Masham is packed full of fun-filled delights, and here are some of the highlights:
Black Sheep Brewery's 'Shepherded' brewery tours take approximately one hour and involve a fascinating trip around our brewhouse and fermenting room. You will experience the Black Sheep brewing process including the aromas of English hops and malted barley, then through the scientific process and finally on to the end product - a glass of our award-winning ales. You can enjoy a meal in the split-level Bistro and Baa...r which serves locally sourced culinary delights. The Sheepy Shop is also available for you to find a 'ewe-nique' gift.
Theakstons - If you've read your history, then you'll know that it all started when Robert Theakston leased the Black Bull Inn and brewhouse in Masham. In 1875 his son, Thomas, built the famous brewery that stands on an area of Masham known as "Paradise Fields". Hence "The Black Bull in Paradise" Visitor Centre. Visit Masham to witness the creation of Ales, first hand - to experience the flavours and aromas of malted barley, hops and yeast for yourself. In fact, with a trained guide, you'll be able to follow the entire brewing process: from blending the ingredients, through to filling the casks, to the craft of the cooper as straight pieces of oak are formed into curved staves to create a perfect cask to hold a precise amount of beer. You can chat to the people behind the beer, ask any questions, or simply soak up the atmosphere of the brewery!
Farm Adventures - ideal for kids, their farm style team building activities are awesome - quite simply, absolute fun! Have you ever wanted to drive a tractor? Have you ever tried to coax a pig through some obstacles, or gather a flock of sheep? Well now you can - with your team of stags, hens, colleagues, classmates, or simply friends, see how good you really are as a farmer for a day!
Swinton Park has plenty of things to do as well as it's award winning accommodation and restaurant. These include a Birds of Prey Centre and a cookery school. The Swinton Park Bird of Prey Centre opened an aviary in the hotel grounds in 2008. The aviary is the restored orangery and is a very short walk from the hotel, adjacent to the four acre walled garden and children's play area. The Cookery School is housed in the former Georgian stables with a wide range of half-day, one and two day courses designed to suit all levels of experience and ages. It is run by Chef Director, Stephen Bulmer (formerly Chef Director at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School) and is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading cookery school tutors in the UK.
Masham Gallery - Run by artist Josie Beszant, the gallery is a magnet for visitors to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales market town of Masham. Informal and inviting, the gallery sells work by around 50 artists and craftspeople including Ian Scott Massie, Hester Cox and Janis Goodman. You'll find high quality individual pieces often unavailable anywhere else.