Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns! One a Penny, Two a Penny! Hot Cross Buns!


  • 300ml whole milk
  • zest 1 orange
  • 50g butter, cubed
  • 500g strong white flour, plus 140g for the crosses, and extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 large egg, beaten, plus 1 egg to glaze
  • oil, for greasing
  • 100g dried mixed fruit

For the spiced honey butter

  • 200g salted butter, softened
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 4 tbsp clear honey


  1. Warm the milk and orange zest in a small saucepan until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the butter, swirling the pan until the butter has melted and the milk has cooled to hand temperature.
  2. Mix the flour, cinnamon, sugar, yeast and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl. Pour in the milk mixture and the beaten egg, and mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture clumps together. Tip out onto your work surface and knead until smooth and elastic – the dough should bounce back when pressed with your finger. Transfer to a clean oiled bowl, cover with cling film or a tea towel and leave to rise for 2 hrs or until doubled in size.
  3. Dust your largest baking tray with flour. Tip the dough back onto your work surface and knead again to knock out any air bubbles. Add the dried fruit and knead to incorporate into the dough. Divide the dough into 11 equal pieces. Roll each lump of dough into a smooth ball. Arrange the balls on your tray in a ring, leaving a small gap between each one. Cover loosely with a piece of cling film and leave somewhere warm to prove again for a further 1 hr or until doubled in size, the buns should be just touching.
  4. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Brush the buns with a little beaten egg. Mix the remaining flour with enough water to make a thick paste, then transfer to a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle, or use a sandwich bag and snip off one corner. Use the paste to pipe crosses over the buns – this is easiest if you pipe in one big circle, then put a line across the middle of each bun. Bake for 25 mins until golden and cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, make the spiced honey butter. Put the butter, spices and honey in a bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. When the buns are cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 mins on the baking tray. Serve the bun ring warm with the butter in the centre for spreading. The buns will keep for up to 3 days in a tin or freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipe from Good Food magazine

Perfect to make for your holiday away from home over the Easter period. You can make a big batch before you set off on your journey to stay with us, or you can make them while you are here to give that lovely aroma around your caravan of fresh baking.

This recipe would also be great if you are joining in the Great Whitby Bake Off!





Here is a little bit of history on St Patrick:

At Patrick is patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

The reason the shamrock is the National Flower of Ireland is because St Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.

St Patrick is most know for driving the snakes out of Ireland. Driving the snakes away was probably symbolic of putting an end to the pagan practices.

St Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning.

St Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

If you like to celebrate St Patrick's Day then why not book yourselves a little short break with us and sample a few Guinness in our Family Club. You can choose from staying on our touring park if you have your own touring caravan or motorhome, or treat yourself to a stay in one of our static caravans for that home from home feel.

Book now on 01947 602664


A Seal's Life at Saltwick Bay


I am a seal and live in the sea around the North East coast between Whitby and Scarborough.

I was christened by Neptune and called Of Approval.

I have swam and fished in these waters for the last five of your years.  I am good at avoiding fishing nets and divers and other man made things.  This winter the sea has been very rough and try as I might the strong waves washed me high up on to the beach at Saltwick Bay.  Luckily for me two of the people who run the caravan park at Saltwick Bay came down onto the beach with an old duvet and after a lot of biting and struggling, they managed to put me on to the duvet and carried me back into the sea.  I am now very happy back in the sea and would like to say Thank You to the Holiday Park staff so they can now say that Whitby Holiday Park has the Seal Of Approval!!

Ha Ha Ha

However, this is actually quite a serious matter and we do every now and then get seals washing ashore on the beach.  We do send staff down to check out the situation and always call the appropriate authorities to inform them of the situation so that hopefully all the seals that get washed up on the beach get the happy ending that Of Approval did.


Pet Friendly Caravans at Whitby

Pet Friendly Caravans at Whitby Holiday Park

Are you wanting to go away on holiday but not sure what to do with your beloved pet? Have you struggled to find somewhere that has both the stunning views out over the north sea and is a home away from home, but is also somewhere where you can take your pet with you?  Then look no further!  Here at Whitby Holiday Park we offer all the above and more!

Situated on the cliff tops over looking Saltwick Bay, Whitby Holiday Park is ideally situated for those of you who like to take long walks with your beloved pets.  With the Cleveland Way footpath running right through the park, dog owners are spoilt for choice as to where they can take their dogs for a walk.

But before you even begin to think about walking your dog, you need to get your pet friendly caravan booked!!  Yes that's right, we have 10 pet friendly caravans available to hire on site, but don't leave it too late to book your caravan as our pet friendly caravans are very popular!!

We have two different types of pet friendly caravans available for you to hire ranging from 2 berths up to 6 berths.  We have our Pet Premium caravans which are 12ft wide and we have our Pet Standard caravans which are 10ft wide.  Both the premium and the Standard caravans come with central heating and double glazing.  They all have a bathroom with shower, kitchen with microwave and oven, tv with freesat and a dvd player, so it literally is your home away from home.

Our two berth caravan is slightly smaller than our other pet friendly caravans but it still has all the comforts of a home away from home.  This caravan is ideal for a couple and their dog who are wanting a break from everyday life.

All our Pet Friendly caravans are cleaned to a very high standard.

Our Pet friendly caravans are situated all over the park with some having partial sea views and some having views of the Abbey.  We also have one which is situated right in the center of the park which means it is close to all the facilities.

And don't forget there is the lovely Cleveland Way footpath where you can walk your dog for miles zig zagging in and out and up and down along the cliff top.  If you go one way out of the park it will take you to the picturesque village of Robin Hoods Bay and if you go the other it will lead you to the famous Whitby Abbey and the 199 steps!

But don't forget we also have access to our own private beach where dogs are allowed all year round for that all important bit of daily exercise, for both owners and pets!  And if you time it right with the tide, you might possibly be able to see one of the two wrecks that are situated not far off the shore of Saltwick Bay! 

And don't worry, if you fancy a night in the Family Club after an exhausting trip on the beach, you can take your beloved pet with you as they are allowed in the bottom two rooms.  If you are unsure exactly where to go then just ask a member of staff who will be happy to show you.

So, if you are looking for that special somewhere to go for a holiday and cant bear to leave your pet at home, pick up the phone and call Whitby Holiday Park today on 01947 602664 to get your Pet Friendly caravan booked before they all go!!



This Sunday 9th February is Family get together, the traditional Family Sunday lunch day.
Remember the good old day's when you mum used to cook the Sunday Roast and all the family came round and then quickly dissappeard when the washing up time came.  It's time to bring it back again .
The Sunday roast dinner seems to be getting less and less which means famalies don't get together as much which is a big shame.
Come on folks lets give it a go and let me know how you all get on.
Can't beet the Yorkshire puds. 



Are you wanting to do something different for Easter??  Then why not book a stay with us here at Whitby Holiday Park.  Places are going quickly so make sure you give the office a ring today so you don'y miss out!!

We have lots of fun and exciting things planned over Easter weekend for everyone to enjoy.  On Friday night there will be a fun packed night organised by Dean, our entertainer, where he will be entertaining the kids as well as the adults.  There will be party dances and sweetie bingo for the kids followed by bingo and entertainment for the adults.

Don't forget to pack your masks as we are having a Mask Party on Saturday 19th April.  It can be as big and colourful or as small and dainty as you want!  There are no specifics so it can be one that covers all of your face or one that just covers your eyes!!  There is also no particular theme for your masks, but with it being Easter, lets see who can come up with the best Easter themed mask!!  And don't forget there will be prizes for the best kiddies mask as well as the best adult mask!

And if that's not enough to keep you entertained for the weekend then why not come along and join in our Mad Hatter's Sales Day Tea Party on Sunday 20th April!

Again there will be plenty of activities going on throughout the day to keep the kids entertained.  You might even spot the Mad Hatter himself or the White Rabbit, but remember not to keep him talking for long as he is always running late!!  But don't worry, our sales manager Sue will be out and about all day to answer any queries or questions you may have about buying a static caravan here at Whitby Holiday Park.

So if you can't make up your mind about whether or not to take that next step to becoming an owner or are unsure as to what you need to do to buy a static here at Whitby, then the Mad Hatter's Sales Day Tea Party is the perfect opportunity to get those all important answers!!

Don't worry, everyone in the office will also be taking part in the events across the weekend.  We have our masks and outfits already waiting!!

So don't forget to ring the office today on 01947 602664 to make sure you get your holiday booked, as remember, spaces are quickly starting to go!!



Fantastic Acts at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this Summer!

Fantastic Acts at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this Summer!

With a great line up for 2014 there are some great Acts not to be missed!

Whitby Holiday Park is ideally situated with only being a short 20 minute drive from Scarborough.

  Jessie J - Wednesday 25th June 2014

Fans will be wowed by one of her legendary performances, when she takes to the stage of Europe's largest open air theatre. 

Jessie will be performing many of her hits from her second album "Alive".

McBusted - Friday 27th June 2014

Fans can expect a nostalgic set full of everyone's favourite Busted and McFly hits, with a few surprise gems thrown in for good measure! 

Last Night of the Proms - Saturday 28th June 2014

Presented by Welsh TV presenter Aled Jones, the Lat Night of the Proms will feature the beautiful voices of the Military Wives Chorus York, young mezzo soprano Laura Wright and the Welsh male choral group Only Men Aloud.

This event will finish off with a firework grand finale display! 

Status Quo - Saturday 12th July 2014

The truly legendary Status Quo, the worlds greatest rock bank are returning for another year!

Don't miss out on a great evening of great music!

  Boyzone - Saturday 26th July 2014

Join Ronan, Mikey, Keith and Shane to be part of their BZ20 Anniversary Tour.

Book your tickets for a trip back to memory lane! 

Legends of Pop - Saturday 2nd August 2014

Take a step back in time to the 1980'd and early 1990's!

Acts that are performing are:
Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Sonia, Hazell Dean, Bother Beyonds Nathan Moore and Undercover!

they will all be covering some of their smash hits from back in the day!

So if you have already booked your holiday with us and are looking fro something to do or a place to go, then why not book your tickets to one of the great shows listed above! 

All tickets can be bought through the tourist information centre or online

If you were thinking of visiting our area then why not tie it in with one of the shows! To book and check availability please call our office on 01947 602664 or you can email us on


Armed Forces Day 2014


Armed Forces Day gives everyone the opportunity to do two things: 1. to raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces; 2. it gives us as a nation a chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets!

As well as there being a National event in Stirling, many towns and cities across the length and breadth of the country will be holding their own events to show their support.

And here at Whitby Holiday Park we will also be showing our support by having a fun filled day with plenty of activities going on around the Park, as well as that all important one minutes silence.  It will also be a fundraising day where any funds raised on the day will go to our chosen charity for this year which is the very fitting Help For Heroes!!A charity which will touch all of us at some point in our lives.

So why not get yourselves booked on to Whitby Holiday Park for the weekend, whether it be in your touring caravan or in one of our static caravans; we have something here to suit everyone.

Both Whitby and Scarborough will be holding events to mark Armed Forces Day.  Like last year, there will be a parade through Whitby of both currently serving men and women and veterans of the Armed Forces.  The parade finishes at the new war memorial by the dock side in the center of town, where everyone congregates for a short service and a minutes silence.  But if your looking for something a bit bigger, then you need to head on down to Scarborough where they are hoping to build on the success of their Armed Forces day last year.

In 2013, huge crowds were treated to extraordinary displays from the R.A.F's very own aeronautical acrobats, the world famous Red Arrows, an R.A.F Typhoon and the Battle of Britain memorial flight comprising of a Spitfire, Hurricane and the much loved Lancaster Bomber!!  It looks like the Armed Forces day in 2013 will be a hard one to beat, but the 2014 Armed Forces Day is looking just as good!!

Also in conjunction with Scarborough Armed Forces Day 2014, Scarborough Borough Council in association with National Holidays is proud to present the Best of British in a spectacular Armed Forces Day Last Night of the Proms concert live at the Scarborough open Air Theater.  The concert is hosted by Aled Jones and includes performances by Laura Wright; Only Men Allowed and the Military Wives Choir of York.

What a way to end a remarkable and emotional day!!  But don't forget to book your tickets for the concert and to book your pitch or caravan here at Whitby Holiday Park as spaces are now starting to go!!

If you are unable to to make it to us for this wonderful event there's no need to worry as all of the fundraising that we are doing in 2014 is going to the well deserving Help For Heroes charity.  So whether you stay with us for Armed Forces Day or whether it is later on in the year, you will still be able to help and do your bit for our Armed Forces!!