the Importance of a well balanced diet teamed with adequate exercise

The Importance of a well balanced diet teamed with adequate exercise.

At Whitby Holiday Park we understand how important it is to have a well-balanced, healthy diet and a regular exercise plan as part of your daily routine. We have many coastal walks and cycle hire routes in the vicinity of our park.

The onsite café has many healthy options for you to enjoy.

We need a healthy diet and exercise plan in our daily lives as it is important and vital for our good health and wellbeing.
Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals we need to live, grow and function properly.
To ensure we get the right amounts of nutrients for good health, we need a wide variety of different foods.
One of the great cultural pleasures of life is enjoying a healthy diet, an unhealthy diet increases the risk of many diet-related diseases.

Website links for information on coastal walks and cycle routes:

The key to a healthy balanced diet is to:
  • Eat the right amount of calories for how active you are, you should be balancing the energy you consume with the energy you use.
  • Do not eat or drink too much, as you will put on weight.
  • Do consume the correct amounts of food that contain the correct nutrients and not too many calories and you will lose weight. 
  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you're getting a balanced diet you need to ensure your body receives all the nutrients it needs.
It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules).
Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules).
Most adults are eating more calories than they need, they should eat fewer calories to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals are starchy carbohydrates and should make up just over one third of the food you eat.
It is better for you to choose wholegrain varieties of pasta rice and bread, also eat potatoes with their skins on as they all contain more fibre and help you to feel full longer.
It is recommended we eat at least 1 starchy food with each main meal, people are under the impression that starchy foods are fattening, but the carbohydrate gram for gram contains half the calories of fat.
You must keep an eye on the fats you are adding during cooking and the fats you add to your prepared food as this is what increases your calorie consumption e.g. oil/fat on chips, butter/margarine on bread and creamy cooking sauces on pasta.

Eat lots of fruit and veg:
We are advised to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg every day, this seems impossible but it is easier than you think, why not chop a banana over your breakfast, have a piece of fruit for your mid-morning snack.
You can only ever count unsweetened 100% fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies as a maximum of 1 portion of your 5 a day, for example, if you have 2 glasses of fruit juice and a smoothie in 1 day, that will still count as 1 portion

Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish:
Fish contains many vitamins and minerals and is a good source of protein, we should aim to eat at least 2 portions of fish a week, one of these being an oily fish as oily fish contains omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease.

Oily fish include: Salmon, Mackerel, Trout, Herring, Fresh Tuna, Sardines and Pilchards.
Non-oily fish include: Haddock, Plaice, Coley, Cod, Canned Tuna, Skate and Hake.

If you eat fish regularly you should eat a wide variety from fresh, frozen and canned but do remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt.

Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
Although we do need to have some fat in our diet it is important to be aware of the amount and type of fat we are eating. The 2 main types of fat are saturated and unsaturated fats, if you consume too much saturated fat it will increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which will increase the risk of you developing heart disease.
It is recommended that the average man should have no more than 30g of saturated fat per day and the average woman no more than 20g, children should have a lot less than adults.

Foods containing saturated fats include: Hard Cheese, Cakes, Biscuits, Sausages, Cream, Butter, Lard and Pies.
Foods containing unsaturated fats include: Vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados.
You should try to cut down your saturated fat intake, try to choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead.
The healthier choice is to use small amounts of vegetable oil or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee. Choose lean cuts of meat and cut off any visible fat

Sugar in our diet:
If you often consume foods and drinks that are high in sugar you will have increased risk of obesity and tooth decay.
Sugary foods, drinks and alcoholic are often high in energy, these are measured in kilojoules or calories, and can contribute to weight gain if eaten too often, they can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals. Most packaged foods and drinks do contain shockingly high amounts of free sugars, these are sugars that are added to foods and drinks or are found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices.

Foods with added sugars include: Sugary Fizzy Drinks, Alcoholic Drinks, Sugary Breakfast Cereals, Cakes, Biscuits and Pastries.

The above sugars are the kind of sugars we all should be cutting down on, rather than natural sugars that are found in fruit, milk, honey etc.
Always use the food labels to check how much sugars the product contains. If there are more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g this means the food is high in sugar, if the foods are 5g or less this means the food is low in sugar

Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults
Too much salt in your diet can lead high blood pressure, if you do develop high blood pressure you are more likely to develop heart disease or even have a stroke.
It is possible you could still be eating too much salt even if you don’t add any extra to your food. The food we buy already has salt content and can add up to at 3 quarters of the recommended daily allowance.
Use the food labels to guide you in your daily salt intake and try to cut down the amounts you consume. If there are more than 1.5g of salt per 100g this means the food is high in salt. Adults and children over 11 should not eat a lot of salt, it is recommended no more than 65g per day and young children should have even less.

Don't skip breakfast:
Some people think if they skip breakfast they will lose weight, this is wrong. Research has shown that people who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight.
It has also been shown that children who eat breakfast have increased concentration throughout the morning and it does have a positive effect on their mental performance.
A healthy breakfast provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health and is an important factor of a balanced diet. Wholegrain or low-sugar cereal topped with fruit makes a tasty and nutritious breakfast.

Don't get thirsty:
As part of a healthy diet we also need to drink plenty of fluids, it is recommended we drink 6-8 glasses every day, this is in addition to the fluids we get in the foods we eat.
We should try not to consume too many sugary drinks (soft and fizzy) as these are high in added sugars and calories, they are also
We should try not to consume too many sugary drinks (soft and fizzy) as these are high in added sugars and calories, they are also bad for our teeth. Unsweetened fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies are high in free sugar and the combined total amount recommended for daily consumption is no more than 150ml.
When we are exercising and when the weather is warm we will need more fluids so we do not risk becoming dehydrated.

Be a healthy weight:
If you are overweight or obese it can lead to serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. It is also important not to be underweight as this can also lead to health issues.
It is important to eat a healthy balanced diet as this is essential to maintaining a healthy weight to ensure you have a good overall health, if you are wanting to lose weight, you should try to consume at least 500 calories less of your RDA (recommended daily amount), you need to cut down on foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.

The importance of physical activity:
To promote weight loss and maintain a healthy weight it is as important to partake in regular daily exercise as it is to follow a healthy diet.
You do not need to spend hours in the gym, it is possible to fit activity into your daily life, E.G get off the bus 1 stop early, go for regular short walks, don’t use lifts if you only have a couple of flights of stairs to ascend.
Being physically active reduces the risk of many diet-related diseases.

Always remember after you have done any form of physical exercise it is not an excuse to reward yourself as this will contradict the exercise.

If you are hungry choose foods that are filling but low in calories and sugar.


Goodbye 2017 Season

Bye Bye 2017

So the 2017 holiday season is almost over!! 😲 It's been an absolutely brilliant season and we have loved every minute of it. We hope everyone who has stayed with us this year has also enjoyed themselves as much as we have and we would like to thank you all for your custom.

We have had some excellent feedback about our newly refurbished Galleon Bar, and we hope this will just keep getting better & better.

If you have enjoyed your stay here and would like to come again, or if you have never stayed here before and are thinking about it then we are now taking bookings for 2018.  

For touring caravans we have grass pitches with electric hook up from as little as £21 per night based on 2 people, and for motorhomes / campervans there are also some hard standing pitches available from £21.

If you fancy a pitch with a stunning view then our sea view pitches start from as little as £22 per night for 2 people, also with electric hook up included in the price. These sea view pitches do sell out very quickly and advanced booking is highly recommended, especially for bank holidays and the 6 weeks of the Summer holidays. Please note that for bank holiday weekends we only take a minimum of 3 night bookings.

Don't worry if you don't have your own caravan / motorhome as we have our own static caravans that we hire out. During the main 6 week Summer holiday you can hire a caravan for weekly breaks which run from Saturday to Saturday, and during the rest of the season we also do short breaks which can either be Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday. Please ring us for a quote or check out our web site for further details.

We have a selection of caravans to suit everyone. We have Pet friendly caravans so you can bring your furry friends with you, Gold rated caravans with all your mod cons, and Platinum rated caravans for that extra bit of added luxury. We also have a disabled access caravan which has more space for wheelchair or pushchair access. It also has a ramp leading up to the door instead of steps.

Whitby has events going on for most of the year from Steam Punk and Goth Weekends, to Whitby's famous regatta, music events including 60's  and Soul and many more. These are just a few of the dates we already know of but keep an eye on our face book page for updates on future events...

  • Easter Weekend - 30th March - 2nd April
  • Goth Weekend - 27th - 30th April

  • White Lily Ball - 1st June
  • 60's Music Festival - 8th - 10th June
  • Soul Weekend - 6th - 8th July
  • Steam Punk weekend -  27th - 29th July 
  • Traction Engine Rally - 3rd - 5th August
  • Whitby Regatta - 11th - 13th August  
  • Whitby Folk Week - 18th - 24th August

  • Northern Soul Weekend - 6th - 8th September
  • Motown Soul Weekend - 14th - 15th September
  • Pickering 1940's Wartime weekend - 12th - 14th October 
  • Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival - 13th October
  • Musicport Music Festival - 19th - 21st October 

As well as all the events listed above there are also numerous shows on throughout the year plus some events that we don't have the dates for just yet.

If you want to come to Whitby to experience any of the events on offer then we are the perfect location for your holiday. On the park we have our Galleon Bar, a cafe serving home cooked meals, a shop and a launderette. For our touring customers we also have very clean, well maintained toilet & shower block with hair dryers installed which are free to use.

If you prefer to come to Whitby at quieter times when there are no events taking place then don't worry as the Galleon Bar is open for the entire season so you can just enjoy a quiet drink with your family and friends. Even your little furry friends can come in too as there is a designated dog area within the bar. We do have live acts on at weekends throughout the 6 week Summer break and there are usually games of bingo, pig racing and other fun activities for you to join in with.

One of the best things about Whitby are the beaches. We have our very own beach directly off the park. This is a fantastic beach for fossil hunting and you can also take your dogs onto it all year round.  Whitby beach is a lovely sight with all the colourful beach huts and the pier arms stretching out to sea. You can walk along the whole length of the beach from Saltwick Bay to Sandsend providing the tide is out. Please make sure you check the tide times before you do walk the length of the beach though because the tide does come right in and can cut you off.

Whatever Whitby means to you, whether it's your hundredth visit or even your first, staying with us is an excellent base. Because we are on the Cleveland Way footpath it means there is easy walking access to both Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay straight off the park.

If you're not that into walking then we are only a very short drive out of Whitby town centre and all the taxi firms know us well so you will never have to worry about them not turning up as they are all very reliable. You could also drive into Whitby from us as there are several car parks available throughout the town. If you head into town for an evening meal then the council car parks are free after 6pm all year round.

So if you want to book your next break away in wonderful Whitby then you can ring us now on: 
                                                                 01947 602664 

You can also find more information on our website:

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Whitby Autumn Events

Whitby Autumn Events

  • Bram Stoker
  • Illuminated Abbey
  • Goth Weekend

        Bram Stoker

        Some visitors to Whitby are unaware of how the town is connected to Dracula. In 1897 Bram Stoker, a famous Irish Novelist wrote his famous novel, he often visited our seaside town and used Whitby as a backdrop for some of the scenes he described in his book.

        Whilst staying in Whitby he would listen to the townsfolk stories, which he then used those facts in his tale, for example, a few years before he visited Whitby, the Demetrius, a ship containing coffins for burial, hit the rocks near the harbour mouth and all it's contents were washed overboard. 

        Commemorative Plaque

        Over the coming days the decaying cargo was found on the towns beaches all along the coast.
        The Demetrius became the Russian schooner Demeter and all hands aboard were dead, Dracula, in the form of a dog, bound ashore and ran up the famous 199 steps to the graveyard in St Mary's church grounds.
        whilst Dracula stayed in Whitby, at number 6 Royal Crescent, he researched East European folklore in the towns library, there is a commemorative plaque on the wall of 6 Royal Crescent.

        Whilst Stoker was sitting in a local Inn he noticed pigeons tapping at their own reflections at dusk, and this is believed to be his inspiration of having Dracula tapping on Lucy's bedroom window with his long finger nails.
        If you have visited Whitby you will have a good idea of the streets and their locations in the town from his accurate descriptive and you will realise that very little has changed.

        Opposite the quayside is The Dracula Experience, a visitor attraction taking you on a trip 
        into the darkness and through the Dracula story with actors and animated displays seeking to create an air of horror and terrify you.There is also a themed ‘Dracula walk’ that takes you through the streets with the ‘storywalker’ Harry Collett, he takes on a walk and talk where Dracula once stalked!

        “Then as the cloud passed I could see the ruins of the Abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and the churchyard became gradually visible. Whatever my expectation was, it was not disappointed, for there, on our favourite seat, the silver light of the moon struck a half-reclining figure, snowy white. The coming of the cloud was too quick for me to see much, for shadow shut down on light almost immediately; but it seemed to me as though something dark stood behind the seat where the white figure shone, and bent over it. What it was, whether man or beast, I could not tell…” (extract from Dracula)

        Illuminated Abbey

        Come along and witness Bram Stoker's inspiration in a different light as Whitby Abbey is once again dramatically illuminated.
        As you explore the Abbeys Gothic splendour, our costumed characters will introduce the darker side of the past with tales of grave robbing and witch trials. You will also have the opportunity to experience a live performance of Dracula to complete your visit. 
        You can take a wander round the glowing ruins between 6pm and 8.30pm, do wrap up warm and make sure you pack your camera as you will capture some spectacular pictures.
        There will be costumed performances throughout, and our much-loved Dracula performance at 8.30pm. Halloween fancy dress encouraged!

        Illuminated Abbey

        Goth Weekend

        Whitby Goth Weekend aka WGW is only 1 day away:

        The "weekend" starts during the day on the Friday and fringe events are held on Thursday, Sunday and Monday including club nights, markets, and a charity football match between visiting goth team Real Gothic, and local team Stokoemotiv Whitby. During the October/November event there is an independent custom car show, 'Whitby Kustom' in the grounds of West Cliff School. There are also several "meet ups" aimed at goths with a particular interest.
        The main event is held in the town's largest venue Whitby Spa Pavilion (known as the Spa) and the Bizarre Bazaar 'Goth Market' is also held there and at Whitby Leisure Centre and the Brunswick centre.
        Newbies who have not attended the event before, are referred to as "Whitby Virgins". To help introduce them to the event, there is a WGW Virgins Meet Up on the Friday morning at the Spa.

        WGW entertainment acts

        As WGW is ever increasing in popularity we find ourselves fully booked months before the event date for both the goth events, if you are thinking of attending a goth weekend and would like to stay at Whitby Holiday Park then please ring the office on 01947 602664 to make an advance booking for WGW 2018.


        Reasons To Visit Whitby

        Whitby has a great deal to offer people from all walks of life. It doesn't matter what your interests are because Whitby has something to please practically everyone on some level.

        FOOD & DRINK

        If you enjoy eating out then you will love the huge variety of restaurants Whitby has to offer. There are Indian restaurants, a Thai restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, Fine dining restaurants, proper fish restaurants serving fresh locally caught fish, great pubs serving excellent food, local hotels offering great food and of course our very own Saltwick Bay Cafe that we have here at Whitby Holiday Park which serves excellent home cooked meals all day. 

        If you fancy something a bit more casual then there are numerous chip shops and takeaways available. Some takeaways will even deliver to the park for you allowing you even more relaxation time in your caravans, just ask in reception for more details.


        Just a short walk from the park is the magnificent sight of Whitby Abbey which is definitely worth a visit if you are staying with us. They have various activities throughout the year to keep both children & adults entertained. October is especially nice as they have the Abbey open in the night for their illumination displays.

        Next to the Abbey there is St Mary's Church which is rumoured to be the burial place of Dracula and the views from the churchyard are superb. The church itself is open to the public and at Christmas time it gets filled with Christmas trees from all the local Whitby businesses. It's definitely worth a visit.

        After the church you can enjoy the views as you make your way down the famous 199 steps into the old town of Whitby which is very quaint with it's cobbled streets and interesting shops.

        You can walk down to the end of both of Whitby's Piers, but the lighthouse on the west pier is open to the public so you can enjoy the fantastic views over Whitby.

        Up on West Cliff there is a statue of Captain Cook and the famous Whale Bone arch. It is very popular to have your picture taken at the Whale bones with the iconic Abbey in the background.

        Whitby's viaduct is quite an impressive sight. It is estimated that it took around 5 million bricks to build, is 125ft high, 915ft long and consists of 13 arches.


        If Captain Cook is of interest to you there is a museum in Whitby where you can find out lots more about him and his adventures.

        Whitby is world famous for it's Dracula connection. Bram Stoker got his inspiration from seeing the Abbey shrouded in mist and there is a bench dedicated to him on Khyber Pass. There is also the Dracula experience in Whitby.

        THINGS TO DO

        There are always different events happening in The Spa Pavillion e.g. live music, plays, shows etc. Keep an eye on the Spa Pavillion web site for more information.

        There is a the Pirate ship which will take you on a trip around the bay.

        As well as the cinema we have on site in the Galleon Bar, there is also a cinema in the Spa Pavillion in Whitby. 

        The Galleon Bar on site also regularly holds bingo and race nights amongst other entertaining evenings. Throughout the Summer season we have live acts performing on weekends too.

        Steam trains run regularly throughout the Summer. Timetables can be picked up from reception here on the park.

        There always seems to be something happening in Whitby with 60's weekends, soul weekends, Goth weekends and many more. One of the most popular events of the year is the annual regatta which takes place in August. If you want to stay with us during any of the events in Whitby it is highly recommended that you book well in advance as these events are becoming more and more popular every year.

        If you like fishing there are boats that take tourists out for the day on fishing trips. If you prefer to fish off the shore then Saltwick Bay beach is ideal. It runs direct from the park so you don't even have to worry about taking the car out as it's just a 2 minute walk.

        Saltwick Bay Beach which is also great for the children to have a play and to go fossil hunting. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year too which is an added bonus.

        There are so many local areas for great walks. One of the best walks is right on our doorstep and that is the Cleveland Way foot path which runs for 110 miles in total. We are situated between Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay so if you are staying with us you can go either way. The path to Whitby is a mile and the path to Robin Hood's Bay is 6 miles (don't tell anyone, but I cheat by walking to Robin Hood's Bay and catching the bus back to Whitby. Shhhh!).

        So, as you can see there is plenty for everyone at Whitby. If you would like to enjoy the delights of Whitby then why not book to stay with us. 

        You can book or make enquiries in many ways...

        1. Ring us on 01947 602664
        2. Book via our website
        3. Message us on our Facebook page 
        4. Email us at

        However you choose to contact us we are happy to help 😃

        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 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 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!