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Science & Nature Events

With nearly half the Harrogate District designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it won’t surprise you that wildlife is everywhere when you visit Harrogate, Ripon and Nidderdale.

A Natural Haven

What better to way to learn about and experience the natural world than to be guided by experts who can take you right to the best places to see remarkable species?  Wetland bird reserves and peat moorlands guarantee a range of waders and while curlew and oyster catchers are reliable regulars, the passing migrations means a number of other rarities are frequently spotted.

Natural Science

The events organised across our beautiful and rural area do not just cover nature, but also the scientific topics of the natural world, including talks on the science and evolution of the landscape and its moorlands.

Dark Sky Events

Through the winter months there are frequent events offering visitors a greater understanding of the sky at night, and what to look out for. 

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has fantastically dark skies that truly showcase the majesty of the night sky. 

A number of events take place through the year that includes talks and photography and knowledgeable experts who can introduce you to the sky.

Natural Wonder

With a number of ancient woods, many of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the flora and habitats to be seen are wonderful.  In May, carpets of bluebells turn the woodland floor into a carpet of vivid blue, and a number of walks and events are held to allow people to enjoy this spectacular sight without worrying about finding the right wood at the right time.

Guided through Nature

Guided nature walks reveal the range of birds around the woods or moors with local experts sparing you the pressure of hastily flicking through the bird book to identify that bunting or plover. 

Instead you can enjoy the spectacle as sky larks and northern lapwings dive and swoop above you.  Alternatively the crueller side of nature can be glimpsed as peregrine falcons, buzzards and kites search for carrion and prey.

While you may find deer tracks in many of the local woods only those up early, or particularly lucky will see them out in the woods.  Deer walk events allow you to glimpse these graceful creatures up close, learn about how the herds are cared for and in autumn, witness the savage clash as the antlered male’s battle for supremacy.

Events are added to the pages all the time so if you’re visiting in the future be sure to check back soon.

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Ongoing Events

  1. A group of walkers on a sunny winters day

    Add Brimham Rocks through the ages to your Itinerary

    Brimham Rocks through the ages

    Type

    Active event

    Join this guided walk to discover Brimham's history, from the last ice age that helped form these weird and wonderful rock formations, to the stories of the people who lived here and called Brimham home

    Let our guide walk and talk you through the last 320 milion years in a 90 minute journey…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2019 To 16 Nov 2019
    From:
    16 Nov 2019 To 16 Nov 2019
    From:
    1 Dec 2019 To 1 Dec 2019
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    1 Dec 2019 To 1 Dec 2019
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    11 Jan 2020 To 11 Jan 2020
    From:
    11 Jan 2020 To 11 Jan 2020
  2. On the hoof

    Add On the hoof to your Itinerary

    On the hoof

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Trot along to St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed. Can you spot the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our deer ranger will give you some pointers and you'll learn about their job managing the wild herd. Meet outside St Mary’s Church in the deer…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2019 To 7 Dec 2019
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    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
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    14 Dec 2019 To 14 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  3. Carols by Candlelight

    Add Carols by Candlelight to your Itinerary

    Carols by Candlelight

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    As Christmas fast approaches it’s time for our annual family carol service. Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It's…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  4. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

    Add Boxing Day Pilgrimage to your Itinerary

    Boxing Day Pilgrimage

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    The service begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am and the pilgrimage makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

    On a cold day in 1132, thirteen monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Dec 2019 To 26 Dec 2019
  5. New Year's Day Walk at Brimham Rocks

    Add New Year's Day Walk at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    New Year's Day Walk at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Active event

    Pateley Bridge

    Blow away the cobwebs and start the New Year by getting out and about. Join us at 10:30 am for a refreshing circular property walk and take in the breathtaking views.

    There's no need to book for this event.

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020 To 1 Jan 2020
    From:
    1 Jan 2020 To 1 Jan 2020
  6. Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

    Add Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society to your Itinerary

    Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Pop into Fountains Hall and discover the Settler's Society. Help bring the stories of the settler boys to life.

    Dates

    From:
    9 Apr 2019 To 31 Dec 2019
  7. Brown hare by Gerard Hobson

    Add Winter wildlife in print at Beningbrough to your Itinerary

    Winter wildlife in print at Beningbrough

    Type

    Exhibition

    Boroughbridge

    Explore Beningbrough's eight acres of gardens and look out for the swallows, swifts and housemartins swooping among the trees and spot the mice, weasel and stoat hunting for food. Step into the potting shed and find who's sheltering from the cold and peek into a nest to see who's hibernating.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2019 To 1 Mar 2020

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