Mother's Day Treats

Treat That Special Woman in your life..........

Are you looking for something a little bit different to do for your mum this year for Mother's Day??  Have you thought about booking a weekend break away for her??  If so, why not book a stay with us here at Whitby Holiday Park.

Ideally situated up on the cliff tops overlooking Saltwick Bay and Whitby Abbey, we are the perfect place to book your special weekend away.  As well as having spectacular views out over the North Sea and the North Yorkshire Moors, we are just a short walk from the famous Whitby Abbey and its 199 steps down into the town.

Whitby itself has many fascinating shops and cafes to keep you occupied all day long.  You could even treat your mum to something a little special from one of the many jewellery shops located around the town.  There are some fascinating Jet shops which have plenty of hand crafted pieces of jewellery from necklaces to bracelets, rings to earrings and various brooches.

If jewellery is not to her liking, and you fancy something a little different to Whitby, there is also the picturesque village of Robin Hood's Bay which is only a few miles away.  If you are feeling fit you could always walk the 5 miles along the Cleveland Way Coastal path (which actually runs through our site!).  However, if you are not feeling fit, it is only a short 15 minute drive away from the park.  This wonderful little fishing village draws you right down into the heart of the village by a long and winding road (unfortunately you cannot drive down here, you have to park at the top!)  Once you reach the bottom you reach the heart of the village with its wonderful little harbour and narrow streets crammed full of quirky cottages and plenty of shops and cafes.  There are plenty of pubs and restaurants around serving some fantastic food and award winning ales.

Once you've worn yourselves out either walking around Whitby or Robin Hood's Bay, then it is time to head back to Whitby Holiday Park.  If you've booked one of our static caravans all you need to do is put the kettle on and put your feet up, whilst the other half or the children make the dinner (and yes, that is aimed at all you husbands and sons and daughters!)  You could even put the tv on or watch a film, or sit in the window seat reading a nice book whilst looking out over Saltwick Bay.

We have several different types of caravan that you can hire ranging from Platinum down to Pet Friendly (so yes, you can even bring along your furry little friend!).  Our Platinum caravans our our top of the range that come with a walk way decking and guaranteed sea view.  You also get an extra TV in the main bedroom, so whilst the kids are making you breakfast in bed you can have a nice relaxing morning watching tv without having to get up!  We also have Gold and Silver caravans available that  are situated on both sides of the site with some overlooking Saltwick Bay and some overlooking the Abbey.  We have an access plus caravan that has been adapted so it is suitable for people in wheelchairs.  This has a ramped decking and slightly wider door frames.  Some of the surfaces have been lowered too so that everyone can get involved.  With the Pet Friendly caravans you can bring along your little furry friend to enjoy your break away.  These caravans come with all the same comforts as our other caravans and are situated on both sides of the park.

Once you have decided which caravan you want to book, don't forget to call as soon as possible before they all get booked!!  After all, we do only every get one mum and it's nice to be able to treat her to something special!!



Your dog is your best friend and is someone you can always talk to and you don't even get a comment back.
They are with you through good times and bad and they give you lots of love when you need it.
The problem is they aren't around long enough and break your heart when something happens to them.

They deserve so much love back so why not treat them to a holiday as well.  They love lots of new smells which keeps them active and they don't get upset when you leave them behind in kennels.

We offer dog friendly holiday homes so why not bring them with you so they can have a holiday as well.

There is lots of pubs in Whitby and cafe's where you can take them and enjoy a drink with your family.

There is lots of walks in the area that you can take them on and also Saltwick Bay Beach is the perfect place to let them have a run around.


It's Time to Have Some Fun........

It's Time To Play..........

Well, it's finally here!!! Our new play park is ready and waiting for all you children (unfortunately no big kids, yes that is aimed at all you adults who feel like big kids!) to come and have a go.  There's all sorts for you to do from swings and slides,to a water pump and sand pit.

There's normal swings and big tyre swings, so you can have a go at both if you're feeling brave enough.   As you can see in this picture, there is even a little net swing for the smaller children to have a go on.  At least they'll have a soft landing as it is based in our new big sand pit!

Next to that we have a big climbing frame which has some buckets attached to it so you can bring the sand up and pour it down the shoots from the top of the tower.

Behind these there is a rope walkway leading from the top part of the park to the sand pit at the bottom.  So if you are feeling brave enough you can walk down (or up) to get from one section to the other.  Just make sure you hold on to the hand ropes!!

 At the bottom of this rope walkway, (just hiding out of site in this picture) there is a water pump!  Yes that's right.  We have a water pump in the sand pit where you can watch the water flow through the little maze of shoots before disappearing back into the ground.

This picture shows the top part of the play park.  As you can see there are normal swings for those who aren't as adventurous and don't want to try the big tyre swings.

Here you can see the start (or finish) of the rope walkway (that was mentioned previously) connecting the top and bottom areas.

In the middle of this picture is a wooden board which spins round the big metal pole that goes straight through the middle of the board.  Just make sure you trust the person that spins you round!  With it being low to the ground you could walk yourself round with one foot on the board and one foot pushing off the ground.

You can also see a big wooden tower structure in the background on the left.  Hidden under the deck of the tower is a ladder which you can climb to the top.  Here you will get some fantastic views out over the park and across the north sea, looking out over towards Whitby.  You will also get some amazing views of the Abbey too.  From this platform you can either go back down the ladder or you can go down the slide!  I'm sure all we will be hearing in the office is the screams of weeeeee as the kids go down the slide!

And then we have this low level wooden structure for the smaller kids (and for those who don't like heights!) With two little hide outs, one at each end this is great for the little ones to run (or walk) from one end to the other.  They can then have a rest in the little huts at each end.  If they get bored of that, there is always the little boat that leads off this little run way.  This boat does move around so a little bit of adult supervision will be required.  With a gentle push it will almost be like they are out floating on the north sea!

With a littlle bit of imagination the kids can have a great adventure in this new play park.  The little boat that swings could be a pirate ship where they are trying to escape from chasing ships and make it to land with all their treasure.  The big tower can be a look out tower where they can post sentries to be on the look out for invading ships.  The rope walkway could be the only way to get across a shark or crocodile infested river......and that's just me getting started!!!

This play park is just waiting for imaginations to run wild and for memories to be made.  We hope that every child that visits Whitby Holiday Park in 2016 and the years to come enjoys every moment of their time that they spend on it and in it!  We are looking forward to hearing all the amazing stories that are yet to be told about the wonderful adventures that have been had on this amazing new play park.

Don't forget to pop into the office to let us know what you think whilst you are visiting us!  We would love to hear all of your feed back on the park.

Not long now until we open.......just another couple of weeks before you can come along and enjoy this wonderful playground!



History of the Alum Mines at Saltwick Bay

History of the Alum Mines at Saltwick Bay

At Saltwick Bay in 1649 Alum for first quarried here, this was all down to Sir Hugh Chomley. Alum was mined here off the coast on and off until it ceased in 1791.1673 was the year a licence was granted for a harbour to be built at Saltwick Bay rather than transporting it out from quay in Whitby town. In 1770 an alum house was put up on the south east side of the Saltwick Nab quarries. Previous to this all the alum was transported north to the South Shields area for processing. But with the new alum house this could all be done close to the mines. 

As you can see from the picture above, you can still see where the harbour was built to transport the alum from the mines out to the waiting boats to transfer the alum around the country. On some parts of the coastline you can see where the burnt shale is which is dark red in colour. in some areas the beach has more of a red tinge to it as it is made up of ground up, burnt alum shale. 

In this picture you can see what experts think is a ramp from the alum mines out towards the sea so that carts could move off the nab to off load the alum shale onto the waiting boats. Lots of holiday makers head on down to the beach here at Saltwick Bay to look for fossils which due to the Alum mining has brought them to the surface. Otherwise they would of stayed hidden deep in the cliffs.

It was all down to Sir Chomley who noticed on a trip to Italy where Britain imported Alum (a colour fixative for clothing) from that the leaves on the trees were discoloured just like the ones near his home in Guisborough. He came back to England with some Italian workers who had vast knowledge in the mining of Alum. This was how the alum mines came about in Whitby and the surrounding area, and this helped to build the growth of this industry in England.

This is a typical view of the coast along Whitby and the surrounding area as these were the way into the mines. There is a myth that these were pirate holes where they kept their treasure, but this is a story to tell another time!

So when you come on your holidays to Whitby Holiday Park and you decide to have a family day at the beach and go fossil hunting, just remember that this lovely coastline was used for many other purposes than just sunbathing and hunting for crabs in the rockpools!

If you find some fossils or you see a cave sized hole in the cliff face, please take a picture and bring it into the Reception where we are then display it on our boards in the Family Club.



Scooter Rally Returns

Scooter Rally Returns

Easter 2016 sees the return to Whitby of a very popular event, one which we share with Scarborough, and many other towns across the country!  Yes, the SCOOTER RALLY is returning!!

After a year away from us (as Scarborough had it last year) the Rally returns for yet another spectacular event.  As in previous years the town will become over-run with mods and scooters, in various colours and modes of decoration.  And with these come the hoards of crowds that follow them everywhere!  Whitby will yet again be overflowing with vibrant people all out to have a good time.

The rally in Whitby sees the start of the 2016 Scooter rally season, so we have a lot to do to get it off to a good start!  As usual most venues across town will be playing music associated with the MOD scene, so no matter where you go, you will get wrapped up in the excitement and entertainment of the weekend!  As you can see, the year kicks off in Whitby over Easter, from Friday 25th March through until Monday 28th March.  Across the weekend you can see many of the scooters on display up on the West Cliff area of Whitby, down by the band stand as well as along many of the streets throughout Whitby.  It truly is an amazing scene and definitely worth paying a visit whether you're into the whole MOD scene or not!  There will also be a parts fair and custom show on at the Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 26th March from 10.30am.  The Pavilion is also having entertainment on on both Friday night and Saturday night, with Rhoda Dakar aka The Bodysnatchers playing on the Friday night, with The Northern Soul Elite playing on the Saturday night.  There will also be several DJ's playing across the weekend throughout the Pavilion.  If you wander into the town at all you will find that most of the pubs will also be playing MOD music and getting into the spirit of the weekend.  

And it is not just in town that you will see these wonderful scooters, if you are lucky enough to be staying with us over the Easter Weekend, you may just spot several that are stopping here with us at Whitby Holiday Park.  Unfortunately we no longer have room on our touring field as we are already fully booked due to this popular event being back in Whitby, but we do still have a few last minute static caravans available to hire if you have not found somewhere to stay yet!  We are ideally situated to enjoy this wonderful event as we are only a 20 minute walk along the Cleveland Way footpath to the Abbey and into town.  Perfect if you want to have a wander around and enjoy the atmosphere and have a pint or two!

Let's just hope that the weather's kind to everyone this year!!!

Blog done by Kayleigh from Reception at Whitby Holiday Park