Esk Valley Railway to Whitby
From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 16 stations along the route
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Coming Soon  | Land of Iron | Exhibitions at Danby Moors Centre  | Goth Weekend | Ghost Walks Meander Down the Esk


The Coliseum, Whitby - Saturday 17th March

Spring Arts and Craft Fair Opens 09:30 Closes 16:00

Heading eastwards for Commondale and well into the sheep country of the North York Moors National Park. Photograph by Phil Brown,

 We are a ‘collective’ of local artists and makers offering a wide variety of items such as original paintings and prints, greetings cards, wood and metalwork items, felt, hand knits, tie-dye clothing, many unique and individual items, with an accent on Spring and gifts for Easter. Everyone is welcome.  The cafe will be open serving fresh local produce, tea, coffee and home-made cakes. Free entry: Come along and be inspired for gifts for Easter. Just two minutes from the Station, past the bus stands, turn left.

Coliseum Events, please see here.

Danby Moors Centre.  Dark Skies Exhibition.
Finishes on Monday 16th April


The Dark Skies Exhibition is a collection of outstanding works inspired by the dramatic skies of the North York Moors featuring the following artists: Len Tabner, Joe Cornish, Peter Hicks, Beveley Ann Hicks, Ian MacDonald, Kane Cunningham, Jo Barry, Kate Lycett, Rebecca Vincent, Jill Ray, Heather Burton, John Creighton, Robert Brindley, Andrew Broderick, Mike Shaw, John Freeman, Emma Stothard, Patrick Smith, Adrian Wright, Peter Heaton, David Owen and some pieces from Leeds Fine Arts and East Anglian Marine Artists and inkylinky. For further information see here.

Live Trains


Marie Curie Great Daffodil Train - Easter Saturday 31st March

Heading eastwards for Commondale and well into the sheep country of the North York Moors National Park. Photograph by Phil Brown,

Esk Valley Railway will be joining forces with the Nunthorpe Knitters to help raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The 08:45 train out of Whitby and the 10:28 returning train from Middlesbrough will have knitted daffodils on sale as well as the opportunity to make a donation, if you want to, to support this worthy cause.
To find out more about Marie Curie, please see here.

Ormesby Hall Easter Egg Hunt - From Easter Sunday, 1st April

Near Marton Station (Five minutes walk)

Heading eastwards for Commondale and well into the sheep country of the North York Moors National Park. Photograph by Phil Brown,

Follow the wildlife tracks through the garden to discover which animal has stolen Mrs Pennymans' chocolates from the Drawing Room. Can you discover which one took them to win a Cadbury chocolate prize?
2.00 cost for the hunt
A normal admission entry ticket is needed for the house and garden and to access the egg hunt. National Trust members and under 5s get free entry.

To check the dates and times, see here

Live Trains

Land of Iron Project 

This Exploited Land of Iron logo Land of Iron tells the fascinating story of this trailblazing period of industrial growth and exploitation. The project will conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces, and ensure this important part of our history is not forgotten.
Esk Valley Railway will be working with NYMNP and Moors Bus to enable access to the project sites via public transport. To this end, the recent announcement of year-round Sunday train services is a timely boost to this aim.


  Inspired by... Gallery at Danby

Inspired by... Gallery at DanbyThe beautiful Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors. Artwork including prints and photography, and artisan crafts, from ironwork to jewellery, are available for sale in the gallery shop and craft area.

Danby Moors Centre is a 20 minute walk from Danby station. The 10:28 from Middlesbrough gets to Danby at 11:17. You can return on the 12:55 or 16:40. From Whitby, the 08:45 gets to Danby at 09:25 and the 12:15 at 12:55. Return to Whitby on the 11:17, 14.55 or 18.29.

  Whitby Goth Weekend


The next Whibty Goth Weekend will be held on the weekend of 27th to 29th April 2018. See here for more information

Dracula and Ghost Walks

Street in Whitby at night. Photograph by Angela Thirkill

Dr Crank invites you to join him on a 75 minute tour of Whitby to discover strange and supernatural tales of murder, mystery and suspense.

TIME: 7:30pm

PRICE: Adults 5, Children (under 12) 3

The Ghost Walk starts from the Whale Bone Arch opposite The Royal Hotel, West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3HA

Dr Crank Tel: 07880 801 957

No need to book – just turn up. Tour departs at 7.30pm

A Meander Down The Esk

Watercolour by John Freeman

A book of watercolour paintings that portray the River Esk in all seasons and moods by the artist, watercolourist John Freeman.

It highlights the wildlife, history and architecture through his watercolours and drawings of the River Esk from its source, Esklets in Castleton, to the sea at Whitby. Three years in the making, the watercolours are complemented by detailed line drawings. The scenes along the river include heritage railway bridges along the route of the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway, which criss-crosses the river on its journey through the North York Moors National Park.

ISBN 978-1-903506-42-4

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