Inspired by... gallery
The beautiful Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors. We have an exciting programme of exhibitions and events. Panoramic vistas, seascapes, dramatic photography, unique ceramics, colourful textiles, artist lectures, workshops and musical events - what will inspire you today? Talk to your favourite artists or discover new ones at our 'Meet the Artist' preview events. Join us for a drink and nibbles while learning about their work. Artwork including prints and photography, and artisan crafts, from ironwork to jewellery, are available for sale in the gallery shop and craft area.
The Inspired by... gallery can be found at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. See the Planning your Visit page which gives further information on how to get here and also opening times.
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Heavenly highlights at Dark Skies Festival (18 - 26 February 2017)
Once again we're teaming up with the Yorkshire Dales National Park to hold a joint Dark Skies Festival during half-term. Thanks to low light pollution in both National Parks, our skies are ideal for spotting constellations, shooting stars and other cosmic happenings. The programme of family-friendly activities in the North York Moors includes a state-of-the-art, multimedia, indoor planetarium pop up at Danby Castle, rocket building, night vision wildlife walks, ghost walks, Dark Skies Run, bike rides, stargazing evenings, and craft activities throughout the week.
Further details and the full programme of events is available on the Dark Skies Festival website. You can also book online on a number of our events. darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk
Half-Term Fun For Children (18 - 26 February 2017)
There's half-term fun at Whitby Abbey all week or head to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where daily steam trains will be running between Pickering and Grosmont.
You'll find plenty of family-based Dark Skies activities going on at our two National Park Centres this week during the daytime. Find out fascinating facts about our planets (21 February), create sparkly stars, balloon rockets and glittering galaxies at our Star Party (22 February) or launch a rocket and make a telescope (both 23 February). Drop in any time to Sutton Bank all week for a galaxy of activities from themed crafts, trails, treasure hunts, walks and talks. As well as their stargazing evenings, Hidden Horizons will be running their Fossil Hunting Trips from Cayton Bay (20 February).
Beck Isle Museum has plenty on, starting with Visionary Victorians (21 February) and Fossil Hunters (24 February) where you'll learn all about dinosaurs, and hunt for clues in the grounds, while its Rural Craft Day (22 February) is always popular. See traditional skills such as printing on the beautiful Columbian letterpress, butter making, and rag rugging. Over at Ryedale Folk Museum, there's a chance to Make a Victorian Toy (22 February).
Get creative with a puppet-making workshop at Helmsley Arts Centre (24 February) or head to Dalby Forest and plot your way through the trees on the Gruffalo themed orienteering course - there's 12 Gruffalo markers to find! Purchase the trail for £1.50 from the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre or Dalby Activity Centre.
A welcome sight heralding the end of winter is the 'white carpet' of snowdrops on Burton Agnes' woodland walk. Their annual Snowdrop Spectacular runs from 4 February to 5 March. There's also a stunning display at Mount Grace Priory, where an estimated million-plus bulbs will be bursting into life throughout the grounds and woodland (open weekends only).
We celebrate the Inspired by... gallery's 10th anniversary in 2017 beginning with Past and Present, a blockbuster of a show featuring many local and regional artists, which runs from 12 February through to 12 March. Join us on 12 February too for a special event Love in the Air – a Valentine’s Weekend in the Gallery, a chance to meet some of the artists, browse our special selection of jewellery from selected makers, hear harpist Sarah Dean playing a special repertoire of romantic music, enjoy free chocolates and a glass of wine on arrival.
Well-known for its friendliness, the Sinnington Hunt hosts its annual point to point within the grounds of Duncombe Park (12 February). The card kicks off at 12.30pm.
Expect the unexpected at Scarborough's Coastival, a two-day mini-festival (18-19 February 2017) from music to visual and performing arts, you're bound to find something of interest.