Real Family Holidays in the Yorkshire Dales, England UK

14 August - 28 August 2017

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Located in the secluded Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Malham Tarn Centre sits right on the shore of Malham Tarn itself, with cliffs, woodlands and caves nearby.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Centre

Choose Malham Tarn Centre and stay in a magnificent Georgian country house leased from the National Trust. Your family will find the Centre within the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve, with views over the tarn itself. For your comfort and enjoyment the Centre has two family rooms, a recreation area with games, a library and an outdoor courtyard with veranda and picnic benches – ideal for al fresco lunches in the sunshine! 

We are situated at 1300 feet, surrounded by the swelling Yorkshire Dales. The Centre, on National Trust Land, is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and encompasses and National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a RAMSAR (wetland) site. We enjoy the company of many wetland and woodland birds, birds of prey, otters, roe deer and the odd sheep or two! So don’t forget to bring your binoculars on this holiday!

We have a choice of accommodation, ranging from family rooms with up to six bunks to twin rooms and twenty of these boast en suite facilities. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and squash are available at all times. There are two common rooms, both with large flat screen TVs, to relax in and enjoy beautiful views over the Tarn and there is a tuck shop selling chocolate, drinks and gift items. When the sun shines over the Yorkshire Dales, we have plenty of outdoor seating and a large lawn in a largely traffic-free environment.

Click the picture to see around the Yorkshire Dales via our new drone footage and a virtual tour of Malham Tarn Centre

Explore the Yorkshire Dales

The Malham Tarn Centre sits in the middle of woodlands, on the banks of the tarn, in the depths of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Yorkshire Dales offer a huge variety of opportunities for your family. Market towns, unspoilt villages, heritage attractions, cave systems, country shows and adventure pursuits make the area famous. Furthermore, as the centre is on the track of the Pennine Way, the walking possibilities are endless.  Here are some ideas to get your family started:

Malham Cove and the Limestone Pavement. Features which define the area and a legacy from the last ice-age, the cove and pavement are "must see" sights. An hour's walk through the limestone landscape or a drive to Malham Village and a shorter walk are the ways to get there. If a group wants to visit at the same time, Centre staff will be glad to lead an escorted walk.

Hawes. A charming Yorkshire town with many craft shops and great ice-cream. It is also the home of the Museum of Yorkshire Life which is well worth a visit to learn more about the history and traditions of the Yorkshire Dales.

Kettlewell. Made famous by the film Calendar Girls, this picturesque Yorkshire Dales village is a great staging point for walks up beautiful Wharfedale with fine views and good pubs along its route. If your visit includes the 15th and 21st of August, don't miss the famous Scarecrow Fair when the village is filled with straw-stuffed characters in a variety of guises.

Settle. Our nearest town only a 10-15 minute drive from the Centre.  There is a Tourist Information Centre and an historic marketplace, as well as a range of shops and a supermarket.  The Old Naked Man is a well-known local cafe and serves very good beverages and cake.

Skipton. A 30 minute drive away is the market town of Skipton (recently judged to be the best place to live in England) where there good shopping and leisure opportunities. Skipton Castle is a good family visit and cost £7.50 for adults and £4.50 for children aged 5 to 17 with under 5s free. Family tickets are also available.

Forest of Bowland. Even though it lies over the border in Lancashire, the forest is well worth a visit with plenty of trails to follow and activities to engage in.

Click here for more information on visiting Yorkshire Dales for your family holiday: http://visittheyorkshiredales.co.uk/

 

Free Activities

Mon 14 August

Camp Fire

Join us around our fire pit for a chance to toast marshmallows, sing songs and share stories of the day’s adventures. 18.30 - 20.00.

Tue 15 August

Bats in your Belfry

Learn about the several species of bat which live around our buildings and see how our bat meter works on a gentle late evening walk. Walking boots recommended. 18.30 - 20.00.

Wed 16 August

Nature Walk

Explore the National Nature Reserve immediately surrounding the centre to try and catch sight of some of the plants and animals that help make this such a special place. 13.30 - 15.30.

Thu 17 August

Camp Fire

Join us around our fire pit for a chance to toast marshmallows, sing songs and share stories of the day’s adventures. 18.30 - 20.00.

Fri 18 August

Mammal Trapping

Have a go with your family, at live trapping the wonderful small mammals of Malham woods. Set the traps in the evening and then open them in the morning! 18.30 - 20.00.

Sat 19 August

Open Mammal Traps

Open up the traps set the previous evening and see what you have found. 10.30 - 12.30.

Sun 20 August

Camp Fire

Join us around our fire pit for a chance to toast marshmallows, sing songs and share stories of the day’s adventures. 18.30 - 20.00.

Mon 21 August

Bats in your Belfry

Learn about the several species of bat which live around our buildings and see how our bat meter works on a gentle late evening walk. Walking boots recommended. 18.30 - 20.00.

Tue 22 August

Mammal Trapping

Have a go with your family, at live trapping the wonderful small mammals of Malham woods. Set the traps in the evening and then open them in the morning! 18.30 - 20.00.

Wed 23 August

Checking Mammal Traps

Open up the traps set the previous evening and see what you have found. 10.30 - 12.30.

Thu 24 August

Camp Fire

Join us around our fire pit for a chance to toast marshmallows, sing songs and share stories of the day’s adventures. 18.30 - 20.00.

Fri 25 August

Nature Walk

Explore the National Nature Reserve immediately surrounding the centre to try and catch sight of some of the plants and animals that help make this such a special place. 13.30 - 15.30.

Sat 26 August

Malham Show and Sports

Avoid the traffic and take advantage of a free minibus ride to and from the Malhamdale Show and Sports, including livestock showing, falconry displays, sheepdog trials and of course a fell race. Admission (2016 prices) £8 per adult, under 16s free. 10.30 - 16.00.

Sun 27 August

Camp Fire

Join us around our fire pit for a chance to toast marshmallows, sing songs and share stories of the day’s adventures. 18.30 - 20.00.

Extra Activities

Tue 15 August

Pondemonium - £3.00

See what amazing animals your family can find living in the peat pools of Tarn moss. 10.30 - 12.30.

Wed 16 August

Minibeast Safari - £3.00

Hunt for minibeasts of all shapes and sizes in the woods and fields around the centre. Who knows, you may find the Malham Sedge or one of the area’s rare cave spiders? 10.30 - 12.30.

Thu 17 August

Rocket Launching - £3.00

Work together to build a rocket and launch it with our staff. 10.30 - 12.30.

Fri 18 August

Wildness Survival - £3.00

Build a shelter from natural materials found within Malham Tarn woods, light fires and cook food in order to survive! Walking boots recommended. 10.30 - 12.30.

Sat 19 August

Environmental Art - £3.00

A chance to let loose your creative streak using natural materials found in the woods around the centre. 13.30 - 15.30.

Sun 20 August

Malham Cove Walk - £3.00

Follow in Harry and Hermione’s footsteps when we walk down to the limestone pavement which was featured in the Deathly Hallows. Try some geocaching along the way and make it to Malham village in time for lunch and ice cream. A fairly strenuous four mile walk (downhill), not suitable for pushchairs. Walking boots are highly recommended for safety. 09.30 - 12.30.

Mon 21 August

Minibeast Safari - £3.00

Hunt for minibeasts of all shapes and sizes in the woods and fields around the centre. Who knows, you may find the Malham Sedge or one of the area’s rare cave spiders? 10.30 - 12.30.

Tue 22 August

Pondemonium - £3.00

See what amazing animals your family can find living in the peat pools of Tarn moss. 10.30 - 12.30.

Wed 23 August

Camp Fire - £3.00

Join us around our fire pit for a chance to toast marshmallows, sing songs and share stories of the day’s adventures. 18.30 - 20.00.

Thu 24 August

Rocket Launching - £3.00

Work together as a family to build a rocket and launch it with our staff. 10.30 - 12.30.

Fri 25 August

Wildness Survival - £3.00

Build a shelter from natural materials found within Malham Tarn woods, light fires and cook food in order to survive! Walking boots recommended. 10.30 - 12.30.

Sun 27 August

Malham Cove Walk - £3.00

Follow in Harry and Hermione’s footsteps when we walk down to the limestone pavement which was featured in the Deathly Hallows. Try some geocaching along the way and make it to Malham village in time for lunch and ice cream. A fairly strenuous four mile walk (downhill), not suitable for pushchairs. Walking boots are highly recommended for safety. 09.30 - 12.30.

This centre has

Limited Availability

Please telephone the centre for the latest availability and to book.

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Contact Details

Malham Tarn Centre
Settle
North Yorkshire
BD24 9PU
Tel: 01729 830 331

“Very impressed with the location, accommodation, food and activities. All staff members who we met were very helpful and jolly - really couldn't of asked for a better holiday.”

“A fantastic family holiday, encouraging our kids to get out and make the most of our countryside. My eldest daughter would like to become one of your team leaders.”

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