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17/03/2015

News Release - Issued by The North York Moors National Park Authority

Easter Adventures in the North York Moors

There’s an event for everyone in the North York Moors this Easter from children’s craft activities and adventure days to a willow workshop and free guided walks that take a closer look at the National Park’s history and wildlife. Over the Easter weekend (3 – 6 April), there will also be a trail in the grounds at Sutton Bank National Park Centre and The Moors National Park Centre, Danby – find the missing eggs and collect a tasty prize.

Craft activities include making fossils, marine monsters, birds and kites from a variety of materials while younger visitors (aged 3 – 7) can make a pair of bunny ears and listen to the story of Rosie Rabbit. For those wanting to explore the great outdoors, there’s an activity to show children how to use a compass and another to introduce them to geocaching using a GPS unit. All events take place at The Moors National Park Centre apart from the Rosie Rabbit session on 8 April which is at Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

The National Park Authority has again teamed up with East Barnby Outdoor Centre to offer older children (aged 9 to 16) three adventure days during the Easter holidays on 31 March, 7 April and 10 April. These include activities such as canoeing, sailing, orienteering, mountain biking, bushcraft and more.

Guided walks taking place during the two week Easter break range from a 1.5mile ramble in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay to a six mile walk in the peace and tranquillity of Bilsdale. Other walks explore Gribdale and its links with Captain James Cook, Farndale with its carpet of wild daffodils and Whitby, taking in the town’s hidden buildings, courts and snickets. Walks are led by the National Park Authority’s knowledgeable volunteers and are free of charge but donations to help care for the North York Moors are welcome.

On Saturday 4 April, The Moors National Park Centre will be hosting a one day willow workshop offering people the opportunity to make willow wigwams to support plants in their gardens. The workshop costs £45 and runs from 10am to 3pm.

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 required for all events apart from the Easter Trail. Call 01439 772738 for more information on event prices, age restrictions and to book a place. The adventure days need to be booked directly with East Barnby on 01947 89333. Further information on these and other forthcoming events can also be found at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events.

The National Park’s Out and About Guide with information on all events taking place in the North York Moors this year can be downloaded at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/outandabout. It is also available from National Park and Tourist Information Centres.

ENDS

Media contact
Tel: 01439 772700

Rachel McIntosh, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority r.mcintosh@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Outdoor Adventure Tuesday 31 March 9:30am - 4pm
East Barnby Outdoor Centre
East Barnby Outdoor Centre invites you on high-octane holiday adventures for 9 to 16 year olds (families are welcome too). You'll get to try one or two activities (depending on the season and weather), from a great choice of canoeing, kayaking, surf sports, sailing, beck-scrambling, geocaching, orienteering, mountain-biking, indoor climbing, real rock adventures, dry slope skiing, seashore exploration and bushcraft.
Cost: Adult: £30 Child: £30 Minimum Age: 9
Packed lunch required. For more details and bookings, contact East Barnby Outdoor Centre on 01947 893333.

Easter Crafts Tuesday 31 March There are four separate sessions, starting at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Celebrate the arrival of spring by making festive decorations, seasonal cards and other spring-themed crafts.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 4

Easter with Rosie Rabbit Wednesday 1 April There are two separate sessions, starting at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Listen to the story of Rosie Rabbit, make your own bunny ears, take part in an egg hunt and create some Easter crafts.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 For ages: 3–7

Gribdale Explorer Guided Walk Wednesday 1 April 10:30am – 2:30pm
Gribdale Gate car park (OS Grid Ref: NZ 592 110)
Ian White takes you on a challenging 4.5 mile walk exploring locations associated with the renowned navigator Captain James Cook and also with the area’s ironstone mining, which has shaped the current landscape. There are some stiles and a couple of steep ascents and descents. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Free but a suggested donation of £2 would be welcome

Bay’s Hidden History Guided Walk Wednesday 1 April 11am – 12:30pm
Station car park, Robin Hood’s Bay
Explore with Dave Perry the history and social change in the ‘ancient’ village of Robin Hood’s Bay, visiting a unique whale bone arch and the UK’s smallest listed structure. You’ll go where other visitors don’t on this short 1.5 mile walk! There is a steep ascent and descent.
Cost: Free but a suggested donation of £2 would be welcome

Cunning Compass Explorers Thursday 2 April 10:30am – 12 noon
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Learn how to use a compass and tackle the compass course. Take on the Compass Explorers’ Challenge to claim your prize.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 7
Geocaching for Beginners Thursday 2 April 1:30pm – 3pm
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Use our GPS units to explore the grounds looking for hidden caches, and complete the wildlife puzzles to win a prize.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 7

Easter Trail Friday 3 April – Monday 6 April Drop in any time between 10am – 5pm
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre
Use your map of the grounds to locate the hidden eggs. Find all ten and a tasty prize awaits you!
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4

Willow Workshop Saturday 4 April 10am – 3pm
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Join Anthea Firth, our guest willow expert, to make quality items for your garden and home. We’ll be making willow plant wigwams today. Please bring your lunch.
Cost: Adult: £45 Minimum age 16

A Wild Daffodil Walk Sunday 5 April 10am – 12 noon
Lowna Car Park, Farndale (OS Grid Ref: SE 685 910)
Walk leader David Sinclair takes you on an atmospheric 4 mile walk following the River Dove past an isolated Quaker burial ground to your halfway point – Dale End Bridge. Your return is through woodland and fields interlaced with a patchwork of wild daffodils. This walk can be quite muddy in places.
Cost: Free but a suggested donation of £2 would be welcome

Discovering Whitby Guided Walk Sunday 5 April 11am – 1pm
Whitby Tourist Information Centre, YO21 1YN
From cobbles underfoot to cobles on water. Dave Perry goes beyond Whitby’s tourist trail on a 2.5 mile walk that explores the hidden buildings, steps, courts, snickets and yards that are steeped in history and shaped by fishing, mining, shipping and commerce.
Cost: Free but a suggested donation of £2 would be welcome

Outdoor Adventure Tuesday 7 April 9:30am - 4pm
East Barnby Outdoor Centre
East Barnby Outdoor Centre invites you on high-octane holiday adventures for 9 to 16 year olds (families are welcome too). You'll get to try one or two activities (depending on the season and weather), from a great choice of canoeing, kayaking, surf sports, sailing, beck-scrambling, geocaching, orienteering, mountain-biking, indoor climbing, real rock adventures, dry slope skiing, seashore exploration and bushcraft.
Cost: Adult: £30 Child: £30 Minimum Age: 9
Packed lunch required. For more details and bookings, contact East Barnby Outdoor Centre on 01947 893333.

Fabulous Fossils Tuesday 7 April 10:30am – 12 noon
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Take a look at some fabulous fossils – found on our own Jurassic Park coast – and then have a go at making your own to take home with you.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 6

Dinosaur Designs Tuesday 7 April 1:30pm – 3pm
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Our Jurassic sea had all sorts of wild and wonderful animals living in it. Try different craft techniques to create your own marvellous marine monsters!
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 4

Views Around Bilsdale Guided Walk Wednesday 8 April 10am – 1pm
Chop Gate Village Hall car park (OS Grid Ref: SE 558 993)
Mike Nicholson takes you along the eastern flank of this charming part of Bilsdale before returning from the impressive Nab End over the moor top. Some stiles and a steep climb en route, but the views are well worth the effort on this 6 mile walk.
Cost: Free but a suggested donation of £2 would be welcome

Easter with Rosie Rabbit Wednesday 8 April There are two separate sessions, starting at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
Sutton Bank National Park Centre
Listen to the story of Rosie Rabbit, make your own bunny ears, take part in an egg hunt and create some Easter crafts.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 For ages: 3–7

Brilliant Birds Thursday 9 April 10:30am – 12 noon
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Why does a grouse have feathers on its legs? Why is a curlew’s beak so long? Find out at the Centre, before making a brilliant bird or two to take home.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50 Minimum age: 4

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Thursday 9 April 1:30pm – 3pm
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
Let the National Park’s wildlife inspire your own creature kite. Why not test it out in the grounds? Let’s hope for a windy day!
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £5 Minimum age: 4

Canoe Adventure Friday 10 April 9:30am - 4pm
East Barnby Outdoor Centre
East Barnby Outdoor Centre invites you on high-octane holiday adventures for 9 to 16 year olds (families are welcome too). You'll get to canoe along the beautiful River Esk, an exciting journey of discovery (with a few fun games thrown in along the way!).
Cost: Adult: £30 Child: £30 Minimum Age: 9
Packed lunch required. Booking essential. For more details and bookings, contact East Barnby Outdoor Centre on 01947 893333.

The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth national park.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire. Nearly 14% of its staff are apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

The UK’s 15 national parks are hugely popular with the public - in a poll undertaken by the UK Association of National Park Authorities in February 2013, 93 per cent of people felt national parks were areas of national importance. Public spending on national parks in England is less than £1 per person per year. More information on the UK’s national parks can be found at www.nationalparks.gov.uk