Rare plant found on Park

Dyer's Greenwood - ( Genista Tinctoria)

Common Names: Dyer's Broom
                                     Dyer's Greenwood

Dyer's Greenwood is a permanently growing shrub which looks like a broom ( hence the name and can grow up to a height of 60cm or 2ft.

It has firm branches which have interchanging leaves that appear like spears.  The length of the leaves normally range between half to one inch and have soft stalks.  The sprouts or tender branches of the herb have pointed ends that bear yellow coloured pea shaped blooms, which begin to blossom in July.  The flowers can be anywhere from half and inch up to three quarters of an inch long.  The flowers 'blow up' when they are visited by insects to collect the pollen.  Once the flowers start to fade and disappear, pods appear in their place.  On ripening, these pods turn brown and can contain anywhere between 5 to 10 seeds.

The shrub is a dwarf or midget variety and is generally grown in bunches.  It can be found in pastures all over England, and is believed to make poor soil fertile.

The blossoming tops of the shrub produce an excellent quality yellow colour dye which has been used by dyers to for many years.  This particular colour tends only to be found with this particular plant.

As well as being known for this particular colour dye, Dyer's Greenwood is also well known for its medicinal properties.  Although Dyer's Greenwood has never been acclaimed as a formal medicine, the whole plant, including the blossoming tops as well as the seeds, have all been used therapeutically.

Dyer's Greenwood has been known to have diuretic, cathartic and emetic properties.  It has also been known to help with urine outflow and as a purgative.  The powder which is created when the seeds are crushed has also been known to be used as a laxative, while a mixture of the plant and powdered seeds is sometimes used therapeutically to help heal dropsy, gout, and rheumatism!

Habitat and Cultivation 

The Dyer's Greenwood plant is supposed to be indigenous to the Mediterranean regions and western regions of Asia.  Yet, somehow, we are told, by a local lady who is part of the Whitby Naturalist Club, (and who keeps an eye on the plant for us) that the plant has taken root on our park, just before the path that leads along the cliff tops into Whitby.  There is quite a bit which has taken over the bankside.  We are avoiding cutting the bankside in this area as we are trying to encourage more bees and butterflies onto the park ( and Dyer's Greenwood is a brilliant plant for enticing bees as they just love it!).

It is said that Dyer's Greenwood can be easily grown provided that the soil that is used is light and well drained and in an area that gets full sun light.  It is also said that Dyer's Greenwood can withstand extreme cold conditions to the extent of -35oc !!  So even with the extreme weather we can get here on the Cliffs of Whitby it seems that we are an ideal place, as it seems to love growing up here!

The Whitby Naturalists Club is holding a Treasure Hunt on park next week on Thursday 4th August, so why not pop along and join in the fun and games and see if you can spot this wonderful plant on site!!

Blog done by Kayleigh


Try something new on your holiday with us - Husky Trekking in North Yorkshire!!

Husky Trekking in North Yorkshire

While on holiday with us why not try something different to fill your day!

First let me tell you about the history of the company Pesky Husky!
Pesky Husky is a family run business and they have over 30 years of experience with Husky dogs and their characteristics. Pesky Husky was set up in 2007 and their main aim is to provide a beautiful surroundings in which you can go and learn all there is to know about the breed.

They provide a loving home  environment for their dogs for the rest of their lives, as some of their dogs have been rescued from unsuitable homes.
With plenty of fields around them, the Huskies can do what they do best - and that is run!

Pesky Husky is situated between Whitby and Scarborough and they offer 2 exhilarating experiences for you to try!

The first thing for you to try is Husky Trekking!

At the start of your session you will get to meet the 30 huskies and then have the opportunity to drive a purpose built two wheeled scooter with your own team of dogs. A special trail has been built for you to use with two exhilarating down-hills.
This is perfect for those of you seeking an adrenaline rush! Sessions of trekking last from 1.5 - 2.5 hours (when combined with a hike).

The second thing you can do if the sound of trekking isn't for you is hiking!

This is available all year round where you can walk the dogs through the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. You are fitted with a specialist belt and equipment specifically designed for sled dogs.

This activity is fun for all the family and children love the interaction with the dogs! Walking groups enjoy the hike too!

Within the hiking experience you will get to meet the dogs in their kennel environment and you get the opportunity to learn all about the dogs and their characteristics! Also included in your session is full training and all safety equipment you will need before setting of your hike with your new furry friends!!

So if you love the countryside and you are a dog lover, then this would make the perfect day out for you!


A one lap trekking session which lasts approx 90 mins costs £25.00 per person

A hiking session which again lasts approx 90 mins costs £25.00 per person

A combined hike and trek session - a one lap which lasts approx 2.5 hours costs £40.00 per person.

A kennel visit which lasts approx 40 mins costs £20.00 for 4 people and additional people costs £5.00 each.

To book your trek or hike then call 01723 870521 or email them on peskyhusky@btconnect.com

So now that you know that you can go trekking while on holiday in North Yorkshire! you can book your holiday with us on 01947 602664! We have touring facilities and we also hire out our static accommodation and with a cafe, shop and family club on site we have everything on your doorstep!


Something a bit different............

The Moors National Park Centre..........

Have you ever thought about visiting the Moors National Park Centre at Danby?? No??  Then let me try and convince you why you should change your mind and visit there........

The historic centre is tucked away in the valleys of the North Yorkshire Moors, situated on the banks of the River Esk, nestled between moorland, woodland and farmland.  The ideal place to be able to explore and learn about this wonderful place that you have come to stay and visit!

So, apart from being nestled in beautiful countryside, why else should you visit the Moors Centre?  The reason being that there is so much here for you to do indoors and outdoors.  There are plenty of activities on for both adults and children.

The inside activities include the following:

  • Exhibition - telling you all about the people who you will find on the moors, the history of the moors, what wildlife you can find and also about the landscape and why it is like it is.  The exhibition has lots of fun and interesting facts, and has lots of interactive activities for the children.
  • Inspired by.......gallery - which has an ever changing exhibition of work inspired by the North Yorkshire Moors
  • Climbing wall - if your children fancy having a go at burning off some energy, let them see if they can climb all the way to the top of the climbing wall, which has been a new addition to the centre.
  • Shop - make sure you visit the shop which is full of wonderful delights, books, maps, guides, postcards etc.... to remind you of your visit to the Moors Centre
  • Woolly Sheep Tea Room - refresh yourself with a cup of tea/coke/soft drink and a slice of cake or perhaps a light lunch

And if that list of exciting things isn't enough to tempt you, then what about all the exciting things you can do outside...........

  • Outdoor adventure play area - let the kids have a run around and burn off some energy in the adventure play ground.
  • Woodland Kitchen - we all know children like having tea parties out in the garden, using whatever bits and pieces they can find from outside, so why not let them have a play in the Mud Kitchen, which comes complete with ovens, cupboards, pots and pans - the Mud Kitchen is open from Spring until 5th November
  • Salmon Labyrinth - follow the journey of a salmon upstream to their spawning grounds
  • Quoits - have a go at playing a traditional game 
  • Compass Field - brush up on your navigation skills
  • Crow Wood - explore this woodland via an easy access circular route that starts in the car park.
  • Have a walk around the grounds to see the many sculptures - some of which can talk!
  • Why not have a picnic out on the lawn
  • Or why not try one of the 5 easy to follow walks around the Moors Centre.
Plus you can take your trusty four legged friend with you too! Although they are not allowed in the main building or Crow Wood (as children's activities are done in there!).

And if that still isn't enough to tempt you, then what about this.................

The Moors National Park Centre at Danby is a 'Dark Sky Discovery Site (Milky Way Class)'.  This is because it has low light pollution levels and a clear horizon.  These places are named so because more often than not, the galaxy is often visible to the naked eye!  Being in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors, the National Park Centre is the perfect place for star gazing as there are no street lights blocking your view of the beautiful night sky. 

The 'Dark Sky Discovery' is a network of national and local astronomy and open space organisations which help people like you and me to enjoy the amazing night skies!

And now I am out of options to try and tempt you to change your mind a pay this beautiful place a visit!  Even if you have been before, i would recommend that you go again as the displays inside are forever changing, as well new additions being added outside!

Not only is it a beautiful place to go, but it is only a 30-40 minute drive away from Whitby Holiday Park, so you will not be wasting half of your day travelling to this amazing place!



Scarboroughs' New Water Attraction

Scarboroughs' New Water Attraction

Park Layout

A giant £14 million Alpamare water park is opening in Scarborough. The park will be situated on Burniston Road and is set to open on 28th July 2016, it is said to be the size of 5 football pitches,
it has been billed as 'like nothing seen before' 

The east coast attraction is situated on the same road as the open air theatre and will be a major highlight for children in the Hull and East Yorkshire throughout the summer holidays.
Dr Anton Hoefter - Alpamare Chief Executive Officer has said "Yorkshire is a truly amazing county and we are confident that we are delivering a truly amazing, all-year-round attraction for the county and the UK to be proud of"

The park is now on countdown to opening and they can't wait to welcome their first visitors through the door.

Infinity Pool

The Infinity Pool boasts massage jets, whirlpools and bubble benches. It will have a terrace overlooking Scarboroughs' coastline and landscaped gardens, it will also have sunbeds, a pool bar and restaurant


The Black Hole

The Black Hole is the steepest and fastest ride on the complex, it is said to reach speeds up to 50km per hour - as fast as a galloping horse, I'm sure you will agree this will definitely be a ride for the brave.

The Snow Storm

This gravity defying ride is sure to get your heart racing, halfway through the ride there is a sudden 14.2m drop. If you are not brave enough to ride this slide solo you can take the terrifying plunge with family or friends in a four person boat. It will be pumping 20,900 litres of water per minute, a four person inflatable will shoot riders down over 14m of twists and turns in to the pool below.

Cresta Run

This ride has been designed and based on the world famous death defying crested run in St Moritz, it has ski slope equivalent of a black run and shares an 11m drop with the black hole, riders will be propelled head first on a racing mat.

Olympic Run

This is a double inflatable ride and is the largest family friendly slide. It is 116.2m and is one of the UK'S longest, it is rated as a ski slope equivalent of a blue run.

Blog done by Collette

Discover the hidden tales

Historical Ruins in North Yorkshire

Of the four counties that make up Yorkshire, North Yorkshire is not only the largest, but also the most beautiful! And yes, I am biased!

Not only do we (and by 'we' I mean North Yorkshire!) have two national parks, The Dales and the Moors, we also have miles of stunning coastline, which has a rich maritime history (which I'll cover on another day.)

If you are a history buff like me, then North Yorkshire is the place to be!  From the small coastal villages steeped in smuggling and fishing history, to further inland where you have hidden treasures of Monasteries long ago destroyed but where the ruins still stand tall and proud!

Listed below is just a couple of the ruins that our beautiful county has to show of its splendid past!


Right here on the doorstep of Whitby Holiday Park, is one of North Yorkshire's treasure.  Yes, you guessed right.  It is none other than Whitby Abbey! Perched up on the cliff tops over looking the north sea, the ruins of Whitby Abbey stand tall, keeping watch on the town below. The first monastery was founded in 657 AD.  This was soon destroyed by the Danes, and a second monastery was built in its' place.  This second monastery lasted until Henry VIII's dissolution of the Monasteries during the 1540s.  Since, then the ruins have stood tall, and have even survived being bombed during the First World War by a German Submarine. These majestic ruins have even been the inspiration for novels, particularly, Gothic novels such as Dracula by Bram Stoker.

If you have never visited Whitby Abbey, then it's a definite must!  You can wander round for hours, walking in amongst the ruins, learning of its' history.  You'll even discover that it was here, at Whitby Abbey where they decided on how Easter would fall each year!

So, make sure you make time to visit this beautiful place and lose yourself in its' history!


Tucked away deep in the valley of the River Rye, lies Rievaulx Abbey, one of the very first Cistercian Abbeys to be built in England.  These ruins reflect nearly 1000 years of romantic, spiritual and commercial history.

After the dissolution of the monasteries, Rievaulx Abbey, for years became the centre of commercial activity.

Why not pop into the visitor centre whilst you are there and learn all about its intriguing past, and about its rise and fall!

The majestic ruins, hidden deep in the valley soon started to attract artists, painters and poets, and you can see why it did!

Rievaulx Abbey was one of the first buildings to be taken into the care of what we know today as English Heritage!


The ruins of Fountains Abbey are said to be the largest ruins in the country.  The Abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine Monks from York who were seeking to live a devout and simple lifestyle.  By 1135, the Abbey had been admitted in to the Cistercian order.  The Abbey soon became wealthy due to it's production of wool, lead mining, cattle rearing, horse breeding and stone quarrying.

The Abbey closed in 1539 due to the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII.  The estate was sold off by the crown to a merchant.  The estate was kept in private hands until the 1960's when it was bought by the National Trust in 1983.

Fountains Abbey is also home to the Studley Royal Water Gardens.  The two were combined when it's owner, William Aislabie bought the Fountains estate in 1767.  At the end of the garden is what John and William Aislabie called their "Surprise view" as it gives an incredible view of the Abbey ruins in the distance.


Magnificently placed between York and Malton, the riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory are set in the beautiful Derwent Valley.

The Augustinian Priory was founded in 1120 by Walter L'Espec, Lord of Helmsley.

The Gatehouse for the priory was built c 1290- 1295, and is a wonderful specimen of English Gothic medieval architecture.  It is very rare to see something rare like this survive.

The area around Kirkham Priory was used to test the D-Day landing vehicles during World War 2, and was visited by Sir Winston Churchill.


Here you can see the ruins of a 14th Century Carthusian Priory.  Mount Grace Priory is England's most important, and best preserved of its 10 medieval Carthusian houses.

Carthusian monks lived as hermits, which is why, here at Mount Grace there are individual cells which the monks occupied.  The monks only came together in the chapel for the nocturnal liturgical hours, Sundays and feast days.  The Carthusian order is a silent order, and their diet was strictly a vegetarian one!

All of these fabulous ruins are within driving distance of Whitby Holiday Holiday Park.  So if you are interested in your history, and want something different to do, then why not take a couple of days to go and explore these magical ruins, tucked deep inside woodlands, and standing tall on cliff tops.

You won't be disappointed!!



The Great Seaside Vintage Fair 2016

The Great Seaside
Vintage Fair 2016

It's that time of year again for the Great Seaside Vintage Fair to come to Whitby again for the 6th year running. 

It is been held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2016

The doors open from 9.30am until 4pm both days and the entry fee is £2.00 per person, while under 16's are free entry and concessions can get in for £1.50.

With over 40 stalls of genuine vintage treasures for you you and your home, you are bound to find something for yourself or a present for a loved one at home, or even a birthday present for a friend. 

Rose & Brown Vintage who hold the fair have been trading since 2007. They are dedicated to organising quality events, such as this one in Whitby, which has been help every July since 2011. They also hold fairs in other parts of the country such as Leeds and Bradford. 

As you can see from the fashion, there were lots of styles of ladies clothing as well as men's clothing. There is a style of clothing for everyone, so if you would like a new vintage dress or piece of clothing then the Vintage Fair is the place for you! My favourite era of clothing was the 50's with the rockabilly look with the flared skirt and a more fitted top half! What is your favourite style of clothing from the vintage range? Do you like to 60's look? Or the 70's?

If vintage clothing isn't for you and vintage kitchenware or collectables are, then there are a variety of stalls for you to peruse at your leisure over the weekend! You are sure to find a new item to purchase to add to a collection you already have, or even to start a new collection off! 

There are lots of stalls like the one opposite to have a look at all the lovely kitchenware etc! I think I will be having a look at purchasing some new kitchenware while I'm there! 

 If you can't make the Vintage Fair in July do't worry as there is another Vintage Fair being held in October - 8th and 9th! 

So booking yourself in to come and stay with us and then you can have a look around this great event!