International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Indoors

Holiday overview

Anyone who loves Gilbert and Sullivan will enjoy this amazing festival. based in the elegant spa town of Harrogate. Our expert leader will put each production into context in the morning, leaving you free in the afternoon to explore the local area independently.

The 7-night holiday includes tickets to five productions, the 3-night holiday includes tickets to two productions and the 4-night holiday includes tickets to three productions.  

Holiday highlights:

  • Enjoy the music of Gilbert & Sullivan with a group of like-minded people
  • Enhance your experience with recorded music illustrations from our expert leader                            
  • Free time each afternoon to explore the local area independently or relax in the Country House

Great reasons to join us:

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, all esential transport and festival tickets
  • Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable leaders for each holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - enjoy music together, eat together and relax together

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
• 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
• 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
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.

 

Itinerary

Friday: Arrival day

Welcome to Newfield Hall. Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for premium rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. If you need assistance carrying your luggage to your room, please speak to the house manager when you arrive to arrange this. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening. After dinner enjoy a talk: How It All Began - an introduction to the formation of this unique partnership.

Saturday 12 August: Princess Ida

9.30am - 12.15pm: Illustrated talk on: A Respectful Operatic Perversion

12.30pm: 3-course lunch

The afternoon is free to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently using the Discovery Point

5.45pm: Leave the Country House for the Royal Hall, Harrogate

7.30pm: Princess Ida - National G&S Opera Company

The women reign supreme at Castle Adamant where Princess Ida has opened an all-female university to prove the superiority of her sex. Of course things don’t go to plan, as Prince Hilarion, who was engaged to Ida as a baby, dresses as a woman and breaks into the castle to claim his bride. Based on a poem, The Princess by Lord Tennyson, Princess Ida is the only G&S opera in three acts. This is a fantastic cast for a show featuring some of Sullivan’s most delightful music and Gilbert’s wittiest lines.

10pm approx: Leave the festival for the Country House

Sunday 13 August: The Pirates of Penzance

9.30am - 1.30am: Illustrated talk on A Most Peculiar Paradox  

11.45am: Leave the Country House for the Royal Hall, Harrogate

2.30pm: The Pirates of Penzance - National G&S Opera Company

Directed by Ian Henderson, Peak Opera was founded in 2005 and has gone from strength to strength bringing performers from a wide variety of sources.

The Pirates of Penzance is a madcap romp from start to finish and one of the best-loved of all the G&S operas. Hopeless, hapless policemen, tender-hearted pirates, a splendidly eccentric Major General and his bevy of beautiful daughters all make for simply wonderful entertainment. A delight!

4.45 pm approx: Leave the festival for the Country House

Monday 14 August

7-night holiday: Free day to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently using the Discovery Point in the house

3-night holiday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

4-night holiday:

Welcome to Newfield Hall. Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for premium rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. If you need assistance carrying your luggage to your room, please speak to the house manager when you arrive to arrange this. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.

After dinner, enjoy a talk on: If They Were Not By Chance United – a look at some significant separate musical and literary achievements of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The production at the Royal Hall, Harrogate tonight is The Gondoliers (High Jinks Opera), if you wish to book tickets and travel independently. For more information visit: The G & S Festival website.

Tuesday 15 August: Iolanthe

9.30am - 12.15 pm: Illustrated talk: Tantantara!

12.30pm: 3-course lunch

The afternoon is free to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently using the Discovery Point

5.45pm: Leave the Country House for the Royal Hall, Harrogate

7.30pm: Iolanthe – SavoyNet

SavoyNet Performing Group first performed at the Festival in 1997 and has presented a full-length opera every year since 1999 With its innovative production of Thespis in 2014, SavoyNet completed the full 14-opera canon, the only group to have done so at the festival. This year’s cast fly to the UK from all around the world for their annual reunion.

The fairy Iolanthe has been banished from fairyland because she married a mortal; this is forbidden by fairy law. Her son, Strephon, is an Arcadian shepherd who wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery. All the members of the House of Peers also want to marry Phyllis. The opera satirises many aspects of British government, law and society. The confrontation between the fairies and the peers is a version of one of Gilbert's favourite themes: a tranquil civilisation of women is disrupted by a male-dominated world through the discovery of mortal love.

10pm approx: Leave the festival for the Country House

Wed 16 August: The Mikado

9.30am - 12.15pm: Illustrated talk: Here’s a How-De-Do!

12.30pm: 3-course lunch

The afternoon is free to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently using the Discovery Point

5.45pm: Leave the Country House for the Royal Hall, Harrogate

7.30pm: The Mikado - Charles Court Opera

Without doubt, Charles Court Opera are festival favourites. Their triple-bill in Harrogate last year was a triumph and a sell-out show! Described as one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera companies in the UK, Charles Court Opera are one of the champions of the current reinvigoration of Gilbert & Sullivan. Expect the unexpected but be assured you will have a fantastic evening’s entertainment with this talented group.

10pm approx: Leave the festival for the Country House

Thursday 17 August: Patience

9.30am - 12.15pm: Illustrated talk: A Satire of Aesthetic Movement

12.30pm: 3-course lunch

The afternoon is free to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently using the Discovery Point

5.45pm: Leave the Country House for the Royal Hall, Harrogate

7.30pm: Patience - Bus Pass Opera

This will be the fourth year that the festival has mounted a “Senior Citizens” show – aptly named Bus Pass Opera – and it’s beginning to acquire something of a cult following. Last year the combined ages of those on the Royal Hall stage exceeded 2,500 years and what a fantastic performance of Iolanthe they gave us. It was hilarious, touching and those voices were simply superb!

The opera is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and '80s in England and, more broadly, on fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy and pretentiousness; it also satirizes romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.

10pm approx: Leave the festival for the Country House

Friday 15 August: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

 

 

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).

Train at Skipton station 

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 £10 return, however a place must be reserved 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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Marcus Martin

Marcus Martin studied at piano, organ, singing and general music subjects at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and subsequently obtained an MA degree in Arts Management at City University London. Professionally he has combined a career of teaching, accompanying, conducting, performing and latterly, administration. For many years he taught piano and lectured on academic studies and also has worked extensively in the musical theatre as musical director for amateur and professional productions. For a long time Marcus has been associated with ‘Light Music’. His 35 piece Alassio Concert Orchestra, comprising musicians from the major London orchestras, regularly gives music-lovers a chance to hear the original orchestrations of some of the very best compositions of this genre. He has over 45 years' experience as a church organist and regularly conducts choirs and singing groups of varying sizes.

In 2012 he received an invitation to attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May. The citation for this honour was in respect of 25 years of services to music and charities in Worthing - through involvement with amateur and professional choirs and orchestras, work with young performers within the music festival organisation and in particular the raising of a total of £40,000 for various local and national charities during the past 10 years of presenting Morning Melodies.

 

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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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