Daffodils flowering in wood
Close up wild daffodils in woodland
Interior of a country shop displaying groceries on wooden shelves

March is the time of year when it feels as if everything is starting to wake up from the colder winter months.

The appearance of wild daffodils in the North York Moors, really does herald the start of Spring. Depending on the weather, they are usually in bloom from mid March onwards. The famous walk is the one in Farndale which we’d suggest combining with a visit to the lovely Farndale Store which we blogged about last year.

Closer to home, the daffodils in the woods near Appleton are spectacular and just a walk from the door. Look out for roe deer, boxing hares and all sorts of birdlife in the fields and woods around us.

Steam train at station in North York moors
Garden in front of Helmsley Castle

Lots of places start to open back up in the count down to Easter. The North York Moors Railway season starts up on 23rd March with a full timetable of trains and activities. You can catch a train from Pickering, and go all the way up to Whitby, stopping off at some of the lovely little stations on the way. Some may look a little familiar; the North York Moors Railway has been featured in a number of films from Harry Potter to Mission Impossible.

The wonderful Ryedale Folk Museum reopens on 11 March. It’s just a short drive from the Long Barn in Hutton le Hole and is a great day out for the whole family. It’s looks are deceptive from the outside; the site has over 20 heritage buildings over 6 acres.  This year is the museums 60th birthday; there’s a special exhibition of the museum’s history in the gallery (free entry) and also a brand new exhibition, “Believe it or Not” telling the story of magic and beliefs from the North York Moors and beyond. 

The Helmsley Walled Garden reopens on 1 March (with entry free on that day)  Spring time is a lovely time to visit it as the spring flowers begin to appear. The Vine Café is a great place for a cup of coffee or lunch.             

Pine Trees in forest
Hare on a path
Clump of wild garlic

Dalby Forest is holding Forest Runner (5K or 10K) on 24 March. Or enjoy one of the other many activities there from mountain biking, hiking, zip wires and much more.

And finally, the end of the month sees the Scarborough Punk Festival return. Sadly we’re of the age where we remember many of the bands playing from our youth. So if you fancy a trip down member lane to see Sham69, the Buzzcocks, the Rezillos or the Members, this is the place. Currently sold out, but with resale tickets available on line.

It’s an eclectic mix of what’s on in March – with something for everyone.