Thursday, 5 December 2013

Alastair Sawdays Handsome Hounds Competition

Here at The Hayloft at Flamborough Rigg we are very much looking forward to welcoming the winner (and their owners!) of  Alastair Sawday's competition to find a handsome hound to grace the cover of their new 'Dog Friendly Breaks in Britain' book. The first prize is a 3 night self-catering break in The Hayloft. The lucky hound can bring a canine friend and up to 4 humans to enjoy their stay. They'll also find the following gifts waiting for them when they get here:
  • An Ultimate Tote Travel Bed - thanks to Houndworthy
  • A personalised dog bowl - thanks to Emma Bridgewater
  • A Hiro + Wolf geometric collar and lead - thanks to Style Tails
  • And we think, best of all - A welcome hamper of locally sourced breakfast goodies (for the humans) - thanks to Philip & Caroline here at Flamborough Rigg.
The 2nd edition of this best selling book will be available next spring. The competition is open until 31st December 2013- be sure to get your entry in by then. Competition details

Even if you aren't the lucky winner we hope you'll come along sometime, as up to 2 dogs are most welcome here in The Hayloft at Flamborough Rigg.

Katie and Lily x 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Star Inn the City, York

Whilst enjoying a demonstration given by Andrew Pern in his kitchen at The Star Inn, Harome recently, Phil and Caroline were excited to hear about the progress of The Star Inn the City: This is Andrew's new restaurant on the river bank in the centre of York. From the photos they said it looks stunning, with plenty of outside tables to make the most of the location and the views too. Having checked that it is now open it sounds as though they are making plans for lunch this next week (perhaps an inside table in this weather though!) The only problem is that with Andrew (and The Star Inn the City's head chef Matt) the food will be so good that there will be no chance of any leftovers in a doggy-bag for us...but we live in hope!

Lily x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Chills and Thrills Halloween Spectacular - Castle Howard

30 October 2013

Castle Howard will host its first ever Halloween event when the magnificent grounds of the historic house are transformed into a spooky wonderland for a family friendly ‘Chills and Thrills’ spectacular. Walk the flare lit path and catch glimpses of the house and statues rising out of the mist before encountering the headless horseman and his flame bearing guards amongst the trees. The fire damaged South East wing will be brought to life by our spine-chilling story tellers, whilst terror face painters and magic mirrors will transform you into a frightening sight this Halloween.
The ‘Horses of Halloween’ grand finale will see Yorkshire based Atkinson Action Horses, who have appeared in productions including War Horse, The King’s Speech and Wuthering Heights, perform death defying stunts and breathtaking displays with fire and explosions. Fire eaters and stilt walkers will appear from the darkness and owls, toads and creepy crawlies will take up residence in the eerie grounds of Castle Howard this Halloween,
There’ll be prizes for the most ghoulish costume and best carved pumpkin too. 
Tickets are on sale now and cost £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and Under 5s go free. Gates open at 4.30pm with tasty Halloween treats on offer throughout the evening. |
Castle Howard Estate Limited
Castle Howard
York, YO60 7DA
Tel:       +44 01653 648444

Autumn Arrives...

Seed Gathering Season, Dalby Forest, Pickering
When: 01 October 2013 - 31 October 2013
Call in at the Visitor Centre for instructions and equipment to collect seeds from around the forest. |   
Times & Prices
Opening times:
01 October 2013 - 31 October 2013,
Prices from: No charge (except Parking)

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
Low Dalby
Pickering, YO18 7LT
Tel:       +44 01751 460295

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Spring Sunshine

Sounds as though we've been lucky not to have the heavy snowfall a lot of the country had towards the end of March. To be honest we've had so much this winter even I was getting a bit tired of playing out in it. (It's hard work with my short legs!) We gather from people we meet out on our walks - locally in Cropton Forest  - that it's still a bit chilly for the time of year (although I don't usually notice down here, being too busy dashing in and out of the trees.)
We certainly haven't let it stop us going on our regular trips over to the beach at Sandsend (Here's me with Meg and Katie waiting for the ball to the thrown again.) Katie has been surfing and drawing quite a crowd - she  is such a show-off - I'm happy up to my ankles in the shallows, barking at her as she swims in with her head bobbing above the waves.
We like to think that Phil and Caroline bring us over here so often because they know how much we enjoy our trips to the beach, however I suspect they enjoy stopping for lunch at The Sandside Cafe just as much!
Bye for now

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Saltbox Gallery & Workshop - Helmsley

Spring Exhibition starts 29th March  2013

The Saltbox Gallery and Workshop is situated in the small town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire, just twenty five miles north of York city centre. The Saltbox has a wide variety of contemporary art and fine crafts with featured artists and exhibitions regularly changing. We have a selection of award winning work from artists, designer jewellery, sculpture, blacksmithing, pottery, glass work, paintings and prints. Matthew Dwyer FWCB artist blacksmith and Louise Dwyer jeweller, have owned the gallery for over five years and are both makers alongside running the Gallery
Richard Pottas
The Saltbox Gallery & Workshop welcomes artist Richard Pottas back to exhibit his new collection of water colours following the successful exhibition held in December 2010.   The collection once again displays the relationship the artist has with the Languedoc region of South West France.

Easter at Castle Howard

Castle Howard Easter Courtyard Market Sun 31 March to Mon 1 April 2013 10am-4pm
The popular Stable Courtyard markets are back every second Tuesday in the month from May until October, with additional markets on 31st March, 1st April,  20th August and at Christmas.
Over 25 stalls selling delicious food and beautiful crafts in the stunning surroundings of Castle Howard Stable Courtyard. (Entrance to the Courtyard is free of charge.)

Easter Fair & Lamb National
Fri 29 March to Mon 1 April 2013 10am-4pm each day
Back for 2013 is the very popular traditional Easter fair with vintage rides, sweet stall, face painters and more...

Meet Molly the Rabbit and take part in their Easter trail around the wonderful new paths in the woodland.
New for 2013 they have the Lamb National - an entertaining and thrilling display of racing sheep! You'll see the likes of Woolly Jumper, Sheargar and Red Ram battling it out along a course of brightly coloured jumps...guaranteed to entertain! And as if that's not enough there will also be sheepdog demonstrations from the amazing Bob Hogg's Sheepdog Displays throughout the days.
All events are included in the price of a Grounds admission ticket (Castle Howard Annual Pass holders free of charge)