Half-term family fun in the North York Moors

Young detectives are needed at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby this half term to solve a wildlife crime. Empty seashells have been discovered in rock pools in the North York Moors and help is needed to catch the culprit. The family trail around the grounds of the centre runs from 6 to 10 June and is just one of the events the National Park Authority has lined up for the forthcoming half-term break.

Coastal Art 6 June photo by DiscoveryPhotography

Danby Beacon photo by PhilipBarnes

The Whitby Company of Archers will be at The Moors National Park Centre all day on 4 June giving people hands on guidance in the ancient sport of archery and later that evening at 10.26pm, Danby Beacon Trust will be lighting Danby Beacon to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. People are welcome to attend the beacon lighting – call 01287 660859 for more details.

Stream-Dipping 7 June

On the morning of 6 June, the Authority’s education team will be on the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay creating ‘sand people’ and pictures using seaweed, shells and pebbles while on 7 June, they’ll be at The Moors National Park Centre leading a minibeast hunt and going stream dipping. The centre has two craft events on 8 June where children can make a felt bag or forage for leaves to make a leaf-print T-shirt.

There are also a number of family-friendly walks taking place during the week including one mile walks at Cawthorn Roman Camps near Pickering and around the pretty village of Lastingham on 3 June.

Sally Ann Smith, the National Park Authority’s Events and Exhibitions Coordinator, said: “The North York Moors provides a plenty of opportunities for children to have fun but also to learn about local history and the natural environment. Anyone coming to one of our half-term events at The Moors National Park Centre will also get the opportunity to see the wonderful ‘Inspired Landscape’ exhibition which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the National Park.”

The guided walks are free but booking is essential. Children’s events cost from £2.50 to £6 and booking is needed apart from the archery and family trail. For more information and to book call 01439 772738. Details of all the National Park Authority’s events, walks and exhibitions can be found in the free Out and About Guide available from National Park Centres and online at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events.

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