Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Hello Everyone and Happy New year !

I set two main new years resolutions this year, the first was to learn how to take great pictures with my new digital camera and the other was to get out on a weekend and explore some lovely local walks and find interesting things to take pictures of ! Well so far i have been very good at sticking to my resolutions and I am enjoying having inspiring days out that don't cost anything whilst spending quality time with my family. 


Sutton Bank Thirsk ~

One of my favourite places to walk, although when setting off from a cold but dry, grounded, village location, perhaps being a little naive , I forgot that taking a trek up the steep Sutton Bank hillside would mean a lot of frost, ice and almost snow. But this certainly added to its beauty on this afternoon. Our two family pooches came along for the fresh air and they loved skidding around the ice and getting their noses covered in the snowy frost!




You are up extremely high on this walk so on a clear day the views are breathtaking and you are very close to the Yorkshire Gliding Center so if the weather is suitable for flying then you will be lucky enough to see the gliders soaring above exploring the skies.



River Nidd Waterside Walk Patley Bridge ~

This walk I have done many times as I love all the elements to it. You have the country side, the trees and the the river, and then towards the end you have the lake with all the wildlife and birds that can be seen. It is another great walk for pooches especially those who like a dip in the river, which on a hot summers day could provide a much needed cool down. My four legged friend would go in the river any time of year as she is a bit of a water baby, and this cold January afternoon was no exception!



On our walk we were lucky to see swans, ducks, geese and also a heron from the distance across the lake. I have to say the geese were very photogenic, happily posing for a photo or two !




Ripley to Harroagte Walk and Cycle Path ~ 

This walk takes you from Ripley Village to the Bilton area of Harrogate via a purpose built path which is great for keen cyclists and walkers. It has some stunning views across Ripley especially as you walk across the viaduct  you can see for miles.





One of my favourite parts of this walk is there is a pub called the Garden's Arm's as you reach the Bilton Area which is a great half way point if walking back again to stop off and and re charge the batteries. The pub has a large beer garden at the back which welcomes dogs as well. There is plenty of off lead opportunities for dogs on this walk too as long as you keep an eye out for the cyclists.

Picture taken from www.geograph.org.uk


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Park ~

I often think how lucky I am to live so close to this area of beauty. Explore the Abbey ruins and walk around the beautiful gardens. This place is stunning in Winter and also makes a great place for families in the summer, children can play and explore in the gardens, and the lawns make a great place for a picnic.


Picture taken from: www.telegraph.co.uk

When walking around Studley Royal you might be lucky enough to see the deer which make this place their home. They travel together and make their way around the gardens throughout the day. Dogs are welcome at both Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal but they must be kept on their leads at all times due to the wildlife.




 As you can see I have had a busy January getting out and about and I look forward to experiencing more walks over the year.

If any of you have pictures of local walks you have been on or any suggestions of where to go we would love to hear from you.

The Girl in the Cupboard  xxx 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Hi Glampers

It is coming to that time of year again, Christmas Markets, Christmas shopping and best of all Baileys and Hot Chocolate ! I love it all!

This weekend I ventured down to our local town of Harrogate to do some shopping and  check out the Christmas Markets. I am determined this year to have all my shopping finished by December so I don't have to spend my weekends trying to find last minute Christmas gifts. Whilst the market was very busy I did enjoy a glass of mulled cider and a German Sausage!

 



This year I have done a lot of my shopping online. It can be so much cheaper with the added luxury of staying warm and dry from the comfort of my own sofa ! I have put together some gift ideas I have come across whilst doing my own Christmas shopping. This year I have based my gift ideas on local days out and experiences as we here at Camp Katur believe that making memories is what counts.

RHS Harlow Car Gardens Harrogate Membership
Now this is a great gift especially for parents or friends who love days out exploring beautiful gardens and plants. A annual pass gives you unlimited access to the gardens for a year, plus you can take a guests with you. You also have access to their Sister Gardens, one of which being our local Thorpe Perrow Gardens which is only 10 minutes away from Camp. Harlow Car Gardens also has gift shops and Betty's Tea Rooms which can add to the experience of a day out.  For more information visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr .












 Experience Day at the National Center for Birds of Prey, Helmsley
The NCBP is set within North York Moors National Park. They are open for visitors 7 days a week but they also offer several experience days which would make a great Christmas present for any bird lover. They have Raptor, Owl ad Hawk experiences which start from £30.00 where you can watch the birds in flight and even have a chance to hold and fly some of the birds yourselves. For more information visit http://www.ncbp.co.uk/special-events/.





Real Simulation - Flight Simulator Experience, Harrogate
Real Simulation offer flight simulation experiences in North Yorkshire on either a motion Boeing 737 flight simulator or an F4 Phantom Jet simulator. Although this gift is a little on the pricey side this is a truly unique gift experience that someone would remember for a long time. You can buy the experience vouchers for a 20, 40 and 60 minute session. Prices start from £149.00, for more information visit http://www.realsimulation.co.uk/.



Virgin Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Ripley Castle  
Let a loved one enjoy the breath taking views of Ripley Castle and the Harrogate Area by purchasing them a Virgin Balloon Experience. They have many different gift packages available starting at £119.00 pp. You can find out more information here, http://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk/product-category/gift-packages/.



Forbidden Corner Family Ticket
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. There is lots to discover and explore here and it is great for both children and adults alike. I loved going here as a child and I still do now i'm in my 30's ! It is a great family day out. If you wanted to treat a family to a family pass this Christmas it is £40.00 as they can call up and book their trip when it suits them. For more information visit http://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk/visitor-information/




Land Rover Experience Yorkshire 
Based near Skipton, North Yorkshire, The Land Rover Experience Yorkshire offers you the chance to drive the latest Land Rover Models over rough terrain, steep inclines and deep rutted tracks. They offer a range of experience days that you can buy as a gift from one hour taster sessions to full day treks. For more information visit http://www.yorkshire.landroverexperience.co.uk/experiences/index.html . 




Camp Katur Gift Vouchers
If you want to treat someone to a really special and unique gift this Christmas then why not get them a gift voucher to come and stay with us. We can do vouchers for specific stays or for certain amounts so that guests call call up and book their own stay. We can do vouchers for all our accommodations or you can let them choose their own when they book. You can view all our accommodations on our website www.campkatur.com and to order a gift voucher just give us a call on 01845 202100. 

 


I hope these give you some ideas you can use for your own Christmas Shopping for your family and friends. With experience day gifts people can have a great day out that they will remember for a long time, which from my point of view is something much more worth while than soaps  and socks ! 

From everyone here at Camp Katur we hope you have a lovely Christmas ! 

Girl in the Cupboard :) xxx




Pictures Taken From:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr .
http://www.ncbp.co.uk
http://www.realsimulation.co.uk/.
 http://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk
http://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk
http://www.yorkshire.landroverexperience.co.uk

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Hi Glampers !

I thought I would share with you a few local Halloween events that are happening in the area this Halloween should you want to take part in something spooktacular!

The Ripon Ghost Walk
Explore the darker side of Ripon’s History, discover ancient burial sites and meet characters who lived and died hundreds of years ago but some say still linger! On Friday 28th October they are putting on a special Halloween ghost walk for children. Starts at 7:30pm in Ripon’s Market Place. £2.00 for Adults and £1 for under 16’s. Find out more info here http://www.yorkshiretrails.co.uk/riponghostwalk/4586887952 .


All Hallow’s Eve at the Workhouse
The Workhouse Museum in Ripon is celebrating Halloween during half term week providing fun for families of all ages. On Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October come and learn about traditional trick or treating by baking some Soul Cakes. You can also make your very own Ghost puppet and bees wax candle. Punch and Judy will be making an appearance on Tuesday and Thursday and you can join in spooky story times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Normal entry fees apply. Find our more information here, http://riponmuseums.co.uk/events/ .


Thorpe Perrow
Thorpe Perrow is an exciting place to explore offering something for everyone and being home to some of the largest and rarest trees and shrubs in England. Follow the Nature Trails, visit the children’s play area or have a picnic by the lake. This Halloween they are offering Kids Activity Days on 28th, 29th and 30th October from 11am till 4pm. Join in the Halloween themed fun, perfect for children aged 4 +, spooky costumes are encouraged ! For more information visit http://www.thorpperrow.com/diary.html .


Zombie Survival Run at Ripley Castle
On 29th October Ripley Castle is hosting a Zombie Survival run, for ages 10 years and over. Fancy finding your way through the escape route without being marked by a deadly virus? Or you can choose to be a zombie instead and then your aim is the spread the virus amongst the survivors. Either way this looks like great fun, especially for groups but not for the faint hearted!


Frightwater Valley
Our local theme park pulls out all the stops for Halloween every year. From Thursday 27th October to Sunday 30th October you can go along and experience all the rides as well as their Trick or Treat Doors, the Lightwater Scare Train and their famous Live Scare Maze. For more information, https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/events/frightwater-valley-2016

The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park
From 19th -31st October 10:30am till 8:30pm Stockeld Park hosts their Halloween Adventure. You can ski through their woodland trail, explore their enchanted forest, find your way through the maze or have enjoy their real ice rink. You can find more information here, http://stockeldpark.co.uk/the-halloween-adventure/


Camp Katur Halloween Pizza Nights

On Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th October we will be firing up our wood fired Pizza Oven and offering guests the chance to create their own Pizza and have it cooked for you. We will provide the base and the toppings , all you need to provide is the wine ! The price is £10.00 per pizza and this will take place around the communal seating area at 6:30pm. We will also be lighting our communal camp fire so you are welcome to sit round and have a natter and share your spooky stories! To book your place on one of our Pizza Nights just email info@campkatur.com or call us on 01845 202100.


 We will also be having a Halloween Woodland Trail for you to follow during your stay.


However you decide to spend your Halloween we look forward to having you stay with us or again sometime in near future.

Happy Glamping !

Camp Katur 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Hi Glampers


Summer is finally here and we have a few exciting things going on this summer which I would love to tell you about.

Sausage and Beer Festival

This weekend Saturday 23rd July is the estates Sausage and Beer Festival. If you fancy a day out trying fabulous ales and yummy sausages then come along there will also be entertainment , food stalls, live music, a dog show and more. For more information and to buy tickets click on this link,http://www.camphill.co.uk/Whats-On/ArtMID/1526/ArticleID/5/Sausage-Beer-Festival . 
On Saturday 30th July we have Big Little Gigs here on the estate presenting a Summer Special Kids Ceilidh in our Rustic Barn. Big Little Gigs is all about introducing children to the wonderful and varied world of live music through high quality performance. Make sure you pack your picnics and come along and enjoy a great day for all ages. Performances will be at 11:30am and 1:30pm and tickets are £3.50 for everyone over the age of 1 year.For more information please visit https://biglittlegigs.wordpress.com/ and you get get tickets here http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2557170.
Bush Craft on Camp 

Bush craft activities are a great way to have fun and get back to basics and this summer Epic Adventures have various dates here on the estate  where you can take part in a Bush Craft taster session including shelter building, fire making, marshmallow toasting, archery and bush tucker trials . Each session is £25.00 for 2 hours. The sessions run from 10am till 12pm and 1pm till 3pm on the selected dates below. Advance booking is required, you can find out more and book here,https://www.epicadventure.co.uk/ .


Session Dates :
July -            30th and 31st
August-        2nd, 4th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th and 30th
September - 1st and 4th 


 
Dubs In't Dales 

Our annual VW Festival is back this year on 23rd to 25th September, so if your a VW owner or even just a fan then come down for a weekend full of activities, stalls, spa areas, live music , children's rides and not forgetting our VW ride through the Dales and our Show and Shine . Tickets are available now from http://www.dubsintdales.co.uk/ and can either be day tickets or weekend camping tickets . 
New Children's Tipis 

We are always developing on Camp to make your stay is more enjoyable and this summer we have added some unique Tipi style dens for children to play in and enjoy.
 
The Woodland Kingdom 

Nestled in the woodland is a special place to create memories known as the new Woodland Kingdom Adventure Park. The woodland play area is surrounded by dens, playhouses and shelter building and has picnic tables with areas to have a bbq whilst watching the children play and explore. Open from 10am till 5pm. 
Time to Relax 

We are now able to offer beauty treatments here for you whilst you enjoy your tranquil peaceful stay with us. Why not treat yourself to a massage, facial or relaxing hand or foot treatment. Our recommended therapist will come to your accommodation and treat you to your very own pamper day. We can also offer packages for groups. Pre booking is required and we require at least 3 days notice for bookings.

Treatments Include 
Treatment Price 
Massages : 
Swedish back, neck and shoulder£18.00
Swedish full body£30.00
Indian Head Massage£18.00
Hot Stone Massage £40.00
Pregnancy Massage£30.00
  
Facials: 
Hydrating 1 Hour Facial£40.00
Hydrating 30 min Facial£20.00
Anti Ageing 1 Hour Facial £50.00
Anti Ageing 30 Min Facial£25.00
  
Hand Treatment 30 Mins£20.00
Foot Treatment 30 Mins£20.00
Reflexology£35.00
 

                                 
 
We hope you all have a lovely summer and hope to see you staying with us soon!

Camp Katur 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Hi Glampers!

Wedding season is upon us this month and we thought this year we would kick start things with our very own Wedding Fair. It was a great day and truly enjoyable and we even had some nice weather which was a bonus! We were able to showcase our Rustic Barn and Orangery as well as our beautiful woodland ceremony area which was styled by Jan from Celebration Ceremonies.



We had Totally Tipi displaying one of their impressive Tipi's as we do offer a land hire option here and  this was decorated by Jane Steel from Wedding and Events who's table decorations and hanging lanterns made the Tipi look so pretty.

We had lots of positive feedback from guests and traders who attended the fair which is great, we hope to have another one next year. 

We had our first wedding of the year last week, it was Star Wars inspired on May the 4th which I though was brilliant.( May the 4th be with you !) Shaun and Jennifer had beautiful red and white flower center pieces set into wooden logs with tea lights which looked perfect on our rustic trestle tables along with their hessian and lace table runners. The red roses which lined the ceremony path were also the perfect touch. 


After their ceremony they had drinks in the meadow from our communal Tipi which gave guests the chance to chat and mingle and chill out in the glorious sunshine. 


Shaun and Jennifer chose a wedding breakfast of hot dogs with wedges and salad followed by a giant banana split and for their evening meal they had Indian street food.  


I have been looking into predicted wedding trends for 2016, it will be interesting to see if any feature in our weddings here on camp, luckily festival weddings seem to be a big hit for 2016 as well as themed weddings such as Star Wars, James Bond and Hollywood Glamour. Metalic's and sparkles will be popular this year especially rose gold and yellow gold. Dipped dye is also going to be popular. Mismatched bridesmaids dresses are also a hot trend this year, many people opting for same colour dresses in different styles. I am a bridesmaid in a few weeks and we have gone for this option. Buffets are going to take a back seat while many people opt for tea parties, street food, posh sandwiches and build your own pizzas.

As always if you have any feedback I would love to hear from you,

Bye for now,

Girl in the cupboard xxxx