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North York Moors Half Term Family Fun

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Mountain Biking

Fun-packed family adventures are on offer this half term in the North York Moors. The National Park Authority has teamed up with East Barnby Outdoor Centre and the National Trust for events that enable people to explore the area on two feet, two wheels or even with a paddle!

To gear up for the Grand Départ, East Barnby Outdoor Centre will be holding five different mountain bike events throughout half term, from rides to skills workshops at its base in Whitby and at The Moors National Park Centre. Staying on the cycling theme, Sutton Bank Bikes (based at Sutton Bank National Park Centre) is offering 10% discount on bike hire during the May half term provided people pre-book by 23 May. It will also be running a Tour de France treasure hunt – spot various yellow bike parts around the centre to be rewarded with a tasty treat. Call 01845 597759 for more details.


On Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 May, East Barnby is offering a range of activities such as canoeing the Esk, sailing, mountain biking, climbing and bushcraft for children aged nine to 16 and on Saturday 31 May, in conjunction with the National Trust, it will be running a sea kayak adventure from Boggle Hole to Ravenscar.

The Whitby Company of Archers will be at The Moors National Park Centre on Bank Holiday Monday while the National Park Authority’s education team will be leading a variety of children’s events throughout the rest of the week from landscape painting to minibeast hunts and rockpooling.

Families can finish the half term week with a geocaching treasure hunt at the National Trust Centre, Ravenscar using a GPS unit to search for clues and goodies along a two mile walk.