Fun activities in Yorkshire this November

The year might be speeding towards the end – dare we mention Christmas? – but there’s always fun activities in Yorkshire to keep you entertained. Take a look at our selection of the best things you can get involved with this month.

Creatures of the Deep

Come and discover what lived underwater in East Yorkshire at the time of dinosaurs. Take a look at the fossil collection and see the remains of some of the plants and animals that lived on Earth millions of years ago.

Date: 1st November
Time: 2pm – 4pm (free drop in)
Location: Hull and East Riding Museum HU1 1NQ
Link: https://www.hcandl.co.uk/museums

Bonfire and firework extravaganza at Thornton Hall

Celebrate bonfire night in style at Thornton Hall. Tuck in to delicious food and drink on site and watch the live entertainment before the musical firework display begins.

Date: 3rd November
Time: Gates open at 6pm
Location: Thornton Hall Farm, BD23 3TS
Link: https://www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk/program-event/item/167-bonfire-fireworks-extravaganza

firework display activities in Yorkshire

Winter owl evenings

Join the National Centre for Birds of Prey for a magical evening watching owls soar across the sky. The event starts with a two course meal before you see owls, lit by torch light flying over the woodland grounds.

Date: 3rd and 10th November
Time: 7pm – 9:45pm
Location: National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley, YO62 5EB
Link: http://www.ncbp.co.uk/visit-us/winter-owl-evenings/

Bonfire night at Bolton Abbey

Watch fireworks in the magnificent setting of Bolton Abbey on the banks of the River Wharf. Fire eaters and fair ground rides will keep you entertained until the main display begins at 7pm.

Date: 3rd November
Time: Gates open at 4pm, fire lit at 6pm, fireworks at 7pm
Location: Bolton Abbey
Link: https://boltonabbey.com/whats-on/bonfire-night/

The BFG in pictures

The York art gallery is hosting a very special exhibition of original Quentin Blake artwork. These are unpublished illustrations of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story as well as some of book’s final illustrations. It shows the fascinating development of the giant and the collaboration between author and illustrator.

Time: Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed 25th, 26th Dec, 1st Jan, early close 24th and 31st Dec)
Date: 12th October – 24th February
Location: York Art Gallery
Link: https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/exhibition/the-bfg-in-pictures/

christmas market activities in Yorkshire

Leeds traditional German Christmas market

Okay, so it sits a little bit outside North Yorkshire, but the Leeds Christmas market isn’t something you’ll want to miss. There are over 40 traditional stalls to wander around to find those perfect presents and get a head start on gifts this year.

Date: 9th Nov – 22nd Dec
Time: 10:30am – 9:30p, Mon – Sat, 10:30am – 7:30pm Sundays
Location: Millennium Square, Leeds, LS1 1UR
Link: http://www.millsqleeds.com/whats-on/all-shows/leeds-christkindelmarkt-2018-traditional-german-christmas-market/4469

Malton food tour

Go behind the scenes with some of Malton’s best producers. You’ll learn about the town’s history and munch you way through the quaint streets.

Date: 10th November
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Meet at the Talbot Hotel
Link: http://www.maltoncookeryschool.co.uk/pages/coursedetail/malton-food-tour—artisan-tour-2018-11-10

Harrogate Christmas market

Browse the stalls, enjoy the funfair rides and treat yourself to something delicious at the Harrogate Christmas market. You can also meet Santa and his reindeer.

Date: 15th – 18th November
Time: 15th – 16th 10am – 7pm, 17th 9:30am – 8:30pm, 18th 9:30am – 5:30pm
Location: Montpellier Quarter, Harrogate, HG1 2QU
Link: http://www.harrogatechristmasmarket.org/

mittens on a stall at a Christmas market in Yorkshire

Whitby Christmas festival

There is fun for all the family at Whitby Christmas festival. There are stalls, events and attractions to help you get you into the festive spirit. You can climb aboard Santa’s sleigh and enjoy the fireworks in the evening.

Date: 16th – 18th November
Time: Events begin at 5pm on 16th
Location: Front marina car park, YO21 1YN
Link: https://www.whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk/whitby-xmas-festival.html

Ingleton’s Golden Snitch trail

Set off on a magical quest around Ingleton in search of the golden snitch. Get clues from familiar characters and complete the tasks to discover where the snitch is hiding.

Date: 17th November
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Location: Start at the Ingleton Community Centre
Link: https://www.facebook.com/Ingletons-Golden-Snitch-Trail-1807352275995324/

12 days of Christmas at Castle Howard

New for 2018, you’ll find the 12 days of Christmas at Castle Howard. Journey through the rooms and see the house in all its seasonal splendour. With live music and the 25 foot traditional Christmas tree, you won’t want to miss out.

Date: 17th Nov – 31st Dec
Time: Christmas opening is 10am – 3pm weekdays, 4pm weekends
Location: Castle Howard Estate, YO60 7DA
Link: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/the-twelve-days-of-christmas

waves on the Yorkshire coast

Sea Creatures: Life Beneath The Ocean

Come along to this great exhibition in Harrogate to gain a unique insight into the anatomy of sea creatures. You’ll learns all about the life that lives below the waves and discover what steps we can all take towards marine conservation.

Date: 27th Oct – 25th Nov
Time: Thurs – Sun 10am – 6pm
Location: Harrogate Convention Centre, HG1 5LA
Link: https://www.harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk/whats-on/sea-creatuires-life-beneath-the-ocean

Harrogate food tour

Sample the delights of Harrogate through the spectacular food and drink the town has to offer. Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you to lots of the area’s local independent restaurants, pubs and cafes. A vegan tour is also available.

Date: 20th Oct – 15th Dec
Time: 11:15am – 2:30pm
Location: Begin at Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House, 47 Oxford Street
Link: https://www.yorkshireappetite.com/

Yuletide Museum at night

Visit a selection of the Ryedale Folk Museum’s atmospheric buildings at night and see it in all its Christmas splendour. Enjoy carols by the tree provided by The Chanticleer Singers (5:30pm) and treat yourself to some delicious festive foods.

Date: 30th November
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, YO62 6UA
Link: https://www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk/event/yuletide-museum-night/

There’s plenty of great activities in Yorkshire to keep you occupied this November and lots of events to help you get into the Christmas spirit. If you think we’ve missed something off this list that is a must-see, don’t hesitate to get in touch.