Make a Curlew Chick

Join Jane for this fun, family activity afternoon session and make a Curlew chick. Included in museum admission No booking requiredContinue reading

Archaeology talk- Overground/Underground – a caving archaeology project in the Yorkshire Dales

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join cave archaeologists from UCLAN and the YDNP Historic environment Team to understand more about who might have inhabited the caves in and around Ingleborough as part of the Foundation for Common Land: Our Upland Commons Project. Finds from within the caves help us understand life in the area in prehistoric times, including human and animal bones and stone tools, alongside new scientific analysis that helps us understand the environment and how people lived. Detailed survey of the landscape around the caves also shows us a wealth of new evidence about past life on Ingleborough Commons. Why not visit the exhibits on display as part of the OCC exhibition excavated from the local area. No booking required.    Continue reading

A Woolly Wander - An Experience Day with Alpacas

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Meet Mr Darcy, Henry and Harrison on this lovely Alpaca experience day at Semerwater and the Dales Countryside Museum. With Jackie on hand you will take the boys for an enjoyable stroll, taking in the beauty of your surroundings. Then its back to the museum for lunch, supplied by the Firebox Cafe. Using your mornings activities as inspiration Jane will show you how to make felt with the Alpaca fibre for your afternoon of crafting and creativity. Materials and lunch included. Booking Essential £55 per person PLEASE CLICK ON THE WEBSITE LINK BELOW TO BOOK Children between 8 and 16 must share an Alpaca with an adult. Not suitable for children under 8yrs old.  Continue reading

Guided Walk - Upper Wensleydale

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Dales Volunteers on our flora and fauna 4 mile guided walk in Upper Wensleydale. From the Museum we go exploring plants, waterfalls and possibly red squirrels. Starts at the Dales Countryside Museum. Booking Essential. £6. No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Guided Walk - Hawes Town Trail

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join us on our Hawes Town Trail guided walk. Our experienced Dales Volunteers will guide you on this short 2.5 mile (3.5km) walk. Walk through the lovely market town and explore the history of Hawes and the village of Gayle. You will also 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. 2pm - 4pm Booking Essential. No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Looking at North Country Quilts

50 Years of Life & Tradition

During this lovely North Country Quilts Day, Kate Smith and Elizabeth Nally will share their knowledge, experience and information about the history, patterns and designs of a North Country quilt and explain what it is, who made them and some of the social history. You will look at the detail of the designs and they will share their collection to show lots of different styles etc. Practical sessions follow where standard patterns can be traced from books, templates used and you will be shown ways in which these were transferred to the quilts. Lunch light is included Booking essential £50  Continue reading

Geology Guided Walk

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this guided 5 mile (8 km) walk to discover the geology 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. £10 plus entrance fee to the waterfall. No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Guided Walk - Hawes Town Trail

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join us on our Hawes Town Trail guided walk. Our experienced Dales Volunteers will guide you on this short 2.5 mile (3.5km) walk. Walk through the lovely market town and explore the history of Hawes and the village of Gayle. You will also 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. 2pm - 4pm Booking Essential. No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Upland farming in the Dales - From Farm to Fork to Fleece

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Meet local upland commoners to understand more about this way of life intrinsic to our British heritage and food production. Watch sheep shearing demonstrations and hear how woolly jumpers are made. In the afternoon, the commoners will host an audience to discuss food production as an upland farmer and the importance of recognising our British food market as consumers. Included in museum admission. No booking required.Continue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drystone Walling Demonstration. Join Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling. They will explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. Included in museum admissionContinue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drystone Walling Demonstration. Join Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling. They will explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. Included in museum admissionContinue reading

Hawes Rural Heritage Walk

50 Years of Life & Tradition

This lovely 5.5 mile (8.8km) Hawes rural heritage walk takes you into Herriot country. Walk 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. £10 No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Rivers Trust Roadshow

50 Years of Life & Tradition

The Rivers2U mobile classroom will be parked outside the museum entrance. Come along and meet staff from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust to find out about rivers and their wildlife. Discover how rivers form, and identify the amazing freshwater invertebrates which live in our rivers.  Continue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drystone Walling Demonstration. Join Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling. They will explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. Included in museum admissionContinue reading

Geology Guided Walk

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join our experienced Dales Volunteers on this guided 5 mile (8 km) walk to discover the geology 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. £10 plus entrance fee to the waterfall. No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Guided Walk - Barns, Walls and Bridges

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Guided walk - Barns, Walls and Bridges. Join Dales Volunteers for a 4 mile walk to discover the important features of Wensleydale, its local industry and agriculture. Starts at the Dales Countryside Museum. Booking Essential. £6. No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drystone Walling Demonstration. Join Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling. They will explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. Included in museum admissionContinue reading

Drystone Walling Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drystone Walling Demonstration. Join Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling. They will explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape. Included in museum admissionContinue reading

Guided Walk - Hawes Town Trail

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join us on our Hawes Town Trail guided walk. Our experienced Dales Volunteers will guide you on this short 2.5 mile (3.5km) walk. Walk through the lovely market town and explore the history of Hawes and the village of Gayle. You will also 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. 2pm - 4pm Booking Essential. No dogs allowed.Continue reading

Painting Pebbles

Join Jane for this family drop in session and have a go at painting pebbles. Included in museum admission. No booking required.Continue reading

A Taste in Time Experience

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Cheese Festival, celebrating local produce Logo without date Enjoy our Taste in Time Experience! You'll explore our Victorian kitchen and collection and make your own chutney to take home. A delicious lunch is also provided. In the afternoon, you can then have a go at making your own oatcake and butter for a cheese tasting session. Booking required £50Continue reading

Oil and Cold Wax Art Workshop with Penny Hunt

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come and spend some time developing your painting skills in a relaxing, supportive environment. Workshops are open to all and being small groups only, are individually tailored to ability, it doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner and fancy a day painting or if you regularly paint, everyone will gain something. You will have the opportunity to use Wallace Seymour ancient drawing materials (stones and crushed earth pigment) to begin your drawing session and loosen you up to look for the different layers in the landscape, moving on to planning and developing small oil and cold wax paintings on paper. Hopefully some of the day will be spent outdoors where you are more able to capture the atmosphere, but that is weather dependent! You will be shown different application techniques and tools, building up layers and how to use the cold wax medium, pigments and paints to create effects in your work. Penny has taught art for over 30 years as well as creating her own work, so come and use the beautiful Yorkshire Dales landscapes for inspiration. This full day adult art workshop links with the Drovers exhibition. Lunch included. Booking Essential.Continue reading

Art Workshop for Families

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Art workshop for families. In this 2 hour family workshop you will use Tetra Pak cartons as printing plates. The irregular shapes and unorthodox appearance creates interest before you even start your design. You will make your image and print it using water based inks. 10am-12pm 1pm-3pm Included in museum admission Booking required Please call to book onto a session Tel: 01969 666210 or Email: hawes@yorkshiredales.org.ukContinue reading

Meet Mother Christmas

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come along to meet Mother Christmas, write and post your letter to Santa, have fun doing some Christmas crafting and enjoy a luxury hot chocolate at the Firebox café. Booking required £8 per childContinue reading