Events and Activities
There’s always plenty to see and do in and around the North York Moors National Park. In addition to the destinations mentioned in ‘Out and About’ we’ve collated some information and links below to help you plan your visit, and we often mention forthcoming events in our Facebook page.
Click here for a list of activities and events this month. Selected September events are listed at the bottom of the page.
Places to visit
Castle Howard - one of Britain’s finest historic houses, just 25 minutes from High Rigg. In addition to the fantastic house, gardens and parkland, there are numerous events this year, including;
Nunnington Hall (National Trust) – a picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions;
National Centre for Birds of Prey
Situated at the magnificent Duncombe Park estate, the National Centre for Birds of Prey houses the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England. In addition to spectacular flying demonstrations, you can book a range of personal experiences including;
- raptor experience and
- hawk hike
‘Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world.’ So said Aelred, Rievaulx Abbey’s most famous abbot, over eight centuries ago. That description of Rievaulx is still true today. The scale and majesty of Rievaulx, one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries, never fails to inspire.
North York Moors Railway
There are daily services between Pickering and Whitby with several stops en-route, including Goathland station (Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films). As well as a fantastic way to travel and see the North York Moors, you can enjoy a number of experiences including Speciality Dining, Footplate Experience and Digital Photography workshops.
Food and Drink
There’s an abundance of food and drink events in the area, from typical farmers markets to more comprehensive events such as Malton’s Monthly Food Market, which has live chef demonstrations, street food and music. The farmers’ markets of the North York Moors area are wonderful places to experience the best in North Yorkshire food and drink and there is one or more most weekends.
Helmsley - 3rd Friday of the month
Hovingham - 1st Saturday of the month
Malton - Monthly food market 2nd Saturday of the month; Ryedale farmers market last Saturday of the month,
Pickering - 1st Thursday of the month
Saltburn - 2nd Saturday of the month
Stokesley - 1st Saturday of the month
Whitby - Every Thursday, May to October.
The North York Moors area is Britain’s Capital of Cake"! Check out the cafes, coffee shops and tea gardens where you can treat yourselves to a refreshing brew and freshly baked cake.
High Rigg is recognised as a Walking Friendly accommodation provider by the National Park
We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking, with breath-taking scenery and fascinating seasonal and natural variation from wooded dales to heather clad moor to coastline routes. The Cleveland Way, one of England's seven great trails, starts just three miles away in Helmsley. Lots of walking information is available from the National Park (click here), with favourite routes and a comprehensive programme of guided walks. We are also happy to share our experiences and lend maps and guide books, as well as providing kit washing/drying services.
There are three cycle centres within the National Park, providing mountain bike trails and cycle hire in the wonderful settings of Sutton Bank, Dalby Forest and Fryup Dale respectively. High Rigg is conveniently in the middle of these three centres.
Of course there are many great bike rides in the area. What better way to see the natural beauty of the countryside and coastline? Click here for details of some of the established trails and downloadable maps. For the highly energetic and competitive cyclist there are several organised events throughout the year - details here.
Mindful month - Breathe and reboot with yoga by the sea, balance the body and mind in a peaceful meditative woodland walk or boost your mood with a digital detox day.
Music, festival and performing arts
In the Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage (7-8 September), fishing cottages become pop-up galleries and cafés for the weekend as more than 130 artists descend on this picturesque village. Talks and walks, street food, workshops, lobster pot and Yorkshire coble boat demonstrations, and music, including seafaring shanties from the Men of Staithes Choir, acoustic folk sessions and plenty of home-grown talent on Sunday, run alongside the galleries for a full weekend of art and entertainment.
Malton's Harvest Food Festival (7-8 September) celebrates the best of the region's late summer and autumn bounty, from game and seafood to wild and foraged food and soft fruit. Alongside a wide range of stalls, you’ll find street food, live chef demos, cookery lessons, talks, tastings, pop up picnic area, a festival bar and live music.
The Yorkshire Fossil Festival returns to the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough this year (13-15 September). The event will be bigger and better than ever, welcoming local and national museums, universities and businesses who will provide entertainment and expertise for all.
The Rhythm and Brews festival at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby (14-15 September) has two days of beers, live music, local food stalls, cooking demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, and live music on Saturday.
Heritage Open Days
Celebrate England's architecture and culture at this year's Heritage Open Days where there’s free access to places that usually charge for admission or our closed to the public. This year's highlights include:
Helmsley Walled Garden will be running a number of courses this month, including Botanical Illustration (10-11 September) and Garden Photography (28 September).
Ampleforth Abbey is holding one of its orchard tours (28 September), with a chance to taste its ciders.
Scampston Walled Garden's annual Autumn Plant Fair (29 September) is also a chance to pick up everything you might need for the garden from more than a dozen specialist nurseries and stalls.