On our way home from our recent holiday in Richmond, North Yorkshire we stopped off at Wensleydale Creamery, which in essence is a cheese factory. Now this that might sound like a strange idea for a family outing but it was actually really good, there was something for everyone, which when you have a teenager, a tween and a pre schooler can be very difficult to find. It was also very affordable at only £5.95 per adult with children going free on their current promotion. If you’re looking for a day out with a difference in the Yorkshire Dales then here is everything you need to know about Wensleydale Creamery.
Things to do at Wensleydale Creamery
A self guided tour at Wensleydale Creamery
Included in your ticket price is a self guided tour around a mini museum. This is full of information about Wensleydale cheese and how it came to be, as well as the history of cheese making and how it has evolved over the years.
There are loads of fun facts and fascinating insights dotted around the room as well as some artifacts and pictures to look at. For the younger ones the staff also give offer you a trail to do where they can go off and find the hidden bears holding letters to try and identify the secret word, which is perfect for giving you space to enjoy the museum.
Interactive fun at at Wensleydale Creamery
The museum spans across two buildings and the second one is much more hands on and aimed at younger children.
In here your children can enjoy playing with a life size wooden, complete puzzles, make lots of noise and enjoy role play on board the Wensleydale bus, whilst you continue to read and learn.
In this building you will also find some incredible Wallace and Gromit statues that have been made from wool by six friends that love knitting. They took 7 months to create and are absolutely amazing, the attention to detail is outstanding. They make the perfect spot for some fun photos.
As you near the end of the interactive area you will also find a colouring in station where you and your children can sit and relax for a little while and create some art work to take home.
The viewing Gallery at at Wensleydale Creamery
Just next to the colouring in table is a viewing station where you can actually watch he cheese makers at work. Depending on what time of day you go will determine what activities you get to watch them do but I found them all pretty interesting to be honest. The staff are also really friendly and despite being in the middle of a shift and hard at work whenever they looked to the viewing gallery and spotted our kids they always gave a little wave which was lovely.
The cheese making demonstration at at Wensleydale Creamery
There are two live demonstrations of cheese making. This is done in the first museum room by a member of staff, not one of the official cheese makers. They talk you through the process step by step and get the children involved in the process allowing them to have a go at turning cream into butter. This demonstration, once again, is fascinating if not a little disgusting too!
These demonstrations are only on at set times so if you would like to watch one check the times before you plan your day to ensure you don’t miss them.
Cheese tasting at at Wensleydale Creamery
Now for the best bit, cheese tasting. If you are a cheese lover like me then you will really enjoy this bit. After the cheese making demonstration you are taken over to a tasting area where you have the opportunity to sample 8 different Wensleydale cheeses, each one is incredible.
Shop, cafe and restaurant at at Wensleydale Creamery
There is also a beautiful gift shop on site where you can buy lots of lovely items including Wallace and Gromit paraphernalia, local produce and numerous gifts.
There is a separate cheese shop where you can purchase all your favourite Wensleydale cheese and, if you aren’t cheesed out already, sample a few extra flavours too.
There is also a restaurant and cafe onsite. We had lunch in the cafe where we enjoyed the beautiful views over looking the Yorkshire Dales. We can highly recommend the soup with warm ciabatta bread as well as the beef and Wensleydale blue cheese sandwich, absolutely gorgeous. The sausage rolls and pork pies also looked incredible so whether you jus want a coffee and a slice of cake, more cheese or a light lunch we recommend you stop in at the cafe before you leave.
If you are in the area and are looking for something a little bit different to do then this is it, it was lots of fun, super educational, affordable and kept us all busy (and well fed) for a couple of hours.