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Relax and Unwind in Masham

Take a leisurely break in the charming town of Masham and immerse yourself in its laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy a refreshing pint of local beer at one of its four welcoming pubs: The Bay Horse, The Bruce Arms with its picturesque beer garden, The Kings Head, or The White Bear, known for its sun-soaked terrace. If you prefer a cup of tea and some delectable cakes, head to Bordar House Teas or savor great coffee at Johnny Bagdad’s Café on the Square. For a more casual experience, find a bench to enjoy traditional fish and chips or local ice cream while you soak in the sights of Masham.

Masham History

Mashamshire’s early history is indeed intriguing, marked by earthworks at Ilton and Gregory Hill, indicating a Saxon “watchtower.” The presence of a field named Standing Stones at Fearby and traces of a Roman marching camp on Roomer Common add layers to its historical tapestry. Lynchets, early terracing for cultivation, adorn many hills in the region.

The town of Masham, originally Maessa’s Ham, likely owes its establishment to its strategic location on a flood-proof rise near the easily fordable River Ure. Its proximity to a Roman road and its position on the route from Wensleydale to York further contributed to its foundation.

The present-day Masham Market Place, adorned with beautiful Georgian houses, emerged in the 18th century. The vast market square, once surrounded by thatched cottages, hosted annual Sheep Fairs, attracting over 80,000 sheep sales in some years, including those from nearby Fountains and Jervaulx Abbeys.

The tradition of the Sheep Fair endures, albeit on a smaller scale, with the Masham Sheep Fair held each September. This two-day event, organized by local volunteers, showcases rare breeds and supports local charities through parking proceeds. A plaque by the medieval market cross commemorates the market charters granted in 1250, 1328, and 1393.

Even today, Masham’s bi-weekly market persists, spanning 762 years since the first charter. Visitors can explore the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays year-round, and a Farmers’ market is held on the first Sunday of the month throughout spring and summer. This rich history and vibrant market life make Masham a fascinating destination.

St. Mary’s Church & Masham Bones: St. Mary’s Church has a rich history, dating back to the seventh century and mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The discovery of human skeletal remains in 1988 during the construction of public toilets near the original location unveiled 58 burials. The early Christian burial ground, in use between 679 and 1011 AD, extends under present surrounding buildings. The church, primarily Norman with fifteenth-century additions, features Saxon stonework and an eighth-century prayer cross stump. Notable memorials and artwork, including a contemporary painting by John Blakey, contribute to the church’s beauty. The churchyard is the final resting place for hymn writer William Jackson and artists Julius Caesar Ibbotson and George Cuit.

The Old Peculier: Originating from medieval times, Masham’s designation as a Peculier allowed it to have its own ecclesiastical court. After the dissolution of the monasteries, Henry VIII granted jurisdiction to Trinity College Cambridge. The Peculier Court, now known as Masham Four and Twenty, supports charitable causes. The Peculier’s legacy lives on not only in governance but also in the famous Old Peculier beer.

Masham Brewing History: Masham boasts a brewing history spanning six generations. Theakston’s Brewery, founded in 1827, experienced success, and after a brief ownership by Scottish and Newcastle, the Theakston family reclaimed it in 2003. Black Sheep Brewery, founded by Paul Theakston, emerged from the family’s brewing legacy and has become known for its popular and independent beers.

Masham Mills: Mills have been integral to Masham’s history, milling corn, flax, and worsted. The Old Mill on the Ure’s banks, dating from 1600, played a role in providing electricity to the town. I’Anson Brothers, operating in Masham since 1900, is now a major business supplying farm feeds globally. W.E. Jameson, established in 1930, is a leading supplier of feeds, seeds, and fertilizers in the region, with the addition of Jameson’s Country Store in 2012, offering a variety of products in Masham.

If you’re up for some activity, don’t miss a brewery tour or two! The Theakston Brewery Visitor Centre and Black Sheep Brewery Visitor Centre offer fascinating insights into beer production, along with the chance to sample a variety of their exquisite brews. Wine enthusiasts will delight in a visit to Corks and Cases, an independent wine merchant boasting over 300 wine choices and their own “Spirit of Masham” handcrafted gin. For those looking to get creative, unwind, and learn a new skill, explore the array of over 180 workshops offered at ArtisOn, just outside Masham. Be sure to book your spot early, as these workshops are in high demand!

If you’d rather explore the town, visit one of the five unique and beautiful art and craft galleries: Masham Gallery, The Nolon Stacey Gallery, The Little Picture Gallery, Uredale Glass Gallery, and The Blue Light Gallery. Find a special gift at Birdhouse Interiors.

In case the weather takes an unexpected turn, upgrade your outdoor gear at Bentley’s or discover a surprisingly wide selection of ladies’ fashion and accessories at Through The Looking Glass. Don’t forget to explore Masham’s bi-weekly market or monthly farmers’ market for a delightful shopping experience.

After a day of exploration, treat yourself to relaxation at the new multi-million pound Swinton Country Club & Spa, which opened in the summer of 2017. Tucked away just outside Masham, it promises a world-class experience. Wrap up your day with an enjoyable evening at Masham Town Hall, offering a regular program of films, music, comedy, and theater. Tickets are available from the Community Office.

Indulge in Masham’s Culinary Delights

Satisfy your taste buds with delicious pub food in Masham, where you can savor the unique “bear bread” at The White Bear or relish a fantastic and budget-friendly meal at the acclaimed Vennell’s Restaurant. Keep an eye out for the new pop-up restaurant, Number Thirteen at Bordar House Teas, which hosts themed restaurant nights regularly.

For those who prefer self-catering, Masham has two family butchers: Rogers and Beavers. Both offer a wide range of locally sourced meats and homemade products, including the famous Masham sausages. No.15 Greengrocer offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, while Masham Bakery and Reah’s provide an array of bread and bakery goods, along with an extensive selection of cheeses, deli products, and groceries.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, Bah Humbugs and Joneva offer a plethora of delectable sweet treats and ice cream options.

Don’t forget to make the Most of Masham by participating in the loyalty scheme, encouraging both residents and visitors to support local businesses.

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Accommodation

Holme View VE 4****

A lovely stone built end terraced cottage, modern and tasteful, overlooking open parkland known as the Holme and to the River Ure. Gravelled garden to the front and flagged patio to the rear, large, comfortable lounge with dining area and wood burning stove, well equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and stylish house bathroom. Riverside walks just a moment away.

Sleeps four

Price £365.00 – £658.00

Holme View, 10 The Avenue, Masham HG4 4DS01969 663559

www.countryhideaways.co.uk/cottage/holm01-ch/HOLM01

joanne@countryhideaways.co.uk

Masham Hideaway, VB 3***

A delightful cosy one bedroom holiday apartment with all the comforts of home. TV/radio, bed linen and tea towels provided (not towels). Children welcome but not suitable for smokers or dogs. Parking available. We cater for any length of stay be it weekend break or full week. We also take bookings for mid-week breaks. Visit England 3***

2A Bridge Apartments, Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4EN01526 343868 – www.escapetomasham.net – jwal470@aol.com

The King’s Head Hotel

Set in the historic North Yorkshire market town of Masham the King’s Head is fine Georgian pub restaurant overlooking the market square. A traditional country pub on the edge of the Dales National Park offering guests a warm welcome every day.

Boasting twenty-seven beautifully recently re decorated bedrooms with twelve of those – dogs friendly. A perfect place to enjoy a locally brewed cask ale and a traditional pub meal.

The Kings Head Market Place Masham Ripon | HG4 4EF01765 689295 – www.greenekinginns.co.uk

The Bay Horse

Located in the beautiful Lower Wensleydale market town of Masham, on the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Bay Horse has been a welcoming hostelry for over two centuries.

Just yards from the famous Masham Market Place, we offer fabulous locally sourced food, fine cask ales and four well-appointed en-suite letting rooms. We have a pleasant garden and are a dog friendly pub.

5 Silver Street, Masham, HG4 4DX01765 688158 – www.bayhorseatmasham.co.uk – bayhorseinnmasham@gmail.com

Morton House And The Stable Block

Sleeps 2 – 15 guests

Private and enclosed property located in close walking distance to Masham market square, perfect for multi-generational family and group accommodation. This 7 bedroom, 5 bathroom Grade 2 listed farmhouse and attached stable block offers comfortable accommodation for up to 15 guests. The property is well equipped with its large bedrooms, comfortable beds, open fire/wood burner, Smart TV, parking at the door, private walled courtyard garden, BBQ. All linen/towels are provided. Special events, weddings, anniversary celebrations catered for on request. Pets considered upon request.  Open all year.

Park Street, Masham01765 688321 – www.mortonhouseuk.com – michelle@mortonhouseuk.com

Garden Cottage

A newly built luxurious stone cottage. Modern open plan lounge and kitchen. Bedroom with a double bed. Sofa beds in living area sleep up to two children. Bathroom with a copper bath and separate shower cubicle. Up to 2 dogs welcome.

Rear of 1 Park Street, Masham, Ripon HG4 4HN01765 689082 mobile 07703 441730 – info@gardenhouse-masham.co.uk

Car Charging In Masham

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

The electric vehicle charging points located on  the market square at Market Place, Masham, HG4 4EF were installed via North Yorkshire Council in 2023. They are on the Connected Kerb network and are all rated at 22Kw. That is three times as fast as home chargers and about seven times as fast as a normal 13Amp socket.

You will need to download the Connected Kerb app to your phone and there is a video that shows you how.

Garden House Bed And Breakfast Masham

Welcome to Garden House Bed & Breakfast situated in the beautiful North Yorkshire market town of Masham, one of the country’s oldest market towns and a thriving tourist destination. Garden House is perfectly located just off Masham market place on Park Street. Our guests can easily explore the lovely surrounding countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and the many local tourist attractions including two famous breweries, Black Sheep Brewery and Theakston Brewery both in Masham itself.

Garden House Bed and Breakfast has been newly refurbished by its current owners, Chris & Jude.

Guests to Garden House will enjoy modern stylish rooms with a hint of luxury, fabulous breakfasts and of course some great Yorkshire hospitality whilst being conveniently located in the centre of the famous market town of Masham. Garden House was previously run as a Bed & Breakfast for many years. The updates we have chosen to do have brought the house back to life without losing any of its original charm! We are both very local to the area and have always had an affinity with Masham. Chris is part of a local cricket team and has been for years. We have fulfilled a dream to live and work in this beautiful market town.

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1 Park St, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4HN01765 689082 Mobile: 07703 441730 – www.gardenhouse-masham.co.uk – info@gardenhouse-masham.co.uk

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White Bear Hotel, The 5*****

A high quality fourteen bedroom five***** hotel offering double, twin & family rooms all ensuite. Children & well-behaved pets welcome. TV/radio, tea/coffee, parking, wheelchair friendly. No smoking. Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4EN01765 689319 – www.whitebearmasham.co.uk – sue@whitebearmasham.co.uk

Old Station Touring Caravan Park

A secluded, well-equipped country park with Glamping & new for 2023, Holiday Cottages. On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, within easy walking distance of Masham. Includes facilities for disabled guests, cafe & shop. Pets welcome. Buses stop at gate. AA ►►►► Member of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Open March to November.

Station Yard, Low Burton, Masham Ripon, HG4 4DF01765 689569 – www.oldstation-masham.co.uk – info@oldstation-masham.co.uk

Holme View VE 4****

Experience a charming stay at Holme View, a modern and tasteful stone-built end-terraced cottage that overlooks open parkland known as The Holme and the River Ure. This lovely cottage features a gravelled garden to the front and a flagged patio to the rear, offering a perfect place to relax. Inside, you will find a spacious and comfortable lounge with a dining area and a cozy wood-burning stove. The well-equipped kitchen makes meal preparation a breeze. With two bedrooms and a stylish house bathroom, Holme View can accommodate up to four guests. Enjoy riverside walks just moments away. Rating: four****

Features: Large, comfortable lounge with dining area, wood-burning stove, well-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, stylish house bathroom. Capacity: Sleeps four Price Range: £365.00 – £658.00

Address: Holme View, 10 The Avenue, Masham, HG4 4DS – Contact: 01969 663559 – Website: Country Hideaways – Holme View

Email: joanne@countryhideaways.co.uk

Masham Hideaway, VB 3***

Masham Hideaway offers a delightful and cozy 1-bedroom holiday apartment with all the comforts of home. Enjoy TV and radio entertainment, and bed linen and tea towels are provided (towels not included). This accommodation is perfect for a couple’s getaway or a small family. Please note that it is not suitable for smokers or dogs. Parking is available, and they welcome guests for weekend breaks or full weeks.

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Masham Hideaway

Rating: three***

Features: Cozy 1-bedroom apartment, TV/radio, bed linen and tea towels provided, suitable for couples and small families. – Restrictions: Not suitable for smokers or dogs.

Address: 2A Bridge Apartments, Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4EN – Contact: 01526 343868

The King’s Head Hotel

The King’s Head Hotel is a fine Georgian pub restaurant set in the historic North Yorkshire market town of Masham. It offers a warm welcome and boasts twenty-seven beautifully redecorated bedrooms, with twelve of them being dog-friendly. Located on the edge of the Dales National Park, it is the perfect place to enjoy locally brewed cask ale and a traditional pub meal.

Features: Georgian pub restaurant, twenty-seven bedrooms, twelve dog-friendly rooms.

Address: The King’s Head, Market Place, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4EF – Contact: 01765 689295 – Website: Greene King Inns – The King’s Head – Email: 6208@greeneking.co.uk

The Bay Horse

Located in the beautiful Lower Wensleydale market town of Masham, The Bay Horse has been a welcoming hostelry for over two centuries. Just a few steps from the famous Masham Market Place, they offer fabulous locally sourced food, fine cask ales, and four well-appointed en-suite letting rooms. The Bay Horse is also a dog-friendly pub. Features: Locally sourced food, fine cask ales, four well-appointed en-suite rooms, dog-friendly.

5 Silver Street, Masham, HG4 4DX – Contact: 01765 688158 – Website: Bay Horse at Masham – Email: bayhorseinnmasham@gmail.com

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Morton House And The Stable Block

Morton House and The Stable Block offer a private and enclosed property conveniently located within walking distance to Masham market square. This Grade 2 listed farmhouse and attached stable block provide comfortable accommodation for up to fifteen guests with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property is well-equipped with large bedrooms, comfortable beds, an open fire/wood burner, Smart TV, parking at the door, a private walled courtyard garden, and a BBQ. Linen and towels are provided, and they cater to unique events, weddings, and anniversary celebrations upon request. Pets are considered upon request, and they are open all year.

Capacity: Sleeps 2 – 15 guests Features: seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, open fire/wood burner, Smart TV, private walled courtyard garden, BBQ.

Park Street, Masham – Contact: 01765 688321 – Website: Morton House UK – Email: michelle@mortonhouseuk.com

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Garden Cottage

Garden Cottage is a newly built luxurious stone cottage with a modern open-plan lounge and kitchen. It features a bedroom with a double bed and sofa beds in the living area that can accommodate up to two children. The bathroom includes a copper bath and a separate shower cubicle. There is also a courtyard, and up to two dogs are welcome.

Features: Newly built, modern open-plan lounge and kitchen, bedroom with a double bed, sofa beds for children, bathroom with a copper bath and separate shower cubicle, courtyard. – Dog-Friendly: Up to 2 dogs welcome.

Rear of 1 Park Street, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4HN – Contact: 01765 689082, Mobile: 07703 441730 – Email: info@gardenhouse-masham.co.uk

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Relax and Unwind in Masham

Masham Guide

Take a leisurely break in the charming town of Masham and immerse yourself in its laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy a refreshing pint of local beer at one of its four welcoming pubs: The Bay Horse, The Bruce Arms with its picturesque beer garden, The Kings Head, or The White Bear, known for its sun-soaked terrace. If you prefer a cup of tea and some delectable cakes, head to Bordar House Teas or savour great coffee at Johnny Bagdad’s Café on the Square. For a more casual experience, find a bench to enjoy traditional fish and chips or local ice cream while you soak in the sights of Masham.

Explore Masham

If you are up for some activity, do not miss a brewery tour or two! The Theakston Brewery Visitor Centre and Black Sheep Brewery Visitor Centre offer fascinating insights into beer production, along with the chance to sample a variety of their exquisite brews. Wine enthusiasts will delight in a visit to Corks and Cases, an independent wine merchant boasting over three hundred wine choices and their own “Spirit of Masham” handcrafted gin. For those looking to get creative, unwind, and learn a new skill, explore the array of over 180 workshops offered at ArtisOn, just outside Masham. Be sure to book your spot early, as these workshops are in high demand!

If you would rather explore the town, visit one of the five unique and beautiful art and craft galleries: Masham Gallery, The Nolon Stacey Gallery, The Little Picture Gallery, Uredale Glass Gallery, and The Blue Light Gallery. Find a special gift at Birdhouse Interiors.

In case the weather takes an unexpected turn, upgrade your outdoor gear at Bentley’s or discover a surprisingly wide selection of ladies’ fashion and accessories at Through The Looking Glass. Do not forget to explore Masham’s bi-weekly market or monthly farmers’ market for a delightful shopping experience.

After a day of exploration, treat yourself to relaxation at the new multi-million pound Swinton Country Club & Spa, which opened in the summer of 2017. Tucked away just outside Masham, it promises a world-class experience. Wrap up your day with an enjoyable evening at Masham Town Hall, offering a regular program of films, music, comedy, and theatre. Tickets are available from the Community Office.

Indulge in Masham’s Culinary Delights Satisfy your taste buds with delicious pub food in Masham, where you can savour the unique “bear bread” at The White Bear or relish a fantastic and budget-friendly meal at the acclaimed Vennell’s Restaurant. Keep an eye out for the new pop-up restaurant, Number Thirteen at Bordar House Teas, which hosts themed restaurant nights regularly.

For those who prefer self-catering, Masham has two family butchers: Rogers and Beavers. Both offer a wide range of locally sourced meats and homemade products, including the famous Masham sausages. No.15 Greengrocer offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, while Masham Bakery and Reah’s provide an array of bread and bakery goods, along with an extensive selection of cheeses, deli products, and groceries.

Car Charging In Masham

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

The electric vehicle charging points located on  the market square at Market Place, Masham, HG4 4EF were installed via North Yorkshire Council in 2023. They are on the Connected Kerb network and are all rated at 22Kw. That is three times as fast as home chargers and about seven times as fast as a normal 13Amp socket.

You will need to download the Connected Kerb app to your phone and there is a video that shows you how.

Do not forget to make the Most of Masham by participating in the loyalty scheme, encouraging both residents and visitors to support local businesses.

For additional information or queries, feel free to reach out to info@harrogateguide.co.uk.

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