Whitby Regatta 2014 and the Red Arrows!!

Whitby Regatta 2014 and the Red Arrows!!!

Whitby Regatta starts on Saturday 9th August for 3 fun filled days! 

 From Saturday you can wander around all the displays from the armed forces on Whitby's West Cliff. there is also a display of vintage cars and vintage motorcycles for you to take a look around. 

Over the 3 days you will see many rowing races with the towns 2 clubs taking part - Fishermens rowing club and Friendship rowing club!

Why not head on down to the harbour and watch the greasy pole event! You will see locals trying to run across the greasy pole over the harbour to try and snatch the flag from the end declaring them the winner! 

On Sunday 10th August you will be able to enter your dog in Scrufts Dog Show from 11am which is taking place in Crescent Grdens on the West Cliff. on the Archery Green between 12pm and 2pm there are fun games and sports for all ages of children with the Whitby Leisure Centre Kids Activity Team. Then the RED ARROWS will be on display from 6.30pm. You can watch them from the West Cliff or even from the Park as you get a birds eye view of them! With them being one of the worlds premier aerobatic teams, you are in for a treat watching their performance especially with it being thr 50th display season for the Red Arrows!!

Monday 11th August will see the fair and stalls arrive into town. With dodgem cars, roundabouts, Ghost Train, bucking bronco and Waltzers you are sure to find a ride that all the family will enjoy. If rides aren't your thing then there are plenty of stalls to look around, and also there will be roll-a-penny, darts, cork gun shooting range and lots more!
Don't worry about finding somewhere to have dinner as there are many burger stalls all along the pier.

To round off a brilliant weekend you will be entertained with the Grand Fireworks Display from 9.45pm

So if you have your holidays booked with us already you are sure in for a fun filled weekend here at Whitby Holiday Park!!


The Rohilla

Ship no:381 was launched on the 6th September 1906 at the Harland and Wolff shipyard.  It was delivered to the British India Steam navigation Company Ltd on the 17th November 1906 where she was christened the S.S. Rohilla.  She was originally built as a passenger and cruise liner, before being turned into a troop ship in 1908.  In 1914 the Rohilla was requisitioned as a Naval Hospital Ship.

The ship was adapted to accommodate her new role as passenger accommodation was converted into hospital wards.  The ship was equipped with two operating theaters complete with x-ray appliances.  Overseeing the work was Captain David Landless Nelson who had worked hard in his career qualifying as Second Mate when he was 18.  He was finally awarded his Master Mariners Certificate when he was nearly 40!

The Rohilla left for Dunkirk on a route that would take her down the East coast of.  This was a coastline which the Captain had never sailed before.  He had to overcome German submarines and mines scattered around the coastline in many uncharted minefields.  Due to war time restrictions navigation lights were turned off and navigation signals were muffled.  This mixed with poor weather did little to help keep an accurate course.

It is believed that the Rihilla's last fix was taken and a new course set as they passed the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast.  The Coastguard at Whitby was positioned on the cliff and in good weather conditions would of had an unparalleled  view of the coast.  He could see the outline of the Rohilla and knew instantly that she was heading for the rocks just off the coast of Whitby.

Under normal conditions the hazard would of been marked by the Bell Bouy whixh is moored there permanently, but due to wartime conditions the bell had been silenced and the light extinguished.  The Coastguard tried in vain to warn the vessel of the impending danger and despite signalling for thirty minutes the Rohilla failed to alter her course.

At 4.10am on the morning of Friday 30th October 1914 there was a terrifying shudder as the ship hit the rocks here at Saltwick Nab at full speed with 229 passengers and crew on board.

Although the ship was grounded only 600 yards from the shore, the bad weather had made any rescue attempts perilous and within minutes the Coastguard had fired off the explosive maroons alerting the town to the unfolding drama.

Whitby's number one lifeboat the Robert and Mary Ellis was unable to launch due to the bad weather.

Dawn brought no further chance of launching the lifeboat as the weather was still bad.  Whitby's number 2 lifeboat, the John Fielden was the only other option.  This lifeboat was rowed across the harbour and then lifted over an eight foot wall on the East Pier.  It was a huge task having to drag the very heavy 36ft lifeboat across the scar.

The John Fielden managed two trips out to the stricken Rohilla and on its first trip managed to save 17 members of the ships crew and on the second trip saved another 18 men.

After it's second trip, the John Fielden was that badly damaged that they had come to a decision that it was not fit to launch again.  It was dragged on to the scar where it was abandoned to the sea.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, the lifeboat men of Whitby came up with another daring and corageous plan to aid those still on board the Rohilla.  In an amazing feat of human spirit the Upgang lifeboat, the William Riley was hauled over land to the cliff top where it was then lowered down 200ft to the bottom of the cliff.  After this amazing feat of getting the lifeboat there, the treacherous water conditions had made it impossible for the boat to launch, and when it finally did it was beaten back.

Lifeboats from other towns had been called up to help with the rescue.

Out of the 229 passengers and crew on board the Rohilla only 146 survived.  Bodies began to wash ashore and were collected by the townsfolk of Whitby, and some were never found.

Some of the lifeboat crew awarded medals for their bravery.  Many of the crewmen from the Rohilla were buried in Whitby where the owners of the Rohilla erected a monument to the ship's loss.

It was clear from advances in shipbuilding and vessels of that era that a new breed of Lifeboat was needed and shortly after the loss of the Rohilla, Whitby's outdated rowing boat was replaced with a motor lifeboat.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution lists this event as one of the worst services in its history.  Numerous medals were awarded.  Of the lifeboats, the John Fielden was wrecked during the rescue, the Henry Vernon was reported as being broken up in the Bay of Biscayand the whereabouts of the Queensbury is unknown.

Of the 229 passengers and crew on board the Rohilla, 5 of them were women.  One, Mary Roberts, had just two years previously survived the sinking of the Titanic!  She also survived this sinking and lived to tell the tale of both!

The wreck of the Rohilla, or what is left of it can still be seen to this day when the tide is out down at Saltwick Bay, right underneath us here at Whitby Holiday Park!




Bumblebees are a quintessential part of our Spring and Summertime. Sadly they are struggling to survive due to fewer flowers being planted in our gardens and countryside, which provide food and a home for them.

You can find 24 species of bumblebee in the UK and there are plans to reintroduce the short haired bumblebee. Unfortunately 2 species in the UK have become extinct in the last 80 years, and other species have started to decline. With fewer flowers means less pollen and nectar that they need to survive. But all is not lost - if you have space in your gardens at home or some pots around your caravan you can help save these pollinators by planting flowers!

Bumblebees help the key ingredients in our diet to keep growing, such as peas, beans, raspberries and tomatoes. These would be hard to produce and become much more expensive to buy without the hard work of the British bumblebee.

There is a difference between, bumblebees, honey bees and solitary bees. Bumblebees are larger and hairier, which makes them perfectly suited for colder climates. Because they have extra insulation they tend to venture out on cold days, while honey bees stay inside.

Bumblebees are different to wasps and honey bees. Bumblebees do not swarm and are not aggressive. The female bumblebees are the only ones who can sting you, but they only do that if they feel threatened.

Bumblebees are social insects and you can generally find up to 400 bees living in the same nest.  Each nest is ruled by a queen bee and lasts just one year. Bumblebees rarely nest in the same location two years running.

Things to help the Bumblebees

No matter how small your garden is you can help the bumblebees by planting pollen rich flowers. Pollen rich flowers include: foxgloves, lavender, geraniums, wild roses and herbs.

Here at Whitby Holiday Park we are going to be trying to help the bumblebees out by planting such flowers. 

You can find out a lot more information on how to help these insects by searching for the bumblebee conservation trust online.