Print a meadow

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join artist Hester Cox for one of her half hour sessions. Hester will demonstrate how to create simple stamps of the flowers, grasses, insects and birds that you find in the beautiful hay meadows of the Yorkshire Dales. You can then print a card to take home as well as print onto a collaborative piece. This fun activity is suitable for children and adults alike. Included in museum admission. Max 6 per session. Booking Essential. Timings Available 13:00 to 13:30 13:30 to 14:00 14:00 to 14:30 14:30 to 15:00 15:00 to 15:30 15:30 to 16:00 16:00 to 16:30    Continue reading

Art Online (Zoom) - Marie Hartley's Swaledale

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Artist Anji Timlin from home in a 2 hour online Zoom group workshop from 10.30 – 12.30 am. Anji will be using Marie Hartley and Ella Pontefract’s book ‘Swaledale’ as inspiration to make a painting or drawing in ink in response to quotes from this inspiring book. The workshop is free but with a suggested £10 donation. You can get details of how to join via the Zoom session from staff at our National Park centre in Hawes by emailing them at hawes@yorkshiredales.org.uk. If you can’t make this date, there are other workshops on Instagram and Zoom, just search for ‘Anji Timlin’ on the events area of our website. Watch Anji at work in these 5 minute videos on our YouTube channel here: Anji Timlin workshop video – sketchbooking in Swaledale Anji Timlin workhop video – Anji working in the studio.

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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. In 4 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

In the Kitchen - Bringing in the Drinkings

50 Years of Life & Tradition

See 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

Fun Fridays - Bush craft

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drop-in activity. Whittle a stick to cook treats over an open fire. Learn how to make and cook damper bread —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. In 4 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

In the Kitchen - Sausages

50 Years of Life & Tradition

See 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

Fun Fridays - Creepy Crawlies

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drop in activity. Use a magnifying glass to see different types of creepy crawlies and identify what you can find living in the woodland. Then have a go at some bug related crafts - 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. In 4 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

In the Kitchen - Oatcakes

50 Years of Life & Tradition

See Mrs H in our traditional Dales Farmhouse Kitchen and discover how oatcakes were made in the Yorkshire Dales —included in museum admission.Continue reading

Stone Carving Demonstration

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join expert stonemason Ken Hughes as he explains and demonstrates the craft of stone carving. He will demonstrate using old tools and traditional methods to demonstrate on stone masonry blocks.  Ken has 30 years of experience and has previously worked at Fountains Abbey and Liverpool Cathedral - 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. In 4 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

In the Kitchen - Dairy Days

50 Years of Life & Tradition

See 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

Fun Fridays - Den Making

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Drop-in activity. Building a tree-mendous den on our outdoor trail using sticks, rope and woodland materials (provided) - 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. In 4 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

In the Kitchen - Preserving

50 Years of Life & Tradition

See 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

In the Kitchen – Sausages

50 Years of Life & Tradition

See 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

Wet Felting for Beginners

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Suitable for beginners. You will learn to wet felt using alpaca and British sheep wool tops in a variety of vibrant or natural colours. A bit of elbow grease will be required! You will produce a range of samples and create an ‘alpaca’ themed panel. First, we will discover the science behind the technique of wet felting and learn the processes of bonding wool fibres together or even work in other exotic fibres to form a new and unique fabric.  6 places available. Booking Essential. Adults £45. All materials included.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 cafe. Booking essential. £50 per person.Continue reading

Wet and Needle Felting

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Suitable for beginners and for those with some experience of felting. You will wet, and needle felt using alpaca and wool tops in a variety of vibrant or natural colours. You will produce a range of samples and create a Yorkshire Dales themed panel. Extra detail will be added using needle felting and we will explore other techniques such as applique and free motion machine embroidery that you might want to try at home. 6 places available. Booking Essential. Adults £45. All materials included.Continue reading

Felt and Stitch

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Using alpaca and wool fleece, fibres and threads in a variety of natural and vibrant colours, you will design and plan your own unique felted fabric. Exploring the basics of free motion embroidery and how stabilisers, bondaweb and water-soluble fabrics can aid and enhance your work. You will then stitch and embellish to add textures and layers to your felt. You probably won’t finish in the workshop but you will leave with a design and making plan so you can finish off at home! Ideally participants should bring their own sewing machine and free motion embroidery foot to the workshop. Maximum of 6 people. Booking Essential. Adults £45. All materials included.Continue reading

Art Online - Old Hand knitters of the Dales

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Join Artist Anji Timlin from home in a 2 hour online Zoom group workshop using Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby's book 'Old Hand Knitters of the Dales' as inspiration to make a painting or drawing in ink in response to quotes from this inspiring book. We will publish more details of materials needed, and on how to join online on our website. Workshops are free but with a £10 suggested donation. Watch Anji at work in these 5 minute videos on our YouTube channel here: Anji Timlin workshop video - sketchbooking in Swaledale Anji Timlin workhop video - Anji working in the studioContinue reading

Late-Night Christmas Shopping

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come and join us for a late-night Christmas shopping event at Hawes National Park Centre and the Dales Countryside Museum. Our shop features Distinctly Dales products created by local artists and producers which would make excellent Christmas gifts. Includes free entry to the museum.Continue reading

Mother Christmas

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come and meet Mother Christmas who will have a gift for you in her grotto on the train, write a letter to Santa and post it on our twinkly trail. £8 per child. Booking Essential.Continue reading

Mother Christmas

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come and meet Mother Christmas who will have a gift for you in her grotto on the train, write a letter to Santa and post it on our twinkly trail. £8 per child. Booking Essential.Continue reading

Mother Christmas

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come and meet Mother Christmas who will have a gift for you in her grotto on the train, write a letter to Santa and post it on our twinkly trail. £8 per child. Booking Essential.Continue reading

Late-Night Christmas Shopping

50 Years of Life & Tradition

Come and join us for a late-night Christmas shopping event at Hawes National Park Centre and the Dales Countryside Museum. Our shop features Distinctly Dales products created by local artists and producers which would make excellent Christmas gifts. Includes free entry to the museum.Continue reading