Family Fun

Run wild and free

Kids love running wild and free in the countryside. So with the Dales  on your doorstep, the forecast is always good for a rural stomp whether it's in wellies, walking shoes or sandals. Or trot over to Skipton's marina and follow the Eller Beck behind the castle and over to Skipton Woods - there's a bountiful collection of plants and animals to captivate the whole family.

Animal magic

Animal lovers are in for a treat at Thornton Hall Farm Country Park as they meet the residents at this delightful working farm. Join in and bottle feed lambs and calves or go for a ride on the Farm Safari, giant caterpillar or ride-on tractors. There's more hands-on fun at Hesketh Farm Park, with pigs begging to be brushed and eggs waiting to be collected. And don't miss hitching a ride with Farmer Chris on his Tractor & Trailer tour.

Learn through play

There's something for all the family at Craven Museum and Gallery. Located in Skipton Town Hall, the museum has impressive displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art. The exhibition gallery on the ground floor shows a changing programme of exhibitions related to heritage and the arts. Visitors can discover more about the area's past by exploring the small but varied collections on display. Entrance to the Museum & Gallery is free and there are dozens of activities for children, such as dressing up as cave people and Victorian servants, digging in the archaeology pit, grinding corn into flour on the quern and quizzes, puzzles and colouring. The museum also holds a year-round programme of activities and workshops suitable for all ages.

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