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

In the Kitchen – Wash Days

Join us in our traditional farmhouse kitchen where Mrs. H will explain all about wash days in times gone by. Part of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – a celebration. Included in museum admission.

Traditional Knitting Demonstration

Join Dales knitting expert Kate Trusson for a demonstration of traditional knitting with 4 needles and knitting sticks using traditional Dales patterns. Part of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – a celebration. Included in museum admission.

Cheese, Cows and Dairies

A talk and walk (2miles approx.) investigating the structures and settings of old Dales farmhouses and barns, such as Broadrake, built against limestone scars near Chapel-le-Dale. Part of Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales – a celebration. Booking essential.
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Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales: A Celebration

01 April to 03 July (except 20-22 April)

Celebrating 50 years since the original publication of this important work that captured the last days of a disappearing way of life. We share the background to the book by iconic Dales authors Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby – who with their foresight and passion for collecting, founded the Museum in 1979. Original notes, photographs, sketches and artefacts give a glimpse into the everyday lives of Dales people.

Twenty Years of the Calendar Girls

06 July to 30 September

The fundraising phenomenon of the Calendar Girls was inspired by the tragic death of Angela Baker’s husband John, an Assistant National Park Officer for the National Park Authority. During his illness, Angela’s friends began to raise money by creating an alternative WI calendar. Follow their story.

Fabric of Place

04 October to 26 November

This is the culmination of a two year, community based, artist-in-residence project focusing on the distinctiveness of Reeth and the surrounding area of Swaledale. Four artists worked within the theme of ‘Outside In’ – both independently and with community groups – to explore different aspects of the area, its communities, and their relationship with where they live.

Click here for more information about the project

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