04 August 2010
The Ryedale, North Yorkshire Events and What's On calendar is packed with exciting events and fun-filled days out to suit all tastes and pockets, you can have a completely different experience everyday. Our agricultural shows offer a great day’s entertainment and celebrate the traditional way of life. Where else can you see all kinds of livestock, show jumping, onions the size of footballs and buy outdoor clothing often at reduced prices? If you enjoy the outdoors, events include open stables day, celebrating Ryedale’s horseracing connection, open gardens, carnivals, fetes, steam trains and traction engines. The classic and the modern are represented in local theatres and arts centres and many of Ryedale’s attractions organise special events. Demonstrating the cultural side of Ryedale, local craft fairs, antiques and collectors fairs and art exhibitions are held regularly. From traditional pastimes to more contemporary gatherings, there is something for everyone.
Further afield you can choose to spend your day on one of the many beautiful, golden beaches along our coastline. Or you can visit historic castles and abbeys or stately homes. Or simply enjoy the great outdoors and the glorious hills and dales of North Yorkshire. There are also great visitor attractions to enjoy, where you can choose to follow in the footsteps of TV and film heroes such as "Heartbeat" and "The Royal", "Brideshead Revisited" or visit Herriot country.
High on anyone's What's On North Yorkshire list is Castle Howard. This magificent stately home is one of the most famous historic houses in the country. Every August, Castle Howard is host to the Last Night of the Proms, one of the most popular events on the North Yorkshire events on the calendar.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway hosts special events throughout the year, including the annual Wartime Weekend in October. This weekend involves other popular attractions along the line from Pickering to Whitby.
A number of English Heritage sites lie within our region. These include world-famous locations such as Whitby Abbey, Scarborough Castle and Rievaulx Abbey where exciting re-enactments and displays are staged.
North Yorkshire is synonymous with the best in agricultural shows and some of the most long-established are held within the region. The North Yorkshire County Show and Ryedale Show are two of the many such events held throughout the year.
For horseracing enthusiasts, Thirsk Racecourse holds a number of day and evening meetings. Cycling in North Yorkshire is a favourite activity where cyclists can enjoy some of country's most diverse routes. The area also stages road racing at its very best with the Ryedale Grand Prix, British Cycling's Premier Calendar Road Race over 185km.
Pickering Showground is becoming a well-established venue for major annual events. The Traction Engine Rally comes to town in August, and the Motor Sports Yorkshire Rally is held every October.
We hope you have gained just a flavour of the many events and activities available to you when you visit North Yorkshire.