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About Masham

About Masham

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Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Lower Wensleydale, Masham (pronounced as Mass’em) is a hidden gem with an abundance of attractions waiting to be explored. Serving as an ideal gateway to the enchanting Yorkshire Dales and Moors, this charming town offers a myriad of possibilities for adventure and discovery. Beyond its own borders, Masham is conveniently situated within a short 20-60 minutes’ drive of various vibrant towns and cities, including Ripon, Harrogate, Thirsk, Skipton, York, Leeds, and Richmond, each boasting its unique set of allures.

For those seeking even grander adventures, Masham’s strategic location brings you within a 90-minute drive of Hull, recently honored as a City of Culture, the magic of Durham, and the allure of the Lake District. Yet, within the heart of Masham itself, you’ll discover a treasure trove of experiences waiting to captivate every visitor.

A Thriving Community: Today, Masham thrives as a dynamic community, where approximately 1,400 residents find their livelihoods and passion for life. Alongside traditional pursuits like agriculture and tourism, the town is home to several thriving manufacturing enterprises, including two mills and two world-renowned breweries, Theakstons and Black Sheep. These businesses not only contribute to the local economy but also ensure that Masham provides all the amenities you could desire.

The heart of this lively and welcoming community beats within the historic Georgian Market Place, where history and modern life seamlessly intertwine. The bustling Masham Town Hall plays host to a diverse array of events, ensuring that there’s always something exciting happening. From side-splitting comedy and soul-stirring music to captivating films and rejuvenating yoga sessions, there’s an event for every taste.

Masham Cider Press

Welcome to Masham Cider Press, we are an artisan craft cider press in the heart of North Yorkshire.
We select only the best locally sourced apples from a variety of orchards for our annual pressings.
We are also investing in community orchards for tailoring future vintages.

Masham Cider Press: Artisan Craft Cider Makers in the Heart of North Yorkshire. We have been pressing apples since 2015:

With a fondness for self-sufficiency and an understanding of the benefits of working with the community alongside nature, Cider Making was a natural evolution for the Masham Cider Press Team.

Find us at Masham Market Square from 9am on a Saturday where we will be delighted to serve you with cider to drink or take away.

Our crisp refreshing dry cider is made from 100% apples with zero additives or sweeteners. As such, this is likely to be very different to all mainstream “cider” brands that you may have encountered before. Prepare yourselves for a taste sensation 🙂

Convenient Facilities Abound: As a visitor to Masham, you’ll find a plethora of convenient amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable:

  • Two butchers serving up the finest cuts.
  • A charming bakery where the aroma of freshly baked goods lures you in.
  • A green grocer and newsagent, offering fresh produce and the latest news.
  • Two delightful delis with an array of gourmet delights.
  • A fine wine shop, perfect for connoisseurs and those looking for a special bottle.
  • A well-stocked chemist for your healthcare needs.
  • A Co-op Supermarket for your daily essentials.
  • An outdoor clothing and equipment shop for the adventurous.
  • A petrol station for your travel convenience.
  • A bustling market twice a week, showcasing local treasures.
  • Two great cafes, ideal for a relaxing cup of coffee or tea.
  • A sandwich takeaway, perfect for those on the move.
  • A fish and chip shop, dishing up classic British fare.
  • Four friendly pubs, where you can enjoy the local hospitality.
  • Several barbers, hair salons, and beauty salons to pamper yourself.

In Masham, you’ll discover a world of warmth, hospitality, and opportunities to make lasting memories. Whether you’re drawn by the town’s rich heritage, the beauty of its surroundings, or the bustling community life, Masham office.

Masham, a town bursting with creative spirit and a rich cultural tapestry, offers an array of exciting experiences throughout the year. Here’s an enhanced overview of what Masham has to offer:

Cultural Delights and Culinary Adventures: Masham is a town that tempts all your senses. It boasts no less than six galleries and gift shops, along with charming sweet shops. And when it comes to satisfying your taste buds, you won’t be disappointed. From delightful cafes to traditional fish and chips, from hearty pub grub to fine dining, and from superb coffee to unbeatable beers, Masham’s culinary scene has it all.

Masham’s Annual Highlights: Throughout the year, Masham hosts some unmissable events that showcase its rich heritage and vibrant spirit. Don’t miss the Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally, a time-honored tradition celebrating the finest in engineering and agricultural heritage. The Annual Beer Festivals at The White Bear and Black Swan will delight beer enthusiasts. The Burn Valley Run offers a challenging yet picturesque half marathon experience. And the Masham Sheep Fair at the end of September is a unique celebration of the town’s sheep trading heritage.

Masham Bonfire & Fireworks: Gather on the Shooting Holme every year for a spectacular display, followed by plenty of options for a warming pint.

The Dales Most Creative Corner: Masham is a haven for artists and creative minds. It’s been a source of inspiration for painters and contemporary artists like Simon Palmer, who captures the town’s essence in their works. Additionally, there are galleries and studios featuring the work of other professional artists, printmakers, glass makers, ceramicists, and photographers. Don’t forget to explore Masham’s vibrant arts scene.

Crafted by Hand: A bi-annual high-quality contemporary art and craft show, “Crafted by Hand,” brings together over 40 exhibitors and 1,500 visitors. It’s a fantastic opportunity to witness creativity in action and perhaps discover your own creative side.

Creative Adventures: Masham invites you to explore your creative side. Take a cookery course at Swinton Park or visit ArtisOn, a vibrant art center just outside Masham that offers over 250 courses and day workshops taught by more than 80 artists and makers. Local groups in Masham are also open to sharing skills in sewing, embroidery, felt making, knitting, flower arranging, journaling, and various crafting disciplines.

So, whether you’re an art enthusiast, a food lover, or an adventurer seeking creative experiences, Masham has something special for you. Dive into the heart of this creative corner in the Dales and discover the magic of Masham.

Accommodation in Masham

The King’s Head Hotel

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the charming market town of Masham with a visit to The King’s Head Hotel. Nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire, this distinguished Georgian pub restaurant offers a captivating view of the bustling market square. As a traditional country pub on the edge of the Dales National Park, we extend a warm welcome to our guests every day.

Indulge in the comfort of our recently redecorated bedrooms, including twelve dog-friendly options, making it the perfect setting to savor locally brewed cask ale and relish in a delightful traditional pub meal.

Address: The Kings Head Market Place, Masham, Ripon | HG4 4EF Phone: 01765 689295


The Bay Horse

Step into history at The Bay Horse, a welcoming hostelry with over two centuries of charm in the picturesque Lower Wensleydale market town of Masham. Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Masham Market Place, our establishment offers fabulous locally sourced food, fine cask ales, and four well-appointed en-suite letting rooms. With a pleasant garden and a dog-friendly atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot to unwind.

Address: 5 Silver Street, Masham, HG4 4DX Phone: 01765 688158


The Bruce Arms

Eat, Drink, Sleep

Embark on a delightful experience at The Bruce Arms, where an amazing beer garden awaits, along with a warm welcome for dogs and a dedicated play area for children.

Address: 3 Little Market Place, Masham, HG4 4DY Phone: 01765 689372


Black Swan, The 4****

Experience the charm of the Black Swan, a traditional country inn just a short circular walk from Masham. Whether you’re enjoying a pint of local real ale by the roaring log fire or taking in the breathtaking 40-mile view from the beer garden, this inn offers a truly delightful experience. With 14 en-suite bedrooms and a full Yorkshire breakfast, it’s an ideal retreat. Private dining rooms are available for celebrations, parties, and meetings, along with a newly appointed 3-bedroom self-catering holiday cottage.

Address: Fearby, near Masham, Ripon, HG4 4NF Phone: 01765 689477


Swinton Park

Luxuriate in the opulence of Swinton Park, a hotel set in 200 acres of lakes and parkland. Enjoy extensive walks in a beautiful late 18th Century listed landscape. Samuel’s, the fine dining restaurant, utilizes produce from the estate’s four-acre walled garden, serving Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, and dinner. The adjacent Cookery School offers hands-on cookery classes. Non-residents and dogs are welcome.

Address: Swinton, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4JN Phone: 01765 680900 | Fax: 01765 680901


The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass

Discover the charm of the charming village of Thornton Watlass, just 3 miles from Masham, at The Buck Inn. Offering a traditional country inn experience, it overlooks the green and provides quality home-cooked food served 7 days a week, lunch and dinner. With a selection of Cask Marque assured, locally brewed real ales and a great wine selection, it’s an ideal place to relax. The inn features an open fire, large attractive beer garden, and a children’s play area. Five modern en-suite bedrooms and a function room for family celebrations are also available.

Address: The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, Ripon, N. Yorkshire, HG4 4AH Phone: 01677 422461


White Bear Hotel, The 5*****

Experience the epitome of luxury at The White Bear Hotel, a high-quality 14-bedroom 5***** hotel in Masham. Offering double, twin & family rooms, all ensuite, it warmly welcomes children and well-behaved pets. Amenities include TV/radio, tea/coffee, parking, and wheelchair-friendly facilities. With a strict no-smoking policy, it provides a comfortable and luxurious stay.

Address: Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4EN Phone: 01765 689319

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