 – 14 Jazz & Blues Festival, Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

13 – 14 60s Fest, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

12 – 28 Ryedale Festival: Concerts and arts events in spectacular and historic venues

20 Meadowfest, Malton - new boutique music festival

21 Escape to the Moors, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

26 – 28 SeaFest Maritime Festival, Scarborough

August

2 – 4 Whitby Traction Engine Rally, Hawsker, Whitby

3 Castle Howard Proms, Castle Howard

10 – 11 Filey International Food Festival, Filey

10 – 13 Whitby Regatta, watch yacht and rowing races, Navy displays, fireworks and more set around this ancient port

11 – 24 North York Moors Chamber Music Festival: Renowned classical musicians from around the world gather in some of the North York Moors' most remote and beautiful historical buildings

15 – 18 BBC Countryfile Live, Castle Howard

16 – 18 Staithes RNLI Lifeboat Weekend

17 – 23 Whitby Folk Week, traditional music and dance with workshops and street entertainment

18 Adventure on the Bank, Sutton Bank National Park Centre

24 – 25 WW2 Living History August Bank Holiday Weekend, Eden Camp

24 – 26 Viking Festival, Whitby Abbey

September

6 – 8 Whitby Pirate Festival

7 – 8 Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage

8 All Services Parade & Remembrance Service, Eden Camp, Malton

13 – 15 Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Rotunda Museum, Scarborough

14 – 15 Rhythm and Brews, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

14 Harvest Food Festival, Malton

TBC Illuminating Rievaulx, Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley

27 – 29 Annual Steam Gala, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

26 – 29 Autumn Harvest & Flower Festival, Castle Howard

27 – 28 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, Cropton, Dalby and Langdale forests NB: walk and cycle trails in Dalby are closed for the day

October

6 MoorsRun, North York Moors National Park present the Turnpike Trot 10k and the Rabbit Run 5k

11–13 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.

18 – 20 Musicport Festival, Whitby Pavilion: the UK's biggest indoor world music festival  (20th anniversary)

24 – 30 Illuminated Abbey, Whitby Abbey

25 – 27 Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby

26 – 27 Michaelmas Fair, Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens

26 – 31 Halloween Trains,  North Yorkshire Moors Railway

31 Halloween – Fear in the Forest, Dalby Forest: a spooky walk through the woods

November

1 – 3 Tomorrow's Ghosts Gothic & Alternative Festival, Whitby

16 – 30 Castle Howard at Christmas: experience this magnificent house decked out and lit by candle and firelight

16 – 17 Christmas Craft Fair, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

23 – 24 Christmas Shopping Weekend, Sutton Bank National Park Centre

30 Santa Specials, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

December

1, 7–8, 14–15, 21–22 Santa Specials, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

1 – 23 Christmas Opening, Burton Agnes Hall

1 – 31 Castle Howard at Christmas: experience this magnificent house decked out and lit by candle and firelight

6 – 8 Robin Hood's Bay 26th Victorian Weekend, Robin Hood's Bay

  • Date tbc Christmas Lights, Thornton le Dale
  • Dates tbc  Christmas at Dalby Forest
  • Dates tbc Christmas at Nunnington Hall
  • Dates tbc Helmsley Christmas Tree Festival, All Saints Church, Helmsley

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