Get Ready !!!Goth Week End April 22-24th



Goth Weekend Returns 22-24th April 2016
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Whether your here to participate or just to view the amazing sites get yourself and your pet ready for this amazing festival.







Once again this festival of celebration of the alternative world comes to Whitby.
Whitby's Magical Abbey the back drop to this celebration .
Its links to the darkness inspiring Bram Stoker's Dracula brings followers back year after year.
Whether you whole life is embraced by the alternative world or you have come to embrace this with others, get yourself (and your pets) ready and join in this amazing weekend.

Get Yourself down and whether you fully embrace the weekend with the amazing music and activities or just enjoy the atmosphere you wont be disappointed.

"Always knew my love of black had a place and Whitby Goth Weekend is my new heaven"

That is  Me joining in last Year !! See you there!!

Book at Whitby Holiday Park early if you want to enjoy the next Goth Weekend . Or if the atmosphere is too busy in the town get the kids dressed up and have a night of your own celebrating in our club house.

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Tour De Yorkshire returns for 2016

Tour De Yorkshire Returns for 2016

This May Day Bank Holiday sees the return of the Tour De Yorkshire to the region.  Following on from last years successful first race, this years is hoping to be bigger and better!

The race this year starts in Beverly and again finishes in Scarborough's North Bay.  Some parts of the race will be familiar to those that participated in last years race, but most of it covers new ground this year.

Stage 1 Beverly to Settle Friday 29th April

This stage covers approximately 186km from start to finish.  The race begins in Beverly, from where the peloton races on towards Tadcaster and then on to Knaresborough.  This first stage of the race takes in some parts from the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour De France route.  From Knaresborough the riders have a series of climbs which will take them past Brimham rocks and onto the finish line in Settle.

Stage 2 Otley to Doncaster Saturday 30th April

This stage covers 136km.
Stage 2 of the race sees the women compete along the same course that the men will be racing.  This stage starts in Otley, which is home to the current Womens Road World Champion Lizzie Armistead.  From here the riders will travel south on roads which have not been used in either the Tour De France or the Tour De Yorkshire, towards Connisborough Castle and then on towards Doncaster.




Stage 3 Middlesbrough to Scarborough Sunday 1st May

This final stage covers a total of 198km from start to finish.
For those that participated in last years Tour De Yorkshire, this part of the race will be very familiar.  This year they will be starting in Middlesbrough,the home town of Captain James Cook.  From here they will travel into Herriot Country before coming across the infamous Sutton Bank, the first of 6 King of the Mountain points!  From here they will head out across the North Yorkshire Moors, passing through Whitby (and the end of our lane!) before heading down into Scarborough for what promises to be a thrilling finale and end to the race!

The riders are due to come into Whitby around 3pm on Sunday 1st May, so make sure you get into town to find the perfect spot early so you're not stood at the back of the crowds!  If you're staying with us here at Whitby Holiday Park and don't feel like travelling all the way into town, why not just take a stroll down to the end of our lane as once again the riders will be passing straight by us!!  We had some fantastic views as they raced down from the Abbey and up towards Hawsker, plus you won't have to worry about fighting through the crowds to get a glimpse!

The site is filling up fast for this weekend so don't leave it too much longer to book your stay, whether it's in a touring caravan or motor home, or one of our statics.  You can contact the office everyday between 9am and 6pm where the booking can be done over the phone in a matter of minutes!  Our contact number is 01947 602664!

We look forward to seeing you over this amazing weekend!




Kayleigh
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New for 2016 ****** Bus service

New for 2016 


   
Starting April 3rd 2016, Enjoy the delights of Whitby without the walk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Our NEW Bus service is available to all our customers for a small fee :
£2 for a single journey 
£3 return.
Weekly tickets will also be available at a cost of £15


For  those with more of a spring in there step enjoy our walk from the park to the Abbey along the Cleveland Way and soak up the amazing views on offer .

Or if your just visiting for a well earned rest Whitby Holiday Park has much to offer including beach strolls on the Saltwick Bay Sands ,our delightful cafe for an afternoon snack or visit the club house and enjoy the entertainment we have on offer..

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Whitby Travel Guide

Whitby Travel Guide


When you come to stay with us at Whitby Holiday Park this guide may be of some use to getting out and about in Whitby town centre! 

Directly from the Park you can pick up the Cleveland Way footpath. This is located just in front of the Holiday Homes that are just passed the road that leads upto the touring field.

This is signposted for everyone as we do get a lot of walkers through our Park who walk the Cleveland Way. As you get up onto the footpath that winds its way along the coast you can see Whitby Abbey in the distance. This walk along will take no more than 20 minutes and brings you out just next to Whitby Abbey. You will then need to head into the church yard of St Mary's Parish Church and head for the famous 199 steps that will lead you down into the old part of Whitby onto the cobbled street.

At the bottom of the 199 steps you can turn right and just a little way up the street (Henrietta Street) you will come to Fortunes Kipper House. This has been in Whitby since 1872. You can get beautifully smoked kippers which have had high praise from even the Royal family!

Turning left at the bottom of the 199 steps will lead you onto the old part of Church Street with its quaint alleys and little shops selling everything from Whitby Jet to books and homemade soaps!!

As you carry on down the cobbled street of Church Street you will see the Market Place on your right handside. You will find here Abbey Wharf (was called Shambles until recently) where you can get a good meal where they specialise in fish and chips and steak. With views over the harbour to the west of Whitby you can watch the world go by as you dine.

On the other side of the swing bridge (with the Dolphin pub on the corner of it) you will come across the main shopping street of Whitby. On this street you will find your usual high street shops such as Boots and Superdrug, but you will also find the local Bothams tearooms and shop. Their potted meat and cakes are to die for!

If shopping isn't what you are looking to do, then you can head right after you go over the swing bridge and head on down towards the Pier and the Amusement Arcades. Hours of fun can be had down there with the slot machines and rides for the children. Above the middle arcade there is a soft play area and mini bowling alley and in the far end arcade there is a mini adventure golf. After all the fun in the arcades treat all the family to an ice cream and a walk down to the old lighthouse. The views as you look back on Whitby are amazing.

You will need more than 1 day to look around our lovely quaint little fishing town!

Claire
Reception

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Fabulous Food, Drink and Gifts on Offer in our Shop and Cafe

Fabulous Food,Drink and Gifts on Offer in our Shop and Cafe



Not quite sure on how to start your day?  Don't fancy cooking a Full English breakfast for everyone?  Then why not pop on down to Saltwickbay Cafe and treat yourself to one of the amazing breakfasts that are on offer!

You can choose from a normal Full English, a Yorkshire Breakfast (see picture on left), a Vegetarian Breakfast or a selection of Breakfast Butties!  All of which can be taken away and eaten in the luxury of your own caravan!

The portions are massive so don't get too greedy as they are bigger than they look!

Don't leave it too late to go down though as the breakfast are only being served until 11am!  So make sure you get down early before they run out!!  The Breakfast butties however are being served all day so when you get a craving for a bacon buttie at 3pm you will still be able to get one!



If you like your fancy coffees then you are in for a treat.  Saltwickbay Cafe has invested in a nice new coffee machine so they can do everything from an Americano to a Cappucino to a latte and a Mocha!(see picture on right)  They are serving locally sourced coffee beans which are freshly ground to order.  In fact, the coffee, Baytown Coffe, is supplied from the farm across the road from the park so you can't get much more local than that!

If you enjoy your coffee why not treat yourself to one of the small bags of the freshly ground Baytown coffee to take away with you back to your caravan!







If you don't fancy a full meal, but fancy something a bit different, why not try the Dirty Fries!  Packed full of not so healthy yumminess, the Dirty Fries are a must!  At the moment the Dirty Fries are topped with cheese, barbecue chicken and spring onion.  However, the toppings will be changing on a weekly, and sometimes a daily basis.  So make sure you pop in and try them before they sell out!!



There's also plenty of wonderful home made gifts and food for you to treat yourself to from the shop too!  There's some amazing locally home made jams and chutneys, as well as home made breads.

You will also find some lovely home made gifts from bunting and seaside knick knacks to some amazing photograph prints of the beautiful surrounding landscapes and architecture!


So don't forget to pop into bot whilst you are here to sample the wonderful delights that are on offer, and to pick up a little memento of your holiday at Whitby Holiday Park!


Blog done by Kayleigh
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Easter activities out and about


 Celebrating Yorkshire-Made in Yorkshire – Returns to Whitby

This small collection of stalls brings together some of the region's finest artists and designer makers.  Help us celebrate some of Yorkshires unique collective of local artists displaying and selling a wide range of gifts and art work including jewellery, ceramics, wood, photography and foods to sample.
Friday, 25 March, 2016- Monday 28TH March

1Dock End (outside Tourist info)
Langbourne Road
YO21 1YN Whitby



FOR THE CHILDREN

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at the Old Coastguard Station
Follow clues around the Old Coastguard Station in Robin Hood's Bay to win a deliciously chocolatey Cadbury prize!
Bunny loves a day out on the Yorkshire Coast and he's been very busy.
After a day on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay he dropped in at the Old Coastguard Station to hide some clever clues. You can become a seaside detective and discover lots of interesting facts about life on the coast Saturday 26 - Monday 28 March, 10am - 4pm. £1.50 per hunt. Entry to the Old Coastguard Station is free. At Ravenscar near Scarborough Bunny put his hiking boots on to leave clues which will lead you on a leisurely walk from Ravenscar Visitor Centre and back. Drop in to pick up a map, follow in Bunny's footsteps and spot all the clues to claim your chocolatey Cadbury reward. Sunday 27 March, 10am - 4pm. £1.50 per hunt. Every single Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will help support special places looked after by the National Trust for future generations to explore. 
Don’t forget for those with less energy we will have Easter activities going on in our onsite Club House for Adults and Children alike.
Please check our entertainment Boards for what’s available.
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Returning Birds to Bempton Cliffs

Returning Birds to Bempton Cliffs



At this cliff top nature reserve each season brings a different experience as different breeds of birds come home to breed and others leave to migrate only to return the following year. 

In Spring you generally hear the air filled with birdsong as the birds look for the best place to call home as they breed their new family. Ins Summer you find the new young birds taking their first venture out of the nest into the big wide world. Autumn is the time for the birds to migrate south to warmer climates as the temperature cools in the UK. 


Lots of breeding seabirds migrate back to Bempton Cliffs including gannets, puffins, herring gulls and razorbills to name a few. Some farmland birds also use the cliffs as a nesting area are skylarks, linnets and meadow pippets.
To catch the cliffs full of nest building birds the best time to go is between April and August.


To catch these lovely birds on the cliffs you must visit between mid - April and mid - July. To get a good look at all the nesting birds you can view them from one of the six safe cliff-edge viewing platforms. So don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera!! At Bempton Cliffs there is a seabird centre you can visit that tells you all about the birds that may see and how they go about their daily life. 

they also sell refreshments and snacks and have a decked area that you can sit out at one of the table and chairs overlooking the reserve while you have a bite to eat. 

the reserve is open all year and the seabird centre is open 9.30am - 5pm in the Summer and 9.30am - 4pm in Winter. There is an admission charge of £3.50 for non member adults, children aged between 5-17 years are £1.50. 

Dogs are welcome on the reserve if you are a dog owner,but they must be kept on a lead at all times.

So if you are staying with us at Whitby Holiday Park and would like somewhere different to visit while you are here with us, then this makes a great day out for all ages.

Claire
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Food Lovers Festival

Malton's Food Lovers Festival


If you are a lover of food, and like to try all sorts of different wonderful treats, then the Malton Food Lovers Festival is just the thing for you!  The festival has been going for several years now and each year it just keeps getting better and better.

This year the festival is taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 28th May and Sunday 29th May.  This years festiavl is set to be the biggest of them all to date with a variety of stalls, demonstrations, tastings and much much more.

As well as all the many mouth watering delights on offer over the weekend, there will be all sorts of live family entertainment available, including live music across both days!

It is not just local food that will be on offer over the weekend.  There will be plenty of locally crafted beers and ciders for you to try too!!

As well as sampling (and buying!) all the wonderful delights that are on offer, there will also be several Celebrity Chef demonstrations.  You will be able to sit and watch, and maybe even partake in a master class where the chefs will be showing off their culinary skills and answering any questions you may have.

As well as the celebrity chefs, there will also be some of the local chefs who have made a name for themselves in the area doing demonstrations and master classes.  

Some of the chefs attending this years festival are Rosemary Shrager (see picture to the right), James Mackenzie and the famous Bettys of Yorkshire.

As well as taking master classes and doing demonstrations, they will also be doing a question time, so if you want to know the perfect way to cook a certain kind of meat, or want to know a way of jazzing up a particular dish, then this is the time to find out!

If the demonstrations aren't enough for you then why not book yourself onto one of the cooking lessons.  However, to partake these particular events you do have to purchase tickets!  I am told these go quite quickly so if this is something that you are interested in then you best hurry and buy your ticket before they all get sold out!!

The food festival was originally started to promote the producers and independent shops of Malton, and as each year has proven this has turned into one of the most successful food festivals in the country!

If you are visiting North Yorkshire, or staying with us here at Whitby Holiday Park over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the Malton Food Lovers Festival is definitely a must to visit whilst you are here!  Even if you are not a lover of food, there is still plenty for you to do in the beautiful market town of Malton.

Whitby Holiday Park is only a 30 minute drive away from Malton so we are ideally suited as a base for your stay over this weekend, particularly if you are visiting the event!  With spaces for 120 touring caravans and 21 static caravans that we have to hire, we have something to suit everyone!

Why not call the park today to book your space with us so you too can go and enjoy one of the country's best food festivals!




Blog done by Kayleigh
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The Flying Scotsman

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN

This beautiful locomotive was built in Doncaster on 24th February 1923. It was built to be used on the London and North Eastern Railway lines.

Its original name was the "Pacific" but after its journey from Londons King Cross to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman express the name we all now know stuck and so it became the Flying Scotsman. The Flying Scotsman was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and was classed as one of the most powerful engines of its time.


The Flying Scotsman was restored to a cost of £4.2m and made its celebratory journey home as the oldest mainline working locomotive. It was restored in it original colour of BR Brunswick Green.

You can see the Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum upto the 7th March before it starts it tour around the country and returns to the museum on 25th March for the final event that is being held at the National Railway Museum York called Stunts, Speed and Style celebrating the this the most famous locomotive. 

At the National Railway Museum you can also see and look around many other trains - whether they are steam or diesel making it a great day out for all the family as well as the train enthusiasts out there who know their stuff and enjoy looking around these magnificent engines. 

You can either travel there by car which takes approx 1 1/2 hours, or you can get the train from Scarborough to York and the National Railway Museum is located just behind the railway station. 


The Museum is signposted from the train station:

  • Turn left outside the front of the station
  • Pass the Royal York hotel and turn left into Leeman Road
  • Continue through the tunnel - the Museum is straight in front of you.

If you travel by car to the Museum then the visitor car park is situated on Leeman Road and the charge is £9 per day. Accessible parking is free. The postcode you need for your Satnav is YO26 4XJ.


You can make a great day out from visiting the Museum and make some memories as a family.


Claire Carlton


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BEACH WATCH BEACH CLEAN UP



WHITBY HOLIDAY PARK

ADOPTING A BEACH - SALTWICK BAY CLEAN UP



LOOK AFTER YOUR LOCAL BEACH -ORGANISE A BEACHWATCH BEACH CLEAN AND SURVEY.

Marine Conservation Society's adopt beaches around Great Britain to do a clean up on beach.  They have got over 900 passionate organisers all around the U.K and they would love you to join them!

Organising a beachwatch clean is easy and they have loads of resources to help you.  If you are interested and would like to help you can contact them on 01989 566017.

WHY BEACHWATCH ORGANISERS ARE FANTASTIC!

They're the people who makes the surveys happen.  Without them, our beaches would be dirtier and less loved, and our wildlife would be more at risk of entanglement.  Most importantly, they wouldn't have any data on the litter around our coastline.  On every beachwatch beach clean, their volunteers record the litter they collect and send the data to them.  This gives them information about trends, sources and where to focus their campaigns to stop litter from getting to the beach in the first place.

MORE THAN JUST A BEACH CLEAN UP

How do we stop litter from reaching our beaches?

Well , they can talk to water companies when they see lots of sewage related debris being recorded,  They can prove to decision makers and leaders that our seas are in trouble by showing them over 20 years of litter data.  They can talk to companies whose logos keep showing up on beach litter and they can work with manufacturers to find solutions.  But they can't do any of this if they don't have the data to back it up.

We are looking at doing a beachwatch beach clean up here at Saltwick Bay on the 18th September and this will certainly help towards our David Bellamy Conservation Award.  We have now got the Gold award which is brilliant and any further improvements we can do towards it all helps.

Sue Robey





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