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Dive into the culture
Reeth has a rich heritage which centres on its contribution to the lead mining industry as well as the age old craft of hand-knitting. Swaledale Museum on the Green is an ideal place to delve deeper into Reeth’s rich history with its exciting demonstrations and hands-on exhibits which explain the development of the local area from its geographical inception in the Iron Age, to the evolution and deterioration of the lead mining trade between the 1650s and 1950s. The museum also pays tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of Reeth’s past inhabitants, offering an insightful glimpse of how the previous generations lived.
There’s a whole host of exciting entertainment waiting for you In Reeth, from the Reeth brass band which has provided the soundtrack for the local community for over a century, to the Reeth Show; a traditional agricultural show with a range of entertainment including, stalls and displays as well as a sheep show, fell race and rides for the children. Both of these great events are held on August Bank Holiday Monday.
Reeth Green has festivities going on throughout the year, with a bonfire and firework display on Novermber 5th and more sky bound illuminations on New Year’s Day. Visit in May or June to get involved in the nearby Swaledale Festival, which has a wide range of activities and entertainment on offer…it’s a great chance to meet new people, get involved in the community and ultimately have fun. Events range from open mic poetry, live music, and archaeology to the popular Wensleydale walk.