Pannett Park

Pannett Park

History of Pannett Park

Robert Elliott Pannett bought the land which was to become Pannett Park in 1902. It was then used mainly for orchards, market gardens and nurseries. 

Mr Pannett spent many years trying to persuade Whitby Council to make this into a park which he thought would benefit the local people and visitors. He thought that there needed to be a place where it was sheltered from sea winds where everyone could enjoy fresh air and its beautiful grounds with trees, flowers and plants. The Council weren't willing to finance this proposed project and it wasn't until Mr Pannett died that anything was done.

He set up Trust to create the park and art gallery, so that it could display his art and other collections.

Over the 70+ years since it was first designed, Pannett Park, as was the case with lots of public parks, less and less resources were spent on the up keep of the park. With the new millenium the Park was looking neglected, so The Friends of Pannett Park was formed in 2005 with the aim to make a bid for a grant to be used in the Parks restoration.

Gardening for Wildlife

Pannett Park is a great place for wildlife. Within its 3.3 hectares you will find woodland areas, open parkland, hedges, mixed borders and wild flower embankments. All of these provide food, shelter and nesting sites.

Gardening in the park is done to enhance the environment and protect wildlife. Healthy plants need healthy soil, and compost bins are provided in the Community Garden, so that the organic matter collected can be added to the soil. Any fallen timber is used to build log piles. This is done by the local Scouts and Cubs, to enable all size mammals and invertebrates to breed and provide shelter for them.

Nest boxes are found throughout the park. There are traditional ones for hole nesters like blue, great, coal tits. Open fronted ones for robins and blackbirds, and some for tree creepers. These nesting boxes are checked regularly. Bat boxes are installed high in the pine trees too!

To celebrate what Mr Pannett did for the local people and visitors by donating this wonderful park there is going to be a Pannett Day to be held on Wednesday 26th August with a picnic in the park between 11am and 3pm

With the new play park open you can bring your little ones for a day at the park with lots to see and do!


Hutton Le Hole


You will find the pretty, picturesque village of Hutton Le Hole on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, sheltered by the limestone hills.

Hutton Le Hole was named in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book of 1085 as Hoton or Huton, and has also been named as Hoton Le Hegh and Hoton Underheg.

In the 1600's the village was home to weavers and farm workers in a largely Quaker community with a reputation for fair dealing and honesty.

Described by the Victorian's as "an ill-planned and untidy village..."Hutton's charm lies in its fascinating history, vibrant community, captivating attractions and idyllic location.  You can discover what it was like to live hundreds of years ago by travelling back in time; you can take part in year-round activities and events.  You can also eat a picnic on the green, enjoy a scrumptious pub lunch or afternoon tea and sample the finest fresh homemade chocolates.  You can always walk the many footpaths and way marked trails taking in the beautiful Lingmoor, Lastingham's ancient church and Rosedale Abbey.

There is plenty to do in Hutton Le Hole to keep the whole family occupied.

Pinfold: - As you leave the car park make sure you look to your right and you'll see the Pinfold which was once used to house stray animals.  Owners had to pay a fine before they could reclaim their animals.

The Old School House: - Replacing the first smaller village school built in 1845, this 'new' school was opened in 1875 at a cost of £500.  It closed to pupils in 1972 and today it is the gift shop Merrils.

Merrils: - Hugely popular in Medieval times, Merrils, or Nine Men's Morris is an ancient board game played by two people on a specially marked board with nine characters each.  Why not look for the board hanging on the side of what used to be the Old School House.  Up until the late 1990's, the Merrills World Championships were held in the Village.

The Village Green: - Overseen by the Pinder, an official also responsible for impounding stray animals, the ancient and now rare court Leets protect manorial land that is "common" including village greens and and verges, as well as local residents who have "common rights".  100 years ago the green was grazed by poultry, donkeys, horses and sheep, while the Beck was used as an open sewer.

Brookside: - Brookside was originally built in 1698 as a Quaker meeting house.  In 1864 it was bought and repaired by the Hartas brothers who also blasted a little waterfall from the stream bed of the Beck.  The explosion blew out many neighbours windows.

Hammer and Hand House: - The unusual name of this hails from the arms of the Blacksmith's Company of London, which you will see carved above the front door.  An earlier owner had a smithy attached to the adjacent building, now the Crown Inn, which was rebuilt in 1940.

Ryedale Folk Museum: - Discover over 20 historic buildings from the Iron Age to the 1950's within the six acre site of this award wining museum.  There's also a farming area, animals, fruit orchard and art gallery.

St Chad's Church: - Early Christian missionary St Chad was Abbot of Lastingham Abbey in the 7th Century.  The Church that was built and dedicated in 1934 was named in his honour by the Archbishop of York.  The Oak alter is home to two famous residents carved by the Yorkshire artist Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson.

So as you can see, Hutton Le Hole has much to offer all the family and as it is within an hour's drive of Whitby, it is the perfect place to go if you want to get away for the day!!

Let's All Get Recycling!!!


Here at Whitby Holiday Park we encourage all owners and customers to use our recycling bins on Park. We use low energy bulbs around the Park too!

If you don't quite know what to recycle or how to recycle then here are some handy hints and tips!:

  • Most councils collect aerosol cans as part of the household collection scheme or they can be taken to recycling centres
  • Ensure that your aerosol is completely empty before you decide to recycle it
  • Do not pierce, crush or flatten the aerosol before recycling 

Clothing and textiles
  • Donate items to charity and re-use organisations, look on the high street for your local shop or fill the bags that come through the door
  • Clothing and shoe banks are often in supermarket and local car parks

  • Electrical items can be donated to some charity shops or furniture re-use organisations - many offer collection services
  • Pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle
  • Sell locally at car boot, nearly new and bring and buy sales
  • Some items of furniture can be donated to a charity shop, a furniture re-use organisation or local community project

So if you have unwanted items or items you no longer use, wear or need then donate them or recycle them!




If you are interested in history, and are stuck for something to do whilst staying here in Whitby, why not jump in the car and head on down to Rosedale Abbey.  Shaped by over a thousand years of hard working Yorkshire hill farmers Rosedale Abbey is almost right in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, with easy access to Pickering, Scarborough and Whitby on the East Coast.

Rosedale is perfect for peace and quiet, beauty and fresh air, great walking, good food, culture and more history than you can take in in one day!

The North Yorkshire Moors have been continuously inhabited by humans for at least 10,000 years, when Stone Age people began settling the area after trudging across the land bridge that joined Europe.  Back then, the Moors (as they are known today) were part of a huge forest that covered most of the country.  As different waves of people settled and used the land, the forest slowly vanished giving way to the moors that we know so well today.

In the 9th CenturyViking Raiders began to attack the Yorkshire Coast eventually establishing the Danelaw, which made much of the East of England a Danish Kingdom.  They introduced their language to the region of which elements still remain in the local dialect, and also renamed a number of settlements.  It seems probable that Rosedale's name has Viking origins either deriving from a personal name, name for a horse or from the word "Rhos" which meant moor.

The Abbey part is quite misleading as the "abbey" ruins that the name refers to are actually the remains of a Cistercian Priory.  The difference between the two is that nuns lived in a priory and monks lived in an Abbey.  The small group of nuns who lived in the priory from 1158 to 1535 were probably the first people to farm sheep comercially in the region.

The old priory building was eventually dismantled during the iron mining boom of the 19th century when the stone was reclaimed for the building of a new church on the site of the original priory.  One tower of the old priory can still be seen.

Iron Ore

Locally sourced iron ore has been processed on the North Yorkshire Moors since medieval times but the discovery of high grade magnetic ironstone in Rosedale during the 1850's saw the villages population explode in just a couple of decades.

The railway soon followed carrying iron ore from Rosedale down onto the Cleveland plains, and for seventy years Rosedale was a noisy, dusty and active part of industrial Britain.  The mines shut in 1920s but many impressive industrial ruins still line the valley today and the spectacularly scenic route of the railway can now be followed on foot all of the way around Rosedale and across the top of Farndale.

Things to do

Gillies Jones Studios- enjoy a changing exhibition of contemporary blown glass, or buy finely crafted hand made bowls, all designed and made in Rosedale.  Internationally acclaimed Gillies Jones Glass is highly sought after.

Rosedale Abbey Golf Course - Golfers of all ages and abilities are welcome at this nine hole course.  There's no membership required and once round will cost you just £3 if you've brought your own clubs with you with reduced fees for a full 18 holes.  Clubs are available to hire for 50p per 9 hole round.  Open seven days a week.

Sycamores Spa and Beauty - The Sycamores Rosedale offers a full range of spa and beauty treatments.  Unwind in the relaxation lounge and admire the stunning views, indulge in treatments of your choice then completely relax by using the spa hot tub and foot spas.  Treatment packages are also available.

Walks in Rosedale - There are walks for all levels of ability and energy throughout Rosedale, including the old railway which affords a breathtaking panorama of the whole of Rosedale.  Two popular walks are the four mile walk across to Northdale and the longer Northdale Rigg.

Wild Country Walkabouts - runs high quality, low impact outdoor activities in and around Rosedale.  They offer courses in bushcraft, archery wildlife awareness, problem solving and group work.  With Wild Country Walkabouts you will expand your knowledge, develop new skills and again a deeper understanding of yourself and the natural world.

There are several places to eat and drink in and around Rosedale.  There's the Coach House Inn, Graze On The Grass and White Horse Farm Inn to name but a few.

So as you can see, there is plenty for you to do in and around Rosedale, whether it's learning about the history of the place or partaking in one of the activities that are available, or whether you want to relax in the spa whilst the other half has a day on the golf course.


How To Make Your Own Compost

How to Make Your Own Compost

Home Composting

Your compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels and keep your soils pH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. Compost improves your soil's condition and your plants and flowers will love it.

Setting Up Your Bin

The reason you should site your bin on soil is that it makes it very easy for beneficial microbes and insects to gain access to the rotting material. It also allows for better aeration and drainage, both important to successful composting.

Making Compost

Please find listed below a list of items you can add to your bin to make the best compost. If you aim for 50% "greens" and 50% "browns" in your compost it will make for the right mix.


Quick to rot and provide nitrogen and moisture:

Animal manure with straw              Bindweed                               Bracken
Brussel sprout stalk                       Carrot tops                             Citrus peel
Coffee grounds                             Cut flowers                             Fruit peelings and pulp
Fruit seeds                                    Grass mowings                       Hay
House plants                                 Old bedding plants                 Tea leaves and bags
Vegetable peelings and pulp


Slower to rot, provide carbon and fibre and allow air pockets to form:

Autumn leaves                           Cardboard                               Christmas tree
Cotton wool                              Egg boxes                                Egg shells
Hair                                          Natural corks                           Nuts
Paper bags                               Sweetcorn cobs                        Tomato plants
Used  kitchen paper                 Vacuum cleaner contents           Wood ash

Things to KEEP OUT of Your Bin

Bones                                       Coal ash                                   Olive oil
Bread                                       Crisp packets                           Plastic bags
Plastic bottles                           Cans                                        Dairy products
Cat litter                                   Nappies                                    Soiled tissues
Cigarette ends                          Dog food                                  Cling film          
Meat and fish scraps

So if you are into recycling or gardening then you may find the above information useful. 

Using Your Compost

To find out if your compost is ready to use, check to make sure your compost is dark brown and smells nice and earthy. It should also be slightly moist and have a crumbly texture.

Don't worry if you have twigs and eggshell still in your compost, just simply sift it out and put back in your compost bin.

Once ready you can use your compost in flowerbeds, enrich new borders, as mulch, around trees, replenish pots, in patio containers, growing healthier herbs and vegetables and feeding your lawn.

Now you know what to do to make your own compost.

It does take a year for your compost to be made and to be at its very best.

Have fun gardening knowing your compost is all home made and that you are doing your bit for the environment!



Two Fun Filled Weekends at Whitby

Two Fun Filled Weekends at Whitby!!!


Why not come and join in the fun and games!! Bring your own mask whether it be homemade or bought and see if you can win our competition. Prizes will be given out for the best Mask of the night!! All this is happening in our Family Club where doors open at 7pm. 


Come and join in our day time event which is perfect for all the family!! Get your fancy dress costumes at the ready and enjoy yourselves at our tea party! You are more than welcome to contribute to the tea party and there is a Best Decorated Cake Competition. So get your cake decorating skills at the ready!!


Why not come in your goth wear and join in with us! There are lots of different genres of Goth from your Victorian Goth to Steam Punk and everything in between. Lots of things happening in Whitby and we have our fancy dress party too that weekend!!

It's never a dull moment at Whitby Holiday Park with lots to see and do in and around Whitby

Book now to come and stay with us on 01947 602664