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Warm Up For Winter here at Whitby Holiday Park

Warm Up For Winter here at Whitby Holiday Park 

Firstly I would just like to tell you a bit about the surrounding area and what we have to offer you!!

We are in the perfect location for those perfect Autumn getaways!!

Being part of the Cleveland Way walk we are very spoilt in that we have a footpath that leads from the Park all the way along the cliff tops to Whitby Abbey and then you just need to head on down the 199 steps into the old part of Whitby. This walk takes approx 1/2 hour and you get to see some of the best view point of Whitby along the way! 

If you head in the opposite direction from the Park you can pick up the path that will lead you the 6 miles to Robin Hoods Bay! This walk is a lot more strenuous but the views are spectacular along the way! I would recommend wearing a good pair of walking shows/boots!! 

On Park we have our new upgraded Galleon Bar, where you can watch all the latest sports from BT Sports on our TV's and we have our Cinema Room where you can relax in the comfy sofas to watch that particular evening screening o film!! Don't forget to collect your snacks and drink from the Bar before you get settled in seats! 


Also on Park we have a Cafe and Shop so if you didn't fancy walking too far on one of your days with us then, you could collect all your essentials on Park!

There is nothing better than layering up with your warm clothes and donning your wellies or walking boots and taking a leisurely walk around to take in the beautiful scenery we have on offer.

All our touring pitches have 16 amp electric hook up and some pitches have some spectacular views of the sea and looking out towards Whitby Abbey. We have a central heated toilet and shower block for you to use, and newly installed this season are some hairdryers so you don't even have to bring your own!

In our static caravans you can keep nice and warm as they are all central heated and have double glazing. So if the weather isn't too great you can all snuggle down to watch a DVD or watch your favourite TV programme!

If our Park sounds like to place you would like to come and stay then we do have some amazing offers on right now!

For our touring customers we can offer you 5 nights for the price of 3 for stays between 30th September and 21st October making a great saving that you can treat yourselves to something nice while you are are here on holiday!

For our hiring accommodation customers, if you come and stay with us in October (excluding Half Term) then we can offer you a 20% discount off your booking total, or if you do want to come and stay in the October Half Term then we can offer you a 10% discount off your booking total.

These offers are not to be missed so treat yourselves and your loved ones to an Autumn break away!!

To book and take advantage of these great offers call our office on 01947 602664. We are open daily from 8am.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!








Home from Home Holidays

Home Away from Home Holidays

Have you ever fancied a holiday in a static caravan but have put it off because you are unsure of what to expect? You are probably not alone so here is a little overview of what to expect...

  • Firstly I should point out that all our Holiday Homes have double glazing and central heating so they are totally cosy no matter what time of year you take your holiday. They all have fitted bathrooms with a shower and fitted kitchens with fridge freezer, cooker and microwave. 
  • We have a selection of Holiday Homes to suit everyone's needs...  
    • Platinum caravans:  We have both 6 berth and 4 berth platinum caravans available and these all have decking on them for that little bit of extra outside space. Providing some of the luxuries associated with home, the Platinum range provides gas central heating, double glazing, a flat screen TV/DVD in the lounge and master bedroom and an i-pod docking station. Fully equipped kitchen with contemporary fittings and appliances. Two bedroom caravans have a double and a twin room, shower and toilet, whilst three bedroom caravans have a double bedroom, two twin bedrooms, a shower and toilet and additional separate WC. 

    • Gold caravans We have 8 berth, 6 berth and 4 berth Gold caravans for hire. Clean contemporary interiors with elegant features and home from home comforts make the Gold caravans at Whitby Holiday Park a pleasure to holiday in. Each has a double bedroom, one or two twin bedrooms, double glazing, central heating, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen and well- designed shower room.

    • Pet friendly With all the comfort and luxury of the other accommodation at our park, the Pet Friendly two bedroom caravans have double glazing, central heating and flat screen TV/DVD. With a choice of ten or twelve foot wide models, holiday homes can often offer a degree of flexibility when meeting customer requirements. Guests are welcome to bring one pet, with possibly a second at the Manager's discretion. The staff at Whitby Holiday Park are happy to be contacted directly to discuss with guests the specific needs and requirements of individual pets and their owners.

    • Access plus Our Access Plus caravan has a ramp up to the decking to allow for easier access for wheelchairs, pushchairs & prams. Having the same comfort and elegance as a Gold caravan our access plus caravan has the added space that some people might need for wheelchair access and for families with young children to have that extra bit of room.
As well as having a wide selection of caravans for you to choose from, Whitby Holiday Park also offers a great deal more than just accommodation. We are very child and pet friendly allowing the whole family to come along on holiday and make special memories together. 

For the children we have an excellent park for them to play in to their hearts content. We also have the beach on our doorstep where the children will just love rock pooling or fossil finding! What a great adventure! 

The dogs are allowed on the beach all year round so they can have a great time splashing in the sea as most dogs love to do. When they are all sandy and salty from the beach they can have a refreshing wash in our special dog shower before getting all cosy again in your caravan.

Even though all our static caravans come with a fully equipped kitchen you may not want to spend every night cooking your dinner. Well you don't need to because we have a cafe on site which is open all day from morning to evening, so whichever meal you decide not to cook yourself (breakfast, lunch, evening meal) you can get at the cafe.

In our newly refurbished Galleon Bar you can enjoy a nice relaxing drink with your friends or family, or if you fancy a bit of fun why not join in with the many games we have going on e.g. bingo / deal or no deal / pig racing nights... and many more games to entertain and delight all ages.

As you can see a caravan holiday can have a lot to offer so I hope I've managed to convince you to give it a go. I'm positive you won't be disappointed!!


Book today by visiting www.whitbypark.co.uk or speak to our friendly team on  01947 602664  






The Importance of Bees

The Importance of Bees

Why are bees important?

Bees are very important to the planets ecosystem as they play a vital role in sustaining it, and they pollinate a 3rd of everything we eat.
Around 400 different types of plants need bees and other insects to pollinate them as it increases their yields and quality.
Bees play a very important contribution to ecosystems around the world, for example, the seeds, fruits and berries consumed by birds and small mammals are all from plants pollinated by bees.



How do Bees Pollinate?
A bee carrying Pollen

A bee covers itself in pollen from the male part of the flower - the stamen, they carry it to the next flower and deposit the grains on the female part of this flower - the stigma
The bee does tend to visit the same plants when they are in flower, therefore, the plants do not cross-pollinate.



Why are bees in danger of extinction?

Most people have heard about colony collapse disorder, which happened in 2007 in the US and killed off a third of all honeybee colonies.Although it is not fully understood, it is believed to have been caused by a combination of parasites, pesticides, viruses and poor nutrition, sadly 40% of colonies are still dying each year in the US.

During winter the UK has honeybee losses, ranging between 10% and 33%, this data has been collected through annual surveys which started 8 years ago. During Spring and Summer when wintry weather confine the bees to the hive, bees become weak and are easy prey for the parasitic varroa mite to spread viruses that will kill off its host.

The future of wild bumblebees and solitary bees is alarmingly uncertain compared to the future of honeybees, as beekeepers are able to restock their hives each year.

Wild bees depend on their natural habitat to nest and explore, it is sadly rapidly disappearing due to modern farming practices and the ever increasing urbanisation.
97% of wildflower meadows in the UK have vanished since 1945, during this time 2 bumblebee species have actually become extinct and there are only 8 species commonly found out of the 24 left.
According to the IUCN, a quarter of the world's 250 bumblebee species are thought to be facing a risk of extinction.

John Muir, a leading voice of the conservation movement once quoted "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."this quote does sum up the importance of bees to the human race.....we harm at our peril.

What can we do?

The David Bellamy Scheme is thinking ahead and are putting forward planning in place as to what to do to enhance biodiversity. The forethought and dedication from the scheme is coming through loud and clear in the reports being received from the assessors when they visit parks that are involved in the scheme, the reports are on the work being done at these parks.
The parks involved are partnering up with their local Wildlife Trusts to look after the important Sites of Special Scientific Interest that lie within or near their boundaries. the parks involved are laying down new hedges, they are also putting new wildflower meadows on their premises and are installing bird, bat and other nesting boxes.

Our company - Coastdale Parks, is a proud member of the David Bellamy Scheme.



At Whitby Holiday park we have several flower beds with flowers planted in them that attract bees, we also have a number of bug hotels, this is to encourage a natural habitat which will help towards sustaining our planets eco system through pollination.
Planning to help bees is another piece of forward thinking that unites all David Bellamy parks.
Bees of all kinds will be out and about feeding as the late summer approaches, this is the time of year when bees find it more difficult to find the nectar they need, therefore it is important for flower beds to be blooming with bee-friendly flowers.
To find out which flowers are bee-friendly please visit the Bumblebee Conservation Trust 
https://bumblebeeconservation.org This online tool will help you to discover which are the correct 
flowers, it will also recommend other flowers you could plant to help things get buzzing!

Collette
Reception












Whitby Traction Engine Rally

Whitby Traction Engine Rally


Whitby Traction Engine Rally starts Friday 4th August till Sunday 6th August

Opening times are:   Friday - 10am to 5pm
                                   Saturday - 10am to 11pm
                                   Sunday - 10am to 5pm


Admission is Available online prior to event:
Early Bird: Adult £6, Over 65s £5, Under 16s £3, Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Under 16s) £15
Advance: Adult £8, Over 65s £7, Under 16s £4, Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Under 16s) £20
Available On the Day:
Adult £10, Over 65s £8, Under 16s £5, Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Under 16s) £25

It is being held in Abbey Fields, Hawsker Lane, at the top of Green Lane near Whitby Abbey.

Along with all the vintage engines on display there will also be many other attractions including:


  • Adrenaline tour featuring Jason Smyth - this is a motorcycle and quad street style stunt show, it will feature Quad Freestyle Jumps, jumping over 70ft whilst catching items held 30ft in the air
  • Ridgeside Falconry
  • Ridgeside Lurcher Racing Team
  • Crazy Bears - The 6 bears will be entertaining the audience at various times throughout the weekend
  • Steam fair attractions - includes: Tractor Pulling, Steam Engines, Classic Cars, Vintage Tractors, Classic Motorcycles, Fairground Organs, Miniature Steam Engines, Stationary Engines and Vintage Commercials.
  • Trade Stands
  • Craft and fine food Marquee
  • Autojumble
  • Old Time and Modern Funfair
  • Spectacular Firework Display - Saturday evening







The weekend is packed full of entertainment to please all ages, it is a family event offering non-stop Arena Entertainment with catering and a licensed bar.

Collette
Reception












                     

The Great Butterfly Watch


Doing Our Bit For Butterflies


Sir David Attenborough is calling on the public to help reverse butterfly declines by taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. The Big Butterfly Count encourages people to spot and record 18 species of common butterflies and two day-flying moths during three weeks of high summer.


Anyone can take part - simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the event, which runs from Friday 14 July to Sunday 6 August. The results help see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

This nationwide survey is aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies.
Over 36,000 people took part in 2016, counting almost 400,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK.

Sir David Attenborough has warned that UK butterflies face a critical summer after a string of poor years has seen the numbers of many common species decline.

Last year was the fourth worst on record for butterflies and Sir David is urging the public to take part in the Big Butterfly Count survey to help reveal if widespread species can mount a comeback this summer.

Common species such as the Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper experienced declines in 2016 but the warm, dry spring and early summer heatwave experienced over much of the UK has given many species a head start. 


Butterfly Conservation President Sir David said: “The next few weeks are a vital period for our butterflies. They need to make the most of this chance to feed and breed. So far the warm weather has given some species like the Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Ringlet a good start but butterflies really need this to continue.

“Last year, despite a warm summer, butterflies like the Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper saw their numbers fall as a warm winter and cold spring earlier in the year led to problems that affected their numbers later on.

This is a great way for everyone to take an active interest in our environment and if possible even help by planting flowers in your garden or containers that will encourage Butterflies. We are proud to say that on Whitby Holiday Park we are doing just that, and when you look around you will see all the wonderful flowers that are planted throughout the park hopefully attracting more and more Butterflies and Bees each year. Fingers crossed the numbers keep increasing.



A Dream Destination


What a Wonderful Place To Be

As some of you may already know I am still the 'newby' here at Whitby Holiday Park. I started working here back in January and have to say I was instantly made to feel like I'm part of the team. We are just like one big happy family here and I hope that our good working atmosphere comes across to all our customers.



Starting early on in the year has given me a chance to learn the ropes before the busy Summer season gets into full swing, so now I feel fully prepared to give all our customers the quality of service they deserve and expect. Whether it's someone ringing us up to book a holiday, someone checking in or checking out or even someone just coming in for some information, the quality of professionalism and friendly service from all members of staff has impressed me from the start and I can only hope that I achieve the same standard.



Every member of the team has their own jobs to do which they do brilliantly...

The housekeeping team do an excellent job of keeping all the Holiday Homes cleaned to a very high standard, and we are constantly getting praised for the cleanliness of our touring toilet & shower facilities 🏩

The Maintenance team get any issues that crop up dealt with in a very prompt and efficient manner 🔧

The groundsmen keep our gardens and flower beds beautiful at all times 🌼

The staff in the Galleon Bar do a brilliant job in keeping all our customers happy and entertained with bingo, quizzes, horse racing events, music, films, sport... I could go on and on 🍷

The cafe on site makes some fantastic food, and her Mocha's are gorgeous. It's an added bonus that you can take your food into the Galleon bar with you if you fancy a pint or glass of wine instead of a coffee 🍵

The office staff are a dream to work with, friendly and helpful at all times 💁

The touring warden is very friendly and helpful at all times and can't do enough to help people get settled onto their pitches 💃

And the management are so nice. They have got the perfect balance of being in total control of everything that goes on within the park, but of also being nice, friendly and approachable people all at the same time 👍




While the staff make this a great place to be, you also can't help but notice the location. We are set on a cliff top, have our own beach just off the park, have awesome views out to sea and of the Abbey, and are just a short walk away from Whitby itself.

On the park we have a well stocked shop, a cafe serving home cooked food, a family bar with varying entertainment, a cinema, a hub room, a games room, a launderette, a pot washing room and well kept shower & toilet facilities for the people on our touring field. We also have a brand new dog shower which has proved to be extremely popular already this season.

On the Static Holiday Home side we have a selection of breaks to choose from... Platinum Caravans, Gold Caravans, Pet Friendly Caravans and Access Plus for the less able bodied. We also do weekly, mid week and weekend breaks so there is something to suit everyone. And if you love it so much you don't want to leave then you can even buy your very own Holiday Home to use as much as you like.

So if you combine everything then Whitby Holiday Park really is a fantastic destination for families, couples or even friends to just come and relax.








If I didn't work here I would be coming on holiday here myself!!




















Regatta 2017

Whitby Regatta 2017


It's been running for 176 and now it's almost that time of year again when everyone flocks to Whitby for it's annual Regatta.  It runs from 18th - 21st Aug this year and if you have never been then you are in for a treat!! For the last few years before I moved to Whitby I used to come on holiday just for Regatta week because the atmosphere is great! There are all kinds of events going on throughout the weekend from rowing races, to beach volleyball, to market & craft stalls...


This is just a brief run down of some of the events this year...
  • Greasy Pole Competition - This has proved such a successful event that they are doing it again this year. You can enter on the day at the fish pier.
  • Beach Volleyball - 2 a-side women, 2 a-side men, 2-3 a-side recreational teams. Priced at £10 per team. You can register in front of the beach huts but the day is still to be confirmed. You can find out more from www.connectandinspire.co.uk
  • Rowing Races - You will need to see the Regatta programme for more information on the races.
  • Fun Run - This is on Sunday 20th and is a 4k fun run. It starts at the Crescent Gardens and entry forms can be found on the Regatta website if you wish to join in.
  • Vintage / Post War / Classic & Sports Car Rally - This is held on Sunday 20th and many elegant cars will compete in various classes for prestigious trophies. You can enter your vehicles by using the application form on the regatta website.
  • Children's Entertainment - There will be a wide selection of children's entertainment throughout the whole weekend.
  • Market & Craft Fair - Held on the Saturday & Sunday there will be a wide selection of market and craft stalls as well as catering outlets. 
  • RAF & Navy Displays - Both the RAF and the Navy will have display stalls set up all weekend.
  • Fireworks Display - This is on the Monday night (21st) at around 9.45pm and they always put on a fabulous display not to be missed.
  • Raft Race - This takes place on Saturday 19th and you can get entry forms from the regatta web site.
  • Motorcycle Gymkhana - Skill and fun on 2 wheels taking place on Whitby Beach on the Sunday
  • The Grand Parade - A parade of many decorated floats makes it's way through the heart of the Regatta celebrations and takes place on the Monday. Please see the Ragatta programme for parade times.
  • Fairground - There is a fair set up on the pier every year with various rides and stalls
  • Jez Avery - Jez Avery is a world class pro BMX, Trials & Mountain bike rider turned Stunt-Show performer. He is an extremely experienced and well-rounded stuntman with numerous Guinness World Records under his belt and he will amaze and entertain any audience. He will be performing throughout the Monday on West Cliff.
  • Slackline School - Slacklining is an extreme balance sport that stems from tightrope walking and is recognised worldwide as a sport, an art form, a recreational pass time and a therapeutic activity for both body and mind. If you would like to try the experience at this year’s Regatta then it will be on all weekend at different times throughout the days.


As you can see this is a fantastic weekend in Whitby with something to suit all members of the family. 

If you haven't already booked your holiday with us then there is still time as we have just a few more pitches available.

Sue
Reception