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.
March sees early spring blooms, while the weather is beginning to warm up and daylight is lengthening, with lots of activities to get you out and about this month and with Easter so early this year, there's lots going on, so grab your diary and make the most of these great events.
Find walking challenges and fell and road running events, while foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors.
There's lots of Easter inspired trails to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend and beyond:
🐣 Easter Holiday fun at Castle Howard (24 March - 15 April)
🐣 Cadbury's Easter Egg hunts at Nunnington Hall, Rievaulx Terrace, Old Coastguard Station (Robin Hood's Bay) and Ravenscar Visitor Centre. All from 30 March, but please check finish dates with individual sites as these vary.
🐣 Both our centres at Sutton Bank and Danby have Easter Egg Hunts to enjoy (30 March - 2 April), complete the challenge to claim your Easter treat!
🐣 Easter adventure quest at Whitby Abbey (30 March - 2 April)
🐣 Easter Egg Hunt at Eden Camp (31 March)
🐣 Have a go at springtime craft activities or follow Beck Isle Museum's Easter trail (31 March - 8 April) to win a chocolate treat
🐇The Easter Bunny has hidden a giant golden egg somewhere on Burton Agnes Hall's Easter Egg Trail (30 March - 8 April).
Over at Rievaulx Abbey, witness spectacular aerial displays of birds of prey in flight with Medieval Falcony (30 March - 2 April), While at Scampston, sit down and enjoy Fairy Stories in the Garden (30 March) - all children wearing magical costumes can come in for free!
Head to Dalby Forest or Guisborough Forest and take a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story. Packs are available from the visitor centre for £3.
Our guided walks programme opens for 2018 on 7 March with a walk in Bilsdale. Our walks are relaxed and friendly and led by our knowledgeable volunteers. View this year's programme here. Don't forget to book your place online early!
National Trust Rangers also run a series of guided walks throughout the year; find out about Industrial Intrigue in Ravenscar (8 March) and coastal woodland on their Hayburn Wyke Wonder (27 March); see their Event's Calendar for dates throughout the year.
Other great events and exhibitions
March sees the last regular stargazing event this winter in Dalby Forest with Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society (8-9.30pm 2 March). Free to attend (charitable donations welcome), these events will return in October.
At the Burton Agnes Orchid Festival (3-4 March), admire some of nature's most intriguing flowers while experts will be on hand with specialist advice. Combine with their woodland walk to catch the last few days of the famous snowdrops. Later in the month, pop over to Castle Howard for their annual tree and shrub auction (24 March) where you can bid for native hedging, amenity, forestry and ornamental trees and pick up top tips and advice.
The Dark Skies exhibitions at our Inspired by… gallery continue through to 16 April, and take inspiration from our dramatic night skies, featuring many renowned local and regional artists, photographers and jewellery makes, showcasing a stunning display of the National Park’s dark side.
Our exciting programme of talks and workshops in the gallery also kicks off this month with a chance to hear from three of the artists exhibiting in the gallery; Yorkshire's great landscape artists, Peter Hicks and photographer Joe Cornish will be interviewed by Kane Cunningham (17 March). Tickets for the talk are £5 and advance booking is recommended. While you can make an Easter bunny or hare at our first willow workshop for 2018 with willow expert Anthea Firth (24 March). Book your place on any workshop online.
Our Land of Iron project tells the trailblazing story of ironstone mining and railways in the North York Moors. This year, ‘The definitive history of Rosedale Railway and ironstone mining’ will be told across a four-part lecture programme, Land of Iron: Tales over Tea by leading expert, Malcolm Bisby, beginning on 14 March, at The Moors National Park Centre. Booking not required. Free admission and cake too!
Re-enactment groups will be at Eden Camp for a World War Two Living History Weekend (17 and 31 March) including Northern WWII Association.