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 Thu 30 Mar 2023

Event imageTeechers Leavers '22, Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR. (11+) A hilarious, high-energy, full-blooded comedy that brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the eyes of Salty, Gail, and Hobby. 7.30pm. £14.50-£22.00, age 11 to 21 £12.00. tel: 01325 405405 tickets: Book online or phone web:

Thu 30 Mar 2023

Event imageLife of Pi (PG), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. National Theatre Live. Puppetry, magic and storytelling combine in a unique, Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of the best-selling novel.
After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, a 16-year-old boy named Pi is stranded on a lifeboat with four other survivors – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?
Filmed live in London’s West End and featuring state-of-the-art visuals, the epic journey of endurance and hope is bought to life in a breath-taking new way for cinemas screens. 7pm. £15, child £10, seniors £12.50. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: web:

Sat 1 Apr 2023

Event imageSpringtime Live, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. There'll be Peppa Pig as well as Peter Rabbit who will be making his debut and both will be on stage throughout the day. Diggerland will also be at Springtime Live for the first time.
Families can get up close to farm animals including rabbits, goats and sheep. There's lots of activities to choose from, including ride on tractors, cookery workshops, face painting, felting, moosical fun with Moo Music, wizard wand whittling and much much more! . £12, child £7, family (2+3) £33. tickets: Online only web:

Sat 1 Apr 2023 to
 Mon 17 Apr 2023

Event imageEaster with the animals, Monk Park Farm, Bagby, Thirsk YO7 2AG. Easter at Monk Park Farm will include a Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny storytelling, and themed arts and crafts. There'll be the chance to meet the new baby lambs, kids, cria, piglets, calves, guinea pigs and bunnies, and to bottle feed the newborn Valais Blacknose lambs. There will also be a Vintage Engine and Tractor Display on Easter Sunday.
Also on offer at the 84 acre farm are • Over 100 animals including rare breeds • Large play park and sandpit • Giant air bouncers • Woodland walk • Mini train ride • Electric go karts • Barrel ride • Accessible paths and viewing stations • Extended petting barn • Revamped pond and play area • Animal information boards and audio descriptions • Huge indoor marquee • Hungry Monk Café. 10am to 5pm. £9.95 adult, £8.95 child includes farm admission, Easter activities and Vintage Engine Display. tel: 01845 421124 tickets: Online - soon sells out web:

Sat 1 Apr 2023 to
 Sun 16 Apr 2023

Flying Scotsman, National Railway Museum, York. See stunning Flying Scotsman up close in North Shed alongside stories that have made it the most famous steam locomotive in the world and a brand-new Virtual Reality immersive experience. Flying Scotsman will be on display in our updated Flying Scotsman Story exhibition, with the engine and tender separated to allow access onto the footplate for everyone. Free. tickets: book in advance to avoid disappointment. web:

Sat 1 Apr 2023

Event imageForbidden Corner reopens, Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ. Unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart. This unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises is open again for the summer. It was created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. Noon-6pm. Sundays & BH from 10am. £16.50, child (4-15) £14.50, under 4s free, 60+ £15.50, Family (2+2) £54. tel: 01969 640638 tickets: Book online only web:

Sun 2 Apr 2023

Sunday Jazz, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Come along and enjoy the fabulous sounds of the Big Band Era performed, in an open session, by Alan Owens and The Forum Big Band. The bar is open. Noon to 2pm. £4. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: web:

Mon 3 Apr 2023

Event imageThirsk Museum reopens, 14-16 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PQ. Experience the history of Thirsk in the house where Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, was born in 1755.
Explore rooms full of exhibits featuring local life and industry, cricketing memorabilia, farming equipment, furniture, costumes and toys. Marvel at the bones of our Saxon Giant and shudder at the legend of the Busby Stoop Chair!. 10am. Free, donation appreciated. web:

Tue 4 Apr 2023 to
 Thu 6 Apr 2023

Puss in Boots, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Only Thu Sat Sun. Film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (U). Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: He has burned through eight of his nine lives, leaving him with only one life left. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives. Tue 11am, Wed 2.30pm, Thu 5.30pm. £6, £5 child & concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: web:

Tue 4 Apr 2023

Event imageEaster Family Day, Thirsk Racecourse, Station Road, Thirsk YO7 1QL. The flat is back at Thirsk, come and join us for our Season Opener! Falling in the Easter Holidays, expect everything Easter themed for the children and lots of entertainment for all ages, including face painting and balloon modelling, plus live music from Georgia Grace. Gates open 11am, first race 1.10pm. £14, with senior, family and premium tickets available. tel: 01845 522276 tickets: Book online web:

Fri 7 Apr 2023

Middleham Stables Open Day, Middleham, Leyburn: parking DL8 4PP or DL8 5SG. A unique chance to look behind-the-scenes in Middleham stables, 8 racing yards will be open. There will be a shuttle bus service running from each car park to each yard location throughout the morning. 9am-4pm. tickets: Book online

Fri 7 Apr 2023 to
 Mon 17 Apr 2023

Missing Bird Eggs Trail, Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk YO7 2EX. The birds and their eggs have got jumbled up. Use your map of the grounds to match them back up and to spell out the secret code word to claim your prize.
Drop-in no booking required, please check visitor centre opening hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs welcome on a short lead, wheelchair accessible. 10.30am – 3pm. £3 per child. tel: 01845 597426 web:

Sat 8 Apr 2023 to
 Sun 9 Apr 2023

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Only Thu Sat Sun. Film. A unique retelling of the much loved fairytale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ cram packed with amazing circus acts, hilarious comedy and the most adorable three bears in the whole of story book land!. Sat 1pm & 4pm, Sun 2pm. £6, £5 child & concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: web:

Mon 10 Apr 2023

The Dragon Egg Quest, Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, Grewelthorpe, Ripon HG4 3DA. Rumours are circulating that a dragon has hidden its eggs somewhere in the Himalayan Garden. Join interactive storyteller Dragonella to look for hidden signs of magic as you adventure through the garden on a quest to find the eggs and keep them safe. (booking essential). Noon - 2pm. £10 per child (includes admission.). tel: 01765 658009 web:

Wed 12 Apr 2023

Event imageUnbelievable Science, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. After a decade of magic shows delighting young and old alike, Morgan & West are one of the most recognisable conjuring acts on the UK touring circuit. In 2023 they are heading back out on tour and are ready to bring half-term fun to venues across the country! They present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in a fun for all the family science extravaganza!. 2pm. £12, child £10. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: web:

Thu 20 Apr 2023

National Theatre Live: Good (15), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. David Tennant (Doctor Who) makes a much-anticipated return to the West End in a blistering reimagining of one of Britain’s most powerful, political plays. As the world faces its Second World War, John Halder, a good, intelligent German professor, finds himself pulled into a movement with unthinkable consequences. 7pm. £15, child £10, seniors & students £12.50. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: web:

Mon 24 Apr 2023

Cricket for children, Carr Lane, Rainton, Thirsk YO7 3PS. Rainton Cricket Club is looking out for young boys and girls, from school year 2 upwards, to join the club. There'll be outdoor practice for year 2s to year 8s each Monday evening starting Monday 24 April. Coaching will be taken by qualified and DBS checked trainers. Please email for details. 6pm. email:

Thu 27 Apr 2023 to
 Mon 1 May 2023

Northallerton May Fun Fair, Northallerton High St DL7 8LP. The High Street will be filled with rides and side shows. Noon to 10pm. web:

Thu 27 Apr 2023 to
 Sat 29 Apr 2023

Disney Magic, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. A real salute to the wonders of Disney. Although in 'medley' form Northallerton Musical Theatre Company are covering all Disney's well loved films and stage shows - "Lion King", "Aladdin", "Jungle Book", "Encanto", "Mary Poppins, "Little Mermaid" - to mention just some!
Although the Company are not allowed to wear Disney type costumes for the show they promise it will still look good. The Company are joined by their talented team of juniors who will bring their own magic to the production. 7.30pm. £16, child £14. tel: 01609 776230 email: web:

Fri 28 Apr 2023 to
 Sun 30 Apr 2023

Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby (park & ride YO21 1TL). email: web:

Fri 5 May 2023 to
 Thu 11 May 2023

Super Mario Bros: The Movie, Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. (12A). The story of The Super Mario Bros. on their journey through the Mushroom Kingdom. Sunday evening subtitles. 7.30pm. Matinée Sat & Sun 2.30pm. £6 all tickets. tel: 01845 524751 tickets: On door web:

Thu 18 May 2023

NTL: Best of Enemies (15), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. David Harewood (Homeland) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) play feuding political rivals in James Graham’s (Sherwood) multiple award-winning new drama. In 1968 America, as two men fight to become the next president, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and the unruly liberal Gore Vidal. 7pm. £15, child £10, seniors & students £12.50. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online, at The Forum or on the door email: web:

Sat 20 May 2023 to
 Sun 21 May 2023

Filey Sailing Regatta, Filey YO14 9EW. First race 1pm. tel: 01723 512529 email: web:

Sat 20 May 2023 to
 Sun 21 May 2023

Game and Country Fair, Scampston Hall, Malton YO17 8NG. Game and Country Fair & UK Tractor Show. 9am-5pm. £10 until 11 May, also concessions & family tickets. Free parking. More on the day. tel: 01751 200839  tickets: Online or at gate email: web:

Sat 27 May 2023 to
 Sat 10 Jun 2023

Event imageSwaledale Festival, Richmond, Leyburn, Arkengarthdale, Grinton, Reeth etc. Music, Arts & Walking in the Yorkshire Dales. As well as concerts by fantastic local choirs, bands and soloists, there are poetry walks in the landscape with poet Mary-Jane Holmes, puppetry for children and families with Lempen Puppet Theatre, a talk on the Northern Dales night skies, late-night moon-gazing on Reeth Green and comedy, film screenings and exhibitions by local artists. . tickets: Book online web:

Sat 27 May 2023 to
 Sun 28 May 2023

Hambleton District Show, Sutton Park, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York YO61 1DP. The largest horse show in the north of England. tel: 07894 856810 email: web:

Tue 6 Jun 2023 to
 Sun 11 Jun 2023

Bramham International Horse Trials, Bramham Park, Bramham, Wetherby LS23 6ND. 7am-6pm. £15 to £30 plus £5 parking. tel: 01937 846005  tickets: Online or at gate email: web:

Sat 10 Jun 2023 to
 Sun 11 Jun 2023

Tractor Fest, Newby Hall, Ripon HG4 5AJ. The UK's largest vintage tractor & engine show. Each year the show attracts over 1,600 exhibits as well as in excess of 12,000 visitors who also get access to the award winning gardens and other attractions. Features over 1000 tractors. 10am-4pm. £56 family, £18 adult, £15 child, under 4s free. tel: 01423 322583 tickets: Online web:

Sun 11 Jun 2023

Alne Street Fayre, Alne, York YO61 1RY. Noon-4.30pm. free. email: web:

Sun 25 Jun 2023

Malton Show, Scampston Park, Malton YO17 8NG. 8am - 5.30pm. £12 adult, £8 OAP, £6 12-16s, under 12s free. tel: 01653 915103 (Thu only) email: web:

Sat 1 Jul 2023 to
 Sun 2 Jul 2023

Steam and vintage rally, Duncombe Park, Helmsley,YO62 5EB. tel: 07989 810104 email: web:

Sun 2 Jul 2023

Huby and Sutton Show, Sutton Park 8 miles north of York, YO61 1DP. 9am-5pm. £10 adult, under 16s free but must be with an adult, plus booking fee. tel: 07973 894909  email: web:

Fri 7 Jul 2023 to
 Sun 9 Jul 2023

Kilburn Feast, Kilburn, Thirsk YO61 4AG. Village Fete. free. email: web:

Tue 11 Jul 2023 to
 Fri 14 Jul 2023

Great Yorkshire Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. 8am-6pm. Adult £32, Child (5-18yrs) £13, Family (2+3) £80. tel: 01423 541222  tickets: Online or phone web:

Sat 15 Jul 2023 to
 Sun 16 Jul 2023

Steam Engines & Fair Organs, Masham, Ripon HG4 4PB. Masham Steam Engine & Fair Organ Rally. Adult £11, Family (2+3) £23. email: web:

Sat 15 Jul 2023

Picton Show, Picton, Yarm TS15 0AE. Sports, Gymkhana & Horticultural Show. 9am-4pm. email: web:

Sun 16 Jul 2023

Historic Vehicle Rally, Newby Hall, Ripon HG4 5AE. Vintage and classic cars - the North’s biggest one-day car show. 10am-4pm. Adult £18, Child £15, Family £56, under 4s free (gardens only, house has supplement). tel: 01423 322 583  email: web:

Wed 19 Jul 2023

Driffield Show, Kelleythorpe, Driffield YO25 9DN. 9am-5pm. Adult £16 (includes up to 4 under 16s), carer free. tel: 01377 257494 tickets: Online only email: web: