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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) and a good, inexpensive, museum shop. See
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 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.
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.
Dress up in waterproofs and 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
Get creative and visit one of the many independent shops in Skipton including Purl and Jane for exquisite knitting yarns The Fent Shop for a huge range of very reasonably priced fabrics and haberdashery The Art Shop Holly Red Crafts shop cake decoration shops and  Emma's Apothecary shop and the pottery painting café - great for adults as well as children.
Finally, pop into the Tourism Information Centre, now 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, whatever the weather!

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