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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. Talk to your favourite artists or discover new ones at our 'Meet the Artist' preview events. The Inspired by... gallery can be found at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby.



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North York Moors in September

Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage

One of the year's highlights is the Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage (9-10 September) where fishing cottages become pop-up galleries and cafés for the weekend as more than 150 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 homegrown talent on Sunday, run alongside the galleries for a full weekend of art and entertainment.

This year's gems include Emma Stothard's wire and willow elephant family, a rock balancing workshop, and the Knitting Doctor, while light artist Mick Stephenson returns to light up the village in a unique and eye-catching way with Stuart Langley. Plus there's a chance to hear Christopher Toth's entertaining talk exploring the mysterious, dark nature of our universe and a glimpse into the work of the Boulby Underground Laboratory.

Malton's Harvest Festival (9 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, a festival bar and live music.

Whitby 60's Festival

Whitby 60’s Festival (22-24 September) where you'll find giants The Manfreds, The Merseybeats, The Union Gap and other great names playing the music that defined a generation.

Festival of Thrift

The Festival of Thrift returns to Kirkleatham Museum (23-24 September) for a fun-filled weekend of thrift, recycling and upcycling, hands-on activities for all the family, music, artists, demos, talks, workshops, food and drink and more.
Heritage Open Days (7-10 September) (www.festivalofthrift.co.uk)

Guisborough Forest Festival (10 September) is a celebration of all things wood and much more - with 100 participants from craftspeople, local producers to musicians and wildlife experts. This year's highlight include ten foot tall butterflies on stilts, plus flowers and trees that spring into life. It's a fantastic fun filled event for all the family with traditional demonstrations from coracle making, horse loggers and bushcraft experts to rope turners, as well as lots of children’s activities, including archery and a climbing wall. Free park and ride service runs every 15 minutes from Fountain Street car park on Rectory Lane, Guisborough.


Yorkshire Fossil Festival

Head to the Rotunda Museum for Scarborough's fourth Yorkshire Fossil Festival (22–24 September). Scarborough Museums Trust is behind the three day event, with fossil foragers, fossil experts, guided dinosaur footprint walks and lots of fun for the kids. The main festival is free too! (yorkshirefossilfestival.co.uk)

If you're looking to improve your landscape and wildlife photography skills, then book a place at Moorsview 2017 (8-10 September) where some of North Yorkshire's most renowned photographers share their approach during a weekend devoted to outdoor photography.

Peter Hicks

Peter Hicks: A Retrospective opens at the Inspired by... gallery (9 September - 16 October) Looks back over more than 60 years of work from one of Yorkshire's greatest living artists. One of the gallery's highlights during its 10th anniversary year, the exhibition will feature almost 300 works, from 80 postcard-sized paintings to huge canvases, and includes the work he’s best known for: dramatic landscapes of the North York Moors National Park.

Peter will be interviewed at the gallery by another of Yorkshire’s great landscape artists, photographer Joe Cornish (23 September). Tickets for the talk are £5 and advance booking is recommended. Elsewhere there's another chance to Carve your Initials into a stone (17 September), under the expert guidance of Charles Smith in Dalby Forest that will become part of the world's largest dry stone wall maze.

As truly dark skies return after summer, explore not only our own solar system but objects from deep space on one of Hidden Horizon's two-hour Stargazing - Deep Sky Exploring evening events (15 September). Booking essential. You'll also find York Astro hosting a family friendly Stargazing and night time nature walk (30 September) at Rievaulx Terrace.

Malton Festival of Racing

Go behind the scenes and learn all about Malton and Norton's horse-racing heritage at the annual Malton Festival of Racing (17 September 2017).

English Heritage's Yorkshire Abbey Season returns (23-24 September, 30 September - 1 October) with events at some of our greatest abbeys and priories, including Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey and Mount Grace Priory. Meet the medieval Living History characters as your explore the magnificent ruins at Byland, join monks at Mount Grace and gain an insight into what life was like for those living there. At Rievaulx witness fantastic displays of falconry and discover how hawks generated income for the abbeys.

As the autumn colours begin to develop and the season's bountiful harvest is enjoyed, don’t miss Ampleforth Abbey's first Cider Tap event (23 September) or visit Scampston Walled Garden's annual Autumn Plant Fair (24 September) for a chance to pick up everything you might need for the garden from more than a dozen specialist nurseries and stalls.

Railway fans should head to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for its Autumn Steam Gala (29 September - 1 October) featuring vintage trains steaming through the National Park’s beautiful autumn colours.

The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire returns to the area for two days (29-30 September). Filey acts as the event hub, with rally stages around Cropton and Dalby Forests. Please note that walk and cycle trails in Dalby are closed for the day.

Join gold-winning Paralympian Steve Bate for an evening talk with pea & pie supper (30 September) as he tells the story of how he became the first visually impaired climber to solo El Capitan, before setting himself the goal of making the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games having never raced a road bike! All profits will go to Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. Booking essential.

October
This month we've partnered up with the experts from Hardmoors to hold our third MoorsRun (15 October), a family-friendly trail run in the heart of the Moors, for beginners and athletes alike. Sign up for the Rabbit Run (5k, minimum age 14 or 7 if accompanied by a parent or guardian) or the Turnpike Trot (10k, minimum age 16) and experience our fully marked and marshalled trail runs, with prizes and medals for all.

Join Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society (SARAS) as their regular stargazing events return for 2017 in Dalby Forest on 6 October. Held the first Friday of most months between October and March from 8 - 10 pm, these are free to attend (charitable donations welcome).

Also in Dalby Forest, there's a chance to explore not only our own solar system but objects from deep space on one of Hidden Horizon's two-hour Stargazing evening events (13 and 27 October). Booking is essential (Adults: £12; Under 16s: £8 inc. hot chocolate/snacks).

Head to the Yorkshire Arboretum for a stargazing evening (7 October) when the York Astronomical Society will be sharing their love of dark skies. Expect to see planets, moons, stars, nebulae and galaxies through a range of telescopes. Later in the month, there's a moth night (13 October), see how many different types of moth can be identified.

Whitby Abbey Illuminated

Is there a better way of exploring the Gothic splendour of Whitby Abbey than after dark? Head there for The Illuminated Abbey (25-31 October) to admire Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light, illuminated by coloured floodlighting. Costumed characters will talk of grave robbing and witch trials and experience a live performance of Dracula. This time of year, Whitby is also the natural home to the legendary biannual Whitby Goth Weekend autumn gathering (27-29 October), when thousands of Goths descend on their favourite haunt, and pay homage to Bram Stoker.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has fangtastic Halloween Trains (26-29 October) with scary storytelling, and spooktacular characters as they tell ghost stories and frightful tales along the way! Fancy dress encouraged (suitable for aged 5-12; pre-booking required).

Just north of the National Park, enter the Scream Factory at Kirkleatham Museum (20-31 October) and be prepared to be scared! The Twilight Tour is for families (aged 3+) but as night-time falls, the atmosphere becomes more sinister for the Extreme Tour, a heart pumping, stomach-churning trail of fear. Or why not try the Isolated Tour, new for 2017, where you walk the Extreme Tour all by yourself in the dead of the night!

There's also special late Fright Night ghoulish ghost tours around Nunnigton Hall (31 October); hear haunted tales of the house on the 6pm family tour or 7pm adult only tour.

The Inspired by... gallery welcomes touring exhibition Moorsview from 19 October featuring renowned local photographers who capture the beauty of the North York Moors and its coastline while gallery 2 introduces new artist Adrian Wright as Moors Moments depicts the moody and dramatic skies of the National Park.

Elsewhere there's a final chance to Carve your Initials into a stone this year (8 October), under the expert guidance of Charles Smith in Dalby Forest that will become part of the world's largest dry stone wall maze.

The spectacular North York Moors Coast is one on which dinosaurs have well and truly left their mark; and one of the best ways to discover it is on a Hidden Horizons Dinosaur Coast Discover Breaks hosted at Cober Hill (9 - 11 October). Expect to visit Runswick Bay, Saltwick Bay and Robin Hood's Bay in the search for fossils and dinosaur footprints.

Turn the clock back to the 1940s for Railway in Wartime (13-15 October 2017), North Yorkshire Moors Railway's biggest event, with street parades, vehicle displays and re-enactments along the line. They'll be special events at Pickering Castle and Beck Isle Museum too. (www.nymr.co.uk/Event/wartime)

As the autumn colours peak, drop into Nunnington Hall for its Autumn Festival (19-22 October) for nature displays, apple tastings and garden tours with the experts. Helmsley Walled Garden also celebrates the English apple and more than 100 apple trees, at its third Apple Day (21 October), where you'll be able to taste, sample and find how to train apples to fit a space. Children gave have a go at apple bobbing and follow the family-friendly Apple Trail, plus enjoy apple-themed dishes in The Vine House Café.

Autumn also means fungi and if you'd like to find out which ones are edible, get yourself booked onto a Fungi Foray at the Yorkshire Arboretum (24 October).

Musicport

The last major music festival of the year is Musicport (20-22 October), held in Whitby Pavilion and it just happens to be the UK's biggest indoor world music festival.

Burton Agnes Hall's annual Michaelmas Fair runs 28-29 October, and will be filled with seasonal craft and food stalls, entertainers and fairground fun.

October Half-term Fun
It's all about Halloween this holiday! Drop in for spooky stories and a creepy trail at Whitby Abbey or the Alien Bugs and autumn trail at Yorkshire Arboretum and join the hunt for giant bug models (both 21 October - 5 November). Follow the Ghostly Treasure Hunt at our Danby Centre (23 October) and there's ghoulish and ghostly going-ons at Nunnington Hall on the Haunted happenings trail (26-29 October). The Old Coastguard Station's Halloween Trail (28-29 October) features chilling clues and spooky prizes or explore the Spooky Woodland Trail at Burton Agnes Hall (28 October - 1 November) if you're brave enough.

There's plenty going on at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby this week too, including Autumn Bulbs and Bat Shirts (both 24 October), fangtastic Halloween Crafts (25 October) and Spooky Spiders (26 October). Take part in quizzes and trails to get closer to nature and discover fun facts about this amazing place.

Over at Sutton Bank, there'll be strange things happening (21-29 October) with seasonal crafts, trails and family activities on the theme of 'Myths and Legends'. Combine a visit with a spot of biking too, including round 4 of Sutton Bank Bikes' Kids Time Trial (21 October 2pm), with four categories starting from balance bikes and Halloween fancy dress; £3 per person and prizes for winners.

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs at Runswick Bay and Boggle Hole on one of Hidden Horizons fossil hunting trips (various dates, booking essential).

Beck Isle Museum has plenty on too, starting with Fossil Hunters (24 October), where you'll learn all about dinosaurs and fossils, and hunt for clues in the grounds, Easy peasy printing (26 October) when you can see the beautiful Columbian printing press, and Story time (27 October).

Download the Gruffalo Spotter app at home, then head to one of the forests at Dalby or Guisborough where Gruffalo and other characters will come to life on the Gruffalo Spotters Trail and augmented reality app. Look for clues which lead to footprint marker posts - point the app and watch Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes. (www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest)



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