Arts & culture

The Dales is a region at the heart of art!

The Dales is a region at the heart of art!

Artists and craftspeople have always flocked to this region.

Allerton Castle

Allerton Castle

At Allerton Castle you can enter into its time capsule and go back into the ambience of an earlier period. Steeped in English history, in the 18th century the property was owned by Prince Frederick, brother to King George IV.

Art in the Mill

Art in the Mill

Art in the Mill is an original, contemporary and independent art gallery in North Yorkshire. Presenting a programme of mixed and solo exhibitions and has ample space to exhibit a wide variety of hand-made art throughout.

Braithwaite Hall

Braithwaite Hall

Packed with 17th-century features Braithwaite Hall has lots of interesting tales to tell, this unusual building is not typical of the area. It’s thought that its grand appearance may be connected with the development of lead mining.

Burtersett Gallery

Burtersett Gallery

Burtersett Gallery showcases the work of Dales impressionist painter Brian Alderman, capturing in oils life in and around this fell-side village. There is a range of original paintings, prints and cards always on sale.

Chantry House Gallery

Chantry House Gallery

Set in the historic and beautiful village of Ripley, Chantry House Gallery was established in 1980 and has gained a reputation for being one of the most interesting and affordable art galleries in North Yorkshire.

Constable Burton Hall Gardens

Constable Burton Hall Gardens

Discover the exceptional beauty of the woodland of Constable Burton Hall Gardens. Stunning seasonal displays of snowdrops and daffodils carpet the extensive trails making it an absolute must for garden lovers.

Dentdale Heritage Centre

Dentdale Heritage Centre

At the Dentdale Heritage Centre visitors will find a wealth of information on the working lives and social customs of the Dales folk who inhabited this beautiful area in times past. Most of the exhibits are of genuine Dale’s provenance.

Dentdale Music & Beer Festival

Dentdale Music & Beer Festival

Dentdale Music & Beer Festival aims to provide entertainment for all the family. More than 25 artists will perform on the main stage marquee, as well as on the open mic stage located in the undercover seating area.

Farfield Mill

Farfield Mill

Four floors of inspiration await you at Farfield Mill, a vibrant arts and heritage centre. Housed in a restored Victorian woollen mill on the edge of Cumbria and Yorkshire, it is now the leading venue for textile arts in the North West.

Focus on Felt Gallery

Focus on Felt Gallery

Focus on Felt Gallery is located in the heart of Hamrdraw, this small space adjacent to the artists house, holds her wonderful range of contemporary felt artwork and visitors can often see the artist, Andrea, working.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey is a Cistercian abbey with an elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park. For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic.

Gallery on the Green

Gallery on the Green

Gallery on the Green is the smallest public art gallery in the world, certainly it is the only one to be open 24/7 and filled to capacity at least twice a day. The gallery have mounted a constantly changing exhibition programme.

Gavagan Art

Gavagan Art

Gavagan Art presents a number of temporary exhibitions each year, bringing to North Yorkshire an exciting range of contemporary art, providing an opportunity to purchase high quality original works in the North of England.

Georgian Theatre Royal

Georgian Theatre Royal

The Georgian Theatre Royal, Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form, is both a thriving community playhouse and a living theatre museum. Every season at the theatre is filled with dance, drama, comedy and more.

GORSKA

GORSKA

The kiln formed glass at GORSKA reflects the artists fascination with interaction between light, colour and texture. The glass pieces are frequently textured, they may have their normal glassy shine, satin or even matte.

Graculus Sculptures

Graculus Sculptures

Rediscover and awaken your imagination and sense of adventure at Graculus Sculptures. Let the unique sculptures transform your garden into an enchanted kingdom or a mythical world inhabited by dragons and sea serpents.

Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival

Held in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Grassington Festival has been providing a lively and enriching cultural experience to residents and visitors for 35 years with its combination of performances, visual arts and live music.

Great Yorkshire Show

Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show features the best of British farming and is England’s premier agricultural show. Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate it gives first-hand experience of agriculture and rural life.

Hardraw Scaur Brass Band Festival

Hardraw Scaur Brass Band Festival

The world famous Hardraw Scaur Brass Band Festival is Britain’s second oldest outdoor contest and takes place annually the second Sunday of September. Starting time is 10am although it is advisable to arrive early to get seats.

Harrogate International Centre

Harrogate International Centre

Harrogate International Centre (HIC) is a spectacular world class conference venue, with an impressive 2000 seater auditorium geared up for some of the best British and international acts, with some fantastic live performances.

Harrogate Theatre

Harrogate Theatre

Built in 1900 Harrogate Theatre is a typical example of a late Victorian proscenium arch venue built over five floors. The theatre is also home to a number of amateur societies that regularly perform throughout the year.

High Corn Mill

High Corn Mill

One of the oldest buildings in the historic town of Skipton, High Corn Mill is is home to a fascinating taste of history along with a mix of quality independent shops, health, beauty and wellness services and businesses.

HIVE

HIVE

HIVE is a space dedicated to Harrogate Theatre’s education and outreach initiatives. HIVE provides a home for Harrogate Youth Theatre, one of the largest and most respected youth theatre programmes in the country.

Just Makers

Just Makers

Based in the attractive courtyard at Ripley Castle, Just Makers is an ever-changing gallery showcasing different work every month. Supporting over 250 artists and makers over the year and displays unique and contemporary art.

Lucy Pittaway Gallery

Lucy Pittaway Gallery

Lucy Pittaway is an artist who specialises in pastels and creates work based on personal experiences as well as hopes and dreams for the future. Her gallery in Richmond sells a range of originals, prints, canvases and merchandise.

Malham Smithy

Malham Smithy

The Malham Smithy is situated in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of Malham and has a gallery area displaying completed pieces as well as a viewing area to be able to watch Annabelle at work on the coke forge.

Masham Gallery

Masham Gallery

As well as a programme of exhibitions throughout the year Masham Gallery has a large selection of simply beautiful hand-made things such as jewellery, ceramics, books, glassware and wooden gifts and much more.

Mill Bridge Gallery

Mill Bridge Gallery

Mill Bridge Gallery, located in a canal-side building dating back to 1675 and said to be the oldest dwelling in Skipton, showcases the fantastic range of work from more than 20 talented local photographers and sculptors.

Moulton Hall

Moulton Hall

Moulton Hall is an elegant 17th-century manor house with a beautiful carved staircase rebuilt in approximately 1650 on an ancient site. This fabulous house is surrounded by approximately 25 acres of beautiful grounds.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. It has something for all with 25 acres of award-winning gardens and a miniature railway.

Nutmeg Gallery

Nutmeg Gallery

The Nutmeg Gallery design miniature houses, keepsakes, decorations, gift bags and greetings cards. All of the designs are cross stitched, but backstitch is also used and some designs have french knots or beads on them as well.

Outhwaite Ropemakers

Outhwaite Ropemakers

Set next to the Dales Countryside Museum, Outhwaite Ropemakers is a fascinating opportunity to see how ropes are made with the traditional methods used for centuries, making everything from dog leads to banister ropes.

Parcevall Hall Gardens

Parcevall Hall Gardens

Parcevall Hall Gardens are a renowned historic plantsmans garden located at the heart of Wharfedale. Comprising of 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens and set at the head of a small valley, the gardens are a hidden treasure.

Philip Bastow Cabinet Maker

Philip Bastow Cabinet Maker

Philip Bastow Cabinet Maker invites you to visit his gallery and workshop to view examples of his fabulous furniture. You can see how things are done or even join Philip for one of his fantastic evening classes.

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

Raby Castle is one of the best-preserved castle’s in North East England, Lord Barnard’s home provides over 600 years of history and a glimpse of life throughout the ages. With many examples of fine interiors and a stunning art collection.

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral is a beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to the 7th century. It is a mother church for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds.

Royal Hall

Royal Hall

The Royal Hall is a Grade II listed Edwardian performance hall and theatre located just on the outskirts of Harrogate Town Centre. Harrogate Theatres runs a programme of live events at the Royal Hall throughout the year.

Settle Victoria Hall

Settle Victoria Hall

The beautiful Settle Victoria Hall in the market town of Settle. The hall sees a wide programme of drama, comedy and music is supplemented by community events, workshops and indoor markets, as well as being available to hire.

Simone Galleries

Simone Galleries

Neil’s original oil paintings have a concept and style as distinctive as they are unique whilst Heather’s focus is to transform the normal, everyday objects in our lives into explorations of colour, shape and movement.

Stacey Moore Art

Stacey Moore Art

One of Yorkshire’s exciting new emerging coloured pencil artists with an ever-growing collector base. She is a passionate animal lover who combines her art with a touch of character, her distinctive style is instantly recognisable.

Stef Ottevanger Sculptures

Stef Ottevanger Sculptures

Each creation at Stef Ottevanger Sculptures displays spontaneity in concept and her empathy with the subject. The range includes domestic pets, sheep, equine and wildlife and can be viewed and purchased at the workshop.

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre

The Studio Theatre is an intimate 70 seat performance space, it is a versatile space and offers a programme of diverse, experimental and often brand new work by some of the best emerging and mid-career artists.

Swaledale Festival

Swaledale Festival

The Swaledale Festival has a huge events programme which includes a core of classical music concerts as well as folk, brass band, jazz and world music, in addition there is poetry, film, dance, drama and so much more.

Swaledale Museum

Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers with the aims of collecting, displaying and making accessible the local heritage of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The focus is on lead mining and the culture and community it created.

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum offers one of Britain’s most fascinating museum experiences and is home to the most important collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, including paintings by Goya and El Greco.

The Cat Pottery

The Cat Pottery

At The Cat Pottery, the Nichols family have been making Moorside Cats since 1982. Cats, modelled out of clay and given life and their own cat’s names in this tranquil, picturesque place with its magnificent hidden waterfall.

The Nutmeg Company

The Nutmeg Company

At The Nutmeg Company you can choose from weekend cottages, miniature houses and shops, a keepsake range of trinket boxes and vases, paper cross stitch gift bag and gift box kits, or greetings cards worked on stitching paper.

The Showcase Gallery

The Showcase Gallery

The Showcase Gallery is committed to exhibiting the very best work from practising local artists. The exhibits capture a wide range of artistic styles and media, offering an unrivalled collection of original but affordable art.

The Smithy Gallery

The Smithy Gallery

The Smithy Gallery is a small gallery located in the heart of Kettlewell, selling local artwork and gifts, the gallery sell originals and prints by various artists. Featured artists include Peter Brook, Christina Harris and more.

The Station

The Station

It’s a stunning riverside Victorian railway building brought back to life as a contemporary café bar and restaurant, exhibition galleries and 3D art store, award-winning artisan food producers, cinema and meeting rooms.

Walker Galleries

Walker Galleries

Walker Galleries has an extensive selection of 19th- and 20th-century British, European, Impressionist and Belle Epoque paintings and watercolours representing probably the largest stock in the north of England.

Wensleydale Creamery

Wensleydale Creamery

Visit the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre to learn more about their story and have the chance to see how the cheese is made, visitors also have plenty of opportunities to taste all the different varieties of Wensleydale cheese.

Wensleydale Galleries

Wensleydale Galleries

Wensleydale Galleries aim is to supply an ever evolving range of art, originals and limited edition prints, in a variety of mediums, whilst providing a first class framing service. Using only the finest materials and expert craftsmanship.

Wensleydale Longwool

Wensleydale Longwool

Discover award-winning yarn that has been spun, dyed and balled in Yorkshire ensuring the luxury of only the finest lustre longwool in the world. There’s a wide range of patterns created to compliment the virtues of Wensleydale wool.

Wensleydale Pottery

Wensleydale Pottery

Wensleydale Pottery began its life as a market stall in Hawes in the 1980s. The pottery has now expanded and has the space to properly showcase their wares and has become one of the leading crafts products of the area.

York Dungeon

York Dungeon

This is a uniquely thrilling attraction that will take you back to the city’s darkest history. See, hear, smell and feel York’s stories come to life before your eyes as frighteningly funny characters transport you through time.

Yorkshire Dales Photography School

Yorkshire Dales Photography School

Yorkshire Dales Photography School teaches all aspects of photography to photographers of all abilities. Whatever your level of experience, the school provides bespoke tuition in all aspects of photography and guided days out.

Yorkshire Festival

Yorkshire Festival

Yorkshire Festival is a collection of a spectacular range of events located across the country, across all art forms. Welcoming artists and performers from all over the world as well as celebrating Yorkshire’s own artistic community.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a pioneering place seeking to provide a centre of international, national and regional importance for the production, exhibition and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture.