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10 things to do in and around Masham

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.

Masham on Nidderdale

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

8 things to do in Masham

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)

Masham Holiday Cottage

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

Masham Art Gallery

A beautiful hand-drawn image by Nolon Stacey

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.

Art gallery in Masham

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

Finish off with indulging at Swinton Park Spa - heaven!

Sometimes everyone needs a bit of me-time and the impressive Swinton Estate is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Swinton Park Spa near Masham

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

Discover the Himalayan Gardens nearby, one of Yorkshire's most unusual outdoor attractions.

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

Hackfall Woods in Masham

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

10 things to do near Masham

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

10 things to do in Masham

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.

Dog-friendly Nidderdale Holiday Home

The dog-friendly Agra Cottage near Nidderdale

If this has whetted your appetite for a visit, take a look at our range of holiday cottages near Masham.

Masham Holiday Cottages

The gorgeous Little Wickets near Masham

Gorgeous Cottages are booking agents for some of the finest holiday cottages in Yorkshire from romantic boltholes to dog-friendly family cottages.

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