Purple heather on North York Moors
Purple heather on hill side
Close up of purple heather flowers

As we head into the summer, and the school holidays, there is more and more to do in the North York Moors.

Here’s our round up of the best events in July.

The summer months are full of local events and activities, especially as the schools break up for the summer holidays. Danby and Sutton Bank visitor centres have lots of child friendly activities on, many of them free.

The North York Moors have a great web site which is packed full of useful information.

Stage at Scarborough Out Door Theatre
Lit stage at Scarborough Out Door theatre with ban d performing
Crowd at Scarborough Out Door Theatre

It’s festival season, with lots of music events taking place around the area. You can listen to jazz at the Pickering Jazz Festival or folk at the Great North Folk Fest . Malton Meadowfest is a small bijou one day music festival headlining the “one and only” Chesney  Hawkes. Not quite Glastonbury, but a great day out if the weather is good.

Or head to the amazing Scarborough Open Air Theatre  – Pulp, The Cult, and Tom Grenan are amongst the bands playing in July. Ian and I can tell you where the best place to park is to escape the queues after the concert.

The Ryedale Festival runs from 14th to 30th July with a staggering programme of concerts from a range of performers. Scarborough has its very own Seafest with music, street performers and food stalls.

PAth through field of crop
Path through wheat field
close up of ripe wheat

The stately homes all have a programme of events. Duncombe Park has a steam and vintage rally and Scampston Hall a classic car rally.

Hovingham village market in the first Saturday of the month. Malton Food Market is on the second Saturday of the month.

There are plenty of historic walks in Cropton, Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx, Rosedale and our very own Appleton le Moors. They are organised by the North York Moors national park and are a great way to explore the countryside.

Out door oak table
Oak Table and benches in sunshine
red hydranga on dining room table

Or if all this sounds way too much effort, our top 5 recommendations:


1. PYO strawberries or raspberries at Pearson Soft Fruits in Sinnington

2. Walk up to the moors, breathe in the fresh air and admire the gorgeous purple heather

3. Enjoy a pint of Millie George or a glass of rose in the Moors Inn beer garden.

4. Relax with a book in the privacy of Long Barn courtyard.

5. Catch up with friends around the oak table over a meal.


We hope that you enjoy July wherever you are.