Events at Skipton Castle Woods

Coronavirus 2020: important news about events 

To help stop the spread of Covid-19 we are following Government advice on social distancing and have cancelled all Woodland Trust events until 31 July. Although close contact with people isn't recommended right now, you can still enjoy a beautiful woodland walk. Our woods will stay open and free to visit anytime.

A New Leaf theatre in the woods, Sat 1 August 2020

Told through prose, poetry and song, it’s the story of an ancient woodland, which one spring, discovers a mysterious and enchanting new leaf.

At first the woods are dazzled by its beauty, but over time the new leaves present problems for the plants and animals that live peacefully together.

It takes a renegade woodpecker to uncover the dark secret, and when the forest discovers that the new leaves are plastic waste, the animals reach out to the next generation of humans to rekindle a forgotten relationship.

Performance times 10.30am and 1pm.

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Bats and beasts at dusk, Wed 12 August 2020

Join the Woodland Trust for the return of the popular Bats and beasts at dusk walk lead by bat expert Russ Hedley from Nature Walks and Talks. Learn about bats as a woodland indicator species and their ecology and conservation. And use the bat detectors to identify the bats at Skipton Castle Woods by species.

Bring along your binoculars if you have any (there will be a limited number for loan on the night) and headtorch along with suitable footwear. This is a 1.5 mile guided walk which includes a number of steps.

The walk is aimed at adults and children over 10 years of age. Please leave your dog at home for the evening.

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Make a broom workshop, Sat 26 Sept 2020

Join a local expert on this half day craft workshop.

Starting at Skipton Castle Woods, The Bailey Entrance (next to Skipton Castle's Car Park BD13 1UA) you will enter the wood on foot and help coppice hazel to add to timber prepared earlier.

A short walk to Skipton Town Hall follows where you will make your very own traditional broom with an expert woodsman.

The workshop lasts four hours and includes refreshments.

Please wear gloves and suitable footwear for the woodland element of this event.

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Willow lantern walk, Sat 10 October 2020. Full details announced soon

All new for 2020 with an extended route, new giant lanterns and even more illuminated trees.

Perfect for families, friends and couples, enjoy walking in an illuminated ancient woodland at night.

More details to follow.

Autumn scenes photography workshop, Sat 24 October 2020

Join Woodland Trust with nature photographer Paul Miguel on a masterclass in woodland photography at Skipton Castle Woods with useful hints and tips to develop and improve your photography skills.

Capture the beauty of this semi-natural ancient woodland with its spectacular scenery and unique flora and fauna.

The 2.5 hour workshop will start at 10am with an opportunity to ask Paul Miguel questions over a sandwich lunch in the woodland, concluding at 1pm.

Number of attendees is limited intentionally to ensure sufficient time to cover the content for all participants. Early booking advised!

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Willow wreath workshop, Fri 27 November 2020

Anna Cross created one of Skipton's most famous sculptures – The Medieval Huntress of Skipton Castle Woods.

This 1.5hr workshop will teach you all you need to know to create your own willow weath. Anna supplies all the materials and expertise to get you started with the addtion of natural items collected from Skipton Castle Woods.

Refreshments are included.

This event takes place at Skipton Town Hall. Start time is 11am.

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