Events & Activities
We at Bivouac want you to get the most out of your stay. Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales there is an abundance of places to explore and an array of activities for you to get stuck in to.
Biv Talks - an evening with….
We are hosting a selection of speakers, providing us with an insight into their world.
From Beekeeping to Mountaineering, these evenings will promote and provide insight into interesting crafts, unusual day jobs and specialised skills. Each event is slightly different although we can guarantee the evenings will be informative, creative, amusing and laid back.
Bar menu will be available as usual.
Details of the talks can be found by clicking here
Please see the calendar for dates, starting in February.
These are very relaxed evenings giving everyone a chance to gather at Bivouac to enjoy and celebrate our community around a big banquet meal.
From making your own pizza in our pizza oven to sharing a huge paella, locals, guests and those just out for a ride are all welcome to join in and dine Bivouac style.
£8.50 per person
Children under 12 dine for half price.
Every Wednesday at 5:30pm!
Pre-booking is essential, please contact café@thebivouac.co.uk for food details on a specific date or call 01765 53 50 33.
The Bivouac quiz is held on various dates throughout the year; please see the calendar for dates.
These will be fun and interactive evenings with family and friends.
The cafe will be open as usual serving meals from the blackboards.
£3 entry per person, 10% will go directly towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance playpark fundraising – winning team take alls.
Quiz’s start at 8pm
Booking a table is advisable
Bread Workshop - Fresh Spring!
A natural England theme perfect for spring!
Make foraged nettle and chive bread in Bivouacs new clay oven and English muffins great for springtime breakfasts.
£15 per person
25th April 6pm – 9pm
Alligator Gumbo are an exciting 4 piece, Leeds based swing band.
Playing New Orleansian swing/jazz from the 1920s era with songs made popular by the likes of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Ella Fitzgerald, performed in the traditional style of upbeat tempos, entertaining improvisations and foot-stomping swinging rhythms.
Featuring the authentic line up of clarinet, violin, trumpet, accordion, steel guitar, and upright bass, Alligator Gumbo bring the vintage sound of old New Orleans to any event.
£5 entry per person
4th May at 8.00pm - late
#NYorksTweetUp is a travelling tweetup which will pop up at various locations in North Yorkshire.
#NYorksTweetUps are aimed at people who tweet in North Yorkshire and are a chance to connect over conversations and of course cake!
The philosophy behind them is…
relationships ...not sales
listening to ...not talking at
talking to new people ...not the people you arrived with
talking to each other ...not listening to guest speakers
what you have give ...not what you can get
Tuesday, 4 June 2013 from 18:45 to 21:00
Earlybird Tweet £10.00
To book, please visit http://nyorkstweetupjun2013-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/#
The Experience of Effortless Meditation
This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have extensive experience of meditation. The technique of Effortless Meditation is simple, easy to learn and highly effective.
Effortless Meditation requires neither focus, concentration nor emptying the mind… it is simply about getting you out of the way and allowing the technique to do the work. Effortless Meditation allows mental and physical activity settle down and a profound state of stillness to be achieved. As the body and mind become still, deep-rooted tension is released, quite naturally, allowing the mind to feel refreshed and renewed. Personal tuition allows everyone to have this experience.
The benefits of Effortless Meditation occur on many levels:
physically, the body becomes healthier as stress levels are lowered and the immune system is strengthened;
mentally, we have more energy and a greater ability to focus;
emotionally, we feel an increasing sense of inner security and self-worth; and
spiritually, a growing sense of calm and connectedness.
Effortless Meditation helps us feel rejuvenated and re-energised.
About your teachers…
Jo learned to meditate with Iuna Meditation almost 4 years ago and since has made meditation a regular part of her life. Meditation allows her to live more
courageously; helping her to access her intuition and free herself from fear. As a coach and facilitator her purpose and passion is to connect people… with others and …with themselves.
A major life change several years ago led her to explore meditation and attended a class with Iuna Meditation. She decided to make an initial commitment to meditate for a month at home to see if she would experience any change. She has never stopped meditating since!
The regular practice of the simple technique has transformed her relationship with her ‘self’, and enables her to explore life with a calm mind and an open heart.
The 5 evening sessions include: explanation of the mind and how meditation works, the experience of effortless meditation, ways that stress is released and the far-reaching benefits of the practice. The course is relaxed, informal and interactive. Refreshments are provided.
£100 for the 5 sessions
Dates: 11 June, 18 June, 25 June, 2 July and 9 July
Time: 7 – 9pm (arrive at 6.45pm for refreshments)
Interested? But not ready to book yet….
Come and find out more at a taster session on Monday 20th May at 8pm (Refreshments from 7:45pm) at the Committee room, Masham Town Hall.
Bread Workshop - Mediterranean Summer!
Enjoy and evening with Susannah in the Bivouac cafe.
With a glass of Sangria on arrival, you can enjoy your evening making focacia and olive bread. Perfect for summer evenings with friends!
£15 per person
18th July 6pm – 9pm
Busking at the bar
Three talented acts will be performing in the Bivouac café providing entertainment throughout the evening.
Howlin Mat is every inch the blues man and one hell of a guitar player. His music comes straight from the heart as he wrings every ounce of passion out of his guitars to bring you his real life tales of cheap hotels, too much alcohol, late nights and fast food.
Michael Campbell Cole started playing guitar at school back in the “olden days” and still singing songs from the ‘60s and 70’s. Mike accompanies himself on nylon acoustic guitar so if you used to go to
folk clubs in those days, you may well recognise some of the songs from Dylan, Baez and others.
Dawn and Wal are an acoustic duo from Darlington. They work together to create their own music that just stops you in your tracks and makes you want to listen. They are building up their own catalogue of tunes but also perform a variety of folk covers.
This is a ‘Busking at the Bar’ event.
Free Entry and bar meals served until 9pm.
1st June 2013 at 8pm - late
Bread Workshop - Sweet treats!
Sticky buns and yum yums, bread is not always savoury!
Enjoy an evening of sweet breads and fantastic bread based puddings!
£15 per person
23rd October 6pm – 9pm
Experience a tasty and relaxing evening in the Bivouac café.
Gather round a table and dunk in to the cheese fondue and prepare scrumptious treats on your Raclette.
17th October, 14th November & 28th November from 6.30pm onwards
Please book through the cafe. Email: café@thebivouac.co.uk Tel: 01765 53 50 33
An all day event of creating and getting crafty!
Set in a relaxed environment and guided by our hosts you will be supplied with all the bits and pieces you need to create some gorgeous keepsakes, gifts and beautiful crafts.
From £2.50 per craft activity.
26th October – all day.
Suitable for all the family.
Wreath making workshop
A great excuse to get together with your girlfriends and make a lovely wreath, perfect for the festive season.
Perhaps you are looking for that ideal homemade table decoration or something to hang on your door; well this is a great opportunity to learn this traditional, yet fun skill that you can use again and again.
A lovely evening with wine, cheese and wreaths!
23rd November - 8pm
Come and enjoy a special evening for friends, family and neighbours to get together.
This is at the heart of what we care about at Bivouac. Bringing everyone together for a huge buffet banquet and take time to give thanks for all the blessings we have.
All ages welcome
1st December from 6:30pm
Children’s Indoor Activities
Please go to the Children page for details about the activities and events available for children and families at Bivouac.
Please go to the Café Music Events page for details about our live music programme
Local Arts and Crafts
ArtisOn, based in Masham, runs local arts and crafts workshops, ranging from wood turning to batik painting.
We can organise bespoke creative workshops for your event or for you and your group during your stay with us. For more information, please get in touch.
A full list of ArtisOn’s workshops can be found on their website - www.artison.co.uk
Come and enjoy an evening of wine tasting at Bivouac. Tasting a range of wines, you will get to experience them at their best with the help of Yorkshire Vintners.
Sessions can be arranged for your family or group whilst you are staying with us. Tasting up to 10 different wines, you’ll get to learn what the different grapes taste like, how wine is made, and what kind of wines you like the best, whilst enjoying an evening with friends, new and old.
If you are interested in coming to a wine tasting evening during your stay, then please get in touch. Prices start from £15 per person (for groups of more than 10 people). A lavish cheese board £5pp - an optional extra.