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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 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 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.