Monday, 20 September 2010

Explore the North Yorkshire Moors National Park by Mountain bike

This is a great opportunity to explore the wonderful north Yorkshire moors on two wheels with an expert. North York Moors National Park Authority Ranger Simon Bassindale will be leading a mountain bike ride along an 11 mile blue/red rated route of tracks on Sunday 26 September.

Please pre book. The meeting place is the Saltergate Car Park. The ride takes place from 11.00 – 14.00. Take along a bike, helmet and drink. Minimum age is 14.

To book call 01439 772738.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Whitby’s Swinging 60’s Weekend.

Step back into the Swinging 1960’s at Whitby Abbey on 25 & 26 September 2010. Enjoy music, hairstyles, fashions and traditional games of the decade. Highlights are the have a go '66 football tricks, a chance to see vehicles from TV's "Heartbeat" complete with storytelling from a 60's policeman and hear first hand about Beatle mania with short performances throughout the each day. You are encouraged to turn up in your best Elvis costume!

The event is for all ages and is on from 11.00 to 17.00.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

New Exhibition at Turnstone Gallery, Sandsend, North Yorkshire

After a busy week at Flamborough Rigg cottage chasing rabbits off the veg. patch we went for a well deserved splash on our favourite beach, Sandsend. After much showing off we headed to the Hart Inn where we were hoping to steal the odd chip from Phil and Caroline (or any one else we could charm). Enroute we passed the Turnstone Gallery where we always like to press our noses up against the window and see what is going on as they have such sparkly, pretty things. They were preparing for their next exhibition.

A Shared View 25 Sep – 31 Oct 2010

In the mid 1970’s two young artists headed north to Whitby and opened a gallery. They were soon collaborating with a young potter. This exhibition is a celebration of that relationship and yet another milestone in the continuing creativity and development of this trio, set against the backdrop of Whitby and the surrounding countryside.

This year John Egerton celebrates 45 years as a potter. Nature and landscape are important influences, in both abstract and realistic forms. Whitby landmarks feature on many vessels, as do birds, fish and flowers, mythical creatures and evocative landscapes.

Anne Thornhill's paintings demonstrate her interest in capturing not only the moments of perception, but also the journey between those moments, and how they are influenced by the movements and rhythms in the landscape. She tries to make her paintings as rich an experience as possible, with a repetition of bold colours and shapes, pulling the viewer from one perception of space to the next.

Paul Blackwell seeks to convey an emotional charge in his work through his skilful use of colour. His paintings always have a very direct sense of place and he often returns to the same subject again and again, exploring its meaning and potential. In this way he seeks to evoke the magic of the natural world and the feelings he has for the countryside.

For further details about the exhibition and Turnstone Gallery click here.

Monday, 13 September 2010

English Heritage Curators Tour – Helmsley

Helmsley, North Yorkshire is home to the English Heritage’s archaeology collection. On Wednesday 22 September 2010 there is a rare opportunity to join English Heritage Curators for a tour of the collections.

Tours take place at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00.

The tour is free but places are limited so booking is essential. To book a place call on 01493 770173.

Foodies should head to York for the York Food and Drink Festival

It is foodie heaven in York with 10 days of day and evening events. From 17 – 26 September 2010 the days will be crammed with events around the city, many taking place in historic venues.

This years theme is: Meet Your Food Heroes.

The Festival is working with Yorkshire's National Parks, the National Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to promote sustainable producers; especially those whose work help to maintain traditional landscapes. The heroes will be demonstrating their products.

For further details about the food heroes click here.

Stroll around the markets, watch a wide range of demonstrations and delight your taste buds with amazing food and drink.

To plan your visit to this extensive and diverse event click here to see the daily programme.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Great Yorkshire Explorers!

Katie and I consider ourselves to be the best explorers in North Yorkshire, or as we like to think, the world. We know the beautiful woods and moors that surround us here at Flamborough Rigg Cottage like the back of our paw.

The nice people at North Yorkshire Moors National Park are holding a fun event on Sunday 12 September so you can start to be great explorers like Katie and I. You will learn basic map reading and compass skills so you can set off on adventures as a pathfinder.

Meet at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby 13.30 – 17.00. Minimum age 10. All children to be accompanied by an adult. If you have an OS Explorer Map OL27 they ask that you take it along.

Sadly as they don’t want the humans to be shown up they have said no dogs allowed!

Additional Stars arriving at The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire.

To add a bit of excitement to our coming Autumn and Winter we are delighted to hear that Andrew Pern has invited some of the countries most exciting chefs to join him for one off events at The Star Inn. It is a great idea and at what is already one of our favourite places to eat and that of our guests here at Flamborough Rigg Cottage B&B.

Here is the line up:

Steven Doherty
The First Floor Café, Windermere and The Cook School Scotland
Thursday 14th October 2010, 7.30pm

Steven started his career at The Savoy and moved on to Le Gavroche, where he worked alongside the legendary Albert and Michel Roux. It was at Le Gavroche that he became the first-ever British Head Chef of a 3 Michelin Star restaurant. He relocated to the Lake District in the 1990s and was at the forefront of the gastropub movement.
£75 per person. 5 course dinner with canapés and welcoming drink.

Paul Heathcote
Heathcotes Longridge Restaurant, Simply Heathcotes, London Road Restaurant,
Grado and The Olive Press
Thursday 11th November 2010, 7.30pm

Paul won 2 Michelin stars for his restaurant in Longridge, near Preston cooking Lancashire-style food featuring ingredients from local producers, whom he actively encouraged. Heathcotes Longridge Restaurant is now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and during that time has been joined by Simply Heathcotes, London Road Restaurant, Grado and The Olive Press.
£75 per person. 5 course dinner with canapés and welcoming drink.

James Mackenzie
The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton
Thursday 3rd February 2011, 7.30pm

James not only owns East Yorkshire’s first-ever Michelin-starred Pub, but he’s
also the former Head Chef of The Star. He returns with his special menu cooking seasonal dishes in a premier pub-grub style.
£75 per person. 5 course dinner with canapés and welcoming drink.

Stephen Terry
The Hardwick, Abergavenny
Thursday 24th February 2011, 7.30pm

Stephen has worked under Marco Pierre White at Harveys and later at The Canteen, and Michel Roux Junior at Le Gavroche. It was at The Canteen working for Marco and Michael Caine that he was awarded his first Michelin star at the age of 25. His latest challenge is his country pub in Wales.
£75 per person. 5 course dinner with canapés and welcoming drink.

Nigel Haworth
Northcote Manor
Thursday 17th March 2011, 7.30pm

Nigel took the position of Head Chef at Northcote Manor in 1984 and quickly established himself as an ‘Ambassador for Regionality’ championing rustic Lancastrian ingredients and a true ‘terroir’ style. In 2009 he was a Great British Menu Hero, when his Lancashire Hot pot inspired main course was selected for homecoming servicemen and women. He now brings his taste of Lancashire over the Pennines. Hopefully, he’ll get through passport control; he may have quite a lot to declare!
£75 per person. 5 course dinner

We recommend that you book soon. The Star Inn 01439 770397 or email