Black Sheep Visitor Centre
This is a relatively new brewery dating from 1992 but traditional brewing methods have always been used here .
You can see the way the famous Yorkshire ale is produced on a brewery tour and a tour of the brewery takes 60 minutes. The cost in 2012 is £5.95 and concessions are available.
The Black Sheep Bar and Bistro offer food and drink throughout the day and in to the evenings as well but we did not eat here so I cannot offer an opinion on this.
The gift shop is well stocked and there is a mail order service if you wish to purchase goods from home.
- Beer Tasting
The village is dominated by St Marys Church - a beautiful church with a tall spire that stands in the market place.
The spire dates from the 15th century but the church is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and there is evidence of an earlier church , most notably the remains of a Saxon Cross in the churchyard near the porch.
There are many memorials within the church but of particular interest is the stained glass window celebrating the millennium.
- Historical Travel
Market day in Masham is Wednesday and Saturday and this is a very good , small market. One that is worth looking at - particularly good stalls were the cheese stall with some expensive but very different types of cheeses, a binocular stall , an ink cartridge stall and of course the usual clothing, food and garden products stalls.
Theakstons Brewery Visitor Centre
T&R Theakston Ltd. was founded in 1827 by Robert Theakston and John Wood at The Black Bull pub in Masham.
Today there is a large brewery here producing Theaksons ales which are sold across the north of England. It is possible to visit the brewery and there are 4 tours a day that take 90 minutes to complete. You get to see how the beer is made and the guides are informative and quite entertaining. You also get to see one of Englands last working cooperages.
At the end of the tour the price includes a pint of beer or a soft drink or tea or coffee in the pub attached to the brewery , the Black Bull in Paradise. You can also go here for a drink if you do not want to go on the brewery tour.
2012 prices for the tour are £6.50 with concessions at £5.75. Children (over 10s only)are £4.00.
- Beer Tasting
The Tourist Information Centre
The Tourist Information Centre can be found in Little Market Square close to the Town Hall. It is run by volunteers and not open at some times but when it is there is a very good service provided here and information about the area and leaflets are readily available.
There are public toilets behind the building.
The Town Hall
The Town Hall is an impressive building dating from 1912 that graces a small square just off the main market square.
Still used for local council business it does have regular , and popular, craft fairs here at the weekends.