Leisure and Sport

North Yorkshire has a vast range of sporting and leisure opportunities to suit all.  This page aims to provide an overview with links to other sources of information where you may wish to find out more.

Sporting Events

The County has put itself on the map for a range of highly prestigious Sports events in recent years, not least when the Tour de France visited Yorkshire in 2014 and has left its legacy with the Tour de Yorkshire now hosted annually in the County. The British Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Series was hosted here in 2015 and in Dalby Forest in 2016.  In 2005, York Racecourse acted as a replacement host to the Royal Ascot meeting, due to its usual home at Ascot Racecourse being closed for a £185 million redevelopment.

The County is home to, or hosts;

- 3 Racecourses in North Yorkshire with a total of 9 courses across the whole of Yorkshire including flat and National Hunt fixtures; www.goracing.co.uk

- Croft Circuit regularly hosts the annual British Touring Car Championship and British Rallycross with the rallycross meetings being held in October and November.Croft Circuit also have experience days where you can yourself get behind the wheel of a performance car.

- The UK Snooker Championship has been hosted at the York Barbican Centre during December since 2011, with top international players such as Ronnie O'Sulllivan and Neil Robertson competing for this presigious title. The championship returns later this year between Tuesday 28 November - Sunday 10 December 2017.

- Just a short distance out of the County are Headingly Cricket Ground based in Leeds, home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and a regular host of international games including the Royal London One Day International series . Durham County Cricket Club is just a 30 minute drive up the A1(M) from North Yorkshire and also hosts national and international games including T20.


The County is fortunate to have an organsation North Yorkshire Sport dedicated to promoting sport and physical activity across North Yorkshire, whilst also providing information about local Sports Clubs and Groups. So, if you're new to the area and want to find a group or venue for your preferred activity you can visit the website and undertake an Activity Finder.

Groups and facilities across the County include; Football, Rugby, Swimming, Running, Hiking, Tennis, Badminton, Cricket, Horse Riding, Hockey, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf and Dance....to name a few.  If extreme sports are more you're thing we have the Yorkshire Gliding Club, Aerial Extreme, 4x4 off road driving and quad biking at Yorkshire Outdoors The County also has several Outdoor Activity Centres offering Group and Corporate activities such as Rock Climbing, Pot holing and Canoeing tailored to suit your needs.

The stunning rural landscapes of the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Dales are perfect if you wish to go walking, cycling or running, or take the family for a leisurely stroll.  There are several nationally known long distance walks including the Yorkshire 3 Peaks within the Dales, a gruelling 24 mile walk. The Cleveland Way is a 110 mile horse shoe shaped walk that incorporates a combination of stunning moorland and coastal cliff top paths, many people choose to complete just sections of the walk, others take the challenge of completing it in one go which usually takes 5-6 days.  The Lyke Wake Walk is a 42 mile moorland and coastal trail that sets the task to be completed within 24 hours.

Food and Drink

There are literally hundereds of places to eat and drink in North Yorkshire ranging from Michelin Star Restaurants and Fine Dining to cosy rural pubs and fish and chip restaurants and take-aways.  There are also plenty of places serving international specialities including The Damn Yankee in Harrogate, an original Americal Diner. Classic Italian Une Momento, Stokesley  The Queens Head Cantonese Restaurant near Malton. If an Afternoon Tea with a helicopter ride inspires you then these are offered at The Devonshire Arms near Skipton.

If you want to get involved making fine food and sweet treats the County is home to some fabulous Schools; Bettys Cookery School in Harrogate and Swinton Park Cookery School which was a winner of the British Cookery School Awards in 2013.

Days out

There are unlimited places to visit within North Yorkshire. Country houses and gardens, castles and fortresses, animal parks and aquatic centres to theme parks. There are exhilarting adventures and peaceful retreats. There are also days involving enjoyable travel such as the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway near Skipton where you can take a journey on a traditional Steam Train.  For full details of all the exciting places to visit please visit; Yorkshire 'Things to Do'  A day on the Coast can offer something for all; from shopping and fish and chips to fun fairs and amusement arcades, you can also walk along the stunning coastal paths or take a short walk on the beach.  In Whitby you could visit the Dracula Experience or take a trip out to sea on a boat, you could even go on an organised sea fishing trip if you fancy an early start!


Many of North Yorkshire's towns include mainstream high street retailers, so if you like your high street stores you can get hold of what you need.  However the County is fortunate to have many unique clothing boutiques, original gift shops and family run retail businesses offering unusual products including locally produced items.  A full day can be spent shopping in the City of York or Spa Town of Harrogate who both have a large number of retailers.  If you would like a more local shopping experience then one of the Market Towns can provide you with a varied and interesting range of shops to browse or buy. 

Please view our video to have a taste of the activites in North Yorkshire;