Craven Events News
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:
- Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton Town Hall BD23 1AH www.cravenmuseum.org
- Gavagan Art Gallery, Settle BD24 9DW www.gavaganart.com
- The Folly, Settle BD24 9EY www.ncbt.org.uk/folly
- Lime Gallery, The Courtyard A65 south of Settle BD24 9JY www.thelimegallery.com
- Gallery on the Green, set in a phone box in Settle BD24 9HG www.galleryonthegreen.org.uk
- Stonegate Gallery Low Bentham LA2 7BX www.stonegategallery.co.uk
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 www.artinthepen.org.uk
Yarndale held in September – a joy and delight for anyone interested in textiles http://yarndale.co.uk/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 01756 706408.
Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing a range of services for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and beyond.
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 www.cravenmuseum.org
- Go for a swim! Craven Swimming Pool is situated at the edge of Aireville Park. Facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre (gym), dance studio, sauna and steam room, and the Coffee Lounge. See http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/Craven/Residents/Leisure/CravenSwimmingPoolandFitnessCentre/ for more details.
- 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. http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5652
- 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 www.skiptoncastle.co.uk 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 http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/packs. For more details on Skipton woods, see http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/our-woods/Pages/about-this-wood.aspx?wood=4482
- Get creative and visit one of the many independent shops in Skipton including Purl and Jane www.purlandjane.co.uk The Fent Shop www.fentshopskipton.co.uk Cool Crafting www.coolcrafting.co.uk The Art Shop www.theartshopskipton.com cake decoration shops www.homeandkitchenskipton.co.uk and www.fanticy.co.uk Emma's Apothecary shop www.emmasapothecary.co.uk and the pottery painting café http://coffeeandclay.moonfruit.com - great for adults as well as children.
www.samueltaylors.co.uk/embsay-store. Combine your visit with a trip to Embsay steam railway www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk or perhaps a walk round Embsay Reservoir www.cravenherald.co.uk/daleslife/walking/11853966.Enjoy_a_short_stroll_around_Embsay_Reservoir /
- Finally, pop into the Tourism Information Centre, located in Skipton Town Hall. Helpful friendly staff will be able to give you some great ideas about other things to do in the area.
Enjoy your day in Skipton and beyond, whatever the weather!