A Foodie History of The Folly: Heritage Open Days 2021

Family friendly


Fri, 10 September 2021 - Sun, 12 September 2021.


A Foodie History of The Folly takes you on a tour of Settle’s wonderful Grade I prospect house, built in 1679. One of the Museum of North Craven Life’s expert local guides will reveal the secrets of Lettice Preston’s dairy and stillroom and her original 17th century kitchen, boasting one of Yorkshire’s largest fireplaces. Find out about the intricate relationship between food and farming in this remote Dales market town; why oats were grown in preference to wheat and how they helped recruit an army; what set Settle’s bakers apart from the rest of the country; when the town got its first fish and chip shop, and why roads, rivers and railways were important in keeping people fed.

You can try your hand at butter-making, make a pomander to keep the plague at bay, and follow your nose through the herb garden. You are welcome to book a place on one of three tours each day from 10th to 12th September, suitable for all ages. With a range of culinary activities for the whole family to try, The Folly will be offering its own historic take on a festival of food, with a chance to find out about preserving, packaging and popular remedies. Don’t forget to sample some delicious home-made treats from our Coffee House at the end of your visit.

Please note that the building has uneven floors and steps and that there is no lift to the upper storeys. Tours are at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2pm and will be limited to 8 people.

Please note that there will be no 11am tour on Sunday.

This event is part of Heritage Open Days

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Cost: Free