Folk Dance Weekend at Malhamdale

Yorkshire Dales

Code: MDDFE

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Activity types:

  • Free WiFi
  • Hills & moorland
  • Indoors
  • Rural peace
From £349.00 - 3 nights

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Holiday overview

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!

Holiday highlights

  • Live music from Double Dichotomy
  • Callers John Turner and Maggie Hosking
  • Sole occupancy of our Country House for the entire weekend

Price includes

  • 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

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Newfield Hall in Malhamdale

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

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation 
•  En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge 
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
•  Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Two lounges 
• Bar 
• Dining room 
• Ballroom
• 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
• Mini-golf

Dining

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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Malhamdale fruit board an option with your HF dinner

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.

More details on Malhamdale accessibility

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

Arrival day

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.
6.30pm: Dinner
8.15pm (approx): Welcome Dance with Callers Maggie Hosking and John Turner, and music from Double Dichotemy

Your programme

Saturday

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
6.15pm: Dinner
7.45-11pm: Dance / Ceilidh with Callers and music from Double Dichotomy (incl 20 min break)

Sunday

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
6.15pm: Dinner
7.45-11pm: Farewell Dance (including requests) with Callers and music from Double Dichotomy (incl 20 min break)

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Maggie Hosking

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 Turner

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.

Double Dichotomy 

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.

Local area

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:

Two walkers beneath Malham CoveMalham Cove
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.

 

 

Stone entrance to Skipton CastleSkipton
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

 

 

 

Exterior of Bronte Parsonage in HaworthBrontë Parsonage
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

 

 

Black steam locomotive hauling trainKeighley 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

 

Appleby stationSettle 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

 

Ruins of Fountains AbbeyFountains Abbey
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

Brimham Rocks
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

Harrogate
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.

Lightwater Valley
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

Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
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

Travel to Malhamdale

Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Use an HF transfer

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.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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.

Leaders

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.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
1 Jun 2018 MDDFE - Folk Dance Weekend - Sole - Malhamdale 3 £349.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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