Your October Events 2023 Guide | Celebrating events in Malton & Surrounding Villages​

Your October 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. 

🐾   Dog friendly

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

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

This curated list started as a guide for the lovely 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.

Ryedale Vineyards tours

@Ryedale Vineyard, Westow

Friday October 21st and 28th

Ryedale Vineyards offer an informal, humorous and informative guided tours 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. Highly recommend 🙂

Summer Art Exhibition in Garden Cafe

@Scampston Estate

From May 31 to November 5th.

Alex Jones is a wildlife artist living locally in Rillington. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle Metropolitan University and went on to work in Graphic Design at British Aerospace. After a number of years and having moved to North Yorkshire she decided to go back to her true passion for drawing and painting animals and now workd predominantly in oils.

Her inspiration is taken mainly from the farm and the countryside where she lives and spends a lot of time walking, sketching and taking photographs.

Pumpkin Picking

@Castle Howard

From 30th September to 31st October

The Castle Howard Garden Centre Pumpkin Patch is back for the third year running!

Explore the patch and choose your perfect pumpkin. Whether small, medium, or large, we’ve got varying sizes and colours for carving, decorating and making the most of the spooky season! Head to the Garden Centre when you arrive and follow the signs for PYO pumpkins.

Hedgerow Tour & Gin Tasting with Sloemotion Distillery

@Castle Howard

Friday 6th October

Join the Sloemotion Team as they uncover some of Castle Howard’s Heritage Hedgerows. Enjoy a walking tour that lasts approximately 1.5 hours followed by a gin tasting session – the perfect way to spend an afternoon!

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.’

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.

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.

If Walls Could Talk

@Castle Howard

Friday 6th October

A deep dive into historic textiles and wallpapers at Castle Howard

Join Curator of Collections and Archives, Eleanor Brooke-Peat, for an introduction to Castle Howard’s 19th-century interiors, where Japanese and Arts & Crafts designs were centre stage.

Enjoy a talk, exclusive access to private rooms, and the opportunity to view and handle historic textiles, wallpapers, and material from the archive.

Bob Harris & Colin Hall: ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’

@The Milton Rooms, Malton

Friday 6th October

BBC legend Bob Harris and author/music journalist Colin Hall host an intimate evening based around their mutual love and appreciation of The Beatles.

In particular they tell how Lennon, McCartney, and to a lesser extent Harrison, gifted their tunes to others. This is the story behind those songs, the hits, the misses and the demos that the group never released.

Kemps presents: Author Event - Rick Broadbent

@St Michael's Church, Malton

Saturday 7th October

Now Then is a biographical mosaic of Yorkshire.  Rick Broadbent, an award-wining author and exiled Yorkshireman, goes in search of the soul of England’s biggest county and produces an all-encompassing portrait of a place that has been victimised and stereotyped since the days of Williams the Conqueror. Incorporating social history, memoir, reportage and author interviews, Now Then paints a picture of what it means to be from Yorkshire – both now and back then. 

The evening will be a talk followed by question and answers session and then a book signing.

Marblehead Johnson – The Original Britpop Experience

@The Milton Rooms, Malton

Saturday 7th October

Named after the classic Bluetones Britpop anthem, Marblehead Johnson pay tribute to the British Britpop music scene, bringing the recreated Britpop hits up to date in a powerful combination of passion and quality akin to the harder hitting sounds that the bands produced in their live shows.

Playing songs from Blur, The Bluetones, Paul Weller, The Verve, Ocean Colour Scene, Supergrass, Pulp and of course, Oasis, glory in the anthems that brought British alternative rock into the mainstream with a tip and a wink to the backbone of the movement from the likes of The Who, The Kinks and The Jam.

Why have a tribute to one Britpop band when you can have a tribute to them all.

Defy Dalby

@Dalby Forest

Sunday 8th October

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation have teamed up with Forestry England to host this competitive series across the UK.

Navigate your way through a beautiful section of the vast 8,500 acres of North York Moors National Park. As the 5km course loops inside the 10km course, you’ll have the chance to explore the multi-terrain this forest has in store. 

Take on this chip-timed competitive events, challenging yourself against the clock.

Cooking the Books - The Language of Food by Annabel Abbs

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Thursday 12th October

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.

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 and just a great excuse to read a book!

Eliza Acton, despite having never before boiled an egg, became one of the world’s most successful cookery writers, revolutionising cooking and cookbooks around the world. Her story is fascinating, uplifting and truly inspiring.

Dinner with Chef Lee Rushforth

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Saturday 14th October

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).

Includes reception drink, individual canapes and a three course meal. Drinks are available to purchase on the evening. 

Booking essential.

Malton Monthly Food Market

@Malton Market Place

Saturday 14th October (9am - 3pm)

🐾 Dogs welcome

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.  

There is free entry and 2 hours free car parking.

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

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.


@Malton Museum

Saturday 14th October

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.  (Tour length- 1 ½ hour).

Cosy Cottage Palm Oil Free Soap-Making workshop

@Cosy Cottage Soap Company, Malton

Saturday 14th October

Back by popular demand, The Cosy Cottage Soap Company have scheduled more of the Palm Oil Free Soap making workshops in central Malton, to be held at their Navigation Wharf workshop. 

The workshops are about 1.5-2 hours long and you will learn how to make cold process soap and go away with your own unique soap, fragranced with an essential oil blend created by you during the afternoon.

The Vintage Vocalist

@The Milton Rooms, Malton

Sunday 15th October

Influenced by legendary vocalists of the past, Paula Marie brings the music of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s to life!

Her extensive repertoire covers everything from jazz, swing & big band to wartime favourites, vintage pop, rock ‘n’ roll and classic movie songs.nfluenced by legendary vocalists of the past.

Paula Marie performs golden hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Vera Lynn, Billie Holiday, The Andrews Sisters, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Bobby Darin, Petula Clark, Helen Shapiro, Elvis Presley, The Carpenters, ABBA and many more!

Highway Cello with Kenneth Wilson - Meet The Author

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Sunday 15th October

Highway Cello is a book about Kenneth’s journey on a bike and with his cello, from Hadrian’s Wall to Rome. Kenneth will be reading from his book, talking abut his journey, answering questions and (of course) playing his cello.

Clash Of Crowns - Battle of Byland 1322 - Yorkshire’s forgotten conflict

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Thursday 19th October

Harry returns to Kemps after a really popular event with us in January.

This talk casts light on a fascinating but little-known and neglected episode of our island history, and reveals a conflict largely shaped by the dramatic landscape it took place in. The outcome of the battle illustrates the almost-total hegemony King Robert was able to establish over large parts of the North of England in the early 14th century, but also Edward II’s stubbornness and refusal to recognise the inevitable – an intransigence that would contribute to his ultimate downfall.

Roost After Dark at The Cook’s Place: Coffee Cocktail Evening Supper Club

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Friday 20th October

We have collaborated with coffee expert and mixologist Gemma from Roost Coffee and Roastery to bring a new Supper Club with a difference!

Join us to experience a selection of small plates, accompanied beautifully by three delicious coffee based cocktails, finished with a coffee.

Fungi Foray

@Castle Howard

Friday 20th October

Explore the weird and wonderful biology of fungi and learn some identification skills too on this fascinating foray through Ray Wood with an expert from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

On this guided walk, you’ll learn more about why fungi of all shapes, sizes and colours grow here as well as how to tell your shaggy inkcaps from your jelly-ears!

Date Night

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Thursday 26th October

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.

Ryedale Blues Club – Jed Potts & The Hillman Hunters

@Milton Rooms, Malton

Thursday 26th October

Jed Potts & The Hillman Hunters is a sensational band.

One of the best blues bands on the Edinburgh scene, they play classic 1950s and early 60s American blues, delivered with passion and power. Inspired by American greats, from Freddie King to Howlin’ Wolf.

Potts alongside drummer Jonny Christie and bassist Charlie Wild deliver gritty blues, whether laying back into a ballad or digging-in to a hypnotic groove.

Supper Club with Chef Gilly Robinson

@The Cook's Place, Malton

Friday 27th October

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.

Outdoor Adventure Cinema

@Castle Howard

Friday 27th - Tuesday 31 October

Bring a blanket or camping chair, wrap up warm, and enjoy these classics. Fancy Dress encouraged.

The Lost Boys (15) – 7:30PM, FRIDAY, OCT 27

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) – 1:30PM, SATURDAY, OCT 28

Hocus Pocus (PG) – 6:00PM, SATURDAY, OCT 28;  1:30PM, TUESDAY, OCT 31

Monsters Inc. (U) – 1:30PM, SUNDAY, OCT 29

Ghostbusters (12A) – 6:00PM, SUNDAY, OCT 29

Beetlejuice (15) – 7:30PM, MONDAY, OCT 30

Scream (18) – 7:30PM, TUESDAY, OCT 31

Stories of Spells and Storms

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Friday 27th October

A bookish treat for you this Hallowe’en. Join us for a special evening talking all things witchy.

We love to get caught up in a good story and right now “witch lit” is really delivering some spellbinding reads.

Alex and Clare will introduce a few of their favourite witchy fictions, old and new before settling in for a good literary chat and a browse around the bookshop after dark.

Broomsticks optional!

Musical Fireworks Spectacular 2023

@Sledmore House

Saturday 28th October

We are hugely excited for our Musical Fireworks Spectacular 2023 with this year’s theme: ‘MUSICALS!’ We’ll have some fantastic musical numbers and recognisable songs to accompany the most amazing big bangs and mesmerising colours lighting up the sky above Sledmere House and Gardens!
The Coach House Café will be on site offering some hot and tasty bonfire treats and refreshments. You can also enjoy all of the funfair rides and attractions before the display begins, and watch the huge bonfire crackle away.

Spooky Barn: Halloween Adventure

@Sledmore House

Saturday 28th October to Sunday 5th November

Calling all magical beings! The Wizards Gathering is the most exciting meeting of witches and wizards in the wizarding calendar! Join us this year at the atmospheric Spooky Barn at Sledmere and help Wizard Fumblefoot, who’s got into a bit of a muddle, and Witch Goodheart who is on the rampage, before having a magical animal encounter of your own!
Come and enjoy a fun and family-friendly Halloween walk-through experience, with performers, magical animal encounters and activities! Don’t forget to follow the trail down to the Walled Garden to take part in our petrifying pumpkin hunt!

Kemps presents: The Golden Age of Crime Writing

@Kemps Bookstore, Malton Market Place

Saturday 28th October

A scintillating evening discussing all things golden-age of crime writing with Tom Mead, acclaimed author of Death and The Conjuror and The Murder Wheel.

Mead will be joining us to discuss not only his books, but also his long held fascination with crime detection writing from the evocative period between the world wars.

His enthusiasm is contagious and you will soon find yourself immersed in the world of authors such as Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr; learn about their inspiration and how their works have shaped others’ writing, including Tom’s.


Tom is a particular aficionado of the sub-genre of locked room mysteries, a fact which is evident from his debut novel Death and the Conjuror, which pays a witty tribute to them. He will be signing copies of his books after the event.

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

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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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