Your April Events 2023 Guide | Fun things to do in Malton & Surrounding Villages​

What's on in Malto in April

Your April Events 2023 Guide

Fun things to do in Malton & Surrounding Villages

Welcome to this year’s round-up of fabulously fun things to do in the most beautiful part of Yorkshire. 

I’ve included links as dates and times may change, plus some of the activities need to be booked so please double-check. 

Bookmark this page as I’ll be updating this everytime I find something new 🙂


If you’re interested in events in York, there are direct links to event pages at the end of this page.

A quick love note to events in Burythorpe

If you’re not staying with us yet – here’s how you can get booked in 😉 Yup… you can stay here! 

  • Afternoon Teas available daily at Burythorpe House Hotel  12-4pm with tables available in the dining room… or in front of one of the roaring log fires (yes please!) – Vegan & GF available and pre-booking required: Contact reception 01653 658200
  • Massages… If this is your kind of dreamy (we love combining this with the salt water hot-tub at Yew Tree Cottage) for a fully indulgent spa experience then book direct with our favourite mobile beautician Jasmine. She doesn’t accept on the day bookings so book in advance. Note – Jasmine is not affiliated with us, we have listed her here because (while I selfishly want to keep her to myself) I thought you may enjoy her fabulous massages too.

Events in and around Malton

Reciprocity Forest

@Dalby Forest

Until 16th April (10am - 4pm)

An exhibition of the artworks, process and drawings behind the exciting new Augmented Reality App “Reciprocity Forest”. The App provides trails to follow and new ways to experience the forest.

The app enables you to follow three specially-designed virtual leaf trails through the forest using your mobile and listen to the curious narratives about the trees. Try this to explore a whole new appreciation of trees and experience the forest in a whole new light.

Lambing (the non tourist-y working farm version)

@Manor Farm, Acklam

Selected dates through April

What's On Lambing at Acklam April

Alice’s Lambing Experiences are the real deal, not the commercial kind you’ll see at many places. The groups are small and it’ll be a quieter experience. Dare I say… the real experience!?

This is a chance for you to get hands on and experience life in the lambing sheds and meet an inspirational farmer (she’ll kill me if I call her Farmer Alice haha). And it’s less than 10 minutes from Burythorpe #bonus.

The 1 hour session involves:

  • Feeding the Lambs
  • Possible sighting of birth
  • A cup of hot chocolate 

April Dates:

— dates are filling fast so check availability (these are full as stated 23 March)

  • Saturday 1st @ 4pm – FULL
  • Sunday 2nd @ 4pm
  • Tuesday 4th @ 4pm – FULL
  • Wednesday 5th @ 4pm – FULL
  • Good Friday 7th @ 4pm
  • Saturday 8th @ 4pm
  • Easter Sunday 9th @ 4pm
  • Easter Monday 10th @ 4pm

Spring Artisan Fair

@The Walled Garden, Scampston

Saturday & Sunday April 1st & 2nd

A charity spring fair with handcrafted artisan goods and produce. Please note the Walled Garden is open as normal during this event and are worth visiting if you’re heading up for the fair.

Meet The Author: Paula Lichtarowicz

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Saturday 1st April (7:30pm)

Fifteen years after her grandmother Babcia’s death, Paula took out the tapes Babcia had recorded about her life …….. 

A lovely opportunity to meet the author and peruse the books of a beautiful local bookstore – and then pop to The Talbot or The Library (Malton’s specialist speakeasy).

Cookery class: Fin & Shell

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Friday 7th April

Yorkshire is blessed with an ample supply of fresh fish with us being just 25 miles from the coast, and Malton enjoys deliveries of some of the finest crab, razor clams and Lobster in Britain.

This seafood course will allow you to confidently prepare and cook the most delicious of fish and crustaceans. 

These Yorkshire Fin & Shell courses are one of the most popular and have seasonal menus enabling you to enjoy them time and time again.

Ryedale Youth Theatre presents... The Addams Family

@The Milton Rooms, Malton

Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th April

Over 50 local, young people will be performing in Ryedale Youth Theatre’s 30th annual Easter show from Wednesday 5 – Saturday 8 April.
Evenings at 7.15 pm; Thursday and Saturday Matinee at 2.00pm
Tickets available from

Malton Monthly Food Market

@Malton Market Place

Saturday 8th April (9am - 3pm)

The Malton Monthly Food Market is known for it’s specialist stalls, street food, music & bags of foodie fun!

Popular with all those who care about where their food is sourced, the market is set against the magnificent backdrop of St Michael’s Church.  

I go to buy blankets from a fabulous company that repurposes leftover tweed from the mills, it’s not all food 🙂


@Malton Museum, Malton

Saturday 8th April (10.30 am)

This tour takes a route along a stretch of riverbank via Navigation Wharf, now a forgotten backwater, telling the story of Malton’s 18th and 19th century transport and trade, and life before the motor car. This area of town was once an extremely important area bustling with life, and the station was once a noisy place with an imposing railway goods handling building, an outsized cattle dock, and extensive coal sidings that served a wide area. Come and learn about how and where it all happened! (Tour length- 1 ½ hour).

Meeting point: This tour starts at the entrance to Navigation Wharf on Yorkersgate, opposite side to Malton Museum. Booking recommended.


Dinner with Chef Lee Rushforth

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Saturday 8th April (7.30pm)

North Yorkshire boasts some of the finest chefs in the county. Every month the wonderful humans at  The Cooks Place invite a chef to cook you an intimate dinner. This is private dining at its best. The chefs they invite use local produce to create some of their most mouth-watering signature dishes – which you’ll watch them create from the comfort of the Chefs Table – whilst sipping a glass of something delicious (of course).

Booking essential.

Cider & Sausage Celebration

@Ryedale Vineyard, Westow

Monday 10th April (12-4pm)

The perfect antidote to all that Easter chocolate, come and try their 2022 harvest apple cider with their bespoke recipe sticky sausages and have a wander through the budding vineyard.  No booking necessary.  Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Cooking The Books: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

@The Cook's Place, Malton (with the lovely folk from Kemps)

Thursday 13th April (7pm)

Each month Jo Hardy from Kemps selects a book that has a foodie vibe. Jo will discuss the book and open the discussion for review and Gilly Robinson from The Cooks Place will help you to create a dish as mentioned in the text.

Cooking the Books is a great way to bring your love of books and cooking together. A wonderful night out for a group of book lovers or even on your own, to chat, eat, learn new skills, and just a great excuse to read a book.

VIP Hall Tour with Afternoon Tea in Boudoir

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Friday April 14th

Enjoy a special experience for two at Scampston Hall, including a prosecco afternoon tea in the Boudoir. These are a new offering and are popular so if you’re interested, don’t wait to get your ticket.

Wet Felting Flower Meadow Picture with Hand Embroidery

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Saturday 15th April

On this workshop you will create a unique felt and stitch flower meadow picture based on one of Lynn’s designs.

Live Music: ELO Encounter – Blue Sky Tour

@Milton Rooms, Malton

Saturday 15th April (8pm)

(note – this band bio is borrowed from the booking website – I haven’t seen this band personally)

The greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra is here!

In an all live show featuring soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and playing all the much loved songs from ELO’s hit-filled library including Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down. The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie! So Hold On Tight because Rock and Roll Is King in a show that is guaranteed to have you partying All Over The World.

Not only flawlessly recreating the wonderful music of ELO, it’s a spectacular live show from start to finish. Stunning lights and special effects create an atmosphere that will have you fully immersed in the whole experience.

As the ELO Encounter reel off ELO classic hit after hit, it’s guaranteed to have the hairs on the back of your neck dancing in time to the music!

The Secret Life of Sweets

@Castle Howard

Saturday 15th April (2.30pm)

The ultimate hands on workshop for anyone with a sweet tooth, which will explore the heritage of confectionery and the creation of the dessert course.

This is a 2.5 hour workshop, which will take participants through the universal fascination with sugar and how the stately homes of England gave rise to dessert based celebrations in the provinces from which York as a centre of trade thrived.

During this workshop participants will work with authentic recipes and ingredients exploring the evolution of dining table and the luxurious sugared treats that eventually became household staples.

This workshop pays tribute to Ann Fanshaw, Hannah Glasse, Joseph Bell – York Confectioner and eventually confectioner to the Royal Household together with recipes drawn from York’s chocolate and confectionery archive.

Dinner Party Dishes

@The Cooks Place, Malton

Saturday 15th April (10am)

If throwing a dinner party or cooking for a crowd brings you out in a cold sweat or you need some inspiration for new dishes, then our Dinner Party is for you.

This course will boost your confidence and develop your culinary skills and offer a knowledge of cooking that gives you the ability and inspiration to create masterpieces in your kitchen for family and friends.

It’s all about preparation, presentation and timing! 

With five dishes to prepare, this is a reasonably intensive cooking session.

Rising Stars from the Royal College of Music concert

@Sledmere House Library, Sledmere

Saturday 15th April

 Join the Inverno Quartet from the Royal College of Music for a special concert of chamber music. Experience the Lunchtime Chamber Recital in the beautiful Sledmere House Library

Featuring music by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Shostakovitch

The concert will then be followed by a two-course lunch and a glass of wine.

Tickets £45 per person and includes lunch and a glass of wine with the performers in the Sledmere House Dining Room afterwards

Arrival 12 noon for 12.30pm start.


Cookery Class: Fin & Shell

@The Cooks Place, Malton

Sunday 16th April

There is nothing more exciting than fresh fish and Yorkshire is blessed with its fair share! Just 25 miles to the coast Malton enjoys deliveries of some of the finest crab, razor clams and Lobster in Britain.

Learn to confidently prepare shellfish and cook the most delicious of crustaceans. Our seafood courses are one of our most popular and have seasonal menus enabling you to enjoy them time and time again.

You’ll prepare 3 dishes and have a live demonstration of key techniques in preparing and cooking fresh Yorkshire Coast fish. 

You will also learn more about the different techniques of fish cookery like smoking, curing and ceviche style. We have many delicious recipes to make and share involving pan-frying, baking, stewing, stocks and broths.

Craft workshop: Lino Cutting

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Wednesday 19th April (7pm)

Learn the beautiful artform of lino printing and create your first set of original prints. All materials provided.


Wake Up With Wildlife

@Castle Howard

Thursday 20th April (9.30am)

‘Spring’ out of bed and join a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust expert for an energising expedition around the grounds of Castle Howard to learn about the wildlife waking up from its winter slumber.

With top tips from an expert guide, discover ways that you can spot those who are stirring as well as those who may still be hiding away. This family-friendly walk will have you truly bouncing into spring!

Led by: David Spivack Suitable for all ages.


Live Music: Gaelforce

@Milton Rooms, Malton Market Place

Friday 21st April (8pm)

(note – this band bio is borrowed from the booking website – I haven’t seen this band personally)

Gaelforce is a superb Celtic Folk Rock Band from Yorkshire playing a variety of rocked up traditional folk songs & jigs n reels mainly from Ireland.

The band was very successful in the 90’s, has now reformed and is sounding better than ever, with ex members of the Duncan McFarlane Band & Mike Harding Band.

If you like bands such as Fairport Convention, Moving Heart and Runrig you are sure to love Gaelforce’s music.

Cookery Class: Fur (Half Day)

@The Chef's Place, Malton

Sunday 23rd April (10 am)

Some of the finest Yorkshire rare breed cattle, pigs and sheep come from within miles of Malton and on this course, you’ll be celebrating these amazing animals by learning butchery techniques and preparation before cooking iconic dishes that will quickly become part of your recipe repertoire, and in the process impress your friends and family when you host your own dinner parties or cosy suppers with confidence.

The Fur cooking course is a meat lover’s dream!

This is a half day course – we do offer full day Fur courses (see website for dates and prices)

Gilly will show you a range of dishes that take around 30 minutes to prepare and cook, saving you time and effort in the kitchen.

You will cook 3 dishes which will give you new ideas and recipes to cook at home, together with tips for technique, preparation, presentation, and storage. There will also be a fun demonstration of core techniques.

The dishes you cook will depend on what ingredients are seasonally available locally.

Craft Workshop: Book Art - Paper Roses

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton

Wednesday 26th April (7pm)

Learn the beautiful artform using paper from repurposed books and maps… 

All materials provided however if you have a favourite book or piece of music you want to incorporate feel free to bring it along.

Date Night

@The Cooks Place, Malton

Thursday 27th April (7pm)

BRAND NEW to the Cooks Place!

We are excited to bring you a Date Night with a difference! You and your partner will cook your own two course dinner before sitting down to enjoy them together at your own private table. You’ll prepare and make two dishes, with guidance from Gilly, and eat as you go. Whether it’s your first date, or 100th date, you can expect a wonderful evening and a fun, informal and relaxed atmosphere! 

No cooking experience neccessary. 

Drinks may be purcahsed on the night. 

We can accommondate up to four couples per date night evening, if you require a private event please email us at to discuss your requirements.

Live music: Ryedale Blues Club – The James Oliver Band

@The Milton Rooms

Thursday 27th April (8pm)

(note – this band bio is borrowed from the booking website – I haven’t seen this band personally)

James plays blues, rock a billy, rock and country…it’s all here in one explosive pickin’ package and his last performance at The Milton Rooms was nothing short of spectacular!

James has already rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of the guitar firmament including Albert Lee, Bill Kirchen and Greg Koch. Bill Kirchen says ‘James Oliver is the real deal, a passionate roots rocker loaded with guitar firepower

As music business veterans will tell you, success is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. James has a track record that shows he will not allow an ounce of his talents to be wasted. And with new musicians to interact with, chances are the music in store will exhibit hitherto unheard dimensions to delight his growing army of fans.

Live Comedy: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club

@The Milton Rooms

Thursday 27th April (8pm)

Tom Taylor
Multi-award winning comedian Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike. His unique brand of musical comedy is smart and silly in equal measure and he can boast an impressive stock of quirky, and very funny, musical one-liners.Recently, Tom has performed on Radio 2 and Radio 4 Extra as part of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award and has supported Simon Munnery on tour.

“His brand of nervous, neurotic musical comedy is an absolute delight” – The Skinny

Harriet Dyer
Fresh and unique, it’s a pleasure to spend time in Harriet Dyer’s company as she weaves her surreal and hilarious tales. An imitable raconteur, it’s easy to see how this newer act is making a big noise.

Harriet already has heads turning with her baffling tales of a misspent youth, and bewildering personal tales that are so ridiculous, they must be true. Establishing her own style of material and delivery after such a short time, means Harriet’s stock can only continue to rise.

“a bundle of whimsical hilarity… a breath of fresh air… will have you in stitches” – Broadway Baby

Pete Selwood
A hotly tipped up and upcoming comedian on the circuit, Pete Selwood has quickly risen through the comedy ranks with swagger. After winning the Lawrence Batley New Yorkshire Comedian of the Year (quite a mouthful), he has gone from strength to strength, winning comedy competitions and winning over audiences.

Barnsley born, he is an adept storyteller, focussing on tales of Northern life as a perpetually single man in his 20s. Being born with only one hand also gives him a unique view and experience of the world around him, poking fun at having a fairly minor disability in modern Britain.

In keeping with his material about disability, Selwood is also half of a double-act with Britain’s Got Talent star Jack Carroll, performing sketches and creating videos about the portrayal of disability within our society.

VIP Hall Tour with Afternoon Tea in Boudoir

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Friday 28th April

New for 2023! Enjoy a special experience for two at Scampston Hall, including a prosecco afternoon tea in the Boudoir

Under The Covers - Bookshop by Night

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Friday 28th April (7pm)

Join us for a curated tour of our shelves, insights into new publications, book talk, offers, discounts and promotions and a chance to just immerse yourself in books and escape for a little while.

# Get a curated tour of our shelves from a member of our team

# Get recommendations, offers and insights into this month’s new books

# Get advice, suggestions and ideas on what to read next

# Get suggestions of titles to try when looking to access new genres.

# Time to browse and discover in your own time

# Sociable, relaxed and definitely bookish.

Places are limited and must be booked

The ticket price is redeemable against any purchase on the night.


Wet Felting - Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Saturday 29th April

Learn the art of Nuno feltmaking where you will be guided through the process of creating your own fabulous silk and wool scarf.

Cookery Class: Beat & Whisk

@The Cooks Place, Malton

Saturday 29th April (10am)

Malton is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the comforting world of baking. At The Cooks Place they run a variety of bakery courses from tea-time treats to classic pastries, cakes, bread, biscuits and more. 

The full-day course is ‘jam’ packed with hints, tips and techniques that will help you excel at baking or discover a new passion you never knew you had.

With a mix of basic and more complex techniques, there is something for everyone on this entertaining course.

The Baking Days here at The Cooks Place are a hands-on course that introduces you to the joys of baking, with clear recipes to follow under the supervision of our team. Prepare and sample the dishes during the day with full recipes and instructions.

In York

Other fun things to do

A day at the races |

Explore York’s chocolate history (they have a truffle event on right now which looks delicious!) |

Find viking re-enactments and outdoor drama |



If you’re interested in York you may also like these guides:

Gardens to visit near Malton and York

Historical Places to visit near Malton & York

Adrenaline adventures near Malton and York

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Not staying with us yet?

Wrap yourself yourself in warmth within our salt-water hot tub before unwinding with a glass of Chateauneuf du pape in the cosy core of our recently restored Garde II listed farmers cottage in the idyllic rural village of Burythorpe. This 17th Century cottage is opposite the village pub, and just 7 minutes drive from the thriving market town of Malton. 

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