January 20, 2022

Health and Wellness Event 19th March 2022

Mashamshire Community Office is hosting a Health and Wellness Day at Masham Town Hall on Saturday 19th March from 10am-2pm where regional and local services will be on hand to let you know about the different health and wellbeing services they offer in and around Masham.

The aim of the day is to foster relationships between support groups and encourage working together for the benefit and wellbeing of the Mashamshire Community. Perhaps you know of individuals, carers, friends and/or family that would benefit from speaking to some of the organisations on the day? Please do encourage them to come along to find out more about the support that is available to them in our community.

There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day and enjoy a bite to eat and a hot drink and find out what is on offer to help.

January 19, 2022


Masham’s annual weekend event to raise money for local charities including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, is planned to take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September this year. Any changes will be announced via the Masham Sheep Fair Facebook page.

Masham Sheep fair is sponsored by local businesses and run by volunteers. This famous weekend event takes place in one of the finest Market Squares in England, raising much money for charity by filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment all weekend. Events include an action packed programme on both Saturday and Sunday, with a Sheep Show, Sheep Racing, Craft Market, Bishop Blaize Procession, Fleece Stalls, Wool Competition, Sheepdog Demonstrations, Hand Bell Ringers, Morris Dancers, Art Exhibition and Tours of Theakstons & Black Sheep Breweries, as well as the Old Time Children’s Fair.
Photos of Sheep Fair weekends here.
All proceeds go to Yorkshire charities

For more information:

01262 490388 / 01765 688417 / 07850 048258

Masham Market Square and locations around town

October 11, 2021

BUZZY BEE’S HONEY HUNT – Book Club for 0-4yrs

Buzzy Bee’s Honey Hunt, a book club for 0–4-year olds. Children collect stickers every time they visit the library and borrow books and there are free collector’s cards, rhymes and activities to collect. To sign your child up or for further information please visit Masham Community Library or call and speak to a volunteer librarian on 01765 680204.


Monday-Friday 10.00am-3.00pm, Thursday open until 4pm, Saturday 10.00am-12.30pm.

Due to volunteer availability some afternoons we may be temporarily unstaffed. During these times you are welcome to come and browse in the library and return/borrow books using the self-service machine.

Masham Primary School and Acorns Pre School visit our Community Library for Storytime every Wednesday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm (term time only). During this time the library may be busy (and noisy!) with children so you may prefer to visit during a quieter time.

September 14, 2021

Former Masham Resident – Returns to the Masham Gallery:

  • Many local people will remember Hester Cox living here for many years. She has a “Solo Show” in the Gallery.  Original prints celebrating our relationship with nature and the countryside.  Running from 1st October – 31st December. This is her 1st solo show in 11 year. Alongside the main show will be a mini exhibition from Ian Scott Massie: A selection of 10 – 12 works looking at pathways, roads, and lanes.

August 19, 2021


Full of charm and character, a market is more than it’s produce…

There’s something primitive about an outdoor market that can’t be resisted. Whether it’s the sensory explosion of smells, sounds and contrasts of colour and textures pulling you in different directions, or the orderly chaos of stall holders setting up and extroverts promoting their products, you’re pulled into the Town’s personality for the day.

Seeking out our market when you’re visiting will give you an earthy insight into Masham. Not only can you stock up on supplies or treat loved ones back home to a gift, but if you perch yourself on the edge of the market with a brew in hand, you can absorb the atmosphere. Enjoy some people watching whilst appreciating the beautiful historic buildings that surround the market. Chat to our friendly locals to get the low down on what to do in Masham. There are plenty of independent shops and hidden amenities that surround the market place too. So do explore the nooks and crannies around our town and visit Mashamshire Community Office where we can give you some advice on what to do during your visit.

A market square from the 18th century

The present square with its beautiful Georgian houses was created in the 18th century and is still going strong. Some say now more than ever! Councillor Ian Johnson (below) tells us, “we’ve bucked the trend in markets, we’ve increased the number of stalls and increased the footfall post COVID. It’s a nice little market. Because we’ve got this large open space, we can have a safe market. People can walk about and there’s no traffic, that’s what makes people feel safe”.

The market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. There is also a farmers’ market the first Sunday of the month throughout spring and summer. Be sure to add it to your to do list when you next visit Masham!

August 18, 2021



Mashamshire Community Office is an independent charity working on behalf of Masham and the surrounding villages. Our aim is to ensure our community is an active, vibrant and supportive place to live, work and visit. We are here to work in the interests of our community and the local economy, we are not part of the County, Local or Parish Council and rely on the time and skills of volunteers. We need regular, enthusiastic and skilled volunteers to keep the office, the Community Library and fundraising all going.

If you would like to volunteer at the Community Office please do contact us to see how you can help.


Not everyone has time to give on a regular basis. But if you have experience or skills to offer, we’d love to hear from you. Ad hoc help with short term activities is always useful too – especially those jobs that require specific expertise in things like marketing or copywriting, social media or technology, poster design and layout. Help can come in smaller packages and still make a big difference!

If you have skills and a bit of time to spare, we’d love to hear from you.


We are at the heart of the community in Mashamshire, but we don’t pretend to have it all covered and we certainly don’t have the resources to complete the whole jigsaw. So, if there’s something you really care about, if you have an idea for something you think you could do locally, maybe we can help you get it off the ground. Whatever gets you going, whatever you care about… From reducing carbon emissions and plastic waste, to controlling invasive Himalayan balsam, from providing activities for young people to doing something to alleviate the loneliness of older or isolated people. If there’s something that would benefit Masham, your community, or even your road, with a bit of support, maybe you can make it happen. Please get in touch and share your ideas.

Masham Community Office
7 Little Market Place
Masham, HG4 4DY

Tel: 01765 680200
Email: info@visitmasham.com


Please contact us if you’ve got a problem or need a little help. Our local volunteers in and around Masham may be able to sort you out – from picking up a prescription if you are unable to get out and about, to finding someone to chat to if you’re feeling isolated; whether you need help getting access to technology or you just need a jigsaw or advice on a good book, please get in touch. If we can’t help, we can point you in the right direction or connect you to another group that can. We will always do our best to make a difference.

Please call us 01765 680200 or just drop in at the office if you need help. We are open Mon-Sat, 10AM till 3PM

August 5, 2021


It’s not just the Tour de Yorkshire that made Masham the place to explore on two wheels, our locals have been loving the terrain for years and here’s why…

The scenery around Masham is quite frankly out of this world and not even the locals take it for granted! What better way to feel connected to nature and the landscape here, than to feel the earth beneath you, inhale the smell of fresh pine needles and indigenous trees as you brush past them on your bicycle? Catch your breath at the top of another steep hill and gaze down at the picturesque scenery below.

Harry Kitching (pictured) is a young local biking enthusiast and he tells us why he enjoys biking in and around Mashamshire, “I love it because it’s great being outdoors with your mates, meeting new people and it’s a good community of people. It helps me keep fit, I love being outside and the buzz of the fast down hill and jumps.”

On a clear night the sky is just as beautiful and a visit to Lime Tree Observatory gives you the opportunity to hear from the professionals and appreciate the skyline through their huge 610mm diameter “JW24” telescope!

If you’d like to get on your bike and ride this year, come and check out Swinton Bivouac’s bike trails or pop into Mashamshire Community Office and pick up a family friendly bike route designed in partnership with Cycopath Cycles. The route starts and ends in Masham Market Place (for those of you that would rather relax at a local cafe and await the return of loved ones keen to ride). Find out whether they uncover the hidden caches en route using the “What 3 Words” app – remember to take a little something with you to trade in exchange of cached goodies ready for the next adventurer!

Hire your bikes from Stef at Cycopath Cycles and he will even deliver to your door! How about that for service? Bringing your own bike? Stef also provides service and repairs should you need it whilst visiting.

“Cheers” to Flock’s Official Opening

A group of Artists in collaboration with the Community Office in Masham (MCO) celebrated their Official Opening of the new arts and crafts shop ‘Masham Flock’ on Saturday 31st July 2O21.

Masham Flock is part of the popular designer/makers co-operative Fleece, which is based in Reeth, Swaledale.

Invited by Mashamshire Community Office to take over the running of their Blue Light Gallery, Fleece was delighted to become involved.  Louise Curnin, one of the founding members of Fleece, said “Community has been a thread all the way through our setting up of the Fleece shop, and it felt so right that we should bring our community to Masham Flock.”

‘Masham Flock’ was officially opened by Sheila Smith, the President of the International Feltmakers Association (IFA).   Sheila says, “since the opening of Fleece in 2017 I have watched it grow successfully into a well organised cooperative, stocked with high quality work. This exciting new collaboration with MCO is a great opportunity for its member artists to exhibit to a wider audience and will add another point of interest for visitors to Masham.”

Sue Palin from the Mashamshire Community Office said, “we are very excited to host this new gathering of artists and makers in our gallery space.  It’s an opportunity for us to showcase art and crafts from the Dales and just beyond.  Our visitors will have a chance to appreciate consistently great quality work which will be regularly changing, so our regulars will always find something new.  It is a great partnership, as this Masham Flock of Artists are a cooperative, so income from sales goes direct to the artists and generates a small amount of additional income to support the valuable work of Mashamshire Community Office.  It’s a win-win!”

The staff and volunteers at Mashamshire Community Office will be on hand to shepherd visitors and help with purchases, six days a week. The Flock of artists on display will change on a six weekly basis so, there will always be something new and interesting to see and different gifts to tempt you.

The founding members of the group opened the Artists Cooperative, ‘Fleece’, in 2017, located in Reeth in Swaledale.  Vicky Petrie, Louise Curnin, Thelma Russell, Margaret Chalmers and Janet Phillips originally met in Masham at a feltmaking workshop at ArtisOn, in High Burton in Masham. The success of Fleece meant that in late 2020 the group was approached and given the opportunity to put forward a proposal for the gallery space in MCO. As a co-operative, Fleece also saw this as an opportunity to further support its members who have found the recent COVID situation very difficult. 

Masham Flock will showcase a continuous exhibition of original artists and crafts peoples work. The shop will bring together art, textiles, glassware, woodturning, handmade books, jewellery, ceramics and everything in between.  Julie and Dave Teece, of the Garden Studio Masham, who will be exhibiting their fused glass in the gallery said, “as Masham residents and members of Fleece, we are delighted to be involved with this exciting new venture. It’s great to have an opportunity to exhibit in Mashamshire Community Office again. Masham Flock will be a great asset to our town-a place with an already thriving community of artists and makers, providing both residents and visitors with another venue in which to browse and buy high quality, handmade arts and crafts which are definitely not on the high street.” 

The display will change every six weeks until May 2022 and will enable 10 artists to exhibit at any one time.  All work will be original, handmade and of high quality and will be for sale. 

Mashamshire Community office is open Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm and Sundays throughout August 12noon-2pm.

August 4, 2021


As Masham gets geared up for a summer of staycations and unlocking our gorgeous town, Saturdays are likely to be a busy day at Mashamshire Community Office…and we need help.

We get a lot done for remarkably little at Mashamshire Community Office, thanks to the time and energy of volunteers. We are here to look after the needs of our lovely community, the businesses in Masham and the surrounding area and tourists and visitors too. We’re a hub of activity every day but Saturday’s are one of our busiest days and likely to get busier. Volunteers are essential to enable us to open and carry out this vital role for our town. This is especially true while we also have to manage all this activity safely and in line with current Covid guidance.

Our usual opening hours are 10AM till 3PM. Tosh, our Information Officer is on hand at all times on a Saturday, but he can’t manage all of this activity alone. We need a volunteer helper on hand to support him. The day is split between two shifts – 10AM till 12.30PM and 12.30PM till 3.00PM. If you have a couple of hours to spare on a Saturday (especially the afternoon shift), and would like to be involved and help us support Masham, please get in touch with Hayley, on 01765 680200 or email hayley@visitmasham.com.

Our busy office buzzes every day with…

  • people coming and going to the Community Library
  • folk needing access to the internet or some photocopying or laminating done
  • locals or visitors buying tickets for upcoming events, cinema or performances at the Town Hall
  • people at a loose end, looking for a jigsaw or second hand book from our collections
  • shoppers browsing our small gallery, showcasing work for sale by local artists
  • visitors in need of advice and information on places to visit, eat or stay
  • information on local transport options or how to get to places