Masham (pronounced 'Massam') is a market town in North Yorkshire that sits on the River Ure and is home to two large breweries. Masham boasts a beautiful 18-hole golf course and as you would expect there are many excellent Masham pubs serving locally brewed ales. The market trade in the town is varied but centres around sheep farming which takes place at what is a surprisingly large market for a small town.
The Masham Steam Rally takes place annually and welcomes steam engine enthusiasts from across the country to this small Yorkshire town for what is always an excellent event. Masham Town Hall regularly hosts concerts and theatre productions and also doubles as a venue for sports events, conferences and various community goings-on. St Mary's Church is another notable building, the tower and steeple of which are an unmissable feature of the town's skyline.
Things to do in Masham include Masham Golf Club, which welcomes visitors looking to play a round during their visit to Masham, including corporate visits. Masham Golf Club is an immaculate 18-hole mature parkland course with a strict dress code involving collared shirts and no jeans or trainers, while all golfers are required to wear suitable golf shoes.
Prefer a round of ales to a round of golf? A trip to one of the two Masham breweries is the perfect alternative. At the Black Sheep Brewery you can take a tour of the brewery and sample the delightful ales made here, while the Black Sheep Brewery bistro serves great food to line your stomach.
Theakston's Brewery Masham is the second large brewery in Masham Yorkshire where tours are also available. The Theakston brewery is home to the 'Black Bull in Paradise' visitor centre - named after Paradise Fields on which the original brewery was built - and Theakston's Masham brewery also boasts a brilliant gift shop.
Masham Steam Rally is probably the most anticipated event in the town's calendar and despite relying entirely on volunteer activity, remains one of the longest running rallies of its kind anywhere in the country. The rally culminates with the road run from the rally field to the centre of Masham on the Saturday evening - a real treat for steam engine enthusiasts.
Accommodation in Masham North Yorkshire can be found at several of the excellent Masham pub serving ales brewed at the Theakston's and Black Sheep breweries, and there are also some fine hotels in Masham. The pubs and hotels Masham offers are likely to fill up during the Masham Steam Rally so you may want to book your room in advance to avoid disappointment. If you're struggling, check the iknow-Yorkshire accommodation listings for hotels near Masham in surrounding towns such as Ripon and Harrogate.
To get to your pub accommodation or hotel, Masham is best reached via the A6108 having left the A1(M) at the B6267 exit. There is no rail line to Masham but you can also reach the town by bus on the 159 route from Ripon, Leyburn and Richmond. While staying in Masham, large towns such as Harrogate and Darlington are around a 45 minute drive away while cities such as Leeds and Newcastle take roughly an hour by road.
Steam and Tractor Rally image contributed by Matthew Hatton. Anglo Saxon shaft at Masham church image contributed by Gordon Hatton. Market Place image contributed by Oliver Dixon. All images are copyrighted but licensed for further reuse under the Creative Commons License.