Dalby Forest Events: What’s On?
Described as ‘an adventure playground for all the family,’ this Forestry Commission site really does offer something for everyone…
Dalby Forest is 8,000 acres of woodland at the bottom of the North Yorkshire Moors, between Pickering and Scarborough. And what will you find there? There are play areas for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and plenty of way-marked walking and cycling trails for all abilities.
“This year sees Rick Astley, Elbow and Craig David visit”
If you want to burn off some energy, you can use the 50 miles of cycle trails to explore the forest. There is a range of cycle trails from family routes to highly technical and demanding routes for intrepid mountain bikers. You can even hire bikes at Dalby Bike Barn, if you don’t want to take your own or just want to try out the activity. For high wire thrills, there’s a Go Ape course and you can even try segway exploring too. If a gentle and relaxing stroll in the forest is your idea of heaven, choose one of the way-marked trails of various lengths – a number of the trails are even suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. The popular Ellerburn Trail is an easy route from the main car park and follows the Dalby Beck south down the valley. You might even see the Gruffalo lurking in the deep dark wood!
There’s wildlife aplenty and bird-watching requires no more effort than sitting in the Forest Café or Courtyard Café and looking up whilst you tuck into something from the menu of locally produced snacks and meals for all the family. For those who enjoy geology, The Bridestones National Trust walk can be accessed from inside the forest, known for its natural geological rock formations situated on the moorland.
All the above is available on a daily basis, but there are lots of special events throughout the year including music concerts – this year sees Rick Astley, Elbow and Craig David visit, motorsports events, guided walks, craft sessions, seasonal events, cycling and running events, and children’s holiday activities.
Admission charge into Dalby Forest is £8.00 per car until the end of October. The Forest is open from 08:00-20:00 daily and the Visitor Centre is open from 10:00-16:00 daily, where you can pick up guide maps for the way-marked trails.
For further information about Dalby Forest visit www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest, also www.dalbybikebarn.co.uk and www.goape.co.uk.