Your January Events 2024 Guide | Celebrating events in Malton & Surrounding Villages​

Your January Events 2024 Guide

A celebration of what's on in Malton and surrounding villages

Welcome to this months round-up of fabulous things to do for adults (and their dogs) in the most beautiful part of Yorkshire. 

🐾   Dog friendly

🔗 Details are correct when I publish them – all listings have a link – please check times, doggy access and booking information. 

Event’s in York worth mentioning.

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Staying with us in Burythorpe?

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Donkey Burythorpe

Hey, I'm Gemma - curious explorer of Yorkshire and host at Kingfisher & Yew

This curated list started as a guide for couples staying with us, and quickly evolved into this celebration of events happening in the beautiful countryside around here. I hope you find something you enjoy!


Whether you're treating your partner to a day out, or nurturing your inner introvert with a solo adventure, you'll be sure to find something to enjoy here.



Maltons latest restaurant offering brunch, small plates and a delectable Sunday lunch. We have tried and tested it and it’s a new favourite spot for us. They have plenty of gluten free and vegan options.

Dinner by Uovo

@The Cross Keys, Malton

Locally grown and sourced food with a menu offering their own unique take on modern British fine dining in a casual laidback setting.

Stargazing in Dalby

@Dalby Forest

Several Dates - check for availability

Astro Dog offer exciting, interactive, stargazing sessions in the enchanting setting of Dalby Forest. Dalby Forest is a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site and is set within the heart of the picturesque North York Moors National Park. 


Guests can enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, learning about stars, asterisms, constellations, star-hopping and how to navigate the night sky. Use telescopes and binoculars to view the planets, the Moon and stunning deep space objects such as double stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae.


Yoga in Dalby Forest

@Dalby Forest

Every Wednesday

Step away from your normal routine and try yoga in Dalby Forest, hosted by Chantelle from The Balance Rooms.

This class is suitable for all abilities and will guide you through a series of movements to help rejuvenate, restore and refresh.

Artists in Residence - Layla Khoo

@Dalby Forest

Every day - available all day

Custodians is located from the bike trails car park near Adderstone field

“Custodians” is an evolving installation, inspired by the history that the Forestry Commission is charged with preserving, and the future they plan to protect beyond their own lifetimes. 

Life-sized porcelain rabbits are placed in an otherwise unseen man-made rabbit warren, of sufficient historical importance to be listed as a scheduled monument, and yet lost to most visitors as part of the forest floor. These other-worldly white rabbits gaze upwards at viewers, their eyes silvery and reflecting the light shining down on them, highlighting the history of this land. This art work identifies the site in the present. The future of the site will be marked with sapling yew trees planted around its perimeter, an evolving feature with its own folklore connotations of death and rebirth, which will only come into fruition years after the sculptures have gone.

Artists in Residence - Fiona Bowley

@Dalby Forest

Every day - available all day

The sculpture is located on the Jerry Noddle viewpoint trail

‘My work is often informed by the beauty of stone in the ancient classical world, and my sculpture for Dalby Forest references the rock carvings of the Nabateans (4th century BCE – 1st century CE), around Petra in Jordan, and Sasanian carvings in Bishapur, Iran (260CE).

I am interested in the devices that sculptors employ to raise the status of their subjects, for example with ornamentation, posture or scale. I use these devices in my sheep sculpture; standing my Sheep on magnificent plinths and carving elaborately decorated fleeces.

My Winged Sheep for Dalby Forest stands within a small shrine (an aedicula) cut into a huge sandstone rock. A small procession of sheep, also carved directly into the rockface, bow and kneel in homage to the Winged Sheep above them.’

Supper Club with Chef Gilly Robinson

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Friday 5th January

Sit down at our Chef’s Table and relax as Gilly prepares and cooks your delicious meal in front of you. 

Enjoy an array of delicious, seasonal and local produce and learn about our fantastic suppliers and their stories. Gilly’s wealth of knowlege and experiences inspire her cooking and no two evenings are the same! 

Includes reception drink, individual canapes, 3-course meal with coffee.

Cooking the Books: Dirt by Bill Buford

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

Thursday 11th January

Each month Jo Hardy from Kemps selects a book that has a foodie vibe and while Jo discusses and reviews the book and opens the discussion Gilly Robinson, owner, and head tutor here at The Cooks Place will then create two dishes mentioned in the text. Relax and enjoy as Gilly cooks and demonstrates how to make the dishes, which you eat along with a glass of something.
What does it take to master French cooking? This is the question that drives Bill Buford to abandon his perfectly happy life in New York City and (with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow) move to Lyon, the so-called gastronomic capital of France.
But what was meant to be six months in a new city turns into a wild five-year odyssey. As Buford apprentices at Lyon’s best boulangerie, studies at a legendary culinary school and cooks at a storied Michelin-starred restaurant, he discoveries the true grit, precision and passion of the French kitchen.

Supper Club with Chef Gilly Robinson

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Saturday 13th January

Sit down at our Chef’s Table and relax as Gilly prepares and cooks your delicious meal in front of you. 

Enjoy an array of delicious, seasonal and local produce and learn about our fantastic suppliers and their stories. Gilly’s wealth of knowlege and experiences inspire her cooking and no two evenings are the same! 

Includes reception drink, individual canapes, 3-course meal with coffee.

The Sykes Barn Wedding Open Day

@Sledmere House, Sledmere

Sunday 14th January

If you are looking for a charming, rustic Barn, bursting with original features, The Sykes Barn, set in the heart of the picturesque Sledmere Estate could be the perfect wedding venue for you. The beautiful Barn is a diverse and flexible venue like no other, offering you the freedom to personalise your wedding to your own unique style with the option of no corkage fees! 

Come along on Sunday the 14th January, enjoy a glass of prosecco, delicious canapes and take in the splendour that is the Sykes Barn. Don’t forget to collect your free goody bag containing lots of offers including two free tickets to return to Sledmere and soak up all the beauty that they offer on a separate day.

Take a tour of our adults-only, dog-friendly, rural retreats

Explore 300 years of history in our recently renovated farmers cottage with salt water, log burning hot tub.

Date Night

@The Cooks Place, Malton

Thursday 25th January

The Cooks Place 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 necessary. 

Drinks may be purchased 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.

Burns Night Theme Supper Club

@The Cooks Place, Malton

Friday 26th January

Sit down at our Chef’s Table and relax as Gilly prepares and cooks your delicious three course meal in front of you. This is a Burns Night themed evening, featuring some of Malton’s beautiful whiskeys. Each course will be pared with a different whisky, hand selected by James McMillan.

Enjoy an array of fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce and learn about our fantastic suppliers and their stories. Gilly’s wealth of knowledge and experiences inspire her cooking and no two evenings are the same!

An evening with Jane Lovering

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Saturday 27th Januray

Join us for an evening of restorative reading with the Queen of romantic fiction, Jane Lovering. Light yet intelligent reads, Jane’s novels are the perfect way to escape the dreary, post-Christmas blues. Having written many novels set in Yorkshire, Jane will introduce her latest novel, An Island Cottage which is set in Orkney. Featuring her trademark relatable characters, captivating locations and a many-layered plot which includes a little benevolent witchy magic, it’s a novel with a wide appeal.

In York

Events worth special note

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

Michelin Star Dining within 35 Minutes

Year round events & activities in Burythorpe

Afternoon Tea & Tennis

Afternoon Teas are available daily at Burythorpe House Hotel  12-4pm with tables available in the dining room, the garden or in front of one of the roaring log fires (yes please!)

Vegan & GF available and pre-booking required: Contact reception 01653 658200

Paying customers can also play tennis on their courts, bring your rackets.

Food & Monthly Pub Quiz

Show off your general knowledge in the lovely 17th Century former coach house. Local ales and a friendly bunch make this a lovely way to spend an evening.

Check their Facebook page for quiz dates and other events here:

Massage with Jasmine

If you’re staying with us, Jasmine can be booked (directly with her) to provide massage and other beauty services. I love this at Yew Tree with the salt-water hot tub.

Yoga with Anna

If you’re staying with us, Anna can be booked (directly with her) to help you unwind with 1:1 or 1:2 private yoga sessions.

Get yourself booked into our luxury adults-only rural retreat

Lakeside cabin in the woods Burythorpe, Malton

Kingfisher Cabin

Tuck yourself away in the woods

Stay in our hand crafted log cabin with private lakeside, outdoor bath and woodland book-nook.

Expected early summer 2023

Yew Tree Cottage

Steep yourself in history

Stay in our recently renovated 17th century country cottage with salt water, log burning hot tub.

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