Danby Dale

news and events

Local Agricultural Shows 2023
  • Monday 01 May Duncombe Park Country Fair, Helmsley
  • Sunday 25th June Malton Show Scampton Park
  • Tuesday 25 July Ryedale Show
  • Tuesday 01 Aug Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show
  • Wednesday 09 August Thornton-le-dale Show
  • Saturday 12 Aug Goathland Village Show (tbc)
  • Wednesday 16 Aug Danby Show  Get set for the 161st Show!
  • Saturday 19 Aug Rosedale Show (150th year)
  • Wednesday 23 Aug Egton Show 
  • Monday 28 Aug Farndale Show
  • Saturday 02 Sept Lealholm Show 
  • Saturday 02 Sept Kildale Show 
  • Saturday 09 Sept Castleton Show 
  • Saturday 23 Sept Stokesley Show
Events in and around the National Park 2023
  • Feb Dark Skies Festival Theme: 'Nature at Night'
  • April Easter egg Hunt at The Moors National Park Centre
  • 28-30 April  Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby
  • May to July Community Earth Festival
  • May WalkFest, across the North York Moors National Park
  • 1 May  Duncombe Park Country Fair, Helmsley
  • 14 May North York Moors Chamber Music Series, Lythe
  • 27-29 May Rosedale Walking Festival
  • 10-11 June Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Whitby Museum
  • 9-11 June Robin Hood's Bay Folk Weekend
  • 11 June Open Farm Sunday
  • 17-18 June Stokesley Open Gardens
  • 14-16 July Great North Folk Festival at Botton Village
  • 11-14 July  Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate
  • 17 June Pride Walk, Talk and Picnic at Sutton Bank
  • 1-2 July Duncombe Park Steam Rally, Helmsley
  • 14-30 July Ryedale Festival, concerts and arts events in historic venues
  • 22-28 July Ryedale Jazz Festival, Pickering
  • 4-6 Aug Whitby Traction Engine Rally, Hawsker Whitby
  • 13-26 Aug North York Moors Chamber Music Festival
  • 11-13 Aug Saltburn Folk Festival
  • 12-14 Aug Whitby Regatta
  • 19-25 Aug Whitby Folk Festival
  • 26-27 Aug Living History Weekend Eden Camp
  • 15-17 Sept Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage, Staithes
  • 21-24 Sept 50th Anniversary Steam Gala, North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • 27 Oct-05 Nov Dark Skies Fringe Festival
  • 27-29 Oct Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby
  • Nov Christmas Craft Fair, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
  • Nov Christmas Shopping Weekend, Sutton Bank National Park Centre
  • Nov Santa Specials, North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Nov Northern Lights Express, North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Dec weekends Santa Specials, and Northern Lights Express, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North York Moors National Park website has a wealth of information on events in and around the National Park.  Visit The Moors National Park Centre in Danby to explore the exhibitions and gallery of changing works, relax in the cafe, and pick up books, maps, and guides to the local area.

Local History  

Abook by Alastair Laurence 'Danby: Four More Views of a History'  explores the history of Castleton, the farms of Danbydale, Botton Village, and the historic dwellings of the North York Moors; including our own Church House Farm, formerly Canons' Hall, which has been traced back to the Middle Ages when the Augustinian Canons of Gisborough Priory were given Canons' Hall by Robert de Brus.  The present Church House farmhouse and closes are identified as the site of the medieval Canons' Hall with the same view of the church enjoyed by guests today that the Canons looked out across five hundred years ago.

'Danby: Four More Views of a History' (2021) and the first volume 'Danby: Three Views of a History' (2020) which examines Danby Parish, Danby Castle, and Ainthorpe; are available to buy locally at Botton Village Store, Danby Health Shop, The Moors National Park Centre in Danby and here at Church House Farm.