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News release - Issued by North York Moors National Park Authority

Party at Parkfest 2016

It’s back! ParkFest 2016 is being held in the North York Moors National Park on Saturday 23 July – Sunday 24 July, with dynamic ‘gypsy folk and roll’ band Holy Moly & the Crackers kick starting events as they take centre stage at 7pm on Saturday. Just back from their awesome debut performance at Glastonbury 2016, Holy Moly & the Crackers play a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British folk-rock, which is guaranteed to get a few feet tapping!

Set in the enchanting grounds of the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, ParkFest 2016 is being held during National Parks Week, where people get a chance to explore, discover and celebrate the special qualities of our UK National Parks.

Richard Gunton, Director of Park Services at the North York Moors National Park said:

” ParkFest 2016 is a spectacular event for all the family to come along and enjoy. It always has an amazing atmosphere and it’s fantastic to see local businesses getting involved. We’re so pleased to have local band Holy Moly & the Crackers join us again this year, they’re superb!”

Sunday 24 July brings the traditional family fun day into the Park which includes a host of events from outdoor activities, crafts, wildlife, nature and conservation, food and produce, to history and heritage.

The family fun day takes place between 11am to 4pm. Entry is free; certain activities may incur a small charge. All children to be accompanied by an adult. The venue is wheel-chair accessible.

Tickets for Holy Moly & the Crackers are £13 for adults, £6 for 14 years and under (includes parking). Gates open at 6pm on 23 July; food and bar available; bring along your own chairs and picnic if you like! To book, please call 01439 772738.

For more information on ParkFest 2016 visit: and to find out more about the charismatic Holy Moly & the Crackers go to:


Media contact

Tel: 01439 772700

Alison Harris, Media and Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

Notes to editors:

The family fun day will be hosting an array of activities, a flavour of these are listed below:


From face painting to spinning wool, and pottery to driftwood sculpture, there’s plenty to watch and join in with. Highlights include:

• Real Staithes – a taster of their Coastal Craft, Foraging and Ancient Paint Palette day courses
• AJ Griffin - demonstrating traditional wood-turning on his pole lathe
• Greenwood Crafts – kick-wheel demos and have-a-go pottery sessions with Wendy Greenwood

Outdoor activities

Test your cycling prowess on our mini bike skills trail (bikes provided) or join in with the have-a-go archery (charges apply).

• Trailblazer Wildcraft – bushcraft skills and wild walks
• Hardmoors – trail-racing and extreme running from the organisers of the Hardmoors race series
• Guided walks – Join our walk leaders on a short 30 minute guided walk

Food and produce

Come and sample some of the gorgeous local produce we sell in The Moors Centre shop.

• Sloe Motion – reviving the ancient country practice of harvesting hedgerow and orchard fruit for drinks and treats

Wildlife, nature and conservation

Meet the National Park Rangers and Volunteer Service – and go out on our 'Ranger Patrol Trail'. There are also sheep-shearing demonstrations throughout the day, as well as animal mask-making, badge-making and a mini-adventure trail.

• Yorkshire Coast Nature – award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Race shows his work and discusses how he captures such amazing images
• British Falconers Club – the oldest established falconry club in the UK will be bringing a bird for people to meet and hold
• Hidden Horizons – drop by to learn about fossils and the Dinosaur Coast
• Whitby & District Astronomical Society - Celebrating Danby's Dark Sky Discovery Site award, view the sun through correctly filtered telescopes
• Beeline Plants – discover the magical world of pollinator-friendly flowers and plants, and make your own bird feeder

History and heritage

• Scrope's Company – the living history group presents candle-dipping, Celtic face painting, medieval spear practice, Viking fire-lighting, Roman board games, and food and cooking demonstrations
• This Exploited Land – the trailblazing story of ironstone and railways in the North York Moors – build a bridge, go on a mini-dig, learn about industrious Victorians
• Robinson Danby Collection – showcasing objects from their mini-museum. Can you guess what all the objects were used for?

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.6 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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