Events at Skipton Castle Woods

Here’s a preview of some of the forthcoming events at Skipton Castle Woods.  We add events throughout the season so please keep checking back for more ways to explore the woodland. 

Woodland Archaeology

Come and Talk to Us

Rusticus Theater and Woodland Trust

Fungi and Wild Garlic

A magnificent beech tree canopy

Events 2018

Woodland Archaeology Survey - Sat 17th February - Mon 20th February 10am - 3pm. 

Join Chris Atkinson, Woodland Heritage Officer from Pennnine Prospects, as he explores the woods geology and archaeology using non-invasive techniques. Learn how to survey and identify historical features in the landscape during this free family event. Meet in Skipton Castle Car Park, The Bailey, BD23 1UA. Please dress for the weather and wear boots. Survey work includes uneven ground and steps. Booking is essential. 

Email Chris.Atkinson@pennineprospects.co.uk

This event is organised & run by Pennine Prospects with access permission from the Woodland Trust. 

Come And Talk To Us - Sat 24th & Sunday 25th February at Skipton Town Hall 10.30am - 4pm. 

Come along and meet staff and volunteers from Skipton Castle Woods during our open weekend on the High Street. 

We’ve been asking local people, visitors and potential visitors what they love about the woodland and how they think we should be interpreting the woods history. We’d like to show you some new ideas which may help us tell the story of the medieval forest, the industrial wood and the protected wood that we see today.  Can you spare some time to give us your thoughts and feedback?

Free coffee, tea and cake available.

Adult Bush Craft Experiences - Sat 3rd & 24th March

Come along and learn primitive survival skills in the historic, medieval Skipton Castle Woods with Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft. During your 3 hour experience you will cover natural shelter building, fire lighting techniques, damper bread making, preparing fish plus knife and axe skills.

A percentage of each ticket sale will be donated to the Woodland Trust. £25 introductory offer, booking is essential. 

Email yorkshiredalesbushcraft@gmail.com

This event is organised & run by Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft with access permission from the Woodland Trust.  

Magical Easter Eggventure - Sat 31st March 10am -4pm.

Our annual Easter trail follows clues around the wood with a little woodland magic from our friends at Rusticus Theatre. Follow the trail clues, you can always ask for help from the fairies, and collect a locally handmade chocolate treat at the end of your adventure. Children £2.50 Adults Free. For more info and to book see here

Ancient Woodland Flowers Walk* - Sat 21st April

Join Russ Hedley from Nature Talks and Walks as he guides you around the flowers of Skipton Castle Woods. Adults £6.00 Children Free. For more info and to book see here

Secrets of Skipton Castle Woods* - Mon 28th May

A Bank holiday Monday walk with Woodland Trust Visitor Officer Hazel, exploring woodland stories of crime, misfortune and fun from the newspaper archives of Yorkshire. Booking details & price to follow.

Birds of the Dawn Chorus* - Sat 23rd June

It’s an early start for this one as Russ Hedley from Nature Talks and Walks returns to Skipton. Bring your own binoculars and a flask of coffee! Binoculars are also available to borrow. Booking details & price to follow.

History of Skipton Castle Woods* - Sun 22nd July

A weekend walk with Woodland Trust Visitor Officer Hazel and local volunteers exploring the working history of the woodland. Booking details & price to follow.

Bats and Beasts at Dusk* - Sat 18th August

Join Russ Hedley from Nature Talks and Walks as he explores the nocturnal creatures of Skipton Castle Woods. Bring your own binoculars and a flask of tea! Binoculars are also available to borrow. Booking details & price to follow.

The Myths of Trees* - Sun 16th September

Back by popular demand this guided walk led by Woodland Trust staff and volunteers uncovers the hidden meaning, folklore and myths surrounding trees. Booking details & price to follow.

Willow Lantern Workshops - Sat 22 September

A fun create and take workshop with a Yorkshire artist. Make your own Willow Lantern ready of the Lantern Walk or Halloween. Booking details & price to follow.

Willow Lantern Walk & fireside stories - Sat 6th & Sun 7th October

Our fifth woodland lantern walk, bigger and better than ever by popular demand. Now over two evenings and with our friends from Rusticus Theater, discover the woodland by twinkle light with stories and games by the campfire. New for this year, a very special and exclusive starting venue for our walk! Booking details & price to follow.

Woodland Christmas & Tree Dressing Day - Sat 1st December

Celebrate Yule with the Woodland Trust and discover the joys of Tree Dressing Day with family and friends. Booking details & price to follow.  

* New for 2018 – your guided walk will be enhanced using Tour Guide Systems – a pocket size handset with earphones that allows you to listen to the walk leader clearly while you stroll at your own pace. Also suitable for hearing aid users.