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Events & Activities – Winter 2024



Dark Skies Festival: 9–25 Feb, events across North York Moors & Howardian Hills, event programme:

North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s ‘No. 70000 Britannia Trips’: 10–18 Feb,

North Yorkshire Open Studios:
1–2 & 8–9 Jun,

See for more events, workshops and guided walks.



Live Jazz at Chapel on the Hill: 26 Jan, 23 Feb (and usually the last Fri of the month), 1pm, cafe open, Chapel on the Hill, Brunswick St, YO21 1RB (for details of forthcoming jazz at the chapel call 07770 772233) 

Exhibition: ‘Our Lasses – Inspirational Women of Whitby’: 6 Feb–1 Dec, Whitby Museum’s 50th anniversary,

Exhibition: ‘Adventures in Time: The Development of Steampunk’:
6 Feb–1 Dec, Whitby Museum,

Whitby Steampunk Weekend:
10–11 Feb, Whitby Pavilion,

Whitby Abbey holiday events: 10–18 Feb – Half-term History Makers; 23 Mar–14 Apr – Easter Adventure Quest; places/whitby-abbey/events

Colebrooke Productions 2024 Showcase: 15 Feb, 7pm, Whitby Pavilion, evening showcase of music, song and dance,        

Whitby Goth Weekends 2024: 26–29 Apr & 1–3 Nov,

Theatre: ‘The Hound of the Baskerviles’: 29 Apr, 7.30pm, Whitby Pavilion Theatre, presented by Crime and Comedy Theatre Co, radio-play-live-on-stage adaptation,

Whitby 60s Weekend 2024: 7 Jun,

Whitby Folk Week 2024: 17–23 Aug, Musicport Festival 2024: 25–27 Oct, Whitby Pavilion, super early-bird tickets available:



Exhibition: ‘A Time to Look’: 10 Feb–12 May, Inspired by… Gallery, Danby Lodge National Park Centre, diverse work from 140 artists via North York Open Studios, chance to vote for your favourite 2D and 3D,

Community Earth Project Launch (CEP): 21 Apr, 11.30am–4pm, Danby Village Hall, YO21 2LY, introducing CEP, nature, science and arts activities, stalls, short talks in supper room (farming, ecology, marine wildlife, etc), music, storytelling; family event, free entry (donations welcome)



Forest Runner: 24 Mar, 9am, 5K and 10K running series,

Booking and more events and workshops at:



Johnny Dowd: 9 Mar 2024, 7.30pm, The Bandroom,



Panto: Beggar’s Bridge Players present ‘Beauty and the Beastie’: 9 & 10 Feb, 7.30pm with also a matinee on 10 Feb, Robinson Institute, tickets £6/£3 – phone 01947 897524 

Good Friday Musical Evening at Glaisdale Chapel: 29 Mar, 7.15pm, an hour of music and songs followed by refreshments, all welcome, retiring collection, Glaisdale Head Methodist Chapel YO21 2PZ

Community Earth Project & 3-Minute Arts present The Mini Arts Festival 2024: 22 Jun, 11am–11pm, Robinson Institute; winning 3-minute plays, stories and songs; young musicians and actors; bands and choirs; interactive storytelling; Earth & Planet stalls; science and art activities; fortune telling, poetry and story tent; face painting; Earth Cafe and picnic areas, locally produced food, beverages; evening session bands and bar. Free entry (donations).



Royal Northern Sinfonia Music from the Movies: 1 Feb, Middlesbrough Town Hall,

Teesside Music Society: 2 Feb – North East Opera/MAP Singers; 2–3 Feb – Songfest (daytime), ‘Howay The Lasses’ (evening); 11 Feb – North8 (vocal octet); 17 Mar – Marmen Quartet; all at Stokesley Methodist Church, TS9 5AX,

Great Ayton String Orchestra Winter Series: 4 Feb, 3pm, The Friends’ Meeting House, Great Ayton, free admission, refreshments, retiring collection

Classical Café: Opera Nova: 4 Feb, 3pm, Middlesbrough Town Hall,

Piano Recital – Paula Lopez-Atanet:
7 Feb, 2pm, Tuned In!, Redcar, TS10 5BJ,

BBC Music Introducing … : 18 Feb, 4pm, Middlesbrough Town Hall Courtroom, showcasing three of NE’s finest singer-songwriters – Jodie Nicholson, Melanie Baker and Maius Mollis,

Immersion Theatre present ‘Alice in Wonderland’: 24 Feb, Middlesbrough Theatre,

‘The Haunting’: 29 Feb, Hugh Janes’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ spine-tingling tale, Middlesbrough Theatre,

Classical Guitar Recital – Liam Kalson: 13 Mar, 2pm, Tuned In!, Redcar, TS10 5BJ, American guitarist Liam Kalson plays music by Purcell, Bach, Giuliani, Weiss, Villa-Lobos, Tansman and Dowland,


Vi’s Community Cafe at St Matthew’s Church: every Thursday, 10.30am–3pm, homemade soup, cakes, hot butties, teas and coffees – run by volunteers, if you can help please call Liz Druce on 01947 895730

‘String Lizard’ band performing at Vi’s Community Cafe, St Matthew’s: 15 Feb, during cafe opening times, bluegrass / folk, songs and tunes



Guided Walks and Health Walks: Loftus Accord walking group, free walks, no booking needed:

Story Telling Morning at Loftus Duncan Place Library: 3 Feb, 10am–12 noon, as part of National Storytelling Week. Children and families welcome to drop in and listen to stories under the story tree in the new library 

Exhibition: ‘Mines, Minerals & Men’: Until 17 Feb, Land of Iron Museum,



The Schmoozenbergs: 16 Feb, 7.30pm, uplifting Eastern European/1930s Parisian music, Helmsley Arts Centre,

1812 Theatre Co presents ‘Scary Bikers’ by John Godber: 21 Feb, 7.30pm, Helmsley Arts Centre,

1812 Youth Theatre presents ‘Tuesday’ by Alison Carr: 1–2 Mar, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, Helmsley Arts Centre,

1812 Youth Theatre presents ‘Start Swimming’ by James Fritz: 7–9 Mar, 7.30pm, Helmsley Arts Centre,

Malton Monthly Food Market: 9 Mar & 13 Apr, Malton Market Place, 9am–3pm,

Alligator Gumbo: 23 Mar, 7.30pm, jazz/swing from the roaring 20s, Helmsley Arts Centre,

Exhibition: ‘Believe it or not’: 23 Mar–17 Nov, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, Magic and beliefs from the North York Moors and beyond,

Malton Monthly Arts & Crafts Market: 30 Mar & 27 Apr, Malton Market Place, 9am–3pm,

Ryedale Festival 2024: 12 Apr – Launch Concert; 8 Jun – Community Song Cycle; 12–28 Jul – Summer Festival,

Hotbuckle Productions presents Pride & Prejudice: 20 Apr, 7.30pm, Helmsley Arts Centre,

1812 Theatre Co Double Bill: 24–27 Apr, 7.30pm, ‘Baby Dolls’ by Tamara von Werthern & ‘Contractions’ by Mike Bartlett, Helmsley Arts Centre,

Malton Food Lovers’ Festival: 25–27 May, Market Place,

Hardmoors 26.2 White Horse: 9 Jun, White Horse trail marathon circular routes starting from Sutton Bank NP Centre, half marathon and 10K,

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival 2024: 11–24 Aug,



Great Ayton String Orchestra Winter Series: 28 Jan, 3pm, Saltburn Community Arts Centre, free admission, retiring collection

Jazz Nights at Saltburn Arts Centre:
2 Feb – The Giles Strong Quartet; 1 Mar – The Joseph Carville Trio; 5 Apr – The Bridget Metcalfe Quartet, 7.30pm,

Seaside Folk at Saltburn Arts Centre:
16 Feb – Ken Nichol and Wendy Ross; 8 Mar – The Tannahill Weavers; 10 May – Sarah McQuaid, 7.30pm,

Saltburn Folk Festival 2024: 11–13 Aug,



Concert: Charlie Flintoft, euphonium and trombone: 26 Jan, 7pm, Westborough Methodist Church; accompanist: Zena Bentley; donations to The Source of Light School, Uganda; phone 07375 550307

Scarborough Symphony Orchestra Concerts: 10 Feb (Boulanger, Fauré, Foulds, Tomasi, Ravel); 11 May (Brahms, Fogg, Boulanger, Grant Still), 7.15pm, Methodist Central Hall, Queen Street, YO11 1HQ,

Theatre: ‘Do I Love You?’ by John Godber: 7–10 Feb, Stephen Joseph Theatre,

Townsend Productions present ‘Behold Ye Ramblers’ by Neil Gore: 5 Mar, Stephen Joseph Theatre,

Musical Theatre: ‘Oh What a Lovely War’: 6–9 Mar, Stephen Joseph Theatre,

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham in concert: 17 Mar, Stephen Joseph Theatre,

Theatre: ‘Northanger Abbey’: 27 Mar–13 Apr, new play by award-winning playwright Zoe Cooper, Stephen Joseph Theatre,

Scarborough Punk Festival: 30–31 Mar, Scarborough Spa,

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