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
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
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 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
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Swedish back, neck and shoulder
Swedish full body
Indian Head Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Hydrating 1 Hour Facial
Hydrating 30 min Facial
Anti Ageing 1 Hour Facial
Anti Ageing 30 Min Facial
Hand Treatment 30 Mins
Foot Treatment 30 Mins
We hope you all have a lovely summer and hope to see you staying with us soon!
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,
We are busy on camp getting ready for a fun filled 2016 season opening again on Friday 18th March. As we do every Winter we are improving our site, taking on board suggestions and generally trying to make your stay with us more enjoyable. Here is a list of changes you can expect to see this year.
1. All three of our Safari Tents will now have a wall between the two bedroom areas making things that bit more private and there will also be a door between the bedrooms and the lounge/kitchen areas which will make it easier for families when the kids are ready for bed but the adults want to stay up and play.
2. We have improved the decor in the communal bathrooms, tiles have been layed and we have painted the walls giving a much more warm and cosy feel.
3. We have invested in an improved solar power system and small wind turbines in the hope that this will improve our solar power on duller and darker days.
4. Our two Geodomes will have a new up cycled pallet seating area much the same are our Unidomes have, just to add a little more luxury and comfort.
5. Our Woodland Hide Unidome will have a new improved flooring, giving more comfort.
6. Our BBQ Pod will have a prep bench outside making it a bit easier to chop all those veggies and prepare those salads.
7. A new more modern kitchen has been fitted in our communal kitchen, we have made it more open plan therefore creating more space and we have put gas cookers with oven space inside giving guests extra cooking options and facilities to make good old cuppa.
8. We are now offering packages for our guests so they an enjoy a more 1/2 board feel to their stay including continental breakfast, BBQ Hampers and use of our Eco Spa. .
As usual each year we dedicate two set weekends where Hen Parties are welcome to spend the weekend with us celebrating with their bride to be. We find this to be the best way of ensuring our camp site stays family friendly whilst also allowing Hen's the chance to come and join in some glamping hentastic fun! Our 2016 Hen Fest Weekends are April 22nd-24th and June 24th-26th. Spaces are already filling up fast so enquire now to avoid missing out.
We had our first naturist event last year and we had many requests for a second one on a weekend so this year we are ! The 13th-15th May is our Naturist Weekend where singles, couples and groups are welcome or those just wanting to try something new. We have different accommodation options available so give us a call on 01845 202100 to find out more.
Camp Katur's Movie Night Camp Out
Due to popular demand we are planning another Movie Camp Out on Saturday 11th June. Further tickets and details will be available soon.
Dubs In't Dales 2016
Our annual VW festival is back again this year on the weekend of 23rd - 25th September. For all VW fans this is a weekend not to be missed with our Dubs Drive in the Dales, The Show and Shine, live music, food, family games, wellness area and much more. Tickets are available to buy online now athttp://www.dubsintdales.co.uk/ There are different ticket option available see the website for details.
Other Events on the Estate
Camp Hill are having their annual Sausage and Beer Festival which this year will take place on 23rd of July. Glamping accommodation for that weekend is filling up fast so if you want to stay with us that weekend I would advise booking soon to advise disappointment.
On 20th July we have the Handlebards company coming to the estate to perform their shakespeare plays. These 4 men tour the UK on their bikes performing their plays for audiences all over, you can view them in action here,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeGV4NBz43Y .
The Camp Hill 10K will be back this year on the 23rd October so all you fitness fanatics who love running in muddy puddles and amongst obstacles should get yourselves signed up for this one , it is truly a fun charity adventure run not to be missed.
Tour De Yorkshire
This years Tour De Yorkshire is taking place from 29th April to the 1st May. Stage 3 of the event on Sunday 1st May see the cyclists tackling the infamous Sutton Bank in our neighboring town of Thirsk and the North Yorkshire Moore's before heading into Scarborough for a thrilling finale.
Swaledale Festival runs from 28th May -11th June. This award winning festival is an annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the northernmost Yorkshire Dales, Swaledale, Wendsleydale and Arkengarthdale. Venues are mostly churches, chapels, village halls and heritage sites and attracts artists from all over the world.
The Dales Festival of Food and Drink
This food and drink festival takes place on 18th and 19th June in the market square of Layburn. It is free for visitors this year to visit the food hall and sample one of 30 real ales selected from local breweries. There is also cookery demonstrations and farming and country crafts.
A must for fans of live music this event will take place on Friday 29th July and Saturday 30th July. Tickets will go on sale soon and can be purchased from http://www.richmondlive.org/.
As you can see there is lots going on both on the Estate and in the local area this year, our weekends for 2016 are starting to get booked up fast so if you fancy a relaxing or adventurous weekend away with us then don't leave it too late!
It's that time of year again, mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas markets. I am a huge Christmas fan and I am always the first one to get into the Christmas spirit. December the 1st couldn't come quick enough for me as it meant it was okay to start talking about Christmas, listening to Christmas Carols and to put up my Christmas tree (I will pretend I didn't actually put it up on November 29th !).
I attended a few Christmas markets/fairs this year and my experience was that some were better than others. I personally prefer the more organised ones, if tickets are booked in advance then the amount of people turning up can be better controlled so you know it is not going to be too over crowded and they generally have some form of organised parking, as driving around for half an hour trying to find a parking space is not my idea of fun! I really enjoyed Ripley Christmas Fair this year, there was plenty of stalls and yes it was busy but not too busy and I could still look at all the stalls and speak to stall owners if I wanted too and try samples etc. The only problem was they had so many tasty food stalls that I ended up buying more for myself that I did getting on with my Christmas shopping.
There was the Camp Hill Christmas Fair here on the Estate itself, it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and I bought some lovely Damson Vodka from a local company that will defiantly be my choice of tipple over the festive period and I got a few more bottles for gifts too.
I also went to Harrogate to visit their Christmas market, which was extremely busy, so busy in fact that I didn't stay very long just long enough to get my German Sausage! It was so busy with people trying to get round it in both directions that I couldn't even get to any stalls to see what they were selling. It was a real shame as the market has the potential to be brilliant but it could just do with more space so people can spread out more and maybe a one way system to control the traffic volume. I could see there was some nice things there but unfortunately I just couldn't get to them to have a look which was a shame.
I always like to buy fun, quirky gifts for my family and friends so sticking with our glamping and festival theme, here are a few little unique gems I have found that would be perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors.
The North Face Men's Tent Slippers
These slippers are perfect for Dads and Brothers who love Camping. They give warmth and protection and would be much easier to slip on for a quick step out of your tent instead of trying to put your wellies on ! Priced at £36.00 there not the cheapest gift out there but you cant put a price on warmth and comfort when enjoying the great outdoors! Buy from http://www.thenorthface.co.uk/ .
Personalised Camping Mallet
What a great gift for a family who loved camping or glamping. This will make bashing in those tent pegs a lot more fun ! The mallet can be personalised with one or two lines of wording as well as a few icons. At £20.00 as well this is bargain. Buy from www.notonthehighstreet.com .
Camper Van Wash Bag
Ideal for people always on the go this Camper Van wash bag would be a perfect gift for camper van, festival and camping lovers. It is quite a good size too for carrying all your toiletries and bits and bobs around in. It is £16.95 and also comes in blue or red. Buy from www.geniegadgets.com .
Dude, Where's My Tent T-Shirt
This men's t-shirt is great for camping fans, its funny and stylish and would be look great on someone walking around a camp site in the summer. It comes is 5 different colours so there is a choice for everyone. It is priced at a very reasonable £9.99 and comes with free delivery. Buy it from www.amazon.co.uk .
The Tent Finder
Never loose your tent again ! This is one of my favourite finds and such a great idea. Just leave the light in your tent before you go off at night and then use the remote control on your return and your tent will light up showing you the way, perfect for festivals when one to many tipples might make you forget where you pitched up! It works at a distance of 50 meters and cost £23.89 to buy from http://www.camperdeals.co.uk/ .
Vango Inflatable Flocked Armchair
This deluxe inflatable chair is perfect for chilling out in outside your tent or in your garden. An essential part of any glamping kit ! You will be the envy of your mates with their regular camping chairs. It costs £21.19 and it also comes with its own repair kit should you get a puncture. You can buy this from http://www.funkyleisure.co.uk/ .
Ladies Camping Flask
This cute flask is is a great gift to get your friend who enjoys camping and travelling. She can take the tipple of her choice away with her in this handy portable flask with a fun design on the front. Priced at £23.25 you can but this from http://www.zazzle.co.uk/ .
Well I hope you got some ideas for your Christmas shopping from this blog, with only 2 weeks to go to Christmas day itself don't forget to get all your online ordering done in time. I have nearly finished all mine and I am determined not to spend the week before Christmas doing my shopping! I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.