HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5
based on 14720 customer reviews on Feefo.
Feefo Platinum Award Feefo logo

New at the Wensleydale Creamery

Posted by Luci Ackers on 14 August 2017
Related property: Kings Arms, Askrigg
New at the Wensleydale Creamery

New at the Wensleydale Creamery is a wonderfully hands-on interactive experience that will help you learn all about the process behind the creamy Wensleydale cheese we’ve all come to love.

Cheese-making in this area dates back to the 10th century though it wasn’t until 1897 that the first creamery opened in Hawes, a village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It became known for making top quality dairy products from local milk. More than 100 years on and the new and improved creamery opened back in 2015, and has been a popular day out for visitors to the area ever since. 

Did You Know?

Many places can produce cheese called ‘Wensleydale’, but only true Yorkshire Wensleydale is handcrafted here in Wensleydale itself.

The creamery is now such a successful enterprise that it actually contributes £12m to the local economy!

This year the creamery has introduced its new Wensleydale Cheese Experience. It’s a specially designed tour that aims to really get the whole family involved in learning about the ins and outs of the cheese-making process. This new addition to the centre enables you to watch some of the masters at work from a new viewing area.

As you explore the visitor centre there are quizzes and puzzles for children and they will be able to learn about how cows make their milk and can even have a go at driving the children’s milk tanker. The famous duo Wallace and Gromit are notorious for their love of Wensleydale cheese and you’ll see paraphernalia around the tour, including clips of their films and souvenirs to buy.

The Cheese Experience tour will lead you around the workshop and introduce you to the various processes. You’ll get an insight into the history and have the opportunity to ask questions. There are even cooking demonstrations taking place subject to availability, and a little museum to look round. You’ll finish up in the cheese and gift shop where you can enjoy tasters and treats and buy some souvenirs.

The site is not only home to a wonderful café, but also Calvert’s Restaurant, from which you will have the magnificent views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. So, if you fancy making a day of it you can grab a pick-me-up cuppa, or stop a while for something more substantial.

How to find it?

Hawes is really close to Askrigg, so you won’t have a problem finding the Creamery. In fact, it’s just a 15-minute drive away. Head to Bainbridge, and then west along the A684.

Adult tickets are only £2.95 for the Wensleydale Cheese Experience and it is open every day of the week between 10am and 4pm.

Opening times for the different areas do tend to vary so find full details on the website.

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 14720 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative

This request is for new enquiries only, if you are an existing Bondholder please contact us via myBond.

How should we contact you? *  
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Telephone number *  
Post code *  
Preferred Date/Time
Preferred Date/Time 2
Preferred Date/Time 3
Please contact me to arrange a date

Your local representative will contact you to confirm the date and time.

Date/Time *  
How did you hear about us?
Chosen date (choose above) *
Chosen time (choose above) *

We will use the details you provide above for a representative to contact you. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields

Receive a free £20 M&S gift card when you find out more...

Have a Private Tour, Personal Presentation, Video Call or Home Appointment between 1st - 31st May 2024 and we’ll give you a free £20 M&S gift card to thank you.

...And you could double your Holiday Points for your first year!

Become a Bondholder by 31st May and we’ll enter your details into our Prize Draw for your chance to double your Holiday Points for your first year.

These extra points are for one use only. You can redeem them on holiday accommodation where and when you wish, but they will not be renewed once you have used them. Your local representative will give you full details of this offer.

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited (HPBM), the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM. HPB is issued by HPB Assurance Limited (HPBA) registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited, registered at Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH. The Securities Adviser is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London W1H 6LR. No medical examination is required.

HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA. Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies.