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Butter making at Dales Countryside Museum Copyright Stephen Garnett

What to do…

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

Need inspiration?

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

If it’s a specific time of year you’re interested in we’ve got it covered. Take a look at our ideas of what to do month by month. You can also explore nature through the seasons with these guides:

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.

...in December

As we move into December everyone's thoughts turn towards the Christmas festivities. Looking for an original gift? The Dales is a great place for small independent shops, craftspeople and artists.

For the person who has everything you could consider making them a Friend of the Three Peaks to support the work carried out in this wonderful part of the National Park that ensures it stays a special place.

There are also some great festivals at this time of year. At Christmas, Grassington is transported back to the time of Charles Dickens. See the Christmas lights, the village square and the streets transformed into a traditional market with shopkeepers, villagers and visitors dressed in Victorian costume. Running for over thirty years, the Festival in 2019 will be held on 30 November and 1, 7 and 8 December.

In 2019 the Skipton Yuletide Festival will be held on 1 and 8 December. Skipton's famous Market will be in full festive flow on both days – running the full length of the High Street from 10am - 4.30pm. Together with the market and great food stalls, there will be a full range of entertainment in the Town Centre throughout the day, both in the main High Street Arena and at locations across the Town. The whole of Skipton truly has a real Christmassy feel.

Of course, December is not just about shopping. It can still be a great time to go for a walk, or visit one of the many waterfalls.