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Walking near West Burton
Photographer: Paul Harris
Walking near West Burton
Starry night near Ribblehead
Photographer: Matthew Savage
Starry night near Ribblehead
Belted Galloways in Wharfedale
Photographer: Paul Harris
Belted Galloways in Wharfedale
Feeding the llamas at Kinsey Park
Photographer: Paul Harris
Feeding the llamas at Kinsey Park

Stargazing

Learn about the wonderful dark skies of the Dales.

Activities for kids

Great ideas for what to do with the kids whatever the weather.

The Dales are magical throughout the year, Check out our tips and ideas:

...in August

August is the main month for Agricultural Shows, look out for dates and details in The Visitor newspaper. Kilnsey Show is the largest, spread out over the fields below Kilnsey Crag, but there are many other smaller shows where you can also mingle with local farming families and admire the finest farm stock, cakes and crafts in the Dales.

On a really hot day, a visit to one of the many ancient churches and chapels in the National Park can provide a lovely cool respite from the heat. Inside you will find stories of hundreds of years of Christian worship and there's no better place to reflect in peace and quiet. At St Andrew's Church, Grinton, you can read all about how the community have learned to love their resident bats and are turning their overgrown graveyard into a wildlife sanctuary.

What to do calendar 

Need inspiration?

Have a look at some ideas for rainy days, or find places to go with the kids.

The Dales is also a great place to see birds, animals and flowers - check out how to enjoy wildlife.

History runs deep in the Dales. Find our where to enjoy the heritage of our lovely stone built villages, dramatic well preserved castles or ruined abbeys.

Dalesbook

Dalesbook is a new initiative for 2015. Get discounts at attractions, restaurants and lots of other popular businesses throughout the Yorkshire Dales. An annual book of local vouchers with savings of over £1000, supporting local businesses and good causes. It's your essential book of savings, when visiting the Yorkshire Dales. It is available on-line or at National Park Centres.

Stargazing

Learn about the wonderful dark skies of the Dales.

Activities for kids

Great ideas for what to do with the kids whatever the weather.

...on sunny days

Great ideas for what to do on sunny days

...on rainy days

Great ideas for what to do on rainy days

Shows and festivals

Discover the great shows, galas and festivals that take place throughout the year

Historic sites

Castles, stately houses, ruined abbeys, fantastic gardens and more ...

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