Saturday, 30 November 2013

Free Festive Fun!

Come join us for some FREE festive fun!
Enough to keep the whole family entertained!
Craft Stalls
Hot mince pies and sausage rolls on the range
Children’s crafts
‘Mangle print your own Christmas card’
‘Make your own mini rag rug flower’
Decorate your own biscuit
A sweet seller in the post office
Cooking and chatting in Crofters Cottage
A Blacksmith in his workshop
Edward Harrison talking to visitors about the wonderful Harrison Collection
Not forgetting … Ethel and Maud the pigs, and Lola and Daisy our Pygmy goats
And if you get too cold there is always a warm retreat with festive food and drinks in our cafe.
Why not try to win yourself a raffle prize, with generous prizes of gift sets and vouchers supplied by the NYMR, The Ginger Pig, Middleton Post Office Tea Rooms and beer from Ampleforth Abbey!
Give a unique experience this Christmas…
Why not get your loved ones a gift to remember this Christmas, and buy them a
Craft Course experience here at the museum.
We have craft dates throughout 2014 including:

Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Taster Day at £40
Beginners Blacksmithing Day at £65
Beginners Rag Rugging Day at £30
Create Your Own: Glass Moorland Scene at £30
For more information please contact Emma McKenzie.

Monday, 25 November 2013




0871 62 68 114

You can only vote today!!!
Lines are open now until midnight,
and you can call up to 10 times!
Please get all your friends and family to vote!
ITV regional news programme tonight at 6pm 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Under a week to go ..! WE NEED YOUR VOTE

Under a week to go ..! WE NEED YOUR VOTE 

You can only vote by calling the voting line on Monday 25th November, and the number will be published on the Ryedale Folk Museum website – only on the day!!
Lines will be open from 9am until midnight, and you can call up to 10 times!
Please get all your friends and family to vote!

ITV came to film for our short clip yesterday which will feature on the telly on Monday 25th of November at Teatime on the Yorkshire News broadcast.
Above are just a small amount of the images which I took yesterday at the filming, we had Welburn Hall, Gillamoor and Kirkbymoorside Primary schools all involved, as well as the chainsaw carvers and Duncombe Birds of Prey Centre kindly came with one of their barn owls to excite the children in the project! They are all really excited and we really want to win this for them and the community that will reap the benefit from the process and end piece of a wildlife sculpture trail.
                                            CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Award Winners!

Last night we were crowed the winner of the White Rose Tourism Award for Small Visitor Attraction of the year!

We were up against some stiff competition including the James Herriot Museum and the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, so were over the moon to win this prestigious award, and were honestly shocked when they called our name, I had to quickly put my shoes on to get on the stage!
With us being so hidden away, and to win out of the entire of Yorkshire is an incredible achievement, all the staff and volunteers at the museum have worked really hard to improve the experience for our visitors, and it is so nice that all that hard work has been recognised. You can’t stand still in times like this, we rely on visitors coming through the door to afford to open each year, and to do that we need to continuously be improving our offer and opening the museum up to new audiences. It is a fantastic way to kick start our 50th Anniversary celebrations next year! It was a real team effort and we couldn’t be happier.

The Museum has developed a lot since its opening nearly 50 years ago, nearly doubling in size, this is a recognition that it is moving with the times, developing and growing with the modern ways of representing museums. 

We aren't resting yet either with our next project just around the corner, a wildlife sculpture trail, which we are currently campaigning for, to gain votes to win the funding from Peoples Millions. For more information on this project take a look at our project Facebook page called ‘Walking with Wildlife’ or you can visit the Peoples Millions Website.

Monday, 11 November 2013


Our first time at The White Rose Tourism Awards and we won!!! More to follow tomorrow!!
Just done look north, and on radio York in the morning :)

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Take a Walk with Wildlife...


We need your help to secure funding to create a Wildlife Sculpture Trail within our grounds, and reconnect children with nature.
We have been shortlisted for The Peoples Millions grant, and will go head to head with other projects to try and win the money. We need your votes to realise the creation of a wonderful new Wildlife Sculpture Trail which will be community designed and will encourage reconnection with the wild landscape, whilst engaging peoples creativity.

By engaging local people in the design process and with the final hands on trail we hope to encourage and nurture an interest in their surroundings. The process of making chainsaw sculptures will provide schools and visitors the opportunity to watch them being made and we hope this will capture the imagination and engage people with art. With limited opportunities locally of this nature it will make art accessible for all and encourage people to develop new creative skills that they can take forward into their lives.
The trail will become a permanent feature of the museum, offering an inspiring and interactive experience for all visitors, all year around.

 ‘A new report by the RSPB shockingly reveals that 80% of children in the UK are disconnected from nature. The report, Connecting with Nature, finds that only 21% of children are said to have achieved a level of connection to nature that is ‘realistic and achievable’ for all children. Interestingly, children growing up in towns and cities had a stronger connection than children in rural areas.
 RSPB Report, Connecting With Nature 2013.

You can only vote for the project on MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER. For more information and how to vote the Museum and partners have set up a new Facebook page called ‘Walking with Wildlife’ or you can visit the Peoples Millions Website.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween 2013

The Halloween party at Ryedale Folk Museum was fantastic. Activities included apple bobbing, crafts, and a pumpkin competition. There were witches and vampires present in large quantities, and also lovely hot-dogs and soup served by the Simms family. Sausages supplied by Beadlam Grange Farm Shop (they are delicious by the way).Buy them here:
Above all the best bit of the night was a great act by a few vampires which included leaping out of coffins, a ghostly dance display and spooky story telling. They did a great rendition of 'Three Little Pigs'.

There was a good crowd present and the event was enjoyed by all, meself included.

Jonathan S

Monday, 21 October 2013


Unfortunately due to work on the electricity mains the museum is unable to be open to the public due to health and safety. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please note, this is for one day only.

Halloween tickets now on sale!

Join us for our family fun evening on Halloween!
You can pre-buy tickets from the museum or just turn up on the night!

Our tickets have arrived!

Our tickets for the glitzy White Rose Tourism Award ceremony have arrived! Not long now till we find out whether we are crowned winner of our category. Keep your fingers crossed!

Whitby at War

For the annual Pickering War Weekend, we venture out to Whitby Station to welcome visitors off the steam train, and this year was no different!
Here are a just a few of images from the wet but fun weekend!


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Ryedale Folk Museum Radio - Have You Tuned In Yet?

Just to remind everyone we now have downloadable podcasts to listen to on our Ryedale Folk Museum Radio page. Our most recent additions are from Meriel about the clothing collection and from Dorothy talking about her wartime experiences in the Women's Land Army.

The podcasts can be found on the Ryedale Folk Museum Radio Page - just click on it or by this link:

Jonathan Severs

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Volunteer BBQ

To thank our volunteers for all their hard work we put on a bbq after work within the museum grounds. As you can see fun was had by everyone, however I forgot to put the flash on my camera - so not the best images! 

Our Housekeeper with wood turner Philip Greenwood.

Accounts Manager Helen enjoying a sausage!

Head of Front of House, Maureen and volunteer Judy tucking in.

Max's (the Clydesdale horse) owner and friends.

A couple of the Trustees among the volunteers here.

Peter from our Chemist Shop and Robin our Blacksmith.

Collections Team Leader Helen, showing her team of volunteers how its done.

Some of the workshop and allotment teams.

Wendy and Wendy looking after the BBQ.

Learning Manager Emma taking a break from helping cooking.

Our Director - the head of operations, including ensuring the food is up to scratch!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Multi period history weekend

Another bank holiday gone by and we could not wish for better weather and a better group of 
re-enactors onsite to entertain our visitors! 
Once again the interesting yet funny story telling in the style of Monty Python was a massive hit!