The weekend celebration of upland hay meadows is back and has even more to offer this year with a packed schedule of talks, workshops and demonstrations all aimed to engage and inform people about the wonderful upland hay meadows of the Yorkshire Dales.

Set in a beautiful spot at Lower Winskill Farm near Settle, the Meadow Connections festival comprises a range of activities over two days, offering the chance to learn new skills and crafts such as scything, dry stone walling, weaving and pottery, as well as enjoying a traditional ceilidh and feast night.

The event begins off on Saturday July 14 with a day of workshops including flora and fauna identification, enamelled jewellery making, weaving, introduction to scything, dry stone walling, drawing, coil pot making, pit firing, herbal walks and talks.

There will also be a new addition to the Meadow Connections offering in the form of two half hour talks during the day on the theme of small scale dairying and artisan cheesemaking.

The day will be rounded off with a traditional ceilidh of music, story and dance featuring special guest musicians from the Moonbeams Collective, a Yorkshire based folk band and a feast of delicious local ingredients.

It is Open Farm day on Sunday July 15, with informal talks from farm owner Tom Lord, drop in craft sessions and a chance for visitors to get stuck in helping turn, stack and bring in the hay (weather permitting). The weekend will be rounded off with the 2018 Northern Scythe Championships, which will see competitors from across the region and the UK demonstrating their skills as they compete for the title.