Welcome to ‘Sheep Town’ – Skipton, the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales! The name ‘Skipton’ really does mean ‘Sheep Town’! For hundreds of years sheep from all over the Dales were bought and sold on Skipton High Street every week. Today, our wonderful Market Town still holds a regular market on the High Street on four days each week – but you’d struggle to buy a sheep there (although you certainly can buy one at the Auction Mart on the edge of the Town)! Once a year, though, we like to pay tribute to our heritage and bring a few sheep back onto the High Street - and that’s where Sheep Day comes from! But it isn’t just about Sheep. It’s about the rich heritage of Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales. It’s about countryside crafts and skills, it’s about bringing the countryside into town – and it’s about having a great family day out! After having to cancel the event in 2014 for the Tour de France race which came through Skipton High Street, we are pleased to bring the event back for 2015 bigger and better than ever. The date is SUNDAY 5TH JULY 2015 - so don't forget to put it in your diary. The High Street will be closed and events will start from 10am and last until 4pm...see you soon!

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