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Things to do 2018-07-12T15:32:15+00:00

THINGS TO DO

Black Sheep Brewery

Set in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep produces much loved cask, keg and bottled beers and continues to go against the grain with a flow of new and experimental brews.

True to its name, Black Sheep stands out from the crowd. From the beginning, we invested in traditional brewing equipment and only the very best raw materials; this ensured we could create something truly special.

Theakston Brewery

T&R Theakston Ltd is an independent, family brewing company founded in 1827 located in the Yorkshire Dales market town of Masham, North Yorkshire. The company is controlled and run by direct family descendants of the founder Robert Theakston. Theakston is one of Britain’s oldest established family brewing companies.

Among the beers produced is Theakston Old Peculier, a beer for which the company is famous. The 19th century brewery is of a traditional ‘tower’ construction, containing many of the original features, thus upholding the great tradition of the English top-fermented brewing method.

Brymor Dairy

Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, Brymor has been making the finest Real Dairy Ice Cream since 1984. The secret lies in our cherished herd of pedigree Guernsey cows that graze lazily on lush Yorkshire grass. Guernseys are famous for their golden whole milk which is far creamier than other dairy cows can produce. Combining their milk with double cream, and sourcing only the finest natural ingredients makes for an indulgently rich finished taste, which we know you will enjoy as much as we do.

We don’t cut corners and remain true to our distinctive flavour and texture. We have a genuine passion for our craft, and the quality of our creations. You can sample our hard work at our parlour and café on the farm in Wensleydale with over 35 different varieties of ice-cream and sorbets or check out our stockists to satisfy your craving.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Explore acres of stunning woodland, run wild and free in our adventure play area or meet exotic birds and animals, no two visits to Thorp Perrow Arboretum are the same!

Covering 100 acres, Thorp Perrow Arboretum boasts one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees in the North of England, including 5 National Collections. The Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre offers fascinating flying demonstrations and the chance to meet mammals such as meerkats, wallabies, pygmy goats and Shetland sheep.

Swinton Country Club & Spa

The brand new multi-million £ Swinton Country Club and Spa is one of the finest Spa Hotels in Yorkshire with among the best Spa facilities in England.

From brunch and morning coffee to dinner and cocktails, food is served all day from the showcase kitchen into the bar, restaurant or the majestic terraced gardens. The seasonal menu is defined by the fruit, herbs and vegetables grown within the neighbouring four acre walled garden, offering nourishing, flavoursome and classic dishes.

Swinton Bivouac

Swinton Bivouac is a Glamping experience and is part of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate. Situated in a picturesque spot, it is one of the most beautiful settings in the Yorkshire Dales.

The woodland spreads over the hilltop and is not only home to the gorgeous rustic Tree Lodges, built using traditional round wood timber framing techniques, but also to Druid’s Temple, a local historical site and impressive folly constructed during the late 1800’s.

Wensleydale Railway

From the lowland Vale of Mowbray to the upland splendour of the famous Yorkshire Dales, this rural railway line passes through market towns, small villages, woodland and farmland, offering a great day out in some of England’s most beautiful countryside in winter.

The line is a predominantly heritage diesel line, with steam services operating over selected weekends.

Jervaulx Abbey

Plundered and pillaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the Abbey now stands as an enchanting, charming and atmospheric ruin.

Allowed to flourish with wild flowers, shrubs and Trees freely exploring its many nooks and crannies by its private owners.

Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales.

A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart!

Farm Adventure

Farm Adventure is the place to come to for unique farm styled outdoor activities!

Suitable for all groups, this will provide you with an experience you will never forget, enjoying the outdoors, while having an absolute blast with friends or colleagues!

Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

Considered by many to be a botanical masterpiece, the garden and sculpture park is set in stunningly beautiful woodland; enhanced by peaceful natural springs, lakes and striking contemporary sculptures.

How Stean Gorge

Gorge and Caves Attraction. A unique outdoor experience set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. A spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by waterflow.

How Stean Gorge is situated in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. This steep sided chasm is almost 1 km (just over ½ a mile) in length and up to 20 metres (80ft) deep in places. You can follow winding walkways, explore caves and tunnels

The Spirit of Masham Gin Experience

The Gin Experience takes place at our “Spirit of Masham” Distillery. Your Gin experience will start with a welcoming Gin and Tonic followed by a tour of the distillery to meet the stills, little Stan and big Stan to see “Spirit of Masham” Dry Yorkshire Gin is distilled. More drinks will be served, including special cocktails. You will also get to create your very own personalised bottle of gin to take away with you. You will learn about the process of Gin making from experienced distillers. You will also learn about the history of gin and how it has evolved. The Gin Experience lasts about 3 hours.

The Nolon Stacey Gallery

Opened in April 2013, The Nolon Stacey Gallery is both the gallery and working studio of British wildlife artist Nolon Stacey. Positioned just off the Market Place, in the corner by St Mary’s Church and down the side of Johnny Baghdad’s café.

The gallery stocks Nolon’s original pencil and charcoal drawings, as well as the entire range of limited edition British wildlife prints, open edition dog prints, greetings cards and drawing tutorial books.

Uredale Glass

Uredale Glass was established in 1981 by Tim & Maureen Simon. Uredale glass is one of the longest running studios in the England today and is renowned for their extravagant use of colour, their unique designs that have an enduring quality which ensure its continued popularity with fans from all over the country. Located behind the Kings Head at the end of a small lane.

Masham Gallery

The gallery is located in Masham Market Place. The gallery has been run by artist Josie Beszant since 1994. Showcasing some of the very best artists and makers from the region and a select few from across the UK. As well as a programme of exhibitions throughout the year the gallery has a large selection of simply beautiful hand-crafted items including textiles, glass and wood, ceramics and sculptures. The Gallery has paintings and prints to buy from many local artists the majority being from Yorkshire.

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