The Great Butterfly Watch


Doing Our Bit For Butterflies


Sir David Attenborough is calling on the public to help reverse butterfly declines by taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. The Big Butterfly Count encourages people to spot and record 18 species of common butterflies and two day-flying moths during three weeks of high summer.


Anyone can take part - simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the event, which runs from Friday 14 July to Sunday 6 August. The results help see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

This nationwide survey is aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies.
Over 36,000 people took part in 2016, counting almost 400,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK.

Sir David Attenborough has warned that UK butterflies face a critical summer after a string of poor years has seen the numbers of many common species decline.

Last year was the fourth worst on record for butterflies and Sir David is urging the public to take part in the Big Butterfly Count survey to help reveal if widespread species can mount a comeback this summer.

Common species such as the Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper experienced declines in 2016 but the warm, dry spring and early summer heatwave experienced over much of the UK has given many species a head start. 


Butterfly Conservation President Sir David said: “The next few weeks are a vital period for our butterflies. They need to make the most of this chance to feed and breed. So far the warm weather has given some species like the Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Ringlet a good start but butterflies really need this to continue.

“Last year, despite a warm summer, butterflies like the Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper saw their numbers fall as a warm winter and cold spring earlier in the year led to problems that affected their numbers later on.

This is a great way for everyone to take an active interest in our environment and if possible even help by planting flowers in your garden or containers that will encourage Butterflies. We are proud to say that on Whitby Holiday Park we are doing just that, and when you look around you will see all the wonderful flowers that are planted throughout the park hopefully attracting more and more Butterflies and Bees each year. Fingers crossed the numbers keep increasing.



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A Dream Destination


What a Wonderful Place To Be

As some of you may already know I am still the 'newby' here at Whitby Holiday Park. I started working here back in January and have to say I was instantly made to feel like I'm part of the team. We are just like one big happy family here and I hope that our good working atmosphere comes across to all our customers.



Starting early on in the year has given me a chance to learn the ropes before the busy Summer season gets into full swing, so now I feel fully prepared to give all our customers the quality of service they deserve and expect. Whether it's someone ringing us up to book a holiday, someone checking in or checking out or even someone just coming in for some information, the quality of professionalism and friendly service from all members of staff has impressed me from the start and I can only hope that I achieve the same standard.



Every member of the team has their own jobs to do which they do brilliantly...

The housekeeping team do an excellent job of keeping all the Holiday Homes cleaned to a very high standard, and we are constantly getting praised for the cleanliness of our touring toilet & shower facilities 🏩

The Maintenance team get any issues that crop up dealt with in a very prompt and efficient manner 🔧

The groundsmen keep our gardens and flower beds beautiful at all times 🌼

The staff in the Galleon Bar do a brilliant job in keeping all our customers happy and entertained with bingo, quizzes, horse racing events, music, films, sport... I could go on and on 🍷

The cafe on site makes some fantastic food, and her Mocha's are gorgeous. It's an added bonus that you can take your food into the Galleon bar with you if you fancy a pint or glass of wine instead of a coffee 🍵

The office staff are a dream to work with, friendly and helpful at all times 💁

The touring warden is very friendly and helpful at all times and can't do enough to help people get settled onto their pitches 💃

And the management are so nice. They have got the perfect balance of being in total control of everything that goes on within the park, but of also being nice, friendly and approachable people all at the same time 👍




While the staff make this a great place to be, you also can't help but notice the location. We are set on a cliff top, have our own beach just off the park, have awesome views out to sea and of the Abbey, and are just a short walk away from Whitby itself.

On the park we have a well stocked shop, a cafe serving home cooked food, a family bar with varying entertainment, a cinema, a hub room, a games room, a launderette, a pot washing room and well kept shower & toilet facilities for the people on our touring field. We also have a brand new dog shower which has proved to be extremely popular already this season.

On the Static Holiday Home side we have a selection of breaks to choose from... Platinum Caravans, Gold Caravans, Pet Friendly Caravans and Access Plus for the less able bodied. We also do weekly, mid week and weekend breaks so there is something to suit everyone. And if you love it so much you don't want to leave then you can even buy your very own Holiday Home to use as much as you like.

So if you combine everything then Whitby Holiday Park really is a fantastic destination for families, couples or even friends to just come and relax.








If I didn't work here I would be coming on holiday here myself!!




















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Regatta 2017

Whitby Regatta 2017


It's been running for 176 and now it's almost that time of year again when everyone flocks to Whitby for it's annual Regatta.  It runs from 18th - 21st Aug this year and if you have never been then you are in for a treat!! For the last few years before I moved to Whitby I used to come on holiday just for Regatta week because the atmosphere is great! There are all kinds of events going on throughout the weekend from rowing races, to beach volleyball, to market & craft stalls...


This is just a brief run down of some of the events this year...
  • Greasy Pole Competition - This has proved such a successful event that they are doing it again this year. You can enter on the day at the fish pier.
  • Beach Volleyball - 2 a-side women, 2 a-side men, 2-3 a-side recreational teams. Priced at £10 per team. You can register in front of the beach huts but the day is still to be confirmed. You can find out more from www.connectandinspire.co.uk
  • Rowing Races - You will need to see the Regatta programme for more information on the races.
  • Fun Run - This is on Sunday 20th and is a 4k fun run. It starts at the Crescent Gardens and entry forms can be found on the Regatta website if you wish to join in.
  • Vintage / Post War / Classic & Sports Car Rally - This is held on Sunday 20th and many elegant cars will compete in various classes for prestigious trophies. You can enter your vehicles by using the application form on the regatta website.
  • Children's Entertainment - There will be a wide selection of children's entertainment throughout the whole weekend.
  • Market & Craft Fair - Held on the Saturday & Sunday there will be a wide selection of market and craft stalls as well as catering outlets. 
  • RAF & Navy Displays - Both the RAF and the Navy will have display stalls set up all weekend.
  • Fireworks Display - This is on the Monday night (21st) at around 9.45pm and they always put on a fabulous display not to be missed.
  • Raft Race - This takes place on Saturday 19th and you can get entry forms from the regatta web site.
  • Motorcycle Gymkhana - Skill and fun on 2 wheels taking place on Whitby Beach on the Sunday
  • The Grand Parade - A parade of many decorated floats makes it's way through the heart of the Regatta celebrations and takes place on the Monday. Please see the Ragatta programme for parade times.
  • Fairground - There is a fair set up on the pier every year with various rides and stalls
  • Jez Avery - Jez Avery is a world class pro BMX, Trials & Mountain bike rider turned Stunt-Show performer. He is an extremely experienced and well-rounded stuntman with numerous Guinness World Records under his belt and he will amaze and entertain any audience. He will be performing throughout the Monday on West Cliff.
  • Slackline School - Slacklining is an extreme balance sport that stems from tightrope walking and is recognised worldwide as a sport, an art form, a recreational pass time and a therapeutic activity for both body and mind. If you would like to try the experience at this year’s Regatta then it will be on all weekend at different times throughout the days.


As you can see this is a fantastic weekend in Whitby with something to suit all members of the family. 

If you haven't already booked your holiday with us then there is still time as we have just a few more pitches available.

Sue
Reception


























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Northern Soul Weekend

Whitby Northern Soul Weekend




This weekend Whitby hosts the popular Northern Soul Weekend. It is always a very busy, fun weekend, featuring all the best in Northern Soul, Motown and Modern Soul with the North's best loved DJ's. 




There are daytime sessions plus Soul nights spread over three days. 
Whitby has venues to accommodate the vast number of people this weekend attracts, everybody has their dancing shoes on and are ready to dance the weekend away.
Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England in the late 1960s from the British mod scene based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound.
The northern soul movement, however, generally abstains from Motown or Motown-influenced music that has had significant mainstream commercial success. 
The recordings most appreciated by the lovers of the style are usually by lesser-known artists. 

Northern soul is associated with particular dance styles and fashions that grew out of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the late 1960s at venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. This scene and the associated dances and fashions quickly spread to other UK dancehalls and nightclubs.

As the favoured beat became more uptempo and frantic, by the early 1970s, northern soul dancing became more athletic, somewhat resembling the later dance styles of disco and breakdancingfeaturing spins, flips, karate kicks and backdrops.

American soul acts such as Little Anthony & the Imperials and Jackie Wilson often inspired the club dancing styles with their stage performances.
Little Anthony and the Imperials

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, popular northern soul records generally dated from the mid-1960s. This meant that the movement was sustained and "new" recordings were added to playlists by noticeable DJs discovering rare and previously overlooked records. Later on, certain clubs and DJs began to move away from the 1960s Motown sound and began to play newer releases with a more contemporary sound.

Northern soul reached the peak of its popularity in the mid to late 1970s, at this time, there were soul clubs in virtually every major town in the Midlands and the North of England. 
The three venues regarded as the most important in this decade were the Golden Torch in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent (1971 to 1972), Blackpool Mecca (1971 to 1979) and Wigan Casino (1973 to 1981).
This genre of music is still as popular today, and is listened to by many different age groups including the youth of today.



Collette
Reception

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