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News release - Issued by North York Moors National Park Authority


Treasure hunts, wild flowers and archery are just some of the things on offer in the North York Moors next week to mark National Parks Week.

The annual event celebrates everything that is special about the UK’s 15 National Parks and this year runs from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016. All 15 UK National Parks will be hosting an array of events throughout the week.

ParkFest 2016, a FREE Family Fun Day on Sunday 24 July (11am – 4pm) at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby kicks things off in the North York Moors National Park.

During the week, we’ll be hosting a mix of events at our two visitor centres; The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, along with a Geocaching Treasure Hunt on Sunday 31 July in Station car park, Robin Hood’s Bay.

Sunday 31 July is also the day of our enchanting MoorFest, where visitors are invited to come and explore our magical moorland. Enjoy the tantalising myths of the moors on trails and walks, and discover the sights and smells of our landscape through storytelling, food-tasting and craft-making.

Drop in to Sutton Bank National Park Centre anytime between 11am – 4pm. Free for all the family.

Events between the two festivals, ParkFest and MoorFest, celebrate the wildlife and heritage of the North York Moors including a Natural Beekeeping Day, a chance to create a bee made from willow, a Busy Bees Treasure Hunt and Have-a-go Archery.

Michael Graham, Assistant Director Park Services at the North York Moors National Park Authority said:

“National Parks Week is a great way to celebrate and embrace our National Parks across the UK. This year’s theme is about ‘adventure’, which is a lovely way to sum up what our National Parks have to offer. Here at the North York Moors we’re able to provide a number of adventures across Moor, Coast, Forest and Dale. So be sure to check out our website for latest information on activities and events. We have lots on offer all year round, including galleries, exhibitions, cycling, exploring, walking, shopping and festivals.”

Full details of events during National Parks Week, the school summer holidays and throughout the year can be found at and


Media contact

Tel: 01439 772700

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

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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