Stone barn at top of hill surrounded by purple heather
Steep hill showing purple heather leading up to small stone barn on horizon
Three hikers walking up hill with purple heather to the left

It feels as if everything steps up another gear in August with masses on all over the North York Moors and at the coast. During the school holidays, there are lots of activities for children run at the visitor centres in Sutton Bank and Danby.

It’s also a wonderful time to walk over the moors as the heather is in full bloom. And there are many walks that are off the beaten track where you will hardly see a soul, even at this busy time of year. 

Little girl in white overalls being prepared by an adult to show a calf
Close up of red tractor grill at village show

Here are our three favourite picks from the month:

Agricultural and Country Shows These are an important part of summer in this area, and we are spoilt for choice with all the shows on this month. All are different from size to the variety of things to see. The best in our opinion have plenty of animals to admire, local produce, showing jumping and obviously have to have a brass band.

We love the small shows the most as you get a flavour of the real personality of the locals attending. Our favourites are Danby and Farndale, but we’re hoping to check out a few more of the smaller ones this year.

Our own village produce show returns this year on 12th August; we’ve already planning our entries…. Look out for a blog post next week on this important date in our village social calendar.

Marquee in garden for a music festival
Man playing clarinet with woman on violin and piano in background.
4 musicains performing on stage with bass and violin.

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival. This wonderful festival is in its 15th year, and is the brainchild of Jamie Walton, a talented cellist who lives in Appleton.

Many villagers support the festival by helping feed the professional musicians, putting them up in their houses and going to as many of the performances as they can. A number go to every single one. 

This year’s theme is ‘Into the Looking Glass’. It take place from August 13th – 26th 2023 in small venues throughout the North York Moors, as well as in a marquee just 10 minutes’ drive from us.

View of church surrounded by people and stalls at a local food festival
6 indian street snacks in a white container
People sitting at tables on green lawn

Malton Food Lovers Festival We started to go to this festival long before we moved into the area. Featuring over 150 food stalls and street food, a cookery theatre, festival bar and live music, it’s a great day out.

Our routine is to find the churros stall first, have an explore round looking for our favourite stalls (check out the indian street food) and  then head to the Talbot for a glass of fizz and a few oysters on the lawn.

Don’t miss some of the great local retailers in Malton as well. Our favourites are Malton Relish (fabulous deli run by Sophie who also does catering for Long Barn guests) Roost (who we buy all Long Barn coffee beans from) Florians (the best macaroons ever) Groovy Moo (delicious gelato) and Hare and Wilde (a gorgeous homeware shop)