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RISK FREE BOOKINGS, CANCEL FOR ANY REASON BETWEEN 60-2 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL

 

Master cancel logoUp to now we have relied upon you the guest ensuring that you are covered by either your own travel insurance or by purchasing at extra cost the Booking Protect option.

Recent unprecedented events have shown us how many guests don’t take any steps to protect their holiday.

For this reason we have taken the decision to invest in Master Cancel – this is cover we pay for there is no additional charge to you the guest. It is only available for new bookings* and will give you peace of mind in these uncertain times. Applies all bookings placed from 6th June 2020 for arrival after 1st August 2020.

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CoronaVirus Update

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE AT UNIQUE RETREATS IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME

An update about what we are doing at Unique-retreats in respect of Coronavirus.  We are a small business and are very determined to do our utmost to protect the health of our guests and staff and get our business through this difficult period.  We are by no means experts but are keeping abreast with Government advice on the Coronavirus situation as we receive it.

GREAT NEWS – WE ARE NOW ALLOWED TO OPEN ON 4TH JULY!

We have complied with all the requirements, the risk assessment is in place and we have developed a plan  for increased levels of cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising. We will observe strict social distancing and ask that you also comply with the prevailing guidelines.

We are working on a  digital guest information guide, you will be able to access this directly on your own phone or device rather than read a book. For those that prefer a book we are preparing extra copies so we can swap the Guest Information folders between guests.

MASTER CANCEL

Flexible cancellation terms for new bookings

As a result, we are very happy to say that we have been granted the Good to Go accreditation from VisitEngland, as well as the AA COVID Confident assessment scheme.

Covid-19 Good to Go Accreditation logo

WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE COTTAGES?

We have developed new ways of cleaning & preparing the cottages to ensure that we achieve the covid secure accreditation with both the AA & Visit England, you can be assured that we have thought through the risks and changed the way we work.

Check in is contactless, each guest is issued with a personal key code so you can let yourself into the cottage on arrival. If we pop round to greet you after arrival we won’t enter the cottage and we will keep our distance. If you prefer us not to greet you call on arrival 07521212221 so we can just run through a couple of things with you and answer any questions you might have.

Recognising that guests may wish to clean more or disinfect over the course of your stay we are providing some cleaning materials and professional standard disinfectant spray in the cottage for your use. These products can be safely used on the surfaces in the cottage and the disinfectant spray is far more effective than anything you can buy at the supermarket.

The cottage will have been thoroughly cleaned and then disinfected/sanitised before your arrival, our housekeepers wear ppe whilst they clean and prepare your cottage and have been trained in the new way of working.

You might notice some changes in the soft furnishings, to make the new changeovers manageable and to follow the guidelines we have reduced some of the items in the cottages.

  • Cushions in the living areas have been reduced and they are swapped between each new set of guests
  • The paper leaflets have been removed, the Guest information file is swapped between each set of guests
  • Please note we will not be disinfecting the books and DVD’s in the cottage and it is your choice if you use them or not.

In the kitchen all items will be washed between each guest, and we have had to take some of the kitchen items out but hopefully it won’t be forever.  Please fill the dishwasher with a full load of crockery and cutlery and set it running before leaving (do not empty it).  We are now required to re-wash everything between guests, so it would help hugely if you could put all plates, cutlery, cups etc in the dishwasher before leaving, not just your breakfast things.

We do need to keep a record of all guests who stay so will ask you to provide that information shortly before arrival, it will only be kept for the required 21 days and then destroyed.

As you can see there will be extra work for us so please bear with us.  We are asking our guests to check out by 9.30 am and check in will be after 5pm to allow for the extra cleaning etc.   We just want to make the cottages as safe as possible for you.

Please Strip your Beds before leaving – Not glamorous, on the last day of your holiday, we know. The main route for contracting the virus is airborne, and it is considered that removing bedding could make the virus airborne, which is why they advise asking guests to strip the beds themselves. Clear plastic bags are provided for you.

Please empty all bins (including bathroom bins) and put into the outside bins.

If you show any signs of having the virus then you must immediately go and get tested by contacting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.
The result must be shown to us. If positive, you will need to leave if any Member of your party can drive you. If that is not possible and you have to self-isolate here, then unfortunately you will be have to pay for all bookings that have to be cancelled as a result.

We hope that you will have a fabulous holiday.  The “new normal” may be slightly different than what we are all used to, but it is great to be able to get away again, and if we all take responsibility for minimising risk, then hopefully we won’t get locked down again!

It will be lovely to have our guests back at Unique Retreats and with the news about pubs, restaurants and attractions also being able to open you should have a lovely holiday here in North Yorkshire.

Feel free to get in touch if you just want to have a chat or ask any questions.

UPDATE AS OF THE 22ND JUNE 2020

We are still waiting for the government to confirm that we can open from 4th July, in the meantime we are getting ready ensuring that as soon as we get the green light we will ready to go!

We have a risk assessment and have developed  for increased levels of cleaning and sanitising but we need to wait and see what the government requires before finalising. We are also working on a digital guest information guide, you will be able to access this directly on your own phone or device rather than read a book. For those that prefer a book we are preparing extra copies so we can swap the Guest Information folders between guests.

Guidance is that we should reduce some of the items in the cottages to make sanitation easier so we have been busy taking cushions and throws out of the bedrooms, reducing ornaments etc – don’t worry we will still make sure it looks nice!  We have always overstocked the kitchens so the removal of a few items probably won’t even be noticed.

As you can see there will be extra work for us so please bear with us when we can’t accommodate an early check-in or a late check-out. All this does mean that we will need extra time for each changeover, so arrival and departure times will now be 5pm arrival (rather than 4pm), and 9.30 am departure (rather than the usual 10am).  We understand it is inconvenient, but it is really important that you allow us this extra time to ensure your safety.  Please help us by observing these times.  We just want to make the cottages as safe as possible for you.

UPDATE AS OF THE 9TH JUNE 2020

We are delighted to be able to welcome guests back to Unique Retreats  when it is safe to do so.

However, the Government is only allowing accommodation businesses to re-open subject to certain conditions being met.  We have been issued with protocols that outline new cleaning and safety requirements. These are to ensure your safety, and that of our staff, and our family.  It will, however, mean that things are slightly different from usual, and we will be asking for your cooperation with a few things.

Cleaning will take extra time – we now have to “double clean” – first our usual high level cleaning, and then going over everything again with a virucidal sanitiser.  We also have to rewash crockery (even clean stuff) between guests.   This means that we need extra time for each changeover, so arrival and departure times will now be 5.00 pm arrival (rather than 4pm), and 9.30 am departure (rather than the usual 10am).  We understand it is inconvenient, but it is really important that you allow us this extra time to ensure your safety.  Please help us by observing these times.

If you develop symptoms – we sincerely hope that you will have a happy and healthy holiday.  However, should a member of your party develop symptoms, the Government advice is to return to your primary residence, and self-isolate there for a period of 7 days (14 days for the other group members).  Please do let us know if you do develop symptoms, as the cleaning protocols for the cottages are different.

We hope that you will have a fabulous holiday.  The “new normal” may be slightly different than what we are all used to, but it is great to be able to get away again, and if we all take responsibility for minimising risk, then hopefully we won’t get locked down again!

If you have any questions, please call us

Thank you!

UPDATE AS AT 5TH JUNE 2020

Firstly, we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and well during these unprecedented times.

Unique Retreats is rather empty at the moment and we can’t wait to see our guests here again.  Our opening date is the 4th July 2020, and we are welcoming bookings from then onwards.  Until then we are busy working alongside Government guidelines to ensure our guests and staff safety is at the forefront of our reopening.

We’re very pleased to update you that we have been eagerly working towards putting all measures in place ahead of our opening.  We have a risk assessment and have developed a plan for increased levels of cleaning and sanitising but we need to wait and see what the Government requires before finalising.

Whilst you will undoubtedly notice some changes to keep both our guests and housekeepers safe, you’ll be reassured to receive the usual warm welcome from Geoff and myself (and Maisie and Nanci, our doggies).

We do have availability in July and August if you can’t wait to get away.  Our overseas guests have understandably cancelled.  For stays in July we have offered all our guests the opportunity to change their dates, and for those who have chosen to keep their bookings we will collect balances when re-opening is confirmed.

For stays in August we will collect balance payments 4 weeks prior to stays and not the usual 8 weeks.

Please get in touch if you have any questions – some of our regular guests keep in touch by email or on the phone from time to time and it is really nice to catch up.

HOW HAVE WE CHANGED THE WAY WE WORK?

We are taking advice from several trade bodies and keeping up to date with Government information as it is issued, we are members of the Professional Association of Self Caterers, Premier Cottages, and all these groups are involved in pulling together the Covid Secure guidelines for our sector so we are getting some good advice and support.  We are a small business and we are determined to do our utmost to protect the health of our staff and guests and to help everyone enjoy some leisure time when restrictions are lifted.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES WE ARE TAKING

We have, of course, implemented extra deep cleaning procedures, each cottage and retreat  is sanitised between guests paying particular attention to hard surfaces and high traffic areas like light switches, TV remotes, door handles, keys & key safe etc etc. All this takes place as well as our normal thorough cleaning programme. The housekeepers will have PPE.  

We will need to have a slight change to our check in and out times to allow for the extra deep cleaning needed.  Check out will be at 9.30am, and check in will be at 5 pm.

Our laundry will be washed at higher temperatures as advised and you might notice that we have removed some of the cushions, throws and ornaments for the time being.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

We are in a countryside location which makes it relatively easy to maintain social distancing, North Yorkshire is blessed with many wide-open spaces and beaches to enjoy away from the crowds. We have some lovely walks from the door or you can soak up the views and watch the wildlife and farm animals.  The key safes mean you can access your cottage directly on arrival and if you wish to forgo the personal welcome visit just let us know, we can always handle that by phone if you prefer.  If we do pop round we will ensure to stand well away. Holiday cottages do allow you to keep yourselves to yourselves yet still get away and enjoy a break.

Take care everyone & stay safe

Joe and Geoff xxx 5th June 2002

 

UPDATE AS AT 20TH MARCH 2020

ADVICE AND OUR CURRENT POSITION
We are taking advice from several trade bodies and keeping up to date with Government information as it is issued.
Our business at Unique Retreats remains open.

INSURANCES
Our Business Interruption Insurance does not cover this event.

You will probably find that your travel insurance will not assume liability if you decide to cancel because you would prefer not to travel. Your travel insurance may cover you if you cannot travel due to illness, if you are advised not to travel because you are in a high risk group or travel is not possible BUT you will have to check details with your insurance company. For those of you who took out Booking Protect their position mid March on coronavirus can be seen here , some situations are covered but not all. If you opted for this product it will be detailed on your booking summary with a link for making a claim. We will produce booking cancellation documentation to help you make a claim if that is possible – just let us know what you need.

CANCELLATION
The cancellation terms relating to your break are detailed on your booking form and in our standard Terms and Conditions.

We have temporarily enhanced our cancellation policy  – Which now Applies March – May 2020

If you have paid the full amount

If you need to cancel we will try to re-let your dates, should we be successful in re-letting all or part of the cottage/dates you originally booked we will refund you the sum we re-let for less an admin fee of £50. This may not be the sum you originally paid if we have to discount the rates or only re-let part of the original dates. If you wish to carry this forward to a future booking we will waive the admin fee and apply 110% of what we have been able to re-let to that future booking. We will be able to confirm what we have been able to achieve by re-letting just before your planned departure date.

If you have paid your deposit only & the balance is due shortly ie in the months of March to May 2020.
We will write to you with some options.  Again if your balance is due between now and May 2020 you will be able to change your dates for your stay.

CHANGING YOUR MIND ABOUT CANCELLATION
With the impact of the corona outbreak, we know it is difficult to plan at the moment, but if nearer the time of your break you decide you still want to come and regret cancelling  – talk to us and we will see what we can do to reinstate your booking, no admin fees will be charged. Given the uncertain times there will likely be late availability so we may all have the opportunity to be more spontaneous over the next few weeks and get away at the last minute if the opportunity arises. You don’t have to mix with anyone whilst you are here, all cottages are self contained, some have private gardens, and all have plenty of fresh air and lovely views.

All guests who have forthcoming holidays with us can be assured that we are taking this outbreak very seriously and doing all we can to ensure that you can benefit from relaxing on your well-deserved break. Over the coming months a change of scenery whilst we socially distance ourselves may be very welcome!

 

For more information / details please on our Coronavirus Policy Contact Unique Retreats

PRIVATE CHEF DINING – DINE IN THE LUXURY OF YOUR OWN COTTAGE AT UNIQUE RETREATS

 TREAT YOURSELVES TO A PRIVATE CHEF DINING EXPERIENCE…..

Aroma dining at home, offer a private dining experience, they have a range of menus to suit all occasions and budgets. Restaurant quality cuisine at an affordable price so you could treat yourselves whilst you stay at the cottages.

Book with Roma at Aroma to enjoy a fully catered for meal or in your holiday home. They offer a unique private dining experience brought direct to you.

You simply go online to choose your menu, there is so much choice and you can work easily to your budget, or just give Roma a call to discuss your preferences.

 

Enjoy an appetising menu of three to five courses (pre-starter, starter, main, pre-dessert and dessert) for your formal or casual dinner. Table service is all part of their package! 

Some of our guests have used Roma in the past and have been highly delighted with their special night.

The photo below is of Guests enjoying  Aroma and their tasting and wine pairing menu – they were absolutely delighted with her and her team

Private dining in the Piggery

Private dining in the Piggery

 

You will find on their website Menus, FAQ’s and details of how it works at https://www.aromahomedining.co.uk

You book direct with Aroma Dining  and they will take care of all the details for you – give her a call on 07885 526161  to discuss your options

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Dark Skies Whitby and the Cosmos: the Search for Dark Matter at Whitby Museum

A starry sky behind the Captain Cook monument on the West Cliff at Whitby. Eighteenth century scientific instruments used by Captain Cook’s research team during their exploration of the South Seas feature in an new exhibition Whitby and the Cosmos: the Search for Dark Matter Photo: Tony Bartholomew.

A major new exhibition which examines the groundbreaking role of one of North Yorkshire’s coastal towns in the understanding of the universe opens this month. Whitby and the Cosmos: the Search for Dark Matter at Whitby Museum features exhibits ranging from 18th century scientific instruments used by Captain Cook’s research team during their exploration of the South Seas to cutting-edge equipment from Boulby Underground Laboratory, just north of Whitby, where 21st century scientists are leading the search for dark matter (hypothetical form of matter that is thought to account for approximately 85 per cent of the matter in the universe).

 
The exhibition also explores the work with the ZEPLIN-III, until recently employed at Boulby and now installed as the museum’s newest acquisition. ZEPLIN III contains a xenon chamber to detect WIMPS (Weakly Interactive Massive Particles), which are thought to constitute dark matter. Curator Roger Osborne says: ‘We are thrilled to have ZEPLIN III as part of our museum. We aim to use it and the exhibition to tell visitors about the remarkable and internationally important work taking place at Boulby Underground Laboratory.

‘The exhibition is also a great opportunity to highlight Captain Cook’s role as an innovator in scientific exploration whose work contributed to our current understanding of the universe.’

Visitors to the exhibition have the chance too, to learn how to get involved in astronomy through the annual Dark Skies Festival organised by the North York Moors National Park, and through local organisations like the Whitby & District Astronomical Society

 
There will be a talk on The Search for Dark Matter by Professor Henrique Araujo of Imperial College at the museum on February 15th. The talk starts at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) and will include a sneak preview of the exhibition. The professor is one of the world’s leading experts on dark matter. He leads the UK team developing the next generation of LUX-Zeplin experiments in the search for dark matter, as well as developing radiation detection instruments for spacecraft. Professor Araujo arranged for the donation of the ZEPLIN III to Whitby Museum by Imperial College.

Entry to the talk is free, but booking is essential through the museum website whitbymuseum.org. The exhibition runs from February 16th-July 20th. The museum is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm every day except Monday.

The opening weeks of Whitby and the Cosmos: the Search for Dark Matter are part of the North York Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival. The exhibition is part of the Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme.

Voted the Best Pub Walks – Whitby to Staithes

From its dramatic coastline to its upland mountains, from its stirring moorland to its bucolic inland shires, Britain’s wildly diverse landscapes make for some of the world’s best walking.

 
Combine this with another uniquely British establishment, the pub, and you have the makings of a rather good day out. Well……. do you know that one of our local coastal walks has been voted at THE best pub walk in Britain……. by the Rough Guides. Yorkshire’s coast: Whitby to Staithes.

Distance: 18.5km; strenuous
Duration: 6-7 hours
Best boozer along the way: The Cod & Lobster, Staithes

 
Whitby and the cove-hidden villages along the North York Moors National Park’s coastline are some of the country’s most picturesque places. The wild North Sea batters the cliff edges, while the diverse array of birdlife battle the elements. This full-day walk follows the Cleveland Way north from Whitby to Staithes – and there’s no shortage of pubs along the coastline.

On arrival in Staithes, The Cod & Lobster hangs precariously onto the harbour (and has, on occasion, been a bit too close to the edge – just look at the pictures on the wall from after the 1953 storm). Out of the wind, this is a cosy, welcoming pub with a seafood-heavy menu.

Follow the Cleveland Way from the best pub walks Whitby to Staithes on this walk along the North Yorkshire Coast. The walk is just over 11 miles with spectacular coastal scenery, cliff top views, pretty beaches and lovely fishing villages to see on the way.

Starting at the striking ruins of Whitby Abbey the walk heads north west to Sandsend. You’ll pass along the lovely beaches at Whitby Sands, Upgang Beach and Sandsend Beach. Here you can take a slight detour away from the coast by heading into Mulgrave Woods. There’s nice peaceful trails to follow around the site with becks, waterfalls and the interesting ruins of Mulgrave Castle.
You continue past Kettleness to the noteworthy Runswick Bay. The picture postcard fishing village is a highlight of the Yorkshire coast with its sandy beach, sheltered bay and pretty little cottages.

The final section takes you past Hinderwell and Port Mulgrave where you will pass Rosedale Cliffs. Shortly after you come into Staithes, passing along the attractive harbour before finishing at Staithes Beck.

The area is well known for its geology with Jurassic (Lias), strata cliffs and fossils of ammonites to be found at nearby Port Mulgrave. There’s also a number of fine pubs where you can refresh yourself after the walk.

To extend the walk you can continue along the Cleveland Way to Skinningrove where the ruined remnants of the old mines can be seen from the cliff top.

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Enjoy your stay at the cottages by following the best pub walks Whitby!

Awesome things to do in Whitby at Night

Whitby Abbey And The Hundred And Ninety-Nine Steps

Climbing the hundred and ninety-nine steps and walking around Whitby Abbey may sound like a mundane activity for an evening out.

However, unlike through the day when it appears simply as a fascinating and beautiful piece of history, at night, it takes on a completely different hue. Destroyed in 1540 when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries, Whitby Abbey would have been in ruin by the time Bram Stoker visited and saw it in 1890.

He would later go on to be inspired enough by his view of the Abbey at night swirling in haunting sea mists whilst perching high on its cliff to include Whitby as the landing place of his 1897 character Dracula. It is this very story that makes Whitby Abbey the perfect place to visit late at night and give yourself the chills. You could even take the book with you and read from its pages by torch or candlelight:

‘… the very instant the shore was touched, an immense dog sprang up on deck from below, as if shot up by the concussion, and running forward, jumped from the bow on to the sand. Making straight for the steep cliff, where the churchyard hangs over the laneway to the East pier ….. it disappeared into the darkness, which seemed intensified just beyond the focus of the searchlight.’

 

Whitby Ghost Walk

If Whitby Abbey hasn’t given you enough of the chills, you could always explore other ghostly, strange and supernatural tales of Whitby with a walking tour led by Rose Rylands.

Alternatively, Dr Crank, your guide for the 75 minute tour, will take you on an amazing journey of murder, mystery and suspense including the screaming tunnel, Dracula’s bench, the Dutchman’s house, the burning girl, the headless horseman, the hand of glory, the Whitby witches, the barguest hound, the haunted lighthouse and the grey lady.

To give you a taste of the spooky tales to come Mary Clarke was a young girl when she made a visit to the local bakers on Grape Lane. Why she was there is unknown but when the baker on duty turned to see her he found her engulfed in flames. Attempts were made to try to save her but all to no avail; her flesh had burnt down to the bone and the poor girl died.

Since then many people who have visited Grape Lane report the smell of burning followed by a vision of flames and finally Mary!

 

The Dracula Experience

The last of our supernatural things to do in Whitby at night is a paranormal experience at the Dracula Experience.

This activity really has nothing to do with Dracula other than it is hosted in the same building. Running from 11 pm to 3 am on the first Saturday of every month the paranormal night is linked with TV’s very own Most Haunted.

Whilst there you can expect to take part in investigations with high tech equipment, ouija boards and seances with mediums. Reported phenomena whilst on these paranormal nights includes sightings of orbs and a young girl with ringlets playing.

 

A Visit To The Beach With Maybe A Little Skinny Dipping

In complete contrast to all things paranormal, there is nothing like a romantic stroll along the beach and maybe a little cheeky skinny dipping. Strolling hand in hand with the sand between your toes whilst waves are lapping at the shore can be blissful.

There are three different beaches you can choose for your walk which are Whitby beach, Tate Hill beach, and East Cliff flats. Be aware, however, that tides come in fast in Whitby and that there will be no lifeguards on duty at night. Take care if skinny dipping and do not do so after consuming alcohol.

Check the Whitby Tidal Information before attempting any skinny dipping!

 

A Leisurely Boat Trip

If walking or swimming is not really your thing but you love the sea, you could opt for an evening boat trip instead.

Whitby is a fine place to do this as it is only one of two towns where you can see both the sunrise and the sunset in the sea. Evening boat trips in Whitby offer a magical experience in which you will sail out at dusk and return after dark. They are a unique opportunity to view this historic town from another perspective. You will also be able to view some of Whitby’s wildlife such as seabirds and if in the right season visiting whales.

Book your trip with Whitby Coastal Cruises

 

A Show At The Whitby Pavilion

Nestled into the West cliffs and maybe even visible from a boat trip is the Whitby Pavilion, home to both a theatre and digital cinema.

It is the perfect place to spend an evening for those who enjoy live shows and films. Built in 1878 Whitby Pavilion has Victorian origins and charm with its traditional proscenium arch. It has seating available for up to 380 people and benefits from a theatre bar for intermission drinks. Shows you can see here include plays, traditional dramas, pantomimes, musicals, comedy, blockbuster films and also long loved classics.

For information on what they are currently showing see the Whitby Pavilion website.

 

A Delicious Meal In One Of Whitby’s Fine Restaurants

Whether it’s before, after or not coinciding with a visit to Whitby Pavilion at all, the town has a fantastic array of restaurants for everyone to sample.

The Marine, for example, is a fine dining experience that concentrates on serving excellent fish dishes.Situated on the harbourside the Marines menu includes whole lobster, oysters, fresh langoustine, scampi, roast hake, sea bass, lemon sole and spaghetti voncole which is made with clams, white wine, garlic, chilli, and spaghetti. If you fancy something other than fish or traditional English fayre, you could also try Ditto, a family run intimate restaurant that has just 18 covers.

Quality local ingredients are served here that are used to combine bold and creative flavours with influences from all over Europe. Dittos menu includes rolled lamb shoulder, cured sea trout, crispy fried eggs, pork belly, duck breast, broccoli and blue cheese potato gnocchi, baked lemon cream, frozen chocolate mousse and bread and butter pudding.

 

Drinks And A Boogie At Whitby’s Pubs And Clubs

Just as there are many restaurants in Whitby there are also many pubs. In fact, at last count, there were more than 31, ranging from traditional venues to cocktail bars and chains.

Choice of nightclubs, on the other hand, is far more limited as there is only one! Out of the many pubs you could visit, the Abbey Wharf seems to be far and away the most popular with its restaurant and selection of live music. This would be closely followed by the Buck Inn where you can enjoy dry ice cocktails, karaoke and a turn on their dance floor.

For a more traditional, quiet drink try the Jolly Sailors, Ship or Pier Inn. Following on from the pub you might want to try Raw nightclub which is situated in two buildings over three floors. Part Victorian, part Art Déco this venue holds regular events such as Hedkandi. School disco and the ministry of sound.

It’s a great place to drink, dance and socialise with friends long after the pubs have closed.

 

A Cozy Night In

If you’re not into, don’t fancy or are just too tired to go out into Whitby at night you could always opt for a cozy night in. There are many fantastic fishmongers where you can purchase fish such as mackerel, pollock, flounder, coalfish, bass, cod and more for a lovely home cooked meal.

Local ales can also be bought to accompany your meal made by Whitby Brewery and sold all over the town. After eating you could then watch a DVD, read your book or even just cuddle up with your loved one in a chair.

Whatever you do you will be sure to enjoy it !!

Joe and Geoff xx

Celebrate at Whitby Goth Weekend from Friday 26th October

Celebrate Non-Conformity at Whitby Goth Weekend

 
The first meeting of a group of pen-pals has now turned into a twice annual event for the town of Whitby, know as the Whitby Goth Weekend, WGW. In 1994, a group of about 40 pen-pals decided to gather together after meeting through the pages of New Musical Express, a music magazine more popularly known as NME. The meet-up was organised by Jo Hampshire, who is the head of Top Mum Productions, quickly became known as a musical event.

Whitby was first chosen because of its ties to Dracula. Bram Stoker included the small coastal English town in his novel about the vampire. There are several references to the town within chapters 6 through 8 of his book, including the description of the ruins of Whitby Abbey. It is said that Stoker discovered the name Dracula when he checked a book out of the library in Whitby while on vacation there.

Though the ties to the book may have prompted the festival to be formed there, Whitby was also chosen for its understanding and warm reception to event goers. Those who wear their wristbands from the event now get a discount when they visit the Whitby Museum.

The origins of the festival was to provide musical entertainment for Goths or Gothics, it has evolved into a festival celebrating the Goth and other alternative lifestyles. Goths are a subculture, or alternative lifestyle, featuring music and fashion. Goth music varies from death metal to post punk rock to industrial. Fashions and aesthetics for most Goths include dark, usually black, clothing, dark hair and make-up featuring dark eyeliners, lips, nail polish and sometimes, a white face.

WGW is now held twice a year in Whitby. It began being held twice a year since 1997 and it is one of the largest Goth events in the world. It attracts visitors from all over the UK and the world.

Most of the events are held at Whitby’s Spa Pavilion, known as “The Spa”. There are other venues used throughout the town, such as The Coliseum and Victoria Place, but “The Spa” is the main location. The festival consists of dances, markets and a charity soccer match between Goths and the local newspaper, the Whitby Gazette. Other activities include sightseeing, boat trips and picnics.

The festival is open to any one of any age who was to celebrate non-conformity and their lifestyle. Besides Goths, attendees may be bikers, punk rockers, emos and steampunkers. The event has been good for the economy of Whitby, no doubt leading to the warm welcome to the WGW each year. For restaurants, bars, hotels and other businesses in the area, the festival generates about 1.1 million pounds. Tickets for WGW are not all that expensive either and are priced for single days and full festival passes to have access for the full weekend of music and activities.

From its humble beginnings to the world’s largest Goth event, Whitby Goth Weekend only seems to be getting larger and more popular. To find out more information on the festival, you can visit their website at http://www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk or look them up on Facebook.

Fun for all at the annual Whitby Regatta 2018

The Whitby Regatta 2018 is a boat lovers dream as people gather for a three-day festival featuring rowing team competitions, yacht races and rafters competing against each other along the North Yorkshire county coast. What started out as a modest competition between fisherman has grown to be the oldest sea regatta in England with large crowds gathering for the past 173 years.

The Regatta became switched to rowing races in about 1872. Rowing continued to grow, with several regattas taking place along the English cost. Many of the rowing clubs in the original competitions are still around today competing in the modern Whitby Regatta, including Whitby’s Fisherman’s Amateur Rowing Club.

The Wilson Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the rowing competitions, was first presented in 1901, along with a prize of 25 pounds. The cup is one of the most coveted rowing trophies presented today. Along with the rowing competitions, raft races are conducted with competitors trying to win at all costs. Competitors are allowed to add missiles to their raft’s construction as long as they are harmless flour or soot bags used to shoot at their competitors.

In 1900, 11,000 people attended the Regatta, and today it draws crowds of 20,000 for the three-day festival. No longer just a rowing competition, the Whitby Regatta also features a beach soccer festival for children under 11 years of age, along with other activities geared toward kids take place on all three days. A 4k fun run, which takes place along the sea wall comes on the second day of the gathering and displays from the Army, Navy and RAF make up other events at the modern day Regatta.

While the boat races are still some of the main events, vehicles of other types are featured as well. There are vintage, classic and sports car rallies that take place at the Regatta, along with a motorcycle displays, showing off riders’ skills on Whitby’s beach. The event is capped off with a fireworks display. The three-day event is scheduled in August of each year.

 
With so many people attending the event, bus service and rail service are available to help you get to the event so you don’t have to drive through the throngs of Regatta attendees. You can find the schedule for public transportation, the events list, as well as other information at either the Whitby Regatta Facebook page or by going to their website at www.whitbyregatta.co.uk

Our Top 7 Places to visit in Whitby

If you’re looking for a charming seaside destination on the east coast of the country, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more enticing mix of things to do than at this famous harbour town.

 

1. Take a Ride On The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The first in our Whitby points of interest is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This is just great for those that love trains as well those that appreciate amazing country scenery with bags of vintage charm. The trains come in steam or vintage diesel form and visit a collection of little station stops throughout the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The train passes through Goathland station, which is famous for its appearances in a number of TV and film productions including the original Harry Potter feature film, The Philosopher’s Stone. If you want a day of sightseeing without having to walk the miles between landmarks, this is the way to do it!

 

2. Get To The Beach

You can’t take a trip to the coast without hitting the beach. Sandsend is considered by many to be one of the best beaches surrounding the town of Whitby making it the perfect place to take a seat, relax and take in some much needed sea air. The main beach stretches around the west cliff and takes you from Whitby all the way to the best parts of Sandsend. Many who like a good beach walk will find this to be the perfect stretch of sandy beach for a long stroll. It’s best to do this when the tide is fully out to get the most attractive views as well as the most time to enjoy a slow relaxed pace. If you are taking the dog, be sure to look out for the dog-friendly beach areas on the east side of town.

 

3. Climb The 199 Steps To St Mary’s Churchyard

This is one of the most iconic landmarks within the centre of Whitby town. Atop the cliff that dominates Whitby’s scenery sits the historic St Mary’s Church. To get there, visitors will have to climb the 199 steps that have been carved into the side of the cliff. The path is perfectly safe and attracts climbers of all ages and fitness levels. These steps were made famous by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Those that reach the summit will enjoy breathtaking high ground views of Whitby and its harbour. The beginning of the steps can be found on the east side of town along Church Street. St Mary’s Church features a collection of old graves, some dating as far back as back as the 1700’s. Whitby Abbey is at the back of the graveyard. It’s been left a ruin after being severely attacked by the German army on their failed attempt to invade Britain during the second world war.

 

4. Enter And Explore Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is certainly one of the most unmissable tourist attractions in town. It is only open to the public via booked tours but many visitors to Whitby are determined to climb the steps so that they can catch a view of the Abbey even if only from outside it’s gates. As you can imagine, the Abbey has famous connections to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, undoubtedly playing a large role in influencing the novels eerie settings.

 

5. Get Fish And Chips While Visiting The Bandstand

Whitby is famous for Dracula, the steps, its clifftop abbey and of course, for it’s world class fish and chips. When you hear others say they’ve had the best fish and chips in the world here in Whitby, they aren’t kidding. Many of the fish and chips stores within the centre of town have won awards for their chip and batter quality. Almost all fish and chip stores in the town are super proud of their stellar ingredients as well as their cooking processes and certainly don’t shy away from shouting out about where their stock is sourced and the precise awards that they have won in recent years. This competitive spirit has made the town a hotbed for quality food. Sample one or sample them all! You’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor scenery to eat by, whether you decide to stroll along the harbour to see the Whitby Lighthouses up close or check out Whitby’s picturesque bandstand.

 

6. Visit Robin Hoods Bay

If you’re in Whitby for a few days, you’ll notice a lot of the culture plays into a real pirate theme. This isn’t random, it’s because the town and some of its surrounding villages were notoriously linked with smuggling. Robin Hoods Bay is well known for its history as a smuggling haven along the Yorkshire coast. This little village sits just a short drive north from Whitby and is a fine place to visit for those that are interested in soaking up more of this period pirate vibe. Many visitors will park at the top of the bay and walk through the villages cobbled streets and swarm of cute cafes to reach the bay at the bottom. It’s a superb location to grab a bite surrounded by village scenes filled with history and periodic charm. Check out our list of things to do in Robin Hoods Bay.

 

7. Enjoy A Journey Across The Yorkshire Moors

If you prefer to walk or cycle over taking the train, the North Yorkshire Moors is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of local nature and the great outdoors. The popular TV show Heartbeat was filmed throughout this national park. Goathland village features famous scenes from the series as well as a traditional steam train station. Train enthusiasts will love standing on the railway bridge and enjoying the steam trains passing along the track beneath you.

We really hope this collection of our Whitby Points Of Interest has helped!