The Dales – the only place to be this Christmas!

The Yorkshire Dales really is a year round destination, and Swaledale is the jewel in the crown.  Within half an hour there are magical market towns, ready for you to explore, all beautifully decorated to celebrate the festive season.

Richmond, at the head of Swaledale is only five minutes from Swaleview Park and a visit is a must.  The market square is one of the largest in England and is surrounded by beautiful Georgian architecture and the large obelisk in the centre is lit up for everyone to enjoy.

The boutique shops in market towns offer something really different to the high street.  As well as a warm welcome, you can find distinctive local food and crafts that really do offer something different for the discerning Christmas shopper.  If you are buying for yourself or someone special, here is a list of some of our favourite places to find great gifts, homeware and local food produce.

 Lucy Pittway is the official artist for The Tour de Yorkshire and her gallery on the corner of Finkle Street offers wonderful, unique and distinctive art and homeware.

Grey Interiors Richmond If you are needing some inspiration for your Christmas home furnishings, Grey Interiors is worth a visit.

Barrett’s Bistro serves wonderful food in cosy surroundings.  The family owned restaurant is on Rosemary Lane in the centre of Richmond and is a must for lunch or dinner.

The Station is as the name implies, the converted railway station in Richmond housing a wonderful selection of local food producers including Richmond Brewery, The Angel’s Share Delicatessen and Archer’s Ice Cream.  There is a multiplex cinema, cafe and shop as well as visiting art exhibitions.  A great place to visit with everything under one roof!

The Garden Rooms is playing host to Cinderella this year in what promises to be the traditional fun and frolics!

A trip up Swaledale offers a fantastic day out for combining shopping and sightseeing as the wonderful winter season gives the landscape another twist.  In Muker, there is Swaledale Woollens which offers beautiful and unique handmade knitwear created by the villagers themselves.  In Reeth, there is a craft bakery selling cakes and bread baked daily on the premises as well as Fleece – a craft shop selling products created by local people such as wood turning and homeware.

Further afield, the market towns of Leyburn, Bedale and Northallerton are all beautiful places to visit at any time of year.  Wherever you spend Christmas this year, we hope to see you in 2019 at Swaleview Park.