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The Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience opens

Cheese Shop with staff press Wensleydale Creamery

Crackers about cheese? The Wensleydale Creamery unveils its new attraction in Hawes, Yorkshire this summer.

The Wensleydale Creamery has invested £5 million in its creamery and visitor centre.

Around 250,000 people visit the Yorkshire cheese-makers each year.  Now the new visitor experience has been completed, the company hopes to attract even more guests.

The new attraction includes a variety of interactive activities and events.  A viewing gallery allows visitors to watch cheese-makers handcrafting cheeses.  Touch screens display the entire cheese-making process, including behind the scenes footage.

Visitors can learn how the cranberries are put into Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese; what makes blue cheese turn blue; and how miniature cheeses become coated in wax.

Talks and tastings add to the experience.   Meanwhile daily cheese-making demonstrations show how eight pints of milk transforms into a 500g cheese – all in just 40 minutes.

A range of interactive games and activities are aimed at younger visitors.  Plus, of course, there is a Wallace and Gromit area.

“As we celebrate the completion of a significant investment in both our visitor centre and our Creamery, we look forward to welcoming visitors throughout the summer,” says David Hartley, Managing Director of The Wensleydale Creamery.

“Promising a fun day out, with lots to see and do for all the family, visitors can delight in a true taste of Yorkshire, discover the world of cheese-making and whet their appetite with our award-winning range of cheeses.”

There is also a large refrigerated room, offering unlimited samples of over 20 varieties of cheese.

The first creamery was built in Hawes in 1897.  Since then the creamery has experienced a series of ups and downs, culminating in a management buyout in 1992.  A new Creamery opened in 2015.  The company now has a turnover of £27million and employs over 200 staff.  It contributes around £12 million to the local economy.

Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience launches in Hawes

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