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Make the most of out your Polar Express Train Ride

When you’ve decided what day you will be climbing aboard the Polar Express train ride at Wensleydale, you might be wondering what else there is to do in the area. Our Yorkshire Christmas experience will be the highlight of your day but there is plenty to see and do around the area. The scenic area of Leeming Bar has a lot to offer for those looking to extend their stay in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

The Polar Express train ride at Wensleydale meet Santa in Yorkshire

Big Sheep Little Cow

Less than 2 miles away from Leeming Bar, Big Sheep Little Cow (DL8 1AW) runs farm tours between 11am and 3:30pm at weekends. With a playbarn and lots of animals ranging from ferrets to llamas, donkeys and horses there is sure to be something your little ones will enjoy. Big Sheep Little Cow is closed during winter on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Due to the proximity to the railway, this might be an ideal trip if you are looking to burn off some energy with your smallest Believers before heading towards the Polar Express train ride. Visit Big Sheep Little Cow

The Station

20 minutes away in Richmond, The Station is an art gallery and exhibition space as well as hosting a café, bar and independent businesses. The shops all have their own opening hours and The Station’s website indicates individual opening hours over the Christmas period for all of its ventures. The space itself is open til late so the chances are you will find something to do here. Visit The Station

Wensleydale Creamery

Wensleydale Creamery

Less than an hour away in Hawes is the Wensleydale Creamery (DL8 3RN). Did you know that only cheese made in Wensleydale can be referred to as Wensleydale cheese? Whether you’re a Wallace and Gromit fan (they have video screens playing clips of the cheese-loving heroes) or interested in the artisan cheese making process, there is something for everyone. You can visit the Cheese Experience Monday to Sunday 10:30-2:30pm, so there’s plenty of time to get back to Leeming Bar to catch the Polar Express train ride. Visit Wensleydale Creamery

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls offers a beautiful view of the water fall, with a visitor centre (winter opening hours are weekends only 10am-4pm). There’s plenty of parking, although the walk to see the falls is steep and if it is wet weather those with pushchairs may struggle. Visitors have advised if the weather is good, the walk is pushchair accessible. Visit Aysgarth Falls