If you haven’t discovered Masham yet, you are missing a treat. This little market town sits about half way between Nidderdale and Wensleydale. It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside and has a thriving market square with lots to discover.
You’ll find two breweries (Black Sheep and Theakstons) and a selection of pubs serving their ale. There’s also lots of shops, galleries and tearooms to discover – everything you could want from a little market town.
Here are 8 of our favourite things to do in and around Masham!
#01 Take a tour of a brewery
Masham is home to not just one but two Yorkshire breweries. You can take a tour round Theakstons and The Black Sheep brewery then enjoy a pint of their finest aftterwards.
#02 See some friendly sheep (and sheep dogs)
Every year in September Masham hosts an annual Sheep Fair with as many as 70,000 sheep. You’ll see lots of them in the surrounding Yorkshire Dales countryside and if you pay a visit to our very own Anvil Cottage you can even watch sheep dogs being trained.
#03 Visit an art gallery
You can take your pick from a couple of great art galleries. Masham Gallery has showcased some of the best local artists and craft makers since 1994 while Nolon Stacey specialises in charcoal and pencil artwork.
Both galleries are located in Masham Market Square. If you fancy creating something yourself head to ArtiSan who provide a range of excellent art and craft workshops.
#04 Treat yourself to a spa day
Sometimes everyone needs a bit of me-time and the impressive Swinton Estate is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The impressive spa includes a relaxing pool garden (with al-fresco sauna), 18-metre indoor pool and a thermal suite. With a lovely country setting close to Masham it’s one of Yorkshire’s top spas.
#05 Head to a Himalayan Garden
This stunning exotic garden is open for 12 weeks each Spring and 4 weeks each Autumn and includes contemporary sculptures, a Chinese pagoda and even a contemplation circle. The Himalayan Garden is set in peaceful woodland near Grewelthorpe and also includes natural Springs and lakes.
#06 Explore Hackfall Woods
Apparently Hackfall Woods is Judy Dench’s favourite woodland and we couldn’t agree more with her choice. The beautiful natural woodland is the perfect spot for a nature trail after being restored to it’s former glory over the last decade. You’ll find grottos, glades, waterfalls and a carpet of bluebells in the Spring.
#08 Head to a Cistercian Abbey
The beautiful Jervaulx Abbey is the largest privately owned Cistercian Monestary in the country and the grounds make a very peaceful spot for a picnic. It’s a lovely setting which is well worth exploring. There is also a tea-room on site with some delicious cakes available.
#08 Visit a Druid’s Temple
You’ll find the Druid’s Temple in Fearby (about 2 miles from Masham). It’s a folly that was created in 1820 by William Danby and is surrounded by woodland with several walks nearby.
#09 Watch Meerkats at Thorp Perrow Arboretum
There’s lots to do on a day out to Thorp Perrow Arboretum. It covers over 100 acres with gorgeous gardens, adventure playgrounds and a Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre. You can meet the Meerkats at Meerkat Island and see what they get up too!
#10 Enjoy a sweet treat
The Joneva confectionary shop in Masham has a range of delicious hand-made fudge, chocolate and traditional sweets so is definitely worth a visit. Nearby Bah Humbugs has lots of retro sweets so you can have a trip down memory lane to the sweets of your childhood.
For some delicious local ice-cream head to Brymor Ice Cream Parlour. Their creamy ice cream is delicious and there are lots of flavours to try too.
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