Skipton Things to Do

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    Sheep show

    by Benson35 Updated Jul 20, 2012
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    This show travelled to Skipton's Sheep Day 2012 (it is not a permanent fixture in Skipton).

    They guy who does the show travels around England showing his sheep and what he has trained them to do. His has different breeds of sheep for you to look at, and as part of his show, introduces you to all of his sheep saying and showing you what their talents are.
    I'm not going to explain in detail what exactly happens as I don't want to spoil it if you ever get the chance to see it!!
    It's worth a giggle and it really pulls in the crowds! So if you see it advertised anywhere, be sure to get their early to enjoy a good view!

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    Sheep Day

    by Benson35 Written Jul 20, 2012
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    This is an annual event held in Skipton, and in 2012, it fell on Sunday 1st July.
    There is so much going on along High Street on Sheep day! There is a sheep show (see separate page), small fair ground for the children, live music, a big farmers market, face painting, food and drink to sample (free), demonstrations of geese herding (then getting the children involved too!), sheep racing (place your bets!!), a demonstration of dry-stone walling and modern tractors on display.

    There is so much to do and see in one day as all of the shops, pubs and cafes are open too, and some shops get really involved by creating their own 'Sheep Day display'!!

    Sheep Day is completely free or charge.
    The only things you would have to pay for is the parking (if necessary) and what you decide to buy!

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    A trip on a barge

    by Benson35 Written Jul 20, 2012

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    There are many companies that boast 'the best cruise' is Skipton. From my experience, none have let me down.
    No matter which company you choose to have your narrow boat experience with, you will mostly be in the company of like-minded travellers, see the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, learn lots about the countryside and most propably, enjoy the whole experience.

    Obviously, the experience is heightened with good weather. I have travelled on a barge in 'typical English weather' aka rain and wind! And also in the sunshine. I have enjoyed both experiences.

    It's great to watch how you get through the gates along the canals and if anyone is about on land having a walk - give them a wave! The Yorkshire Dales as a whole is a friendly place.

    The barge ride itself is slow, these boats cannot travel fast at all; not even at a medium pace!! A lot of the trips offered at Skipton will last a good few hours. Different companies offer different experiences i.e all day cruises, half day cruises and 2 hour cruises.
    It is possible to go to the canal and see what takes your fancy on the day you are there, or, if you type in 'Canal barge trips Skipton' (or words to that effect) in your internet search, then you will get a list of companies with websites that you are able to book with online.

    There are also companies that will teach you 'the ropes', that give tuition on 'manning a boat'.

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    Craven Museum and Gallery

    by Gillybob Written Jul 19, 2012

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    The Craven Museum and Gallery is located within the Town Hall building in Skipton.

    The museum gives a unique insight for visitors to the area and tells the history of the district.

    There are changing exhibitions as well as workshops and family events.

    Admission is free.

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    Tourist Information

    by Gillybob Written Jul 19, 2012

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    Skipton's tourist information centre can be found in the Town Hall building on its High Street.

    The Tourist Information Centre has an excellent selection of information leaflets and brochures for things to see and do, both in Skipton and in the surrounding Yorkshire Dales area.

    The staff are helpful and can answer your questions about accommodation, sightseeing and hiking/walking trails nearby. There is also a selection of gifts and souvenirs available for purchase.

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    Skipton Sheep Day

    by Gillybob Written Jul 19, 2012

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    Skipton means Sheep Town, and the folk of Skipton take this meaning seriously. Once a year, usually around the first weekend in July, the people gather and pay tribute to the heritage of the town and surrounding district and the sheep they have traded for hundreds of years.

    During the day you will find all sorts of activities and entertainment, including herding, sheering, re-enactments and even a sheep disco (yes, you heard it here first)!!

    There's plenty to see and do - most for free - and a great Farmers' Market too.

    Check the website below for dates and details.

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    Skipton Farmers' Market

    by Gillybob Written Jul 19, 2012

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    Farmers' Markets offer some great opportunities to purchase really fresh produce as well as products and produce you may not normally find in shops and supermarkets.

    Skipton holds its Farmers' market on the first Sunday of each month. It regularly takes place in the canal basin in Skipton, but on special occasions, such as the annual Sheep Day, it can be found on the High Street.

    There are a number of regular attendees to the Farmers' market (see website below) and I would recommend a stop at the Bracken Hill Fine Foods stall. Their products are also stocked at the Original Farmers Market shop in Bakewell. They make a delicious Red Onion Marmalade that is worth purchasing if they have it at the market - I'm sure their other products must be good too!

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    WAR MEMORIAL

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 28, 2012

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    John Cassidy (1860-1939) sculpted the statues on this magnificent monument at the beginning of the 1920’s.
    The monument was unveiled on the 8th April 1922. It stands at 20 feet high and is made of limestone. At the top of the pillar is a statue of an angel named “winged victory” and at the bottom is a statue named “the sword breaker”.
    370 Skipton men lost their lives during World War II.

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    TOWN HALL

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 28, 2012

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    Skipton town hall was built in 1862. It was built on land that was once the vicarage of Holy Trinity church which stands across the road.
    Skipton council have their offices above Barclays bank further down the street and the Town hall is used for events and as a museum.
    Events staged at the Town Hall include various music concerts, craft fairs, Zumba classes and a beer festival

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    LORD THANET'S CANAL

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 28, 2012

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    Lord Thanets canal is also known as Spring branch and it is only half a mile long. It is a pretty canal that winds around the back of Skipton castle. The Lord Thanets canal was still being used up to 1946 to transport limestone from a quarry which was further up the hill.

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    LEEDS LIVERPOOL CANAL

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 28, 2012

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    The Leeds to Liverpool canal was fully opened in 1816 and it is 127 miles long which makes it Britains longest inland waterway. It took 46 years to build as it was built in stages. The first part to be opened was a lock free section between Skipton and Bingley. This part opened in 1773.

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    Bolton Abbey nature trails

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 30, 2012

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    Bolton Abbey is set in acres of glorious woodland and meadows. There are many fantastic walking trails alongside a beautiful river valley or the enchanting strid wood. We bought a walking leaflet from the shop near the car park and began our walk by crossing over the bridge near the stepping stones. We embarked on a lovely walk which took us through the woodland and then brought us back down to the riverside. We followed the path along the river and then crossed over the bridge to find another shop and tea rooms. We had a flask of coffee with us so purchased some very nice cake from the gift shop and enjoyed our refreshment on a riverside picnic table. From here, we followed the river back towards the Abbey while taking in a Victorian fountain along the way. This is a fantastic place for a quiet stroll, picnic or strenuous hike.

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    Bolton Abbey Priory Church

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 30, 2012

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    The Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert is unique in the fact that it miraculously survived the rampage of Henry VIII to destroy the Monasteries in the UK. The Interior of the Church has many notable features such as magnificent carvings, a wonderful wall painting on the East Wall and great stained glass windows. Guidebooks are available from a stall at the rear of the Church. I would recommend buying one of these as they contain a detailed tour of the church and and explanation of the wall paintings.

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    Explore the ruins of Bolton Abbey

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 30, 2012

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    In 1154-5 a group of black-robed Augustion Canons and their Prior arrived in Bolton to make a new start. Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle granted them the land in which they were to build Bolton Abbey. The Bolton Canons made their living from produce, tithes, rents and dues from farms, mills and lead mines. With the proceeds of their numerous businesses they paid groups of travelling masons to build their living quarters and a great Church. In 1539 Bolton Abbey's future was threatened with total obliteration under King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. Work on the Great West tower was abandoned with lead torn off the roofs and the interior stripped of all furnishings. Fortunately a rather clever Prior, Prior Moone secured the nave by using it as a local Church for his 200 strong congregation. A new West wall was built to block off the ruins left by the Monarch and the people continued to use their 'new Church'

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    SHEEP DAY

    by alyf1961 Updated Oct 16, 2011

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    Sheep day in Skipton is an annual event in which the town centre is taken over by everything and anything to do with Sheep.
    The atmosphere is amazing with everything sheep related, [they take sheep very seriously here].
    There are rare breeds, which are shown by experts who explain breeds and breeding procedures, sheep shearing exhibitions and a sheep disco. there are also childrens activities and lots of entertainment.

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