Fun Fridays - Leaf Art

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drop-in activity collecting beautiful leaves from around the museum then using them to print pictures and cards. 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 during four short drop-in sessions, they talk through the process of turning a pile of stones into something that will last for centuries. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Patchwork Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our volunteers in the textile gallery for a demonstration of patchwork techniques. Find out how to make simple felt designs. 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 during four short drop-in sessions, they talk through the process of turning a pile of stones into something that will last for centuries. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Roman Mosaics

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Let's get hands-on with history! Themed craft activities for children. In this activity, we will have a go at making your own roman mosaics coaster. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Knitting Stick Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our volunteers in the textile gallery for a demonstration of knitting with four needles using a knitting sheath (stick). The museums' unique collection of knitting sheaths is on display in the textile gallery. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Mills in the Dales

50 Years of Life & Tradition

An illustrated talk by Tony Keates on mills in the dales. Part of our Dales industrial heritage talk series. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

In the Kitchen - Preserves

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join us in our traditional farmhouse kitchen where Mrs H will explain the methods of preserving foods, such as pickling and salting. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Georgian Willow Pattern

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Let's get hands-on with history! Themed craft activities for children. Willow pattern was very popular in Georgian England. It came from far away and was very exotic - it told a famous Chinese story in pictures and traditionally painted in blue and white. Design your own willow pattern based on a story you have made up or know. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Patchwork Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our volunteers in the textile gallery for a demonstration of patchwork techniques. Find out how to make simple felt designs. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Quilting through the Ages

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Kate Trusson for a demonstration of quilting. A chance to look at some of the quilts in the collection and to see various quilt making methods. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

An Introduction to Collagraph Printmaking

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join printmaker Hester Cox and take the landscape and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales as your inspiration as you explore this exciting printmaking method. In the morning, Hester will demonstrate some simple and effective techniques for making collagraph plates using card, textured papers and pastes before working one-to-one with participants to help them develop their own design. The printing plates will then be printed in the afternoon using her portable press. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners or artists wanting an introduction to a new technique. Lunch and Materials included. Booking essential. £50 Adults.Continue reading

A Woolly Wander Experience

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Visit a local alpaca farm on Raydaleside, meet the animals and take them for a gentle stroll through the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, with stunning views of the Dales second largest natural lake, Lake Semerwater. Guided by a local crafter, explore the Dales Countryside Museum textile gallery and learn the techniques and processes to create your own felted picture using alpaca wool from the alpacas you have met! Lunch is included, provided by the Firebox cafe. Booking essential.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. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Stamp-Making Workshop

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join printmaker Hester Cox and learn how to create your own hand printed stamps. Taking the gorgeous Wensleydale landscape and dairy farming as your inspiration, Hester will teach you how to transform your drawings into designs suitable for printing, basic linocutting skills for carving your blocks and how to successfully ink your stamps to create prints that can be used to make cards, gift tags, for scrapbooking and for illustrations. Part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival.Continue reading

An Introduction to Hooked Rug Making

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Learn about the traditional craft of rag-rug making using the hooked rug technique and create a design based on the Dales landscape. You will take home your starting piece as well as with lots of ideas for making more rag rug creations at home. Materials and lunch included. 8 places are available. Booking essential.Continue reading

Free Young Archaeologists’ Club Taster Sessions

50 Years of Life & Tradition

The Dales Countryside Museum is home to the Yorkshire Dales branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. The YAC is the only UK-wide club for young people (from ages 8 to 17) who are interested in archaeology. Our sessions vary from learning about at archaeological methods, having a go at history themed crafts or visiting historical sites and archaeological digs. If you know a young person who is interested please come along to one of our sessions to experience it for yourselves. Booking essential. Free.Continue reading

Needle Felting - Pumpkin

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Kate of `That's Sew Ewe` to make a 3D pumpkin. Kate is a very experienced teacher and will guide you through different 3D needle felting techniques in a relaxing environment, whether you're a complete beginner or more experienced. You will have the opportunity for one to one expert tuition in small class sizes, and you will be free to take your creation home with you as well as a felting needle to finish off in case you don't manage to in class — Suitable for children ages 8 and over. A non-refundable deposit of £20 is required. Booking essential.Continue reading

A Taste in Time Experience with Pickles

50 Years of Life & Tradition

A great experience to learn about traditional methods of pickling based on recipes in the museum collection. Have a go at making pickles using original recipes and taste them with locally sourced oatcakes or warm bread. Plus a visit to the Raydale Preserves factory to see how chutneys and preserves are made now in the Yorkshire Dales and taste the different varieties. Lunch is included, provided by the Firebox cafe. Booking essential.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Cave Painting

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Let's get hands-on with history! Themed craft activities for children. In this activity, we will have a go at cave painting. Looking at examples and having a go with different methods. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Free Young Archaeologists’ Club Taster Sessions

50 Years of Life & Tradition

The Dales Countryside Museum is home to the Yorkshire Dales branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. The YAC is the only UK-wide club for young people (from ages 8 to 17) who are interested in archaeology. Our sessions vary from learning about at archaeological methods, having a go at history themed crafts or visiting historical sites and archaeological digs. If you know a young person who is interested please come along to one of our sessions to experience it for yourselves. Booking essential. Free.Continue reading

A Taste in Time Experience with Mincemeat

50 Years of Life & Tradition

A great experience to learn about the traditional way to make mincemeat, inspired by the museums' archive recipes. Have a go at making mincemeat to take home to make mince pies. Plus a visit to the Raydale Preserves factory to see how chutneys and preserves are made now in the Yorkshire Dales and taste the different varieties. Lunch is included, provided by the Firebox cafe. Booking essential.Continue reading