THE ever-growing campaign to persuade both Yorkshire Dales residents and visitors to shop locally this Christmas has been joined by the Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes.
Staff at the museum, owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, are preparing a Crafty Christmas family weekend on December 11 and 12 when visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of free entertainment and pick up some presents into the bargain.
Acting Museum Manager Debbie Allen (correct) commented: "This is the second Crafty Christmas event we have held - last year it was really popular and we had a full house on both days. This year it is part of the national park's 50th anniversary celebrations.
"It's very much a community event that all the family can enjoy. It introduces people to the Museum with a free visit and it gives craftspeople the opportunity to sell their products."
There will be plenty for everyone to do. Entertainment will include musicians, a choir and carols, stalls, an RSPB display and - for the adults - mulled wine and mince pies.
Youngsters will be able to take part in workshops to learn how to make things for Christmas and they will be able to join in a quiz and a treasure hunt - as well as getting a free present from Mother Christmas.
The museum will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days and admission is free.