Moors centre gearing up for its Big Event

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Moorland crafts, sheep-shearing and battle cries from a living history group promise a great day at the national park’s biggest event of the year next weekend.

A full day of family entertainment is taking place at the launch event for National Parks Week on July 28, when people from all over the UK will get a chance to celebrate the special qualities of national parks.

Sally Ann Smith, events and exhibitions coordinator said: “There’s always a theme for National Parks Week and this year it’s ‘actively yours’, which is a great way to encourage everyone to enjoy our beautiful landscapes. There are so many inspiring activities, local operators and food producers in the North York Moors, and we’re delighted to have put together such an exciting programme at The Moors Centre.”

The grounds of The Moors National Park Centre will be house a range of outdoor events and activities, including geocaching trails, have-a-go archery and children’s craft sessions.

There will be the opportunity to chat to local operators including Real Staithes, Yorkshire Coast Nature, Wild Country Walkabouts and East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre.

The Hawk and Owl Trust will also be there to tell visitors about their work on Fylingdales Moor, while throughout the day there will be the opportunity to experience stories, songs and traditional customs with the Danelaw Living History Group.

Woodland skills, moorland crafts and local produce are all represented too, from gingerbread-bakers to felt-makers, and wood-carvers to charcoal-burners. The sheep-shearing demonstration is always a popular event and park rangers will be on hand to answer questions on stile making or dry-stone walling. There will also be traditional folk music throughout the day from Alison Lawson and fellow musicians.

The launch event is just the start, with plent for families to do through National ParkWeek.

For more information, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk