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Painting and Crafts in Craven in the Yorkshire Dales

Monday 27 June 2011

Painting and Crafts in Craven

Craven has a lot of great little independent shops, selling haberdashery, wool, textiles and creative  supplies. Many provide workshops too. Pick up the Creative Directory from a Tourist Information Centre or download it from this website.

For inspiration go to the changing exhibitions throughout the year at the following venues – but check their websites for opening hours:

Other visual arts treats include

North Yorkshire Open Studios in June, when artists open their studios and you
can meet the artists, look at how they work, buy direct, and enjoy the scenery

Grassington Festival in June, which always includes a visual arts element as well as great

Art in the Pen held in August in Skipton’s cattle market where artists transform cattle
pens into mini contemporary art galleries

Yarndale held in September – a joy and delight for anyone interested in textiles

If you’re looking for an art or craft group to join, do get in touch with Craven District Council Council’s Arts Development Officer who will endeavour to help you  01756 706408.

If you are a professional artist, go to the Art Connections website
Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing a range of services for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and beyond.












Things to do on a wet day in Skipton

Thursday 23 June 2011

Things to do on a rainy day in Skipton

  • Visit Craven Museum & Gallery in the Town Hall in Skipton. It’s free, and it’s got one of only four Shakespeare First Folios on permanent public display in the world. There are also lots of interesting exhibits, short films to watch, interactives for children (and adults), changing exhibitions in the gallery, and a good, inexpensive, museum shop. See
  • Visit the library. Upstairs contains lots of old maps and reference books about the history of Skipton – if you live here, find your house; if you’re just visiting, find out more or read the newspaper in peace.
  • Go to Skipton Castle. Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year, whatever the weather. See for details of admission charges, plans of the castle, and check out the Fun Page for free downloadable activities for children before you visit.
  • Go for a walk around Skipton woods. Admission free and you can spot dippers and kingfishers if you’re lucky. If you go to the famous pork pie shop on Mill Bridge (ask someone the way in Skipton High Street) and stand with your back to the shop you can see the path to the woods on the other side of the road next to the canal. The path gives you a fantastic view of the back of the castle – see if you can spot the loo! - and you pass the old quarry. There are lots of free downloadable children’s activity packs at For more details on Skipton woods, see

Enjoy your day in Skipton and beyond, whatever the weather!



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