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  • 25.10.2012

Bonfire Night in Yorkshire

It’s very nearly that time of year again where we commemorate the failures of one of Yorkshire’s most famous (or infamous) son’s, Guy Fawkes. In Britain, November 5th means blazing bonfires and explosive fireworks, creating beautiful and colourful scenes in the night sky.

It’s been a few years since I’ve attended a bonfire, so the other night I took to twitter and asked the question; Where should we be going? Thankfully it didn’t fall on deaf ears and I received several suggestions. Since then I’ve gone away and looked into the top picks, and these are my 3 favourites (in no particular order):

1. The Devonshire Arms, nr. Skipton.

Situated on the Duke of Devonshire’s 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, their annual Guy Fawkes Night is on Monday 5th November. This event includes; Fireworks, Bonfire, Hot Snacks, Refreshments, Free Car Parking, Free Shuttle Bus, Bar and Entertainment.

Devonshire Arms Bonfire

2. Roundhay Park, Leeds

Tens of thousands of people will be expected at Leeds’ biggest bonfire and fireworks event. On offer will be live music, thundering fireworks and a gigantic bonfire. This free event also takes place on 5th November.

3. Kaboom!, York

What more do I need to say that the title doesn’t already? Kaboom, held on Sunday 4th, is set to be North Yorkshire’s biggest fireworks display. Designed by one of the world’s best pyro-technicians, the fireworks will be fully choreographed with lighting and special FX, celebrating 50 years of James Bond and York’s links to two other famous Yorkshire folk; Dame Judi Dench and Bond theme composer John Barry.

Wherever you decide to go, stay safe and have a great night.

(Image from The Devonshire Arms website)

  • 25.10.2012

Duncombe Park Luxury Wedding Fair

This Sunday (the 28th) we’ll be attending ‘The Wedding Affair at Duncombe Park‘, luxury wedding fair. Set in several hundred acres, Duncombe Park is situated near the picturesque market town of Helmsley.

The Wedding Affair Duncombe Park

We’ll be pitching a bell tent on their hallowed turf and exhibiting inside the Stately home, alongside over 45 exhibitors. I’ve also been told that there is a glass of wine on arrival and gift bags (while stocks last), so if you get the opportunity to come along, we’ll see you there.

12.00 – 4.00pm

Duncombe Park
Helmsley
North Yorkshire
YO62 5EB

(image from The Wedding Affair website)

  • 23.10.2012

The Craven Arms (Appletreewick) Beer Festival 2012

This weekend saw the return of the Beer Festival to the wonderful Craven Arms pub in Appletreewick. If you’ve never been (to the pub or the village) you must be sure to take a trip there soon. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, just 12 miles north-east of Skipton, Appletreewick, I recently found out (thanks wiki) attained the title of ‘Britain’s Friendliest Town to Drive Through’ in 2009. It also has two great pubs, The New Inn and the focus of this post, The Craven Arms.

We arrived Saturday afternoon and pitched up our bell tent at Howarth Farm campsite, which is a friendly, working farm, surrounded by stunning views and is only ten minutes walk from the village itself. Following a bite to eat, we wandered to the Pub and got settled in.

beer-festival-flyer-beer

The theme of the Beer Festival was ‘War of the Roses’. Ten beers selected from breweries in Yorkshire and ten from breweries in Lancashire, alongside a Cider from each county too.

Now, if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweeting the scores in the afternoon. As the day went on, we did continue to score, but we’d also met and made new friends, so the social media was put aside. One of the people we were speaking with was David Aynesworth, owner of the Craven Arms. He sung us a few folk ditties and entertained us in the heather thatched Cruck Barn at the rear of the pub. I’ve got to say that there was some incredible beers on offer, and in my bias opinion, most of them were from Yorkshire. Votes were taken over the whole weekend and the eventual winner was….drum roll please… Mrs Simpson’s Thriller In Vanilla Porter (abv 5.1%) from the Brown Cow Brewery in Selby. As nice as this was it only came tied for second on my list, along with the South Island Pale (abv 3.5%) from the Saltaire Brewery in Shipley.

The beer that came top of the pops in my eye’s was Birdie (abv 4.3%), a Pale from the superb Dark Horse Brewery in Hetton. Supposedly this was brewed to coincide with the Ryder Cup using both European and American hops. I won’t pretend to understand what all of that means, I just know it makes one hell of a pint. Be sure to give it a try if you see it out about.

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So that was my weekend. Autumn Glamping in my bell tent, coupled with a Beer Festival in one of the finest pubs in the country, in one of the finest spots in the Yorkshire Dales. Ten out of ten.

  • 11.10.2012

Autumn Glamping

It seems like such a long time since I last posted a blog entry. If you ‘follow’ us on Twitter or Pinterest, or for those of you that ‘like’ us on Facebook you’ll have been kept up to date with everything that we’ve been up to over the summer. And what a summer it was. We were lucky enough to do several fantastic weddings in locations such as Danby Castle, Duncombe Park and Swinton Park. We also pitched up for parties for people celebrating birthdays ranging from 2 to 50.

Everything being taken into account, with all the great memories and new friends, not a bad first season I’d say!

Sat here writing this though, the main reason is to remind people that summer may be over, but we are still definitely OPEN. Yorkshire during Autumn is simply stunning, it’s when animals and nature put on a final show before the cold kicks in. You’ll be able to don your wellies, pull on the scarf and head out for a brisk walk through the countryside, ‘research’ the local country pubs and enjoy a crowd pleasing casserole back at your tent. Sure the temperatures may have dropped a little, fortunately for you though we have a few solutions to keep you warm.

The little things we’ll do for you during Autumn and Winter is make things extra cosy by doubling up on the duvets, placing an extra layer of insulation between you and the floor and provide you with, wait for it… a hot water bottle!

But most importantly, we have the fantastic frontier stove. This can be placed inside your tent if you opt for the Ultimate Glampit hire package.

Alternatively, if you’re going to a campsite with an electric hook-up, you can have a convector heater that provides heat for your tent quickly and safely at no extra cost with the Glampit hire package.

So come on, tell everyone, let the fun continue and let’s go glamping this Autumn.

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