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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 April

April is perhaps one of the best times of year to visit a special garden like those at Parcevall Hall near Appletreewick. You'll find a range of beautiful scented spring-flowering shrubs and bulbs and at this time of year you will avoid the crowds. Thorp Perrow Arboretum is also worth a visit at this time of year as it has one of the finest collections of daffodils in the North of England with many old and unusual varieties. They also offer free tea and cake for your mum on Mother's Day!

The first summer warblers will be arriving this month in Dales' woods. Listen out for the distinctive call of the chiff chaff (just like its name) and the willow warbler's melancholy song - a bit like a bowler running up to the cricket crease. If you'd like to learn more about bird song then see if you can find a local guided walk led by an expert in our What's On section.

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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