Opera North

Yorkshire Dales

Code: MDAFN

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Indoors
  • Rural peace

Holiday overview

Award-winning Opera North prides itself on a fresh approach to opera and musical performance. Come to the stunning Yorkshire Dales for this operatic short break which includes tickets to two performances at the Grand Theatre, Leeds.

Holiday highlights:

  • Enjoy the operas with a friendly group of like-minded people 
  • Enhance your break with pre-concert talks and informal discussions
  • Use the free time available to explore the local area of relax in the Country House 

Great reasons to join us:

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, all essential transport and opera 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
• 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

Tuesday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (premium rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. After dinner enjoy a short film on Janacek's life and works.

Wednesday: 2 single-act operas - Osud (Destiny) & Trouble in Tahiti

9.30am – 10.45am: Illustrated talk on Janacek – Osud (Destiny)
10.45am: Coffee break
11.15am - 12.15pm: Illustrated talk on Bernstein – Trouble in Tahiti
12.30pm: 3-course lunch

The afternoon is free for you to relax in the Country House, or use the Discovery Point to independently explore this beautiful area.

5pm: Leave the Country House for the Grand Theatre, Leeds

7.15pm: Osud (Destiny) - Leos Janáček
Janáček’s score for this hidden gem has an expansive lyricism that glows with some of his most incandescent music.
Osud was spurred by a chance meeting in a Moravian spa town in 1903 between Janáček and a woman who complained to him that she had been unflatteringly portrayed in an opera by another composer a few years earlier. Infatuated with the woman, and determined to present her in a rosier light, Janáček set to work on his own opera.

Janáček’s original outline for Osud subsequently underwent many adjustments. What finally emerged was the story of a composer, Živný, who has written an autobiographical opera about his obsessive, tormented love for Míla, with whom he has a young son. The last act is unfinished, however: Živný’s opera cannot be concluded until its story has been lived...

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Sung in English with English subtitles

9pm: Trouble in Tahiti - Bernstein
The American Dream turns suffocatingly sour in Bernstein’s unsparing examination of a marriage falling apart in 1950s suburbia.

Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their ‘little white house’. But their growing failure to connect exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and handball tournaments at the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously titled Trouble in Tahiti.

A jazz trio provides an ironic gloss on the story, pointing up the stark contrast between the unreal fantasy of domestic bliss peddled by the ad-men and the painful truth of Sam and Dinah’s lives.

Bernstein’s score for this, his deeply touching first opera, is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

Duration: 45 minutes
Sung in English

10.15pm approx: Leave the theatre for the Country House

Thursday: 2 single-act operas - Pagliacci (Clowns) & Cavalleria Rusticana

9.30am –10.30am: Illustrated talk on Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (Clowns)
10.30am – 11am: Coffee break
11am - 11.45am: Illustrated talk on Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana
11.45am - 12.15pm: Piano recital
12.30pm: 3-course lunch

The afternoon is free for you to relax in the Country House, or use the Discovery Point to independently explore this beautiful area.

4.15pm: Leave the Country House for the Grand Theatre, Leeds

6.15pm: Pre-theatre talk

7.15pm: Pagliacci (Clowns) - Ruggero Leoncavallo
The immediacy of the characters and the intensity of their emotions packed into such a short time make this an elemental experience.

This unashamedly over-the-top masterpiece marks the point in Leoncavallo’s career when his talents as both librettist and composer fully matched each other. He carves ‘a bleeding slice of life’ out of the unlikely story of a jealous husband, his unfaithful wife, her young lover, and a troupe of theatrical players.

It includes some of the most justly famous music ever written for an Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’.

This brand new production, conducted by Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, is directed and designed by Charles Edwards.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Sung in Italian with English subtitles

9pm: Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni
With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, this piece remains for many the very essence of Italian opera.

Opera’s most celebrated overnight success, Cavalleria rusticana spearheaded the verismo movement (whose leading lights included Leoncavallo and Puccini) which demonstrated that ordinary people can have opera-sized emotions too.

Turiddù and Lola were once lovers; but when he left to join the army, Lola married another man. Although Turridù finds consolation in the arms of Santuzza, his obsessive passion for Lola still burns fiercely. Thus the stage is set for a tale of faithlessness, jealousy and violence, set in a rural community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni displays a masterly control of pacing in this, his first opera, conveying a taut, gritty drama through a succession of gorgeously lyrical melodies.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Sung in Italian with English subtitles

10.15pm approx: Leave the theatre for the Country House

Friday: 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).

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

Steven Robinson

Steven Robinson is a freelance music lecturer. Following the completion of a PhD on the symphonies of Beethoven's pupil, Ferdinand Ries, he taught for 10 years at Liverpool University and also contributed to undergraduate courses at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has led for HF Holidays since 2002, presenting holidays on Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Ries, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Bartok and Shostakovich, as well as general surveys of the main periods of music history (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century), and Festival holidays including Cheltenham Music Festival, Three Choirs, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. Steven teaches piano at home and plays the organ at several churches in the Manchester area. 

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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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