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

Your May Events 2023 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. 

I’ve included links – as dates and times may change after I’ve typed them in here, plus some of the activities need to be booked so please check.

🐾   I’m slowly upgrading these with dog friendly notes, bear with me!

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

This curated list started as a guide for our guests, 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.

Tulip Festival

@Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington

Until May 6th

The annual Tulip Festival at Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington provides a colourful and vibrant beginning to Spring. There is a cascade of colours with over 15,000 tulips from 130 varieties.


Ryedale Vineyards tours start again this month - wohoo!

@Ryedale Vineyard, Westow

From May 1st

Ryedale Vineyards offer an informal, humorous and informative guided tour and tasting which starts with visitors shown the vines and vineyard, a visit to their winery and ends with sampling their wines and ciders with local cheeses either in our outdoor marquee or tasting Stables.

The Coronation Exhibition

@Castle Howard


The Long Gallery will play host to an exhibition celebrating the King’s Coronation, featuring luxurious peers’ robes worn to coronations gone by.

Their full set of Crown Jewels (exact replicas of the historical regalia used in the coronation itself) will also be on display, giving you the opportunity to appreciate first-hand their scale and splendour.  I wonder if they’d let me try them on…?

Coronation Afternoon Tea

@Castle Howard

1st, 6th & 8th May

To celebrate this momentous year in history, Castle Howard invites you to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King, with a celebration of all things quintessentially British – A day out at Castle Howard with Afternoon Tea in the Grecian Hall.

Their Head Chef has curated a menu of sweet and savoury items that feature some of Yorkshire’s finest produce, you can also choose to make your tea that little bit more special, by purchasing a glass of the UK’s finest sparkling wine – Nyetimber Classic Cuvee.

The location for your experience will be their elegant Grecian Hall – the perfect surroundings for this culinary treat!

Your ticket also includes access to the House & Gardens prior to your Afternoon Tea experience.

Lecture: Eastfield – A Roman Complex

@Malton Museum, Malton

Wednesday 3rd May (7pm)

Excavations on the site of a new housing development (being built in the Eastfield area of Scarborough) revealed a large complex of Roman buildings, including a circular central room with a number of rooms leading off. Dominating the Vale of Pickering the complex would have been seen for miles. 

Paula Ware is a professional archaeologist and the managing director of Malton Archaeological Practice.

Cooking The Books: Eat Yourself Beautiful

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

Thursday 4th May (7pm)

Healthy eating and well-being evening. Join Gilly and local beautician Sarah Greenhough for a lovely evening of self care. Learn how seasonal ingredients can be used to benefit the body both inside and out in this relaxed and informative evening. A warm, friendly atmosphere awaits. 

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.

Van Life Festival

@The Parkland, Scampston

Friday 5th May - Sunday 7th May

#VanLifeFest is a 3-day family-focused Camper event set within the beautiful grounds of Scampston Hall. Please Note the Hall & Walled Garden remain open as usual during this event

VIP Hall Tour with Afternoon Tea in Boudoir

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Friday 5th May

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.

Ryedale Vineyards open day

@Ryedale Vineyard

Monday 8th May

Open Day with cream teas, and tastings. All the joy of a vineyard without the organisation skills and commitment needed for a tour.

Dawn Chorus Walk

@Castle Howard

Sunday 7th May & Wednesday 10th (5.30am - 7.30am)

Set the alarm clock for International Dawn Chorus Day!

Join a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust expert on a tour around the grounds of Castle Howard to experience the magic of the dawn chorus in full voice and identify the birds that are singing.

The Big Help Out at Castle Howard

@Castle Howard

Monday 8th May

To mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation, we’re getting involved in The Big Help Out!

Help make more space for nature by lending a hand in building Bug Stately Homes, a lovely way to spend the bank holiday Monday.

Help create habitats and increase biodiversity by making a safe space for insects, an important job to do all year round, but particularly nice in Spring. 

Bug Stately Home building is a drop-in event led by their Head of Natural Environment Guy Thallon and our Volunteering Manager Saskia Edwards.

No booking required. This event takes place outside of the Grounds in the main Visitor Car Park, and it’s free to take part.

10am to 12pm 1pm to 3pm

Willow Cat Workshop

@Conservatory, Scampston Hall

Thursday 11th May

Learn the art of willow weaving where you will be guided through the process of creating a willow cat of your own to display in your home or garden.

Meet The Author: Sarah Banks

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Thursday 11th May (7:30pm)

Head over to Kemps bookstore for a glass of fizz at the launch of the book from the award-winning Wild Guide series.

Wild Guide North East England is an inspiring travel compendium revealing the most exciting hidden places in Northumberland, Yorkshire’s moors and coast, the Wolds and the North Pennines.

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).

Cooking The Books: Hungry by Grace Dent

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

Thursday 11th May (7pm)

From an early age, Grace Dent was hungry. As a little girl growing up in Carlisle, she yearned to be something bigger, to go somewhere better. Hungry traces her story from growing up eating beige food to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved food writers. It’s also everyone’s story – from cheese and pineapple hedgehogs and treats with your nan, to the exquisite joy of a chip butty covered in vinegar and too much salt in the school canteen on a grey day. Hungry shows us that food, friends and family are the indispensable ingredients of a life well lived.

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.

Malton Monthly Food Market

@Malton Market Place

Saturday May 13th (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 🙂

Romans in Malton

@Malton Museum, Malton

Saturday 13th May (10.30 am)

Archaeological work on Malton’s Roman Fort, which was as large as any on Hadrian’s Wall, suggests that it was one of very few in the country that was probably operated in varying strength throughout most of the Roman occupation. Roman soldiers were efficient builders and military forts were regularly altered, abandoned and re-instated as necessity arose. Partly built over later by the Normans and cut through even later by a railway track, what is left of the fort site is an unevenly shaped grass field with banks and ditches, but with many hidden stories to discover. Our tour explains the layout of the fort, and the story of the IX Legion which possibly visited it for a time. Come and learn about the life of a typical Roman soldier.

Mindful Photography

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Saturday 13th May (10am - 1pm)

The group will start with a short discussion and then we are free to explore the gardens at Scampston Hall. We will then share our images together within our closed group.

Dinner with Chef Lee Rushforth

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Saturday 13th May

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.

Live Music: Both Sides Now – Celebrating Joni Mitchell

@Milton Rooms, Malton

Saturday 13th May (8pm)

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

Both Sides Now are the UK’s only regular touring tribute to the songs of Joni Mitchell.

The five piece live band is led by the amazing voice of Sarah Miller with supporting musicians’ whose CVs include working with such notable names as Don Felder of the Eagles, Badly Drawn Boy, Ruby Turner and Corinne Bailey Rae.

This year also marks the 52nd anniversary of Joni’s breakthrough album Blue, which featured iconic songs such as ‘A Case Of You’, ‘River’, ‘Carey’ and of course the title track, so songs from the album will be prominently featured in the concert, along with staples such as ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ (her most covered song), the radio hits of ‘Help Me’ and ‘Free Man In Paris’ (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of ‘In France They Kiss On Main St’ (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and ‘Coyote’ (Hejira).

The Joni Mitchell Songbook draws on a three-decade journey of incredible creativity, from folk singer to mainstream rock artist, as well as an abiding love affair with jazz.

Wagon Challenge Day

@Sledmere House, Sledmere

Sunday 14th May

Who will be the Wagoner Champions?

A day not to miss as teams from 102 Brigade and other local Army units come together to determine who will be this years Wagoner Champions.

Come and show your support as teams take part in various challenges aimed at replicating and demonstrating the skills and disciplines associated with the training taken on by the Wagoners back in 1914. Expect to see everything from Tug of War to soldiers attempting to long rein heavy horses. All will be scored by experts to determine which unit are the 2023 Wagoner Champions.

As well as the team events there will be the Sledmere Shire Horses and horses from The Northern Heavy Horse Society. Other highlights include a historic horse drawn WW1 horse ambulance, Wolds Wagon, and General Service Wagon from the Royal Logistic Corps Heritage collection.

The event promises to be a spectacular occasion for all to enjoy, with demonstrations and plenty of activities for everybody to try, such as an inflatable assault course and bouncy castle.

Normal grounds and gardens admission applies.

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.

Meet The Author: Harry Whittaker

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Wednesday 17th May (7:30pm)

Spanning a lifetime of love and loss, crossing borders and oceans, Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt, draws Lucinda Riley’s phenomenal Seven Sisters series to it’s stunning, unforgettable conclusion.

Lucinda Riley sadly died in June 2021 and it fell to Harry to become a storyteller himself, and complete the Seven Sisters series on behalf of his late mother.  Harry joins us to talk about the series and the final book – it will be a fascinating evening for everyone who has loved these stories. 

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).

Meet The Author: Stephanie Butland

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Thursday 18th May (7:30pm)

Stephanie is a local author and her new book is the story of how a bookshop can heal a community.

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).

People We Love

@Castle Howard

Friday 19th May - 15th October

A community based international artwork on high definition screens in the Chapel at Castle Howard.

Experience a special edition of international artwork “People We Love” by KMA. Multiple high definition screens will show portraits of local residents gazing at a picture of someone they love.

A beautiful and contemplative addition to a House visit, and a lovely way to contrast portraiture old and new.

Free with a House and Gardens ticket.

Cookery class: Fin & Shell

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Friday 19th May

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.

Live Music: A HEAD full of COLDPLAY

@Milton Rooms, Malton

Saturday 20th May (8pm)

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

A HEAD full of COLDPLAY bring a tribute to the music; recreating the sound of Coldplay, without being an impersonation of the band.

Capturing the feel, energy and themes with a setlist spanning all 9 studio albums that will appeal both to the casual and hardcore fans.

From Parachutes to Music Of The Spheres, all the hits with many surprises

Yorkshire Game & Country Fair

@Scampston Hall

Saturday 20th May - Sunday 21st May (9am-5pm)

The Annual Game and Country Fair held in the stunning parkland!

The UK Tractor Show will display some of the finest tractors in the UK today. Scampston Hall also has its own purpose-built tractor pulling area. With a number of clubs already confirmed, there will be hundreds of tractors on display.

Key aspects of the event include:
– Vulture Show
– The Lamb National
– The Hogg Show
– Sheepdog Display
– Mobile Farm
– Jez Avery Stunt Show (Saturday Only)
– Clay Shooting
– Air Rifles
– Mounted Games Association
– Fun Dog Show
– Gundog Scurries
– Axe Throwing
– Lurcher Show
– Archery
– Reptile Display
– Tractor Pulling
– Classic Car Display
– Fire Engine Display

Dogs are welcome on a lead.

For more information and online bookings, please visit

The Dalby Devil

@ Dalby Forest

Sunday 21st May

Introducing Dalby Devil duathalons and gravel rides – as gritty as they come.


Run, cycle and run again with multiple challenges to suit all fitness levels. 

They’ll be hosting a sprint (5K, 20K, 2.5K) and a standard (10K, 40K, 5K) off-road duathlon. The running and cycling will all be on trails around the forest and the event will be ideal for first timers as well as seasoned duathletes.

Gravel rides

The Dalby Devil gravel rides will be over 45-50 or 90-100km (2 laps) with a well-stocked feed station at the end of the lap for those doing the longer challenge. These will be mainly fire roads with a few kms on single track, non-technical sections.

All finishers in both events will get event merchandise, a medal, snacks & a drink.

Meet The Author: Kate Giles

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Tuesday 23rd May (7:30pm)

The wall paintings of Pickering church are one of England’s hidden artistic treasures.

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).

Craft workshop: Journaling

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Wednesday 24th May (7pm)

Come and spend a couple of hours learning how to draw your day or any aspect of your life, hobbies or interests. All materials provided.

Behind Closed Doors Tour

@Castle Howard

Thursday 25th May (4pm)

Join the Castle Howard Curators for a rare opportunity to go behind the crimson ropes, and discover some of the fascinating secrets of Castle Howard, not normally on display to the public.This tour will take you from the very top, to the very bottom of the building. Taking in hidden views as you learn some of the many fantastic stories from Castle Howard’s 300 year history.

Please note that this tour may encounter narrow staircases and heights, and is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users. We do have a virtual version of the experience, please email for more information.

Date Night

@The Cooks Place, Malton

Thursday 25th May

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 – Blast Lane

@Milton Rooms, Malton

Thursday 25th May (8pm)

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

Blast Lane is a district of Sheffield and gives this band their name.

Their music is firmly blues-rock and harks back to British bands like Free, Purple and Zeppelin – lots of chunky riffs, brooding bass and solid drums.

The UK scene has a lot of blues-rockers and these guys have the advantage of writing their own material and offer an amazing live experience.

Under The Covers - Bookshop by Night

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Friday 26th May (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.


Malton Food Lovers Festival

@ Malton Market Place & Talbot Yard

Saturday 27th May & Sunday 28th May (9am-6pm)

Set across the streets of Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton Food Lovers Festival is a celebration of Yorkshire’s finest produce & cooking.

Expect artisan stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, festival bar, live music & much, much more!

Malton’s family foodie extravaganza is a festival like no other. A giant celebration, a huge gourmet street party – “Yorkshire’s Foodie Glastonbury” is back!


Meet The Author: David Atherton (Bake Off Winner 2019)

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Tuesday 23rd May (7:30pm)

David Atherton (Bake Off winner 2019) will be signing copies of his children’s cook books at Kemps during the Malton Food Lover’s Festival on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May.

Malton favourite – David Atherton is a food writer and the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2019 is back at The Food Lover’s Festival again this year. Happily for us he will be around to sign copies of his cook books for kids as well as appearing on the main stage over the weekend.  David’s books contain everything budding cooks and bakers need to take their first steps to culinary glory.

If you are unable to attend then signed copies of David’s books can be pre ordered via our website for collection after May 29th.

Live Music: Caribbean Calling – Brass Castle Brings Carnival to Town

@Milton Rooms, Malton

Saturday 27th May (6pm)

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

Carnival is coming to town !!!

Malton’s very own Brass Castle Brewery brings a taste of the Caribbean to the Food Festival with music from Trinidad’s Triniboi Joocie, fresh from a successful run to the semi-finals in the latest series of ITV’s ‘The Voice’.

As you would expect Brass Castle will also be serving some of the UK’s best beers alongside carnival rum punch and will have a Trinidadian chef on hand to give everyone a taste of the Caribbean.

Just as at Carnival proper, you are invited be part of the fun and dress for carnival, with prizes for the best dressed event-goers.

Head Brewer Sam Teale said, “We recently collaborated on some beers with a craft brewery in Trinidad and got the chance to enter into the carnival spirit. I also remember seeing Levi Roots perform Jamaican Reggae hits to a Malton audience during a previous Food Lover’s Festival, so it made perfect sense to bring back some sunshine to the event”

Ryedale Garden Photography Session

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Saturday 27th May

Learn how to take beautiful photographs in their stunning gardens.

Ryedale Vineyards open day

@Ryedale Vineyard

Monday 29th May

​Open Day with cream teas, and tastings.

The Secret Garden - Promenade Theatre Performance

@ Birdsall House grounds

Tuesday 30th May

This summer we are delighted to be bringing the beautiful tale of The Secret Garden to life with a promenade performance in the incredible grounds of Birdsall House.

Follow Mary Lennox as she defiantly explores her new home Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, finding her cousin, new friends and the most beautiful Secret Garden on the way. 

This is an outdoor promenade performance.

Embracing Wool Exhibition

@Walled Garden, Scampston Hall

Wednesday 31st May - Sunday 4th June

Embracing Wool is a collaboration of professional textile artists based in and around Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Their artists primarily work with and promote the use of wool as a medium for their work. 

Showcasing the very best examples of their member’s work across a broad range of wool disciplines, members share their enthusiasm for their craft during this five day exhibition.

Meet the artists and demonstrations will be taking place during this event.

In York

Events worth special note

York Fashion Week (last day May 1st) |

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

All year round 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.

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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