We're open daily from 10:00 to 17:00

  • Adults: £4.50
  • Concessions (inc full-time students): £4
  • Under 16s: Free
  • Groups of 10+: £4 each
  • Annual pass: £9

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Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:00 to 12:00

Let's go fly a kite and make it as well! . Join us in this kite making workshop and make your very own kite and learn how to fly it.

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Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 14:00 to 15:00

Let's go fly a kite and make it as well! . Join us in this kite making workshop and make your very own kite and learn how to fly it.

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Seeing Red

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 14:00 to 15:00

Come and join Area Ranger Matt Neale to hear about red squirrel conservation work and find out the best places to spot squirrels in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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In the Kitchen

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:00 to 15:00

Join us in our traditional farmhouse kitchen where friends of the Museum will be in costume explaining about all the work that went on there.

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Bugs Galore

Friday, 29 July 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

Become a nature detective - use a magnifying glass and identify what you can find living in the woods or in our very own high rise bug hotel. Learn how to create the perfect habitat for bugs. Part of our Fun Friday events programme.

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Walk Through Time

Saturday, 30 July 2016, 13:30 to 16:30

Meet at the village cross at Askrigg for a 3 miles circular walk with our Dales Volunteers. Learn all about the history in the landscape from prehistoric time to now. Part of Festival of Archaeology.

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Magical Moths

Sunday, 31 July 2016, 11:00 to 16:00

Drop in to see moths up close and learn how to identify these beautiful creatures!

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Let's Make a Meadow

Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 14:00 to 16:00

Get you green fingers at the ready and help us sow and grow wildflowers of a hay meadow. Learn fascinating facts about hay meadows and wildlife they support, and take part in craft activities. Plants grown at this event will be used to help restore hay meadows across the Dales, as part of the YDMT Hay Time project. Suitable for over 5s.

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What does a ranger do?

Thursday, 4 August 2016, 14:00 to 15:00

The kettle's on so come and have a brew with Matt Neale, the Upper Wensleydale Area Ranger! He will give a talk on his work in the National Park and how he helps to keep the area special.

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Make a Den!

Friday, 5 August 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

Build a tree-mendous den on our sculpture trail using sticks and rope provided and woodland materials. Part of our Fun Friday events programme.

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Walling Experiance Day

Sunday, 7 August 2016, 09:30 to 16:30

Join the Dales Volunteer walling team for a chance to experience the skills of drystone walling. A hands on day helping to conserve traditional walls in the National Park.

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Stonecarving

Sunday, 7 August 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

Drop in and learn to get creative with stone.

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Willow Flowers

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 14:00 to 16:00

Drop in and create your own meadow flower using willow with expert Josie East. Suitable for over 5s.

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Nature Printing

Friday, 12 August 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

Collect and gather leaves from the sculpture trail, then use them to paint and print your own leafy picture. Part of our Fun Friday events programme.

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Fun with Feathers

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 14:00 to 16:00

Find out all about feathers, try our quiz, then paint write or draw using feathers for inspiration.

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Just Hanging Around!

Friday, 19 August 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

Make a natural mobiles gathering things from the woods. Part of our Fun Friday events programme.

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Drystone Walling Demonstration

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 11:00 to 15:00

One of the most recognisable features of the area, drystone walls are prolific across the Yorkshire Dales. Join our Dales Volunteers as they show you the traditional craft of drystone walling. From the foundations to the top stones they will talk you through the process of turning a pile of stones in to something that will last for centuries to come.

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Whittling and Wild Weaving

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 14:00 to 16:00

Come and have a go at whittling sticks and use them to make a frame for weaving using natural materials.

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Seeing Red

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 14:00 to 15:00

Come and join Area Ranger Matt Neale to hear about red squirrel conservation work and find out the best places to spot squirrels in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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In the Kitchen

Friday, 26 August 2016, 11:00 to 15:00

Join us in our traditional farmhouse kitchen where friends of the Museum will be in costume explaining about all the work that went on there.

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Make a Nature Collage

Friday, 26 August 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

Create a collage with leaves and other natural materials. Part of our Fun Friday events programme.

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Woodland Weaving

Friday, 2 September 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

What can you find to weave into the giant loom in the wood? Help us with our giant loom as well as making your own miniature natural weaving loom. Part of our Fun Friday events programme.

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Stickmaking Workshop

Saturday, 3 September 2016, 10:00 to 16:30

Choose between an antler, horn and wood. Learn all the techniques to create and finish your own personalised stick. Lunch is provided.

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Traditional Knitting

Sunday, 4 September 2016, 14:00 to 16:00

Demonstration of knitting with four needles and knitting sticks using traditional dales pattern.

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Full Steam Ahead!

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 11:00 to 16:00

We are opening the railway station weighbridge hut for the weekend. Discover more about railway heritage in the Dales, see objects from our reserve collection and archive material with Wensleydale Railway Association volunteers.

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Great Grazing Country of Children

Friday, 16 September 2016, 19:30 to 20:30

A talk by Marion Moverley. Part of the Friends of the Museum lecture programme.

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Swaledale - in the footsteps of Marie Hartley and Ella Pontefract

Friday, 21 October 2016, 19:30 to 20:30

A talk by Ian Short. Part of the Friends of the Museum lecture programme.

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Flint Knapping

Saturday, 22 October 2016, 13:00 to 16:00

Join flint knapper expert Karl Lee and learn about people in pre historic times made their survival tools and weapons

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Stonecarving Workshop

Sunday, 23 October 2016, 10:00 to 16:00

During this full day session you will be guided through the techniques of stone carving and be able to create your own special piece to take home! Materials and lunch included.

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Richard III in the North

Friday, 18 November 2016, 19:30 to 20:30

A talk by June Hall. Part of the Friends of the Museum lecture programme.

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In the footsteps of Turner

An exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of the eighteenth century landscape artist JMW Turner's visit to the Yorkshire Dales and featuring the work of Jo Hume and Debbie Loane.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 to Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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Nature, skin and bones

Exploring our changing and deep - rooted relationship with the natural world, sculptor Sarah Smith's exciting new work includes the use of raw hide and bones. Some from 120,000 years ago when there was no human existence. The exhibition features prehistoric artefacts from Victoria Cave, near Settle.

Saturday, 1 October 2016 to Saturday, 31 December 2016

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In the footsteps of Turner

An exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of the eighteenth century landscape artist JMW Turner's visit to the Yorkshire Dales and featuring the work of Jo Hume and Debbie Loane.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 to Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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Nature, skin and bones

Exploring our changing and deep - rooted relationship with the natural world, sculptor Sarah Smith's exciting new work includes the use of raw hide and bones. Some from 120,000 years ago when there was no human existence. The exhibition features prehistoric artefacts from Victoria Cave, near Settle.

Saturday, 1 October 2016 to Saturday, 31 December 2016

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A mortar and pestle in the Museum's medical collection
A National Park Ranger demonstrates how to build an iconic drystone wall
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Did you know? A fact about Dales Countryside Museum
Did you know?

Until the early twentieth century, the local doctor was also the dentist, surgeon, optician and midwife. You can see some of their gruesome tools in our surgery display.

Did you know? A fact about Dales Countryside Museum