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.


Nest Box Building. Wednesday 17th February 10am. 

As part of National Nest Box Week, come and have a go at making your own nest box to take away and hang in your garden. This event is for children under 16 years of age accompanied by an adult.

All tuition and materials included. 

Price Adults £3.00 Nestboxes £7.00 each


Lino Printing. Saturday 19th March 10.30am. 

Kath Lockhart will provide expert tuition on this creative full day’s workshop which will take you from design steps through lino cutting techniques, to the inking and multi-colour printing of your own original pieces.  You’ll want to make all your own special occasion cards or wrapping paper forever!   The course includes all tuition, materials, lunch and other refreshments. Additional materials can be bought on the day if required.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £55.00


Introduction to Upholstery. Saturday 9th April 10am. 

New for 2016. The basic principles of upholstery will be explained by Sue Marsden of Tuffett. (   Come and spend a day at Gayle Mill making a children’s stool or your own footstool.  All tuition, materials, lunch and other refreshments are included in this course.  You can either bring your own upholstery weight material (non-stretch) or you can buy upholstery material from Sue on the day. (An additional £5).  The overall size of the finished footstool will measure 35cm x 25cm. If you are providing your own material you will need to bring a piece measuring a minimum of 70cm x 60cm. You may also like to bring your own favourite scissors and tape measure too.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £75.00


Hands-on Heritage Woodworking Experience Day. Saturday 16th April 9am.  

Come for a full day and with expert tuition learn how to use some of the Victorian Machinery here at Gayle Mill.  You will receive one to one guidance throughout the day in how to turn wood on a lathe, use a circular saw, process wood on the planer thicknesser, operate the bandsaw  all using power from the Victorian water driven turbine.  You will produce a stunning bespoke item of woodwork to take home and keep.  All tuition, materials, lunch and other refreshments are included in this unique Experience Day at t’mill.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £175.00


Make a Pig in a Day. Saturday 23rd April 10am. 

Back again by popular demand, our expert Josie will show you how to make your very own willow pig, yours to trot away with you at the end of the course and a wonderful addition to any family home or garden! All materials, tuition and lunch included.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £70.00



Hands-on Heritage Wheelwrighting. Saturday 30th April 10am. 

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. All participants work as a team of six and together help to make the hub, two spokes each and a felly and work together to hot bond a steel hooped rim onto the wooden wheel. All tuition, lunch and other refreshments are included and we end the day with a Bring and Share barbecue over the fire.

All tuition and lunch included. Minimum age 16

Price £80.00

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christmas Table Decoration

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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