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!

Monday, 26 August 2013

New Craft Course!!

Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling – Taster Day
Saturday 21st September 9.00am – 4.30pm
Only £65 per person
Would you like to try your hand at dry stone walling with professional dry stone waller Hugh Boyd? The perfect opportunity is our taster day, come and learn how to take down and re-build a dry stone wall within the museum grounds.
Course Timings: 9.00am – 4.30pm
9.15am – 9.30am Arrive at wall/Discussion – Health & Safety
9.30am Commence to take down wall and use of lines.
(Explanation given as to the construction and terms used in Dry Stone Walling)
11.00am Break
11.15am Dig out and relay of foundations stones.
12.15am First buildings stones laid.
1.00pm Lunch/discussion
2.00pm First through stones laid
3.00pm Second level through stones laid
4.15 pm – 4.30pm Top Stones on –wall completed/discussion
Minimum age 18.
Limited places so book now!
or call Emma McKenzie on 01751 417367

Cycling day success!

This weekend saw our Heritage Cycle Day, where participants went on a tour of the Moors by bike, enjoyed a bit of lunch, a bit of culture and a lot of hills!

Everybody seemed to have fun and we received some great feedback from the event:

‘Really good ride with interesting local info. Thanks to all of you who organised and helped out.’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the whole ride as well as the info on local heritage and folklore. Brilliant, thank you.’

‘A nice day out. Thanks!’

‘Too many hills, although brilliant! J J

‘A very good experience would love more heritage/cultural rides in the North York Moors. Thank you.’

‘Great day out and a brill ride. Thanks’

‘Fantastic ride. Thanks’

‘Great views! Deadly Hills J Thank you’

‘Thanks very much. Well organised and some lovely views J

‘A lovely ride we’d love to do it again! Thank you!’

‘A very enjoyable day with challenging climbs!... but I survived.’

‘Very well organised and very enjoyable ride. Well done Ryedale Folk Museum J

‘What a fantastic day. We enjoyed every single part of the day. Well done Emma for organising such a brilliant event (and thank you so much for my sandwiches!!!). Thank you to the friendly ladies in Fadmoor for giving up their time to feed and water us. Fantastic museum.’

‘Very well organised. Great fun and a good way to see the interesting local points!’

‘New to cycling and had a brilliant day! Excellently organised and everyone very friendly. Will definitely do the ride again. Many thanks’

‘Brilliant! Lovely route, interesting stories and friendly helpers. Thank you!’

‘Wonderful bike ride. Would do this circuit again. Thanks.’

‘Excellent Route. Thank you.’

Thursday, 8 August 2013

A Big Thank You!!

Last Sunday we had our 'Rural Crafts Day' and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank each and everyone of our demonstrators and volunteers, they all did an amazing job and created a wonderful day for everyone who came! I hope they will all come back soon!

Joan - Rush Seating

Straw Work

Spinning by Jenny

One of the Morris dancing team trying their hand at rope making!

Hugh Boyd Dry Stone Walling

Max our Clydesdale Horse and his owner Graham

Briggate Morris Dancers

Scarborough Heirloom Quilters

Caroline Weaving

Corn Dolly Work

Eddie Making Sticks

Pat chair caning

Cleveland Lace Guild

The Clog Makers Collection

Wendy from Greenwood crafts demonstrating pottery

More images of the Morris Dancing Team

Chris Raw demonstrating Stone Carving

I would also like to thank:
Our rag rugging ladies from Tempting Textiles
Judy for rope making
John Dean with his poetry
Jo Barker with her felting
Mark Barker demonstrating bushcrafts
Veronica Hartley with her millinery
Cleveland Fibre Arts for all their wonderful textile work
Malcolm Hadfield with his saddlery
Peter Preston for coming to do Tinsmithing
and last but not least
Robin Butler and Adrian Pearson for Blacksmithing

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Blacksmithing Course Extra Date Added!

New Date Added!
Beginners Blacksmithing Day
Friday 6th September 10.30 – 16.30
Come and learn a range of traditional forging techniques with Blacksmith David Stephenson. You will then be able to apply these techniques and return home with a range of hand-made treasures.
£60 per person, includes all materials.
Limited places so book now!
or call Emma McKenzie on 01751 417367

Saturday, 3 August 2013


Preparations are underway at our Stang End Cottage for the filming, by the BBC, of “Death Comes to Pemberley”, a novel by P D James which is a sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”.   Filming will be happening on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th August.
The site will be open as usual and only one building will be closed off. If you visit us we ask for your patience while the filming is going on and hope you enjoy seeing the filming process in action.  You will be seeing Stang End furnished as a Regency period cottage rather than the usual 16th/17th century, they have given it a licak of paint and totally revamped the garden!  The film will be aired at Christmas time.
Our big long table down one side has gone and a round table with four chairs has appeared in the middle.
Our two wooden slat beds replaced with a double!
And a bit more garden has suddenly appeared!