With 20 heritage buildings, centuries of history, and 40,000 objects and antiques, this celebrated open-air museum is just the place to get crafty.
Arrive in Hutton-le-Hole and you’re immediately smitten by the past. Could there be more of a gem than this moorland village of old stone houses, grassy greens, white fences, wandering sheep and a tinkling stream?
Set on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, Ryedale Folk Museum first opened in 1964 and since then has kept alive bygone crafts and rural trades like dry-stonewalling, lacemaking, blacksmithing, felting, willow-weaving and clog-making.
Volunteers on the five-acre site present the living, working experience of previous generations, whether in Tudor mansion or 1950s village shop, and they freely share their expertise during craft demonstrations, workshops and special seasonal classes.
There’s something hugely satisfying about taking home something you’ve made – from horseshoe to rag-rug wreath – and it connects you to the past in a way that a straightforward visit to a regular museum never can.
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