Real Family Holidays in the Yorkshire Dales, England UK

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.

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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/

 

The Yorkshire Dales: Malham Tarn Field Centre, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9PU

Free Activities

Fri 24 May

Camp Fire

Come join use for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Spin a story, tell a joke and reflect on your summer so far. Delicious, homemade popcorn made on the fire. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Sat 25 May

Nature Walk

Join one of our tutors on a ramble through wildlife rich flower meadows, natural woodland and the rocky shores of the tarn. We will observe and explore the local wildlife. Sturdy shoes recommended, walk length will be dependent on company, nothing too strenuous! Open to all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Sun 26 May

Orienteering

Take part in our orienteering course, exploring the centre grounds and developing your map reading skills. A healthy level of competition is encouraged. Suitable for all ages. All young family members must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10:30 - 12:30.

Mon 5 August

Camp Fire

Come join use for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Spin a story, tell a joke and reflect on your summer so far. Delicious, homemade popcorn made on the fire. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Tue 6 August

Mammal Trapping

Get up close to some of our secretive small mammals. Have a go at setting and trapping your own small mammals on the centre grounds. Evening and a morning session. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Wed 7 August

Open Mammal Traps

Get up close to some of our secretive small mammals. Have a go at setting and trapping your own small mammals on the centre grounds. Evening and a morning session. Suitable for all ages. 10:30 - 12:30.

Thu 8 August

Nature Walk

Join one of our tutors on a ramble through wildlife rich flower meadows, natural woodland and the rocky shores of the tarn. We will observe and explore the local wildlife. Sturdy shoes recommended, walk length will be dependent on company, nothing too strenuous! Open to all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Fri 9 August

Orienteering

Take part in our orienteering course, exploring the centre grounds and developing your map reading skills. A healthy level of competition is encouraged. Suitable for all ages. All young family members must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10:30 - 12:30.

Mon 12 August

Camp Fire

Come join use for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Spin a story, tell a joke and reflect on your summer so far. Delicious, homemade popcorn made on the fire. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Tue 13 August

Mammal Trapping

Get up close to some of our secretive small mammals. Have a go at setting and trapping your own small mammals on the centre grounds. Evening and a morning session. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Wed 14 August

Open Mammal Traps

Get up close to some of our secretive small mammals. Have a go at setting and trapping your own small mammals on the centre grounds. Evening and a morning session. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Fri 16 August

Orienteering

Take part in our orienteering course, exploring the centre grounds and developing your map reading skills. A healthy level of competition is encouraged. Suitable for all ages. All young family members must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10:30 - 12:30.

Sat 17 August

Environmental Art

Feeling creative? Construct your own art from natural resources scavenged from the centre grounds. Suitable for all ages. 10:30 - 12:30.

Mon 19 August

Camp Fire

Come join use for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Spin a story, tell a joke and reflect on your summer so far. Delicious, homemade popcorn made on the fire. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Tue 20 August

Mammal Trapping

Get up close to some of our secretive small mammals. Have a go at setting and trapping your own small mammals on the centre grounds. Evening and a morning session. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Wed 21 August

Open Mammal Traps

Learn how small mammals are trapped for scientific monitoring. Have a go at setting and trapping your own small mammals on the centre grounds. Evening and a morning session. Open to all ages. 10.30 - 12.30.

Fri 23 August

Orienteering

Take part in our orienteering course, exploring the centre grounds and developing your map reading skills. A healthy level of competition is encouraged. Suitable for all ages. All young family members must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10:30 - 12:30.

Sat 24 August

Environmental Art

Feeling creative? Construct your own art from natural resources scavenged from the centre grounds. Suitable for all ages. 10:30 - 12:30.

Mon 26 August

Environmental Art

Feeling creative? Construct your own art from natural resources scavenged from the centre grounds. Suitable for all ages. 10:30 - 12:30.

Thu 15 August

Nature Walk

Join one of our tutors on a ramble through wildlife rich flower meadows, natural woodland and the rocky shores of the tarn. We will observe and explore the local wildlife. Sturdy shoes recommended, walk length will be dependent on company, nothing too strenuous! Open to all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Wed 22 May

Nature Walk

Join one of our tutors on a ramble through wildlife rich flower meadows, natural woodland and the rocky shores of the tarn. We will observe and explore the local wildlife. Sturdy shoes recommended, walk length will be dependent on company, nothing too strenuous! Open to all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Sun 18 August

Camp Fire

Come join use for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Spin a story, tell a joke and reflect on your summer so far. Delicious, homemade popcorn made on the fire. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Sun 25 August

Camp Fire

Come join use for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Spin a story, tell a joke and reflect on your summer so far. Delicious, homemade popcorn made on the fire. Suitable for all ages. 18:30 - 20:00.

Extra Activities

Mon 5 August

Everyday Scientists - £6 per child

Launch a rocket, create amazing space goo and make something explode using sweets! Come with us for a go at some homemade science. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Tue 6 August

Wilderness Survival - £6 per child

Think you could survive in the wilderness? Have a go at creating fire from scratch, build a shelter from natural materials and enjoy some campfire-cooked bread to ease your hunger. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Wed 7 August

Geocaching - £6 per child

Explore the meandering footpaths and ancients hills of Malham Moor looking for hidden treasures and ancient stories. Walking boots and warm clothing recommended. Suitable for all ages but not suitable for buggies or strollers. All young family members must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Thu 8 August

Malham Cove Walk - £6 per child

A 3 hour, 3.5 mile walk through the limestone landscape. Learn about the area with one of our tutors, view the spectacular Malham Cove and limestone pavement. Although fairly long the walk is all downhill, yet on uneven terrain which is unsuitable for buggies or strollers. Sturdy shoes with ankle support recommended (these can be borrowed from the centre). A minibus is provided for return. 09.30-12.30

Fri 9 August

River Monsters - £6 per child

A 30 minute walk around Malham Tarn and some dipping for the amazing creatures in a nearby stream. What monsters will we find? Guests are free to walk or catch a minibus back. Wellies and waterproofs recommended. Suitable for all ages, unsuitable for buggies or strollers. 13:30 - 15:30.

Mon 12 August

Everyday Scientists - £6 per child

Launch a rocket, create amazing space goo and make something explode using sweets! Come with us for a go at some homemade science. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Tue 13 August

Wilderness Survival - £6 per child

Think you could survive in the wilderness? Have a go at creating fire from scratch, build a shelter from natural materials and enjoy some campfire-cooked bread to ease your hunger. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Wed 14 August

Geocaching - £6 per child

Explore the meandering footpaths and ancients hills of Malham Moor looking for hidden treasures and ancient stories. Walking boots and warm clothing recommended. Suitable for all ages but not suitable for buggies or strollers. All young family members must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Thu 15 August

Malham Cove Walk - £6 per child

A 3 hour, 3.5 mile walk through the limestone landscape. Learn about the area with one of our tutors, view the spectacular Malham Cove and limestone pavement. Although fairly long the walk is all downhill, yet on uneven terrain which is unsuitable for buggies or strollers. Sturdy shoes with ankle support recommended (these can be borrowed from the centre). A minibus is provided for return. 09.30-12.30

Fri 16 August

River Monsters - £6 per child

A 30 minute walk around Malham Tarn and some dipping for the amazing creatures in a nearby stream. What monsters will we find? Guests are free to walk or catch a minibus back. Wellies and waterproofs recommended. Suitable for all ages, unsuitable for buggies or strollers. 13:30 - 15:30.

Sun 18 August

Wilderness Survival - £6 per child

Think you could survive in the wilderness? Have a go at creating fire from scratch, build a shelter from natural materials and enjoy some campfire-cooked bread to ease your hunger. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Mon 19 August

Everyday Scientists - £6 per child

Launch a rocket, create amazing space goo and make something explode using sweets! Come with us for a go at some homemade science. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Tue 20 August

Wilderness Survival - £6 per child

Think you could survive in the wilderness? Have a go at creating fire from scratch, build a shelter from natural materials and enjoy some campfire-cooked bread to ease your hunger. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Wed 21 August

Geocaching - £6 per child

Explore the meandering footpaths and ancients hills of Malham Moor looking for hidden treasures and ancient stories. Walking boots and warm clothing recommended. Suitable for all ages but not suitable for buggies or strollers. All young family members must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Thu 22 August

Malham Cove Walk - £6 per child

A 3 hour, 3.5 mile walk through the limestone landscape. Learn about the area with one of our tutors, view the spectacular Malham Cove and limestone pavement. Although fairly long the walk is all downhill, yet on uneven terrain which is unsuitable for buggies or strollers. Sturdy shoes with ankle support recommended (these can be borrowed from the centre). A minibus is provided for return. 09.30-12.30

Fri 23 August

River Monsters - £6 per child

A 30 minute walk around Malham Tarn and some dipping for the amazing creatures in a nearby stream. What monsters will we find? Guests are free to walk or catch a minibus back. Wellies and waterproofs recommended. Suitable for all ages, unsuitable for buggies or strollers. 13:30 - 15:30.

Sat 24 August

No Extra Activity - Malham Tarn Show Day - £

Sat 17 August

Everyday Scientists - £6 per child

Launch a rocket, create amazing space goo and make something explode using sweets! Come with us for a go at some homemade science. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

Sun 25 August

Wilderness Survival - £6 per child

Think you could survive in the wilderness? Have a go at creating fire from scratch, build a shelter from natural materials and enjoy some campfire-cooked bread to ease your hunger. Suitable for all ages. 13:30 - 15:30.

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