Local History Month at North Yorkshire Libraries!

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Dales Countryside Museum is partnering with Ryedale Folk Museum to provide activities in each North Yorkshire Library throughout the month of May, celebrating their local history month. Visit your library to contribute your local dialect words and to pick up your free family friendly activity pack inspired by the words recorded in the 1950 Survey of English Dialect. Check opening times of your local library. Part of the Dialect and Heritage Project.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

Flora and Fauna of Upper Wensleydale

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this 4 mile (6.4km) walk exploring the flora and fauna in this area. The walk follows part of the riverside where flowers and birds can be seen. Walk along Sedbusk lane to Simonstone, taking in the flowers found on the waysides. On to Shaw Ghyll to see the waterfalls and plants like wild garlic like to grow. Red Squirrels are known to be spotted in this area too! 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

Talk by Paul Sutton, Abbey Museum in Queensland, Australia about Aysgarth Documents

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Paul Sutton from the Abbey Museum in Queensland, Australia as he discusses the Aysgarth Documents that form part of their collection. These documents were gifted to the museum in the 1990s by descendants of the Tunstall family of Aysgarth who moved to Australia after WW2. Paul will explain the local history value of this collection which dates from the early 17th century and which includes various land tenure documents, apprentice indentures, wills, inventories, personal letters and even an excommunication letter! He will also explain the Museum’s plans to make digital copies of the entire collection available online, as well as their plans to create a website to showcase the collection and place them in  their historical and social context.  This presentation forms part of their outreach initiative to connect with local communities around the world that have a connection with items in its extensive collection. More details on the Abbey Museum can be found at this link: https://abbeymuseum.com.au/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, Semerwater. Guided by a local crafter, explore the museum textile gallery and learn the techniques and processes to create your own felted picture using wool from the alpacas you have met! Lunch is included, provided by the Firebox café. Booking essential. £50 per person.   To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue reading

Hawes Town Trail

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this short 2.5 mile (3.5 km) 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

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, Semerwater. Guided by a local crafter, explore the museum textile gallery and learn the techniques and processes to create your own felted picture using wool from the alpacas you have met! Lunch is included, provided by the Firebox café. Booking essential. £50 per person. To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue reading

Botanical Plaster Casting Workshop

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Explore the process of plaster casting to create some lovely plaster-cast flowers. During this morning workshop, you will explore the plaster casting technique and create a clay mould to use when casting your flowers. There will be a selection of foliage available. However, we recommend that you bring some blooms and plants, which are personal to you. They can be wildflowers, leaves and grasses, lavender, poppies, seedpods or anything that can be carefully selected and pressed into a 10 x 10-inch square. Booking Essential. Adults £35.   To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue reading

The View from the Fells: In the Footsteps of Marie Hartley

50 Years of Life & Tradition

An illustrated talk by printmaker Hester Cox about her project based on the woodblocks created by Marie Hartley which was exhibited the museum’s 2020 summer exhibition. Bring your donations and enjoy a social evening as part of the Friends of the Museum Annual Gift Day. Free - donations welcome.Continue reading

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 Hardraw Force. No dogs allowed. To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside MuseumContinue 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

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 - Dairy Days

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Mrs H in our traditional Dales Farmhouse Kitchen and discover the history of dairying and how making cheese and butter have changed through the ages. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Brooches

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 making own brooch and explore brooches through the ages. 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 - Bringing in the Drinkings

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Mrs H in our traditional Dales Farmhouse Kitchen and fine out more about "bringing the drinkings" during hay time when farming families brought out food and drinks to the workers in the fields. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Hands-on History - Rock Art

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 look at Rock Art in the Dales and make a replica with clay. Included in museum admission.Continue reading

Yorkshire Dales Summer Landscape Postcards in Gouache

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join artist Anji Timlin for a gouache paint workshop and create a summer landscape painting of the Yorkshire Dales, perfect for a postcard. Anji will show you various gouache techniques using brushstrokes and layering. Learn how to use this fun and accessible paint. Choose to paint images and postcards provided by Anji or inspired by the museum’s archives, or bring your own. Materials and lunch included. Booking essential. £55. 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

Hawes Rural Heritage

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join us for this 5.5 mile (8.8km) walk in Herriot country, through fields and along old bridleways with stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales. We will look for evidence of old industries and traditional rural activities as we walk, including local hamlets, villages, barns and lime kilns. Starts at the Dales Countryside Museum. Booking Essential. £6. No dogs allowed.   To book on to this event, please Phone us 01969 666210 In person, by going to the Dales Countryside Museum  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

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

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.Continue 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