Spring Willows, North Yorkshire

This is the first of our ‘What’s on‘ blogs for Spring Willows.  I have scoured the internet and sought local knowledge to find a selection of events you might find interesting this October.  Over the following months I will introduce you to places of interest, events, festivals and activities near our Spring Willows, in and around Scarborough and Filey.  If you have any particular interests and would like me to look out for certain types of events, please let me know.  Also, if you go to an event give me some feedback so I can recommend it to others next year.

I’ve given a web link in most cases.  Please check before you go.  As with all exploring, some of our ‘What’s on’ suggestions will be brilliant, some will give you completely new experiences, and others may be a disappointment. I’m putting this list together based on what I think looks interesting.

Dalby Forest Park Run:  Every Saturday @ 9:00

Low Dalby, Pickering

Join the Park Run phenomena. It’s free to enter, to get a run time you complete a one off registration on the Park Run website. This gives you a barcode to print off.  At the finish your barcode will be scanned and you get a time.  Simple

It’s a 5km course (3 miles).  There will be run/walkers, pushchairs, people running with dogs, fit people, beginners, people who have seen better days, some in their 80’s and others still in school. Anyone can Park Run. Even me!

The course is beautiful, run on a mixture of forest roads, gravel paths, footpaths and wooden bridges. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.


Oliver’s Mount Motor Cycle Hill Climb:  12th -13th October

Oliver’s Mount Motor Racing

Oliver’s Mount road race circuit is England’s only natural ‘road’ race track. Situated just five minutes from Scarborough’s town centre, the races have been likened to a ‘miniature TT by the seaside’.

The circuit is playing host to a motorcycle hill climb.  If you’ve never been to Oliver’s Mount to see a race then make the effort.  You won’t be disappointed.


The Filey International Food Festival 2019:  12th – 13th Oct

Evron Centre, Filey

I’m expecting the Filey Food Festival to be a sumptuous delight with its more than 60 stalls with products from around the world, including some of Yorkshire’s finest producers.
A foodies delight with the likes of artisan pates, homemade cakes, gluten-free food, fresh seafood, artisan chocolates, Yorkshire gin and vodka, real ale, prosecco bars and much more.

You can also visit Crescent Gardens for the sea view bar serving specially brewed cask ales and for delicious hot and cold street food. Expect traditional hog roasts, Jamaican and Thai food street food.

Discover more about it here

Pickering 1940’s Wartime Weekend:  11th – 13th October


This weekend in Pickering started life as a small event.  Now it is one of Yorkshire’s premier experiences. The centrepiece of the Pickering events calendar is the ever-popular Wartime Weekend, which is held every October, and includes a full programme of WWII and 1940s themed entertainment and events. The event is run by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway but is now so popular events have sprung up all over the town.

Attractions including singing, dancing, workshops, parades and fashion shows, in addition to living history showcases, period vehicle exhibitions and re-enactments. Incredibly popular with visitors from all over the UK and beyond.

Whether you want to dress up in period costume and get involved, or just do some sightseeing, it’s an excellent festival and fantastic fun for the whole family.

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Ascarium: 19th Oct – 1st Nov

Sea Life Centre, Scarborough

Another excuse to go to the Sea Life Centre if ever you needed one. Take your  kids or grandchildren to this delightful event.  Or just go by yourself to marvel at the wonders of the deep.

For our younger guests: meet the Sea Witch and help her cast the ‘spell of un-locking’ in order to open her treasure chest – you might even get to share some of the treasure with her!

Visit www.visitsealife.com/scarborough for more information.

Comedy: Laurence Clark ‘An irresponsible father’s guide to parenting’:  22nd October

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

There is a huge variety of great shows and performers to see in our area this October.  I would have suggested seeing ‘Eric and Ernie’  but it’s sold out.  I hope you got some tickets.

However, I picked Laurence Clark as someone to see this month.  He is always very funny and his new show looks well worth the night out.

Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from dehydration. But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line.

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Illuminated Abbey, Whitby Abbey:  25th Oct -2nd Nov

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is once again being used as the impressive backdrop for a Bram Stoker inspired illumination. Take your camera to be inspired as the Gothic splendour is lit up in many colours

And of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without the Count! See the story of Dracula brought to life before your very eyes within the abbey ruins all aglow, with a twist on our usual show.

There will be traders and refreshment and the opportunity to acquire spooky souvenirs..

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Halloween Scream Express at the North Bay Railway:  27th, 30, 31st October

Scarborough, North Bay

I love Halloween. There are so many exuberant events especially for kids and grandchildren to enjoy. The North Bay Railway is a brilliant excursion at any time of year but it makes a special effort for Halloween. As part of  the week long themed Halloween event they will be running some spine chilling special trains. The Halloween Express will depart from Peasholm for a spooky return train ride to Scalby Mills. Anyone who is in fancy dress will get a prize (including adults).  That’s me then!