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Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years.

With loads of fun and interesting things for visitors of all ages to see and do, the Museum offers the chance to discover what is so unique about the Yorkshire Dales and make your visit to the area really special.

Upcoming events

Meet Mother Christmas

Friday 22nd November Come and meet Mother Christmas on the train. Write a letter to Santa, post it on our twinkly trail and warm up with a hot chocolate in the Firebox Café. Our Christmas donkeys will be waiting to meet you! There is a gift for every child too. £7 per child. Booking Essential. 4 pm to 7 pm There are 30 minutes time-slots available Each slot can accommodate up to six children. Book Online HERE

Hawes Late Night Christmas Shopping

Hawes Late Night Christmas Shopping Friday 8, 15, 22 and 29 November 4.30 pm to 9 pm Come and join us in Hawes for late-night shopping on Friday evenings in November. We have an excellent variety of local independent shops and cafes with many offering special discounts, mince pies and mulled wine! Together with the Dales Countryside Museum, you can have a fabulous, stress-free, evening shopping experience!   At Dales Countryside Museum you can enjoy a festive evening including a glass of mulled wine, music, craft workshops, children's activities and local craft stalls. There is also free entry to the museum. Stage1Cycles will be demonstrating children's bikes and have loads of ideas for Christmas gifts.   List of participating businesses: Dales Countryside Museum The Mulberry Bush Bear Cottage Whites of Wensleydale Stacey Moore The Fountain Alchemist Cottage Rhodes Pet Shop Firebox Café Stage1Cycles Three Peaks Outdoor Leisure (22& 29) The Old Sweet Shop Flairs  and Graces (8 & 29)

Hawes Late Night Christmas Shopping

Hawes Late Night Christmas Shopping Friday 8, 15, 22 and 29 November 4.30 pm to 9 pm Come and join us in Hawes for late-night shopping on Friday evenings in November. We have an excellent variety of local independent shops and cafes with many offering special discounts, mince pies and mulled wine! Together with the Dales Countryside Museum, you can have a fabulous, stress-free, evening shopping experience! At Dales Countryside Museum you can enjoy a festive evening including a glass of mulled wine, music, craft workshops, children’s activities and local craft stalls. There is also free entry to the museum. Stage1Cycles will be demonstrating children’s bikes and have loads of ideas for Christmas gifts. List of participating businesses: Dales Countryside Museum The Mulberry Bush Bear Cottage Interiors Whites of Wensleydale Stacey Moore The Fountain Alchemist Cottage Rhodes Pet Shop Firebox Café Stage1Cycles Three Peaks Outdoor Leisure (22 &29 only) The Old Sweet Shop Flairs  and Graces (8 & 29 only)
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Exhibitions

Dairy Days

12 September to 31 December

Dairying has been at the heart of the Wensleydale economy since records began and still thrives today.This exhibition is the culmination of a two year project to research and share the story of this unbroken thread. The local community has shared personal stories and collections helping to bring the wonderful historic dairying artefacts and archive photographs in the Museum collection to life. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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