Skip to main content


Hello, welcome to The NASH - a rural studio space in Hawes, slap bang in the middle of the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park. We host a weekly Saturday dance school with Janet Seymour and run a small programme of arts and heritage activities, including theatre, cinema screenings, poetry and summer schools. We work with a range of dynamic partners including Janet Seymour School of Theatre Dance, Rural Arts, Eden Arts, Swaledale Festival and Lempen Puppet Theatre Company.

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

Professional Puppetry...

17 June 2019


Fourteen children from Hawes Primary School have worked with Lempen Puppet Theatre Company to make puppets from scratch and build an exciting performance around them.   Lempen Puppet...

Bringing the World to Hawes

07 June 2019


Two screenings took place this week of world films followed by specialist talks. On Wednesday 5 June we were treated to Wajib, a bittersweet drama in which a father and his estranged son travel...

Poetry with Mary-Jane Holmes

27 May 2019


On Monday 27 May The NASH was treated to a poetry reading by Mary-Jane Holmes as part of Swaledale Festival.  Holmes’ poems were diverse and powerful – inspired by influences as...