Events and Activities
Visitor attractions are planning to re-open progressively, as allowed by government Covid-19 restrictions. You can use the links below to get the latest information from their websites.
Click here for a comprehensive list of activities and events in the National Park.
Places to visit
Castle Howard - one of Britain’s finest historic houses, just 25 minutes from High Rigg.
Gardens are currently open daily and the House will be re-opening on 19 May - booking in advance essential.
Nunnington Hall (National Trust) – a picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions.
The gardens are open - pre-booking is recommended. As at 2 May there is no information on when the house will re-open.
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.
Open 7 days a week- no need to pre-book
The scale and majesty of Rievaulx, one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries, never fails to inspire. ‘Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world.’ So said Aelred, Rievaulx Abbey’s most famous abbot. That description of Rievaulx is still true today.
The Abbey and shop are currently open. From 17 May, all indoor spaces and the tea room will re-open. Booking is required.
In the picturesque market town of Helmsley, the castle has evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin.
The Castle grounds are open and the hope is to re-open indoor spaces from 17 May (though as at 2 May this is not yet confirmed) - booking is required.
North York Moors Railway
Services run between Pickering and Whitby, normally with several stops en-route, including Goathland station (Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films).
Tickets can currently be booked on-line for trains running 15 May to 20 June. The intention is that tickets for later dates will become available as the government's recovery plans progress.
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 BUT CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Malton - Monthly food market 2nd Saturday of the month;
Ryedale farmers market last Saturday of the month BUT CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 (scroll down to find the free ones!). 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 (the lovely Bransdale Loop is on our doorstep). For the highly energetic and competitive cyclist there are several organised events throughout the year - details here.