Folk Dance Weekend at Malhamdale
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Hills & moorland
Enjoy morning workshops, optional afternoon workshops and evening dancing on this weekend dedicated to all things folk dancing. Aimed at the more experienced dancer, this holiday offers live music mornings and evening with Double Dichotomy plus callers John Turner and Maggie Hosking. Book early to avoid disappointment!
- Live music from Double Dichotomy
- Callers John Turner and Maggie Hosking
- Sole occupancy of our Country House for the entire weekend
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately country house. With excellent accommodation and facilities, it's a popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.
Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Two lounges
• Dining room
|• Multi-purpose activity room
• Range of board games and books
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Heated indoor swimming pool
|• Extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales
• Outside there is a walled garden and putting green
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
Welcome to Newfield Hall. Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for premium rooms). If you need assistance carrying your luggage to your room, please speak to the House Manager when you arrive for this to be arranged.
All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea – This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.
8.15pm (approx): Welcome Dance with Callers Maggie Hosking and John Turner, and music from Double Dichotemy
9.30–10.50am: Dance workshop with Guest Caller Maggie Hosking and music from Double Dichotemy
10.50am: Coffee served in the Lounge.
11.20am–12.40pm: Dance workshop with Caller John Turner and music from Double Dichotemy
1pm: Lunch followed by free time for relaxing or exploring the local area independently
4–5pm: Optional Dance Workshop with Callers and recorded music
7.45-11pm: Dance / Ceilidh with Callers and music from Double Dichotomy (incl 20 min break)
9.30–10.45am: Dance Workshop with Caller John Turner and music from Double Dichotemy
10.45am: Coffee served in the Lounge
11.15am–12.30pm: Dance Workshop with Guest Caller Maggie Hosking and music from Double Dichotemy
12.45pm: Lunch followed by free time for relaxing or exploring the local area independently
4–5pm: Optional Dance Workshop with Callers and recorded music
7.45-11pm: Farewell Dance (including requests) with Callers and music from Double Dichotomy (incl 20 min break)
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Maggie is a member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Born in North Wales, she “discovered” folk dancing in 1990 after moving to Warwickshire. As dance teacher for Wayfarers, she enjoys display dancing and regularly performs at home and abroad. Maggie is a regular caller at Midland venues and also leads her local U3A folk dance group. Having called for many dance holidays, Maggie endeavours to bring enthusiasm, humour and clarity to the dance floor. Enjoying all genres within country dance, she will call a mixed programme. Other interests include walking, bridge, bowls, spending time with friends and volunteering at her local Victorian visitor centre. Maggie looks forward to sharing with you the “joy” of dance!
John has been a folk dance caller for over 35 years. He calls for a wide variety of of folk events, including several of the UK's festivals. He enjoys a variety of dances including Playford, English traditional social dances. Hilary Turner is hostess for the event.
Our band comprises Vic Smith and Mollie Koenigsberger, on accordion and violin. For the last eight years their music has energised and delighted dancers at ceilidhs, barn dances, dancers' dances and festivals alike. Specialising in getting your toes tapping and your feet dancing, they are versatile and masters of many genres from Contra, to Ceilidh. to Playford.
What to bring
There are no special dress requirements for our dance holidays - just wear something loose and comfortable. You will be active so expect to be warm and dress accordingly. Both men and women should bring shoes with a smooth sole. Ladies should wear shoes with a low (or no) heel and ankle strap. Strapless shoes or strapless sandals and trainers are not suitable.
Discover the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.
Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.
During your visit to the Newfield Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.
White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks
RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler
Travel to Malhamdale
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
The nearest train station is at Skipton. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. pre-booked taxis cost approx £15 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.
From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign.
From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign.
Travelling from overseas
There is a local airport at Leeds/Bradford which is served by European flights. From here take the aiport bus to Leeds station, then on by train to Skipton. Alternatively a pre-booked taxi direct to Newfield Hall would cost around £60.
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are direct trains every hour from the airport to Skipton with one change at Leeds. Allow 2 hours to Skipton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Skipton. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Skipton (1 change at Leeds) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
John and Hilary Turner
John and Hilary started leading folk dance holidays over 25 years ago. Their aim is for their guests to have a relaxing yet stimulating holiday learning the intricacies & delights of English Country Dance, a very sociable style of dance popular in England & in many parts of the Western World in the era before the waltz & the polka were born. The music comprises traditional melodies & popular classical music alongside more modern compositions. John has called at many of the UK’s folk dance festivals in recent years, & assisted by Hilary, teaches a variety of English styles from "Playford" and modern compositions in the "Playford style" at one end of the spectrum, to New England Contras and Squares at the other.
John and Hilary were very welcoming, friendly and courteous to all regardless of ability or status in the dance scene.
Dates & Prices
|1 Jun 2018||MDDFE - Folk Dance Weekend - Sole - Malhamdale||3||£349.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
Our policy is to reward early bookers with our best rooms, therefore depending on how early you book will depend on the room allocation. Please note that cannot take any room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.