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.
There's lots to see and do in the run-up to Christmas, whether your main interests are cultural, nature, being active outdoors or a spot of retail therapy at the various Christmas markets. Click here for a comprehensive account of what's going on in the North York Moors National Park area - we've just highlighted a few seasonal events below.
17 November to 31 December - Castle Howard, The 12 Days of Christmas - see www.castlehoward.co.uk/whats-on/christmas .
24 November - Kirkbymoorside Christmas Market, 10am to 3pm, including craft stalls, local produce and entertainment.
1 December - Hovingham Village Market, 10.30am - 1.30pm. See hovingham-market.org.uk/.
Dark Skies Festival 2019
Dark Skies Festival 2019 takes place from 15 February to 3 March 2019. With more than 50 events planned, many within a short drive from High Rigg, the stellar line-up includes moon gazing, photography workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, astronomy talks, planetariums, dark runs, owl prowls and - for adrenaline junkies – a pitch black night zip!
Click here for more information on events and here for a short YouTube video.
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. And as Britain's self-anointed 'Capital of Cake', you'll never be far away from delicious confections, local bakes, classic cakes and regional specialities.
Walking - 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.