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

Free Young Archaeologists’ Club Taster Sessions

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.

A Taste in Time Experience with Butter

A great experience to learn about the traditional techniques of butter making based on the recipes and objects from the museum's collection. Have a go at making butter using original equipment and make scones from buttermilk to eat with your handmade butter. Plus a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery, to see how dairy products are made now in the Yorkshire Dales and taste the different varieties. Lunch is included, provided by the Firebox cafe. Booking essential.

Pitch Black Challenge Ride

Part of the Yorkshire Dales #DarkSkiesFestival we are hosting a PITCH BLACK Challenge ride. Can you defeat the dark and follow the rise of the moon. All routes are off road and require a Mountain Bike to complete. Two levels of ride: 1/2 moon challenge 8 miles suitable for riders that have experience of off road riding, a good level of fitness. Under 16s welcome. Full lunar lunatic challenge 10-15 mikes suitable for riders with experience of technical routes and have an excellent fitness level. Both rides start at 4.30pm and finish at the shop. Return to burgers!! There will be an instructor on each ride route. All riders MUST have good lights, suitable layers and full finger gloves. Bikes available to hire or loan (kids) places to be booked. Proceeds to the Wensleydale Bike Club bike trailer appeal. Cost £15 per rider.
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Dairy Days Exhibition

12 September 2019 to 23 February 2020

(excluding Christmas and mid week days in January)

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. Weekends only 10am to 4pm in January. 10am to 5pm, February to October.

Teeswater Year – Farm • Fleece • Fashion

28 February to 22 April 2020

This exhibition features the work of Nidderdale based photographer Melissa Peakman and feltmaker Yvonne Le Mare. Melissa documented Teeswater Sheep and their breeders over 12 months, in fields, barns and show rings. Her often gritty images contrast with Yvonne’s beautifully crafted, colourful feltwork, which transforms humble fleece and locks into sophisticated stylish textiles. The Teeswater fleeces used by Yvonne are from Andrew Fisher, of Low Laithe.

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Reflections on Landscape

29 April to 06 July 2020

This is the second joint show of artists Beverley and Peter Hicks who each address the environment in different ways. Beverley reflects the stunning landscape of Malhamdale through her characteristic use of hieroglyphic mark making. Peter continues to discover its visual secrets, paring away specific things to work with the basic forces of his subject, its moods, light, rhythms and atmosphere.

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