High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
Re-energising Skipton's past for future generations.
The North Yorkshire town of Skipton initially developed under the protection of its medieval castle, which still sits at the top of the High Street. Skipton prospered as a market town trading sheep and woollen goods, and during the industrial revolution it became a centre for textile production. Today, Skipton is a popular visitor destination with the castle, the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and the 800-year old market amongst its main attractions.
Skipton town centre used to have a wide range of uses and was home to Craven District Council, Craven College and the Tax Office. These have now either relocated or closed, leaving historic buildings empty and causing a reduction of footfall in the town centre.
While most of the historic High Street is visually attractive, some of the adjacent areas have become neglected and are far from picturesque.
The Heritage Action Zone will find new uses for empty historic buildings in and around the High Street and aims to attract younger people to the town centre through the creation of public spaces for cultural activities, and the development of youth markets and festivals.
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