What's On In February!
Whitby, North York Moors, Yorkshire Coast
So you’re looking for exciting things to do and see in Whitby and the surrounding areas in February? Well, have we got a jam-packed list of suggestions for you! There’s walking, cycling, eating, wildlife watching, film screenings, and much, much more. Something for everyone so read on and take your pick.
Of course, February brings Valentine's day and there are lots of places to see and things to do on this special day. Take a romantic walk on the beach, dine in one of the areas finest eateries, or stay in some of the delightful accommodation available. That’s not to mention the famous Dracula Experience where ‘true love never dies.’
However, North Yorkshire has far more to offer in February than just Valentines day treats. There’s also the Dark Skies Festival, of which we will cover some events later, and much, much more. The Dark Skies Festival is an annual event run by the National Parks that celebrates and educates on our marvellous night skies. Our first suggestion of what’s on in February comes from this.
Why Stars Matter!
Did you know that the stars affect you and the forest every day? No, well they do, and you can find out why by participating in the ‘Why stars matter trail’ in the Dalby forest!
This 0.5-mile walk starts at the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and will educate and amaze you with its information about the night skies. There are also activities along the way for all the family and that includes well-behaved dogs!
Where: Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby near Thornton Le Dale
Contact: 01751 460295
When: From the 15th February, 10am to 3pm
How to get there: Dalby Forest Dr, Low Dalby, Pickering, YO18 7LT
Night Time Photography
If you love photography then you shouldn’t miss out on this wonderful evening hosted by local photographer Richard Burdon. On it you will learn how to shoot stunning images of Whitby and its sights at night.
The Night Time Photography Workshop lasts for approximately three hours and visits some highly interesting places in the harbour and old town. It is not suitable for children.
This one is for all those adrenaline junkies out there! Fly through the night sky in an uninterrupted plunge through the night sky of Dalby Forest. Of course, you will be strapped in safely to a zip wire and will have the pleasure of making the journey twice.
Where: Go Ape, Dalby Forest Drive, Pickering
Contact: 01603 895500
When: 15th and 16th February from 6pm to 9pm
A Posh Fish Supper
There is no finer tradition than having fish and chips whilst sitting in the harbour of Whitby. That is if you can avoid the cheeky seagulls who wish to share! But how about eating this seaside staple in more refined surroundings whilst still enjoying the sea views?
The HM Bark Endeavour Experience is offering you exactly this for one night only in February! You will enjoy a fine selection of seafood and side dishes on the deck of this mighty ship. This will be followed by a fine fish dish including the choice of fish and chips accompanied by a bottle of Prosecco. It’s a night of fish and fizz!
Where: HM Bark Endeavour, Endeavour Wharf, Whitby, YO21 1DN
Contact: 01947 600511
When: 7th February from 6pm
Our Place In The Universe
Part of the Dark Skies Festival, Our place in the universe is an engaging talk on astronomy and the night sky being held at Castle Howard. It is hosted by Dr. Tim O’Brien of the University of Manchester who will also answer all your questions afterward.
This event is suitable for those who have a general interest or a keen interest in astronomy but perhaps not for children. Admission cost includes refreshments throughout.
Where: Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA
Contact: 01653 648333
When: 15th February from 7pm to 9pm
Have A Hoot!
If you’re looking for a fabulous night out with family and friends, you won’t go far wrong with the ‘Owl Prowl Evening’. This is an event hosted by the National Centre For Birds Of Prey at Helmsley and part of the Dark Skies Festival.
On this magical evening, you will be given a guided tour of the centres owls by torchlight, witness a flying demo of the tiny owls in candlelight, and watch the large owls fly freely in the darkness above you.
Warm clothing is advised for this event although you will also receive mulled wine or spiced apple juice to warm your cockles. Suitable for children over eight.
Where: National Centre For Birds Of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, YO62 5EB
Contact: 08447 422035
When: 15th February from 7pm to 9pm
Gaze And Graze
If you fancy something a little different in February, why not attend the Gaze and Graze at The Farmhouse in Goathland? This will be a fabulous evening full of stargazing and feasting to remember in an area that provides spectacular views on clear nights.
On this evening you will enjoy an outdoor dinner of stew and steamed puddings whilst wrapped up in blankets and sheepskins sat beside glowing fire pits.
After dinner, you will be given a talk by astronomer Richard Dams who will talk you through the sights you are seeing. These include the milky way, galaxies and fabulous shooting stars. You will also have a chance to have an informal chat with Richard Dams after hot toddies and roasted marshmallows.
Where: The Farmhouse, Orchard Farm, Goathland, YO22 5JX
Contact: 01947 89639
When: 15th February from 7pm to 10,15pm
Ghostly And Ghoulish Wandering
Robin Hood’s Bay is undoubtedly a gorgeous village with a rich plethora of history including tales of smuggling, fishing, and ghostly goings on. And what better way to explore all that than to participate in one of the villages famous ghost walks.
On the Robin Hood’s Bay ghost walk you will creep down narrow streets and meander in its ancient alleyways. You will also hear tales of smuggling, shipwrecks, ghosts, ghouls, and the supernatural.
Where: Slipway in dock outside National Trust’s Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hood’s Bay, YO22 4BJ
Contact: Rose Rylands on 01947 895122
When: 16, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27th February
Saving The Dark
Light pollution is becoming a huge problem in the environments we have created for ourselves today. Saving the Dark is a film that explores this and helps us learn how we can preserve our night skies. It is not to be missed and suitable for all ages.
Where: Dalby Forest Visitors Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton Le Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT
When: 20th February 7.30pm to 9.45pm
Show Some Grit!
For those of you out there who like a challenge, the True Grit event is ideal. This is a cycle ride with a difference starting at Newburgh Priory and lasting for 50 miles through the forest, moorland, and private land. What’s more, it goes on through the night, cycling under dark skies.
Where: Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, YO61 4AS
Contact: 01347 823963
When: 23rd February from 4pm
Whitby Steampunk Weekend
The Whitby Steampunk Weekend takes place twice a year in Whitby and is hugely popular. For those unfamiliar with it, it is a gathering of like-minded people who enjoy an aesthetic based on a mixture of science fiction, the 19th century, and the Victorian era.
At this event, you will find over 30 friendly and colourful merchandise stalls selling everything from artisan and bespoke Steam punk to alternative and unique gothic products. There is also a fabulous musical and entertainment program.
Where: Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN
Contact: Whitby Steam Punks Facebook Page
When: 9th to the 10th February
A Carpet Of Snowdrops
Every February the grounds of Burton Agnes Hall become covered in millions of gorgeous snowdrops making for a breathtaking display that you must see. Wrap up warm though as the weather may not be as beautiful as the flowers! Should you be really chilly you can nip to the courtyard where they will be serving hot drinks and homemade treats!
Where: Burton Agnes Hall, Rudston Road, Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 4NB
Contact: 01262 490324
When: From February 8th 11am to 4pm
Malton Food Market
The Malton Food Market is one of the most renowned in the whole of Yorkshire and it is no wonder. For here you will find over 35 food stalls all selling local and fresh produce. It is highly esteemed by local foodies, chefs, and keen amateur cooks alike. As well as buying food to cook, you can also treat yourself to a little street food whilst you’re there, and listen to chefs demos.
Where: Malton Food Market, The Marketplace, Malton, YO17 7LX
Contact: 01653 693817
When: 9th February