Long evenings, warmer days, quieter roads, less busy-ness.  Why wouldn’t you choose to go on holiday in May?

Here are some ideas for you to explore and experience in May. And to talk about for months to come!

7 things to do in Yorkshire in May :

1 Get arty in Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is the go to place for mountain bikers and walkers.   Adding another dimension to your visit is artist Helen Sear.

From 5 May she will be Dalby Forest’s first ever artist in residence.  Visit her Wahaha Biota exhibition in the Dalby Courtyard.

‘If the trees in the forest could utter vibrations absorbed over time, they might resemble the sound track for Wahaha Biota‘ – Helen Sear

My curiosity is certainly piqued!

2  Join a photography workshop at Castle Howard

Head to Castle Howard for 8.45 am on Saturday 19 May and join in this workshop. And the great thing is, it’s for beginners too. Inspiration for your subject will be all around you.

You need to book in advance, click here: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/ryedale-garden-photography-workshop-4

3  Go bird watching

Join Yorkshire Coast Nature on one of their, Yorkshire Birding Discovery Days.

Each tour will focus on not only seeing and finding the best species on offer but also learning about identification, habitat, life cycle and much more in a relaxed and fun environment. Beginners to experienced bird watchers are welcome.  I’ve been on a tour with the experts from Yorkshire Coast Nature and the knowledge and enthusiasm from Richard, your expert guide for the day is infectious.

There are a few spaces left for Friday 4th, Saturday 5th or Saturday 19th May.

4 Go behind the scenes

On Saturday 5th May, go behind the scenes of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This heritage steam railway starts at Pickering and runs across the North York Moors to Whitby.  This event gives access to areas not usually open to the public. A steam railway fan’s dream day out surely!  Click here for more info and to book: https://www.nymr.co.uk/Event/behindthescenes

5  Go Gothic at Whitby Abbey

You can always rely on English Heritage to put great historical events.  The Gothic Falconry display at Whitby Abbey on 5th, 6th and 7th May won’t disappoint.  Learn how hawks and falcons hunt in the air and on the ground.  The event runs from 11 am to 5pm. Make sure you get to spend some time exploring this coastal town too, rich in many things Gothic!

6  Shop local at these popular farmers’ markets

Malton’s Monthly Food Market takes place on Saturday 12 May (9 am til 3pm).  You’ll find over 35 local food and drink stalls.  Set in and around the Milton Rooms and located in Malton’s central Market Place with live music and cooking.

The village of Hovingham, about 8 miles west of Malton, holds a market on Saturday 5th May (10.30am – 1.30pm).  Boasting over 50 stalls selling local produce and crafts. The bacon butties and cakes served in the Community Hall are worth the visit alone!

7  Walk with history

This 5 mile guided walk starts from the North York Moors village of Appleton le Street.   Meet up is at the village hall at 1 pm on Sunday 6th May.

You’ll follow ancient tracks and country lanes to explore some Romano-British and medieval sites.  The walk is free, but you need to book by calling the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, on 01439 772738.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, all these marvellous May events are within an easy drive of Spring Cottage.

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