Skip to main content


Welcome to The NASH - a studio space in Hawes in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park. We host a Saturday dance school and run a small programme of arts and heritage projects.  We work with a range of dynamic partners: Janet Seymour School of Theatre Dance, Rural Arts, Eden Arts, Swaledale FestivalLempen Puppet Theatre Company and Dales Countryside Museum.  Keep up-to-date on Facebook @TheNashHawes.

Click here for news of our latest project The Story of Schools in the Upper Dales, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Yorkshire Dales National Park's Sustainable Development Fund.  

The NASH is short for ‘National School Hawes’: the building dates from 1845 and was originally a school, then a church-run community space, until it fell out of use.  Emily Rowe Rawlence and Andrew Fagg bought the building in 2014 with the aim of bringing it back to life and The NASH re-opened in March 2016. The space is approx 10 x 8 metres and has a sprung wooden dance floor as well as tables, chairs and an accessible toilet.

Latest News

New Podcast:  Voices From The Dales

24 March 2021

News, Story of Schools

Episodes One and Two of new podcast series 'Voices From The Dales' share audio material gathered in this project, and have been published to complement the opening of our special...

Eric and Vera Alderson on...

12 January 2021

News, Story of Schools

Eric and Vera Alderson have been married for 62 years. Before Christmas, we met them to record their memories of Askrigg and Hawes Schools during WWII. NB owing to lockdown the...

Norman Guy, Stalwart of Muker,...

12 October 2020

News, Story of Schools

I went to Muker School.  I was born in 1939, so in those days I would’ve started in January 1945 when I was 5 wouldn’t I, yeah. There was no kitchen at Muker, we came home for...