Upper Dales Geology

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this 5 mile (8 km) walk to discover the geological forces which formed the Yorkshire Dales. Walk through the site of the former stone mines, Shaw Ghyll and visit the spectacular Hardraw Force, the highest waterfall in England. Starts at the Dales Countryside Museum. Booking Essential. £6 plus entrance fee to the waterfall. No dogs allowed.   To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In-person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling and explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. From the foundations to the top stones, find out how a pile of stones can be turned into something that will last for centuries. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Textile Techniques

50 Years of Life & Tradition

In the Museum’s textile gallery, volunteers will demonstrate rag rug making, patchwork and other textile techniques. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

In the Kitchen - Bread Making

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Mrs H in our traditional Dales Farmhouse Kitchen and discover the history of bread making and how it has changed from the Roman times to now. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Barns, Walls and Bridges

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come along on this 4 mile (6.4km) walk in Herriot country and enjoy panoramic views over Upper Wensleydale. Barns, walls and bridges are important features of Wensleydale and played a crucial part in the development of local industry and agriculture. The walk includes the woodland and waterfalls of Shaw Gill. Starts at the Dales Countryside Museum. Booking Essential. £5. No dogs allowed.   To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue reading

Nature and Us: The Art of Noticing Finding your own voice in nature poetry

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Yorkshire’s precious peatlands are vital habitats and carbon stores. Be guided by musician, poet and writer Sarah Smout in exploring your relationship to these magical spaces. Using a variety of approaches and exercises you will develop your voice to create authentic connections with nature, tell a story of peatlands, and champion their protection. Following the workshop, you will have the opportunity to add your poem to the ‘Give Peat a Chance’ exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum alongside work by Sarah and other local artists.   Free workshops at the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes Monday 22 August 1pm to 3pm for children and their families Call 01969 666210 or email hawes@yorkshiredales.org.uk to reserve your place Spaces are limitedContinue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling and explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. From the foundations to the top stones, find out how a pile of stones can be turned into something that will last for centuries. Included in Museum admissionContinue reading

Hawes Town Trail

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this short 2.5 mile (3.5km) guided walk and explore the history of Hawes and the village of Gayle. Walking through this lovely market town, discover the origins of Wensleydale cheese, see where the railway once went and follow a section of the Pennine Way. Starts at the Dales Countryside Museum. Booking Essential. £3. No dogs allowed. To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue reading

Textile Techniques

50 Years of Life & Tradition

In the Museum’s textile gallery, volunteers will demonstrate rag rug making, patchwork and other textile techniques. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

In the Kitchen - Sausages

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Mrs H in our traditional Dales Farmhouse Kitchen and discover the history of sausages and how they have changed from the Roman times to now. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Iron Age Roundhouse

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Let's get hands-on with history! Drop-in craft activities for families. In this activity, we will look at Iron age settlements in the Dales and make a card roundhouse. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling and explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. From the foundations to the top stones, find out how a pile of stones can be turned into something that will last for centuries. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Textile Techniques

50 Years of Life & Tradition

In the Museum’s textile gallery, volunteers will demonstrate rag rug making, patchwork and other textile techniques. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

In the Kitchen - Oatcakes

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Mrs H in our traditional Dales Farmhouse Kitchen and discover how oatcakes were made in the Yorkshire Dales. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Viking Cord Making

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Let's get hands-on with history! Drop-in craft activities for families. In this activity, we will have a go at Viking cord making with wool and look at textile survival in the archaeological record. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Vernacular Buildings of Wensleydale

50 Years of Life & Tradition

An illustrated talk by David Cook from Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group about the vernacular buildings of Wensleydale. Part of the Friends of the Museum annual lecture programme. Free - donations welcome.Continue reading

Dairy Days - Taste the Past

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Pop in to find out how cheese and butter were made at home in a traditional Yorkshire Dales` farmhouse. Learn the difference between rennet and whey and see a demonstration of butter making. Part of the Cheese Festival - Celebrating Local Produce. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Dairy Days Archives

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Learn from the makers themselves (past and present!) Collections from Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture will showcase Mrs Mary E Scott of West Stonesdale’s traditional ways of making butter and cheese, and a feature on Kit Calvert will shine a light on the history of cheesemaking locally. Part of the Cheese Festival - Celebrating Local Produce. Included in museum admission.   Cheese Festival Logo 2022Continue reading

Art Online- Yorkshire Dales Autumn Landscape in Ink

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join artist Anji Timlin for an online ink painting workshop in which you will create a Yorkshire Dales landscape. On your autumnal walk, gather objects, photos, thoughts and experiences to use as inspiration for your piece. Anji will demonstrate techniques using Indian and acrylic inks to help you create a fantastic autumnal Dales landscape. Details of materials and equipment to be confirmed when booking. Booking essential. £10. To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In-person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue reading

In the Kitchen - Preserving

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Mrs H in our traditional Dales Farmhouse Kitchen and discover the history and different ways of preserving foods, such as pickling and salting. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Animal Bones

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Let's get hands-on with history! Drop-in themed activities for families. We will look at animal bones and discover what they can tell us about animals in the past. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Meet Mother Christmas

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come and meet Mother Christmas who will have a gift for you in her workshop, write a letter to Santa and post it on our twinkly trail. £8 per child. Booking Essential.Continue reading