Top visitor award for museum

The Dales Countryside Museum (DCM) at Hawes has been given a top national award for the huge variety of attractions it offers to visitors.

It was entered in the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS), which is managed by VisitEngland and has a network of regional assessors who make site visits.

And the museum, which is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), has now been given the VAQAS quality mark, joining a variety of attractions countrywide ranging from galleries and children’s indoor play areas to historic houses and cathedrals.

Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded the quality mark by VisitEngland. Feedback has indicated that people enjoy their visit and are often surprised at how much there is to see and do – but it is wonderful to receive formal recognition that we are a quality visitor attraction.”

Ian McPherson, the YDNPA’s member champion for promoting understanding, said: “The DCM is a fantastic resource not only for visitors to the Dales but also for locals looking to find out more about the culture and traditions of the area – a great spot for a family day out.

“I’m delighted that, through this award, the museum has received the recognition it deserves – it’s a special thank you to the work of all the staff who have helped to make this possible.”

James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, added: “I’m delighted the DCM has joined our Quality Assessment Scheme. The team is to be congratulated for all its hard work.

“The attraction offers a memorable experience for visitors, containing well-presented displays that bring the history of the Yorkshire Dales to life.”