Gayle Mill has a long history as a working mill and throughout its life has been the home for craftsmen and women skilled in working with textiles and wood. Today we carry on this tradition through our expert guides and craftsmen who share this knowledge and skills with our visitors.

Below are some of our current workshops which are run throughout the year and are a fantastic way to both stay in touch with Gayle Mill and its important work, but also a way to learn some of these heritage crafts for yourself.

  Hands-on Heritage Wheelwrighting. Saturday 10th October 9am. 

You can join us, as did Guy Martin in Channel 4’s ‘How Britain Worked’ to have a real hands-on experience in making a traditional steel-hooped hot bonded cartwheel from scratch. You could even have a ride on his famous Gayle Mill wooden bicycle.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £75.00


Stained Glass Christmas Decorations. Saturday 14th November 10am. 

Come back to Gayle Mill for more Stained glass making, this time Christmas tree hanging decorations. A full day of fun, with all tuition, materials, tools and lunch included.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £50.00




Traditional Christmas Greenery Wreaths & Table Decorations. Saturday 5th December 10am. 

Just in time for the festive season, come along to our last course of the year and learn how to make a Christmas greenery wreath, build your own wreath and add holly and sparkles for display indoors or outdoors. In the afternoon create festive table decorations for your Christmas table. You will be shown how to decorate your own table display with ribbons, bows and anything that sparkles! All tuition, materials and a festive lunch is included.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £60.00



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  • Willow Weaving

    Always popular you will learn how to craft items from willow and take them home with you. Willow pigs are especially popular but beware - everyone will want you to make them one for Christmas!

  • Ceramic Button Making

    Let your imagination run riot and learn how to make your very own buttons in stoneware, porcelain and Fimo clays with local potter and artist Liz Carlisle including glazes and how to use them.

  • Experience Day

    Spend the day learning how to use the original Victorian machinery to make your own item to take home, then our Hands on Heritage Experience Day is perfect. It is a rare opportunity to work in the Mill in a small group and learn from our experienced craftsmen and women.

  • Rag Rugging

    Born from thrift and the ultimate in recycling, known as rag rugs in Yorkshire and peg rugs in other parts of the country, this skill originally turned old and worn out clothes into rags which are then threaded through hessian to make beautiful and useful hearth and floor rugs which last for many years.

  • Stone Slate Roofing

    This is a truly local skill and one much valued in the Dales where most of the roofs are made of the local stone slate. Stay in touch with tradition and learn how to construct and maintain these roofs from a local roofing expert.

  • Christmas Wreath

    More festive fun at t’Mill making your own Christmas wreath and learning how to build up the greenery and wire in decorations, fruit and cones or whatever takes your eye, be it traditional or modern.

  • Bookbinding

    Another ancient skill brought to life with expert tuition. A chance to make your own special book - maybe for a wedding, guest book or photo album?

  • Wheelwrighting

    There aren’t many wheelwrights in the country but Gayle Mill has some of them and they are happy to share their knowledge and skills with you to produce a traditional wooden wheel, and culminating in the impressive ring of flame when the wheel is hooped. This really is an almost unique experience.

  • Woodcarving

    Learn the basics of relief woodcarving with our own woodcarver Peter Berry, who will teach you how to design and carve your own unique artwork and how to use the tools and equipment that you need.

  • Jewellery Making

    Be inspired to try different techniques and make your own beautiful jewellery. Jewellery making is a craft that can be learnt quickly and produce good results so that you have something to take home or give as a gift even after one days practice.

  • Blacksmithing

    We work closely with artist blacksmith Adrian Wood who teaches from beginners to advanced blacksmithing in a day. Learn the dark art of forging and bending metal to your will to make beautiful wrought iron items to grace your home for years to come.

  • Dry Stone Walling

    Dry stone walls are one of the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales and built properly, without any mortar, will stand for decades. This is a rare chance to repair some of the walls around Gayle Mill and become part of its built heritage for years to come.

  • Corsages & Headdresses

    The secrets to floristry and making your own corsages and headdresses - ideal if you have a wedding or event coming up and would like to truly personalise your buttonholes, or just want to know how it’s done.

  • Christmas Table Decoration

    Get in the Christmas spirit and have fun making your own Christmas table decorations. Ribbons, bows and sparkles are obligatory!

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