Autumn Recipes for all to try!!

Autumn Recipes!!

Autumn Chutney


  • 1kg ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 750g cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 375g light muscovado sugar
  • 250g onions, chopped
  • 250g raisins
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp salt ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 350ml cider vinegar


Put all the ingredients into a large pan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Boil the mixture, uncovered, for about 45-50 mins until the fruit is tender and thickened. Cool, then transfer the mixture to a sterilised jar and seal.
Recipe from Good Food magazine

Autumn roasted vegetables with lancashire cheese


  • 1 large butternut squash (about 600-700g/1lb 5oz - 1lb 9oz in weight)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large sprig fresh sage
  • 1 large courgette
  • 1 tbsp balsamic or sherry vinegar
  • 100g Lancashire cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to fan180C/conventional 200C/ gas 6. Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the halves into smaller pieces so you can peel them more easily. Chop the flesh into big bite-sized pieces – they don’t have to be neat.
  2. Halve the onion and trim the root end leaving a little on to hold the segments together. Peel and then cut each half into four wedges. Scatter the squash and onion in a large roasting tin so they have plenty of room to roast, drizzle over 5 tbsp of the oil and toss together. Strip the sage leaves from the stem and roughly chop – you should have about 2 tbsps. Scatter over the vegetables and season. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the courgette thickly and toss with the remaining oil. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and push the partly cooked squash and onion to the side. Put the courgette slices flat on the base and season. Roast for a further 10 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove tin from the oven, sprinkle the vinegar over the vegetables and toss. Crumble over the Lancashire cheese. Toss lightly so the cheese melts a little and serve.
Recipe from Good Food magazine

Autumn Fruity Pudding


  • 450g mixed autumn fruit - we used ripe plums, peeled apples, pears and blackberries
  • 2 tbsp butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 140g shredded suet
  • zest 1 lemon


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cut 2 x 5cm-wide strips of parchment and lay them up the sides of a 1.2-litre pudding basin, making a cross on the bottom of the dish. Make sure there is some overhang to help you release the pudding when cooked. Grease again. Lay a square of foil and equal-size square of greased parchment on top of each other, folding a pleat down the middle.
  2. To make the filling, chop plums, apples and pears into 1cm cubes and place in a bowl with the blackberries. Add butter, broken into bits, 125g of sugar and cinnamon. Stir and put to the side.
  3. Sift flour into mixing bowl. Mix in suet, remaining sugar and zest. Add a few drops of water, working it through with a cutlery knife, then keep adding water until you have soft dough. Using your hand, bring the dough together into a smooth ball. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface. Tear the dough into ¾ and ¼ parts. Roll the larger portion into a rough circle, approx 20cm. Drop into the basin and press up the sides until you have a slight overhang. Tip the filling into the pastry case. Roll out the remaining ¼ to make a lid, then press the pastry edges together to firmly seal. Tuck the protruding flaps of parchment down onto pastry.
  4. Put foil/parchment on top (foil side up), pressing and squeezing the foil round the edges to make a fitted lid. Tie string securely around the lid, making a handle with extra doubled-up string. Put in a deep roasting tin, then pour boiling water to 1-2cm below foil line. Cook for 2 hrs, topping up water level if it gets too low. Unwrap, release edges using parchment tabs and invert onto a plate.
Recipe from Good Food magazine

Lots of lovely Recipes to create while you are cosy in your Holiday Home accommodation here at Whitby Holiday Park 


Fantastic Fundraising Weekend

Fantastic Fundraising Weekend

We've had a fun filled weekend here at Whitby Holiday Park raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

It all started with both myself and Claire selling raffle tickets in the office from Friday.  We had lots of lovely prizes donated to us by all sorts of local business so we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who did.  The prizes went down very well!!

We also had a visiting cabaret act on in the Club on Friday night to get the fun filled weekend started.

On Saturday we had the wonderful Russel King who entertained all the excitable kids on park with his magic and comedy.  Even the big kids, yes you adults, got involved and helped him with his tricks.  He finished off by making all the kids who had turned up a balloon creature and made sure that he did not go until every last one had got one!!

Then on to Saturday night where we had another fantastic visiting cabaret act on who entertained his audience with music from across the years.

Whilst all this was going on Claire and myself were busy beavering away in the office and selling raffle tickets, trying to get as much money for the Great North Air Ambulance as possible!

Then we come to Sunday....our main day for fundraising on the park.

There were outside games planned for the children to burn up some of that energy that they always seem to have before the main event of the day the Whitby Holiday Park Dog Show....and what a turn out there was!  We had 19 dogs turn up for the event.  There was an assault course set out for them, all done by our maintenance lads, so a big thank you to them for getting that sorted!  Then there was the best look a like, the naughtiest dog and all sorts of other interesting categories for them to enter.

After the dog show everyone headed inside to the club where there was a cake stall run by two of our owners and a games stall which was run by myself.  We had guess the name of the bear, guess how many lollies were in the jar, guess the weight of the cake and where did 'x' mark the spot.  All went down well and there was a few determined customers who wanted to win the fruit cake!!  We also had a stall selling merchandise for the Great North Air Ambulance, so a big thank you to them as well for sending us the merchandise.  We also had another children's entertainer in, Professor Nincompoop who kept the kids entertained for an hour.

Again Claire was busy in the office selling raffle tickets as it was going to be drawn that night!

After the excitement of the day, it was time to unwind a little and have a rest before getting everything organised to do the raffle on the night.  For one night only you saw me and Claire out of our comfort zones and up on stage dishing out prizes to those lucky winners.

A fab night was had by all and lots of money was raised for the Great North Air Ambulance.  A very big thank you to all involved, and a special thank you to Sue who over saw and planned the whole weekend....wouldn't of happened without you!




Autumn is the time of year where you will find plenty of berries, fruits, nuts and seeds. The leaves change colour and some birds arrive and others leave on migration, while animals get ready for the cold weather.

There are often some spectacular sunsets in Autumn and Whitby Holiday Park is a great location to see them!

With an abundance of blackberries, rose hips, crab apples, hazel nuts and seeds for all the many wildlife species to take advantage of so that they can build up their reserves of fat for migration or for hibernation.

The top things to do in Autumn are:
1. Go Blackberrying
2. Gather conkers and sweet chestnuts
3. Make a woodpile habitat.

If you are at a loose end on one of your days here, why not make a day of walking around the local woodland where you may see the local habitat foraging for food such as fruit and seeds so that they can take them away to add to their stockpile for the winter months ahead.

So don't forget your wellies, just in case the weather turns to a few showers! That way you are well prepared for all weather!!


Historical Headland at Whitby



The Headland here at Whitby is shrouded in history.
Excavations over the years have shown that the land was occupied as far back as the Bronze age.  We know this because the excavations have revealed a round house within a ditched enclosure along with several objects dating from this period.

It is believed that the headland here at Whitby was also at one point occupied by a Roman Signal station during the 3rd Century AD.  This however has long since disappeared as the cliffs have eroded over time.

After the Romans left Britain, the country was divided into a number of smaller kingdoms.  Whitby came under the Kingdom of Northumbria, which during the 7th Century was the most powerful of the Anglo- Saxon Kingdoms.

One of the Headland, and one of Whitby's most famous landmarks is the Abbey, or what is left of it.  The first monastery here at Whitby or Streaneschalch as it was known back then, was founded in 657 by Hild, who had the support of the Northumbrian King, King Oswiu.  Streaneschalch ( Whitby) soon became an important place to the Northumbrian Roayl family, as many of them were buried within the grounds here.

There is not much in the way of written history about Streaneschalch (Whitby) but St Bede seems to have documented one of its most important events, not just for Whitby, but for religion too!  It was here during the Synod of Whitby in 664 when the rivalry between the two strands of Christianity in England, the Celtic and the Roman, came to a head.

Before 664, both strands of Christianity in England differed on how priests and monks should dress and wear their hair along with other issues.  The main difference between the tow was how to calculate when Easter should be celebrated each year.  It was during this Synod of 664 when King Oswiu ruled that his Kingdom would calculate Easter and observe the monastic tonsure according to the customs of Rome; thus introducing the Pope and his authority over the Church in Britain.

During the reign of Abbess Hild, the monastery here at Whitby  became one of the most important religious centers in the Anglo- Saxon world; but during the 9th Century the Abbey was abandoned.  As to why, no one really knows........

It wasn't until after the Norman conquest in 1066  that Abbey began to form in the shape of what can be seen today in the ruins.  During the 13th Century a stone church was rebuilt in the Gothic style, with the rebuilding of the monastery continuing for the next two centuries until it was destroyed in the Supression of the Monasteries by Henry 8th.

What was left was later bought by a wealthy family known as the Cholmleys, who adapted the Abbots lodgings and created a new courtyard entrance.  By the 18th Century the Cholmleys had departed leaving the Abbey and it's out buildings to the elements.   There was not much left but ruins by the time the First World War started, but this did not stop the Germand from shelling the port of Whitby.  The ruins were also struck causing damage to what was left.  Some of this was rebuilt, but the rest was left to stand as it was.

The ruins now stand proudly on top of the cliff and are one of the first things you see on your way into Whitby.  What is even better is that the ruins themselves sit only a short 20 minute stroll away from Whitby Holiday Park and can be seen from our touring field and from some of our static caravans.

Whilst staying in Whitby you must make time to take a stroll among the ruins and imagine what life must have been like all those hundreds of years ago!!  Whether you like history or not, the Abbey ruins, up on the headland, are definitely worth a visit!


The Forbidden Corner - York


The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a 4 acre garden in Tupgill Park in the Yorkshire Dales.

There is a temple of the Underworld, eye of the needle and a huge pyramid of translucent glass to explore through, as well as lots of other things to see and do! With lots of paths and passages leading to nowhere or somewhere, you have to make the decisions at every turn and try and avoid the tricks!!

The Forbidden Corner was originally built as a private folly but because it became so popular it was opened up to the public.

While there, why not visit the Fish Temple and enjoy their Herb Garden. The Herb Garden was part of a field, but in 2001 work was carried out and it now has 27 individual raised beds holding over 100 different herbs! 

The Fish Temple was originally an old "water box" or Horsebox, which used to be flooded to allow a horse to stand in the water for health purposes. Now inside they have laid a mosaic floor, fitted osprey and fish light fittings and have designed furniture carved from wood.

If you fancy a breather on your way around you can call into the Corner Cafe and have a bite to eat. They use locally sourced food products.

So if you are looking for a fun day out for all the family while you are staying here with us, then why not visit here!!