International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

Yorkshire Dales

Code: MDAFD

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Indoors
From £385.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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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

Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately Country House. With excellent accommodation and facilities it is also our most popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.    3-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

Bedrooms

Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Newfield Hall is one of our largest Country Houses, and the grand entrance hall and main staircase is one of the most striking features.   

There are two lounges and a bar which provide comfortable spaces for relaxation. The new dining room and adjacent ballroom are both very attractive and can be used for larger functions.

A multi-purpose activity room can either be used as a painting studio, or as a games room with table tennis. There is also a range of board games and books.

Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. 

The heated indoor swimming pool is very popular with our guests.

Newfield Hall has extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales. Outside there is a walled garden and putting green.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Visit England Breakfast Award logo at HF HolidaysStart your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk talk on local history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

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

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • On arrival there is a long driveway with one speed bump on entering a large car park, with a lower level parking area sloping at approx. 20 degrees up to main parking area
  • The surface of the car park is tarmac, with marked parking bays
  • The House fronts directly onto the car park
  • It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main entrance & reception

  • Main entrance has 2 steps, each step being 15cm high and a short porch (with one step of 15cm high), which leads to the front door, (3¾ft wide)
  • There is a permanent wheelchair ramp (5¼ft wide) to the left hand side of the entrance way, providing access to the porch. A temporary ramp can then be provided to allow access in through the front door
  • After entering the house, all the facilities are available without encountering any further steps
  • The flooring is tile / short pile carpet 

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • All internal doors are fire doors and they are all 97cm wide (except where separate measurements have been given)
  • The minimum width of the corridor is 10½ft
  • The staircase to the upper bedrooms is 5ft wide. In total there are 29 steps, each being 6 inches high 

Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc

There are two large lounges with wooden fire doors. Short pile carpet flooring and good lighting throughout.  The size of the lounges:

  • Whernside lounge           17ft x 23ft
  • Inglebrough lounge          30ft x 20ft
  • Pen-y-Ghent room           29ft x 18ft 

Public WCs

  • There is one public toilet on the ground floor available from the entrance hall with no steps
  • Toilet seat height is 41cm, the basin is 82cm high with no underspace and with 2 taps
  • There are 2 toilets in the swimming pool changing rooms, again with no steps 

Dining room & bar

  • From the entrance hall, there is a 320 cm wide corridor leading to the dining room. Door width 92cm
  • There are no steps to the dining room
  • Seats and tables are movable. The tables are round with 4 legs. Each table is 76cm high
  • All meals served are with waitress service.
  • Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival 

Leisure facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool and the changing rooms are directly off the function room, accessed from the entrance hall down a corridor, which is 3ft 2 inches wide.
  • The floor in the changing room is tiled
  • Access to the shower in the changing room is over a step of 7cm in height
  • The width of the door to the pool is 87cm
  • Within the pool area, there is 1 alarm, a rescue hook and 2 life buoys
  • The size of the pool is 16ft x 25ft 

Bedrooms

Room 15

  • Room 15 has been specifically designed for wheelchair users.
  • This room is off the main entrance hall on the ground floor, approximately 12m from the permanent ramp
  • Access is through two doors, each 90cm wide
  • One double bed and one single bed. Both beds are 60cm high
  • Available floor space is 2m x 2m
  • All bedding is non feather and the flooring is short pile carpet
  • All furniture is easily movable 

En-suite bathroom

  • Bathroom door width is 90cm, level entry
  • Toilet height is 45cm with 1 vertical hand rail and 1 pull down horizontal hand rail
  • Level entry shower, designed for wheelchair users. Support rail and pull down shower seat, which is 50cm high and 32cm x 32cm in seat area
  • Basin height is 73cm with underspace
  • Available floor space in the bathroom is 2m x 2m

Other Bedrooms

  • The rest of the rooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles
  • The rooms are located either in the main house or in the tastefully converted coach houses, both on the ground floor and the first floor
  • All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, most with shower. A few rooms have a bath 

Grounds and gardens

  • There is well lit access to the patio area through double doors from the dining room / function room with no steps
  • Ramp from the patio to gain access to the grounds
  • Garden is level in most parts, with a few steps. Mainly grass with plenty of wooden seats 

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

Friday/Monday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. We invite everyone to afternoon tea at 4pm. This is the first occasion when everyone meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

The full itinerary for this holiday will be displayed here as soon as the festival organisers have published their programme, which should be in Spring 2017.

Monday/Friday: Depart after breakfast

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.

 

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.

 

Reviews

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16 Nov 2016, 5:22 p.m.

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It was not easy to find the holiday a friend had recommended to me at first, but I think it was OK after that

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I enjoyed the house and the area. It was quite a drive to get from Malhamdale to Harrogate and back every day, over narrow roads, leaving less time than I would have liked to explore the area (never did get to Malham!)
9 Nov 2016, 8:53 a.m.

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really liked the concept of HF holidays - have taken out a membership

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the theatre organisation went perfectly, great seats, great coach, just a really enjoyable week in a new area
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11 Aug 2016, 7:18 a.m.

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Only one small moan : I asked for single room with bath and was not informed, on booking, that there are no baths in the single rooms at Malhamdale.
31 Aug 2015, 3:45 p.m.

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My first experience of any HF Holiday, and it truly surpassed my expectations in every way.

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A lovely location (was regretting not bringing my walking boots as the weather was glorious). Beautifully clean throughout all the public rooms. My bedroom was also spotless, and well equipped. The food was splendid, and the staff friendly and helpful
24 Aug 2015, 8:45 p.m.

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Lovely accommodation, very good and interesting food, well organised, friendly staff,
A really nice atmosphere.

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Very happy, enjoyable holiday enhanced by a knowledgeable tutor and visits to the theatre.
23 Aug 2015, 8:23 p.m.

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Always reliable. Good organization, good food, good leaders and house staff

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Interesting week. Excellent shows and talks, Journey into Harrogate was a little wearing, Without own transport, an expensive taxi fare to get anywhere in free time.
21 Aug 2015, 7:20 a.m.

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Everything I expected

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From musical expertise,transport to harrogate, performances, accommodation and service everything was of a high standard.
20 Aug 2015, 12:56 p.m.

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Friday start day, dreadful for travelling and Friday return day even worse. Please go back to Saturdays
19 Aug 2015, 6:02 p.m.

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Marcus Martin made the holiday very interesting. He is an excellent leader.

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Please don't start holidays on a Friday. The traffic is dreadful.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
11 Aug 2017 MDAFD - International G & S festival - Malhamdale 3 £385.00 Book Now
11 Aug 2017 MDAFD - International G & S festival - Malhamdale 7 £899.00 Book Now
14 Aug 2017 MDAFD - International G & S festival - Malhamdale 4 £545.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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