What’s On

What's on at the Museum

We are now closed for the season and busy preparing for reopening on Monday 11 March, 2024.

In the meantime, you can follow us on social media, read more about our history and collection in our Museum From Home stories, or explore some of collection photographs in the online image library. 

We hope to see you when we reopen. As well as a six-acre site and over 20 heritage buildings to explore, we’ll have a varied and creative programme of events and activities throughout the year. Check back to see what we’re planning here…


Believe it or not?

Saturday 23 March until Sunday 17 November (closed on Fridays)

Prepare to be bewitched by this brand new exhibition for all the family, telling the story of magic and beliefs from the North York Moors and beyond. 

Be dazzled by rare witch posts and enchanting spell tokens. 
A world of magical house protection,
The Ryedale women accused of witchcraft,
Mysteries of the Lyke Wake Walk,
Ancient wisdom, medicine and charms,
Ritual folk dance and corn dolly customs,
Elphi, the cheeky household sprite. 
What will you believe?
Entry to this exhibition is included within your entry ticket to the Museum or on presentation of a valid annual pass.

Celebrating 60 Years

Monday 11 March until Sunday 17 November (closed on Fridays)

To mark the Museum’s 60th birthday this year, we’ve put together a  special exhibition, on display in the Art Gallery.

Explore stories from the Museum’s past, discover the volunteers who worked tirelessly to found this special place, and find out how you can be a part of its future.

This exhibition is free to visit. (It is not in the paid part of the Museum.)

2-for-1 for National Lottery Players

Monday 11 to Sunday 17 March (closed on Fridays)

We’re taking part in National Lottery Heritage Week! All week, you can gain entry to Ryedale Folk Museum with our 2-for-1 offer upon presentation of a National Lottery ticket or scratch card . If you play the National Lottery, take advantage of this scheme to visit more than 20 heritage buildings across our six-acre site.

This is to say a huge thank you to National Lottery players for their support. Like a great many heritage organisations, the Museum has benefitted from grant funding in the past from the National Lottery and it couldn’t have happened without you!

Family Easter Trail: Solve the Mystery of Molly Milburn

Saturday 23 March until Sunday 14 April (closed on Fridays)

There have been some strange things going on around the Museum. The inhabitants say this is because Molly Milburn is a witch and has been up to mischief, but what will you decide? 

Explore the clues and decide for yourself. Complete the trail then claim your prize.

This activity is free, included in your entry to the Museum or on presentation of a valid annual pass.

Easter Family Art Workshops

We’re getting crafty this holiday! Join us for these drop-in art sessions this Easter, when we’ll be welcoming artists Karen Thompson and Serena Partridge to the Pavilion.

Come and join in as we explore the spring season!

Wednesday 27 March – Join Karen for Spring Printmaking from 11am – 3.30pm

Wednesday 3 April – Join Serena for Spring Felting from 11am – 3.30pm

All materials provided. These activities are free, included in your entry to the Museum or on presentation of a valid annual pass.