Fun in the great outdoors this Easter

There’s fun for all the family in the North York Moors this Easter with children’s events nearly every day at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby and free guided walks that combine gentle exercise with a closer look at the area’s history and wildlife. Details of these and other National Park Authority events and activities taking place throughout the year can be found in the free Out and About Guide available from National Park and Tourist Information Centres.

Children can learn about the birds and the bees of the North York Moors at one of several crafty events that include making a bird feeder, using natural materials to make a bird’s nest and building a bee hotel. There are activities designed to get kids used to using GPS units, maps and compasses so they can take charge on a walk and two events going back to basics building shelters and learning bush craft skills.

Guided walks on offer over the two week Easter break range from a one mile saunter around Hutton-le-Hole looking at the history behind some of its buildings to a five mile walk exploring the flora and fauna around Sandsend. There’s also a scavenger hunt looking for signs of spring around Goathland and an all day walk to the windy pits, a series of limestone fissure caves on the southern edge of the North York Moors. All walks are free of charge but donations to help care for the National Park are welcome.

Visitors to The Moors National Park Centre will also be able to view an exhibition of work by artist Will Taylor and photographer Peter Mernagh plus crafts by Brigantia in the centre’s Inspired by… Gallery.

Sally Ann Smith, the National Park Authority’s Events & Exhibitions Coordinator, said:

“This is a wonderful time to be out and about in the countryside with signs of spring at every turn. Our events programme has plenty to keep you busy over the Easter break and as well as spending time in breathtaking surroundings, you’ll also get to discover more about some of the area’s wildlife and heritage too.”

Booking is advisable for all events and there is a small charge for the children’s activities. Details can be found at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/outandaboutguide or by calling 01439 772738.

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