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Private Tours

We are increasingly asked to provide the facilities of our Visitor Centre and access to our brewery in the evening on an exclusive basis for small groups and private parties. This could be friends, clubs and societies or work colleagues following a business team meeting or conference. We have therefore developed an evening package of activity to take advantage of our unique setting which we know you will enjoy! 

For example, a typical evening could consist of arrival and welcoming drinks, introduction to the brewery history followed by a guided tour and a demonstration of the ancient art of coopering. Hot or Cold food can be arranged on request. 

What better way to enjoy an evening with friends or colleagues than the exclusive use of the Theakston Brewery and The Black Bull in Paradise? For further information please get in touch. Call us on 01765 684333 or email,

Sample Itinerary 

Arrive at the ‘Black Bull in Paradise’ the Theakston Brewery Visitor Centre for a welcoming drink.

Followed by your guided tour of the original Theakston brewing process, from Mashing and Fermentation to Racking the beer into casks for delivery and when available a demonstration of the ancient art of Coopering.

The Brewery is a ‘Tower Style’ brewery, which means that everything starts at the top and is thereafter moved by gravity. This means that there are steep stairways and some narrow walkways.

Then back into the bar, for more sampling and supper if ordered.

*Please note that the price of the tour only includes the Theakston product range or soft drinks. A selection of wine is available to buy from the bar on the evening of your tour.

Our Company

T&R Theakston Ltd is an independent, family brewing company founded in 1827 located in the Yorkshire Dales market town of Masham, North Yorkshire. The company is controlled and run by direct descendents of the founder Robert Theakston, great-great grandsons, Simon, Nick, Tim and Edward Theakston.

Theakstons is one of Britain’s few remaining traditional family brewing companies. The company is a member of the British Beer and Pub Association , the Independent Family Brewers of Britain and a supporter of the Government’s Drinkaware campaign, CAMRA and Pub is the Hub.

The company takes pride in its track record as craft brewing innovators; brewing a wide range of cask, brewery conditioned and bottled ales for the UK domestic and several overseas markets. Among the beers produced is Theakston Old Peculier, a beer for which the company is renowned.  The 19th century brewery is of a traditional ‘tower’ construction, containing many of the original features, thus upholding the great traditions of the English top-fermented brewing method.

The Company supports customers and consumers through specific branded activity and also the community through sponsorship of environmental, cultural and sports related activities. The principal community projects are the Ure Salmon Trust, a programme aimed at the restoration of the River Ure (that runs through Masham) as one of the finest wild salmon rivers in England; The Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the biggest of its genre and sponsorship of the Theakston Nidderdale Cricket League, the biggest village cricket league in the World. The Masham brewery site is home to the Theakston Visitor Centre which is open all year round to members of the public. Guided tours of the brewery occur daily.

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