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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 February

The weather may still be wintery in February, but the days are lengthening and there's new life popping up wherever you look in the Yorkshire Dales. Take a stroll along our gentle paths in Freeholders' Wood to see hazel catkins fluttering in the breeze or look out for the special February weekend openings at Austwick Hall to see their carpets of snowdrops.

A walk through valley meadows might take you through flocks of sheep with their tiny new-born lambs. If the weather has taken a turn for the worse then you might see them wearing colourful home-made coats cut out from feed sacks. Watch out for the white blossom of blackthorn along hedges up in the north-west of the park - a sudden cold snap at this time is often known as a blackthorn winter.

It is often hard to find things for kids to do over the February half-term - but in 2017we are running a Dark Skies Festival with lots of activities, talks, a planetarium and even a night-time run or cycle for those so inclined.  You will also find attractions like Hesketh Farm Park open specially and there's lots for the family to enjoy at our Dales Countryside Museum.

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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