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5 Reasons to visit the Yorkshire Dales this spring

There are lots of great things to do all year round in the Yorkshire Dales, but spring is a special time as there is lambing and bank holiday events that of course only happen once a year.

1) May bank holiday events such as Ride2Stride and Ingleton Overground Underground and the Skipton Waterway Festival. These events offer great things to do while in the beauty of the Dales, with many varied and interesting activities, these events are perfect for family outings or just a simple day out with friends.

2) Lambs, these little balls of wool can all be seen running through the fields of the Dales in the spring. They make for some great holiday pictures, and are simply fun to watch tumble and play in the fields. If you would like a hand on experience you can even go to places like Hesketh Farm near Bolton Abbey to feed and hold the lambs.

3) Spring flowers blossoming all over the Yorkshire Dales landscape. The hay meadows are one of the iconic scenes of the Yorkshire Dales, known for their vibrant colours and scents. June is the best time to see a hay meadow as the majority of the wild flowers will be flowering. Spring is also when the Flower of the Dales Festival is held. During the festival you can choose to take part in over 100 activities that include: photography workshops, identification courses and meadow walks. The festival also hosts some fun activities for kids.

4) The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is a great excuse to stop your diet and enjoy some mouth-watering food and drink from across the Yorkshire Dales. The festival also includes a real ales festival, cookery demonstrations held by local chefs and a fascinating food exhibition in a 14000ft marquee. But, this festival isn’t just about food and drink; it also has farming and country crafts, and the unique Appalachian Cloggers as well as many bands and music groups.

5) The award winning Swaledale Festival hosts a collection of fantastic music and arts events in beautiful villages throughout Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale. The festival is held annually for two weeks commencing the last bank holiday in May in an array of venues ranging from beautiful village chapels, historic churches and iconic heritage sites. The festival attracts some of the finest classical musicians from around the world but also features alternative events including local musicians, archaeology walks and poetry.

So if you are considering visiting the Yorkshire Dales during spring, but aren’t sure because of the weather, do not hesitate as there are just as many things to do inside as there are out, and with the great food and beautiful sights available it’s definitely worth braving the weather and the journey.