Treat a loved one to beautiful ceramics with the famous “Bentham blue” range from Bentham Pottery. Or for the real enthusiast buy a voucher offering a unique opportunity to throw their own pottery from only £80, plus they can bring along a friend for free!
Nearby you'll also find Ingleton Pottery’s unique hand thrown Stoneware pottery. This is the longest established working Pottery in the Yorkshire Dales and you can often see the potters working from the showroom. They make a wide range of extremely tough tableware, electric and oil lamps, candlelights, and vases which are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Also in Ingleton is the Stone Gate Glass & Gallery where you'll find a range of conemporary designs and custom-made items from splashbacks to doors, bowls and mirrors.
Up in Sedbergh you'll find lovely Laura's Loom where Laura uses high quality Yorkshire Dales wool to weave items of beauty that speak of the surrounding landscape, the Howgills and their myriad details. She finds inspiration in the light of a deep Winter afternoon, the softness of meadow grasses in Summer, the textures of mosses and stones. Laura is particularly well known for her scarves, priced from £45 and her classic throws start at £95. You can often see her weaving in her studio housed in an old wheelwright’s workshop in Sedbergh but check before setting off on a long journey.
Also in Sedbergh, textile lovers will enjoy brosing around Farfield Mill, where you can see huge looms, learn about the Terrible Knitters of Dent and browse in their shop which has a good range of wool and woven related gifts or pop into the Weavers' Cafe for homemade cakes and scones. If you know some one who would like to learn textile crafts, book a course (many can be tailor made) at the Threshing Barn or stock up on supplies there for an avid crafter. ourses from only £50 or less for concessions.
Sedbergh Soap Company is also based in the magnificent Howgill Fells in Sedbergh, founded by Dorothe Pratt, a long-time eczema sufferer, who started making her own soap for sensitive skin.The fresh smelling soaps are made from 100% pure essential oils and the natural colours come from the herbs and plants they use, some of which are grown on the farm. There are now over120 different gorgeous goodies for the hair, body, baby and adult skin leaving you smelling of lavender, lemongrass, tangerine, geranium or nothing at all if you’ve chosen the unscented products.Wedding favours and corporate gifts are also available.
In Leyburn you'll find Emma Sedman, a contemporary jewellery designer and maker working with silver and enamel. Her distinctive collections use single transparent colours fused within geometrical shapes, creating striking, simple and timeless designs highlighted by precious metal leaf. You'll also find an excellent range of made-in-Yorkshire jewellery in Masham Gallery, where owner Josie's ever-changing selections of high quality local crafts always feel intriguiging and delightful. They also have a permanant display of Ian Scott Massie’s paintings and books which capture the atmospheric beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. He'll also paint to commission if you're looking for a really personal and original gift.
Just round the corner is Nolon Stacey’s Gallery where you'll find his pencil and charcoal drawings on the walls, mainly British wildlife, owls, sheep, dogs and some local Yorkshire scenes.
You can unleash your loved one’s creative side and transform them into a fine artist, sculptor or jeweller with an Artison voucher. Their Masham-based workshops are fun, flexible and always include delicious cakes!
Guy Carpenter’s one day tutorials are the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in photography. He teaches camera techniques and composition and helps photographers really look. Guy is flexible, offering a choice of topics and locations in the Yorkshire Dales.
Malham is a great destination for gifts. It's where you'll find Town End Farm Shop as well as being the base for Paganum Produce, a predominantly on-line artisan butchery and charcuterie. Home of Yorkshire Chorizo, Paganum’s traditional pork and lamb are farmed by the family and beef comes from within the Dales. Paganum supply direct to customers all over the UK in their sheep’s wool insulated packaging. Owner Chris Wildman also runs butchery and charcouterie courses to teach the skills of his trade.
Nearby is The Malham Smithy where former tax accountant Annabelle Bradley designs and hand forges sculptural and functional wrought ironwork, using traditional blacksmithing techniques combined with contemporary design to produce decorative items for the home and garden. Annabelle’s personalised hearts or ram’s head bottle opener make perfect presents or the classic Malham smith ram’s head fire tools can be made as pokers, shovels, brushes, tongs and toasting forks.
Hester Cox is a full-time printmaker who lives and works in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Her printmaking is informed by her surroundings and wherever she is, she seeks out evidence of the natural world that is particular to that environment. Whilst an idea may be sparked by the written word, it tends to be her physical experience of a place that inspires a new piece of work. Her themes are varied - bird eggs or owls, foxes and hares, snowy scenes or swallows darting through the Summer fields. Hester also teaches printmaking workshops privately and for The Woodland Trust, ArtisOn and Rural Arts.
Rachel in the Dales Pottery: is the home of Rachel Whitfield who makes handmade wheel-thrown pottery and homemade glazes from natural resources found in the Yorkshire Dales. These include greywacke gritstone dust from the Dry Rigg Quarry in Ribblesdale, and ashes made from local wood, nettles, docks, wild angelica, thistles and rushes. She mostly uses white stoneware (similar in look to porcelain) and porcelain clays for her practical (but beautiful!) pots. The pots, mugs, jugs, vases, beakers and decorations are carefully handmade on her potter’s wheel. Her pots are practical, not just for decoration or sculptural, being predominantly food-safe, microwave and dishwasher-safe and oven-proof.
Cottontail Crafts is a Knitter’s paradise with a fantastic range of knitting yarns, fabrics, needlecraft and other crafts for sale. Everything a “crafter” needs from creative buttons to needlecraft kits, themed fabrics by the metre and every type of knitting wool, needles and patterns a Knitter could wish for. Sue Amphlett is an experienced crafter and demonstrator so you can ask her for advice & ideas while you shop.
Oakwood Aromatics is a husband and wife team, Kate and Phil Moores. They’re based in the beautiful North Yorkshire village of West Tanfield, between Ripon and Masham and make the kind of bath products that are natural, healthy, handmade, lovely smelling and with a sense of fun. Try Healing Hippy Soap (made with Patchouli, Tea Tree and Clary Sage essential oils) or Rosy Glow Moisturiser, (utterly decadent essential oils of Rosa centifolia and Geranium for that full-on floral feel) or perhaps Oomilegs Bath Sherbert (A smart tin of sherbetty powder consisting of Eucalyptus, Lime, Lemongrass and Black Pepper essential oils, to ease your aches and pains). .
The Littlecote Soap Shop is a family run business based in Bolton Abbey, priding themselves on using only the very best UK sourced ingredients to make soaps, creams, lotions, bath bomb soaks, diffusers and candles. Flavours range from White Wine and Fig to G&T, scented with gin and tonic (juniper and organic lemongrass essential oils and a teeny dash of gin). Imagine having a bath in a Red Wine and Cassis Bath Fizz Soak made with English red wine and red grapes scented with black grapes, plum, clove, apple, blackcurrant and orange with woody undertones of cedar, patchouli, and a hint of leather.