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Can you believe another New Year is approaching? 
And also a new decade is just about to start. Or is it … ? 
Some folks say that 2020 is not the start of the new decade. 
As 2020 ends in a zero, can this really be counted as a year? 
After all, in our modern calendars, there isn’t a year zero. 
So what do we do? Do a search on the Internet and there are lots of explanations. 
Whichever way you think, it is still time to reflect on the old year, welcome in the new one and look forward to a whole 12 months of fabulous events. 
Click on this text to edit it.Ryedale and the surrounding area are blessed with hundreds of fantastic events, everything from steam trains to racehorses. 
Of course, we need to get the New Year celebrations organised first. 
Remember to book your taxi so you can get home safely. 
And once 2020 has arrived, sit back, relax and think about the brilliant things to do in the forthcoming year. 
Let’s have a quick look at some of the highlights, not forgetting there are many other dates to add to the calendar for which there isn’t space here in this blog. 
With February having an extra day this year (a Leap Year, including February 29th) it’s a great month to start thinking about enjoying time in the great outdoors. The Snowdrop Spectacular takes place at Burton Agnes Hall from 7th February to 1st March. 
You can turn your eyes skywards from 14th February (Valentine’s Day) until1st March as the North York Moor and Howardian Hills host the Dark Skies Festival. 
Discover National Parks, which is the annual celebration of National Parks, takes place from 4th to 19th April inclusive at the Sutton Bank and Moors National Park Centres. 
Easter falls in April in 2020 with Easter events taking place from around the 10th. 
As we head to May, there will be a Tour de Yorkshire cycling event. 
And there will also be the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on Friday 8th May, a Bank Holiday. 
Throughout most of the year, you can hop aboard a steam train at the North York Moors Railway for a fantastic train ride, with special events during the spring, summer, autumn and winter. This superb heritage attraction has stations from Pickering to Whitby and through some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. 
Ryedale’s market towns are also famous for their independent businesses and unique events. Malton, often dubbed Yorkshire’s Food Capital, is well known for its foodie events and 2020 is no exception. 
Malton Monthly Food Market starts again on Saturday 14th March and then occurs every second Saturday throughout the year. In addition, if you love a gin or two, then the Malton Gin Festival will be the place to be on Friday 17th April to Sunday 19th April (remember to book a taxi home!). 
Beer lovers, don’t worry, as the annual Beertown Festival takes place from Thursday 14th May to Saturday 16th May while the prestigious Malton Food Lovers Festival will take place over three days from Saturday 23rd May to Monday 25th May. This eponymous foodie event attracts over 180 stalls along with live music, events and more. 
Other Malton-based events include Meadowfest, a new music festival on Saturday 18th July, the Marathon due Malton (A 10k Gourmet Wineathlon) will attracts the runners on Sunday 30th August. Saturday 12th September features the Malton Harvest Food Festival before the onset of autumn. 
Pickering, with its lovely castle and historic attractions will host the Ryedale Festive Spring Weekend on 20th to 22nd March, not forgetting the War Weekend that usually takes place in October each year. 
Helmsley also has a stunning castle and picturesque market square, along with Duncombe Park on the outskirts of the town. 
The World Jam Festival takes place from Friday 11th September to Sunday 13th September in the Helmsley Walled Garden. 
We’ve not even touched upon events at Eden Camp, Castle Howard or other key attractions; don’t forget the likes of Beck Isle Museum and the many other heritage attractions in Ryedale. 
Our taxi drivers know the area like the back of their hand and can transport you to any … or all! … of the above. 
Key events for which to book one our vehicles in advance are the Last Night of the Proms at Castle Howard (Saturday 22nd August): York Races which start again on Wednesday 13th May; Armed Forces Day over in Scarborough (Saturday 27th June). 
We would be delighted to help you enjoy all that Ryedale has to offer in 2020. 
Please remember to check all the event dates before booking anything or travelling to the event. 
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