Monday, April 03, 2017

Saltburn named in The Sunday Times best places to live list.

Eight Yorkshire postcodes appeared in this year's Best Places to Live guide, compiled by The Sunday Times. The annual list combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with local knowledge and expertise. The locations were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

And among the things picked out as highlights are the Seaview Restaurant, the “elegant” pier, transport links and school.

Here’s what The Times has to say.

“This grand slice of posh Victorian seaside resort.

“It’s got a lot more going for it than its old nickname, Darlington on Sea, suggests. There’s surfing and a wide, sandy beach, earning it a reputation as the Newquay of the north. But it also has all the trappings of the classic British seaside, including an elegant pier (the most northerly in Britain), a water-powered cliff lift (the oldest in Britain) and a miniature railway.

"The seafront has been tidied up over the past few years, and there are plans to bring in “luxury” beach huts for the summer."

"Saltburn is famous for the fish and chips at the Seaview Restaurant (£10.50 for cod, chips and a glorious view), but new businesses are popping up all the time, with a florist, a microbrewery and an interiors shop opening in the past six months. There’s a weekly farmers’ market and an annual food fair, and the lively town centre is full of art galleries, antiques shops and jewellery stores. It’s a reminder that the town’s advantages stretch beyond the beach."

"Huntcliff, the local secondary school, gets a solid good from Ofsted, and there are trains to Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Darlington. If that wasn’t enough, Saltburn has a surprise up its sleeve: a 'secret knitting society', the Yarnbombers, emerge under cover of darkness to decorate the pier with huge displays of woolly toys and sculptures."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

East Cleveland Klondike Cycle Grand Prix

The biggest teams and riders will descend upon East Cleveland on the 2nd April for what will become an early season classic!

East Cleveland Villages BIG Local has commissioned a Spring Elite Cycling Grand Prix to be part of British Cycling Series Cup to be raced through East Cleveland, on Sunday 2nd April 2017. The race has been approved by British Cycling and has been in partnership with Velo29.

The route goes through and past East Cleveland Villages, to showcase our beautiful coast, woodland and moorland taking in the breath-taking scenery East Cleveland has to offer.

This is the start of an ambitious Tourism strategy to place East Cleveland back on the Map as a visitor destination.

We are asking for all the community to get behind the Klondike GP and ‘get onboard’ by coming out on the day, decorating your area, (think Tour de Yorkshire only our colours are Dark Green and ‘Golden’ Yellow), it doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do, everyone from baking, knitting, drawing, designing, painting, planting to talking to each other about the bike race… Let’s make this a day to remember, funding has been secured for 3-years in which to build on this fantastic event to celebrate, show pride and community spirit whilst enticing visitors to come to East Cleveland.

Full details can be found at: East Cleveland Klondike GP

The World's Largest Waltz and Full of Life Event 2017

AgeUK are celebrating 'Loving Later Life' at Saltburn with the World-Record Breaking Attempt at the 'World's Largest Waltz' The aim is to break the current World Record set in 2007 and held by Bosnia (with 1510 couples waltzing) by bringing together 2017 COUPLES to participate in the Teesside Waltz on Saltburn Pier and Promenade on 19 May 2017.

Whatever your age or ability, come along and dance to the original composition 'Teesside Waltz'. We all need to dance the same steps so we will soon upload to 'youtube' the step sequence (no freestyling allowed) everyone must do the same routine. Entry fee includes 'World Record Breaker Medal' and a World Record Breaker Rain Mac - for if the Heaven's open 'we're dancing in the rain'.......!

Outside of the main record breaker attempt there are a host of activities to fill your day, in the main event marquee in Valley Gardens in Saltburn. Taster sessions in zumba, belly dancing, jiving. Try your hand with a range of arts and crafts, pop in to Saltburn Community Theatre for Afternoon Tea, or sample a bit of Tea Dancing . The town will be buzzing with things to see and do, meet up with a host of groups and clubs that will be celebrating living life to the full.

We have Saltburn Farmers Market in the main square, beautiful walks and scenic views - however the main challenge will be to waltz continually in a sequence format the same steps for over 5 minutes - are you up for the challenge? Then come and help us celebrate this fabulous World Record Breaker to the Teesside Waltz, especially composed by Jeremy McMurray.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Visitors are in for a fin-tastic time at Fish. Fillet. Feast!

Full programme announced for the day-long celebration of fish on the North York Moors Coast (Saturday 18 June)

Free tasters of freshly caught and barbecued seafood, sea shanties, sketching workshops, a fortune-telling salmon and the unveiling of the newly-restored RNLI fish donation box are some of the treats lined-up during an event celebrating the fishing heritage of the North York Moors Coast.

Frank Cook from Saltburn amongst the fishing boats and lobster pots as he poses for year3 pupils from Saltburn Primary School during a photographic workshop. The images produced by the pupils will be displayed in Saltburn as part of the Fish.Fillet.Feast event on 18 June. Photograph by Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media

The inaugural Fish. Fillet. Feast! event on Saturday 18 June will include an array of activities for all ages across 10 locations between Saltburn and Ravenscar. Villages such as Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay are taking part and so too is Staithes, which was the largest fishing port along the North East coast of England back in the late 1800s.

The day, which is being organised by Scarborough-based arts development company Create on behalf of the North York Moors National Park Authority, begins early in the morning when local fishermen will venture out to sea to bring back the day’s catch.

From mid-morning onwards chefs at various seafront venues, including Lorna Jackson of Real Meals Delicatessen in Saltburn and former seafood chef of the year Rob Green, will share with visitors how to prepare and cook the freshly-caught fish before serving visitors with free tastings of barbecued morsels.

A string of restaurants along the coast such as Cleveland Corner Bistro in Staithes, the Cliffemount Hotel at Runswick Bay and Dunsley Hall near Sandsend will also be serving special, affordable fish dishes to mark the occasion.

The day’s entertainment continues with storytellers sharing fishy tales, interactive performances such as the fortune-telling Salmon of Knowledge, sea shanties and folk music, and opportunities for visitors to knit, paint, sketch or print their own fish design.

Visitors can also browse the numerous art galleries and studios showcasing the talent of local artists and craftsmen.

Creative fish-themed photography that has been produced by pupils at Saltburn Primary School, Seton Community Primary School in Staithes and Fylingdales Church of England Primary School in Robin Hood’s Bay will be on display, following a series of workshops held by photographer Tony Bartholomew.

In Robin Hood’s Bay youngsters will be invited to enter a ‘name the fish’ competition for the newly-restored cast iron sculpture that will be unveiled at 11am and will take pride of place on the slipway of the Old Coastguard Station.

Standing 1.2 metres high, The Fish is Grade ll listed and has never been named despite being the oldest known RNLI donation box dating back to 1886. The North York Moors National Park Authority has funded the latest restoration through the Coastal Communities Fund after the feature had been eroded by the sea air and high tides.

Wendy Holroyd, director of Create comments: “Our shores are home to a rich variety of sea life and the day will be a celebration of this, opening people’s eyes to the ways that fishing has influenced the coastline over the centuries and the simple pleasures of eating freshly caught and cooked fish.

“With so many coastal spots participating, it will be easy for visitors to stop off at several places and enjoy the entertainment in fantastic atmospheric surroundings.”

The day runs from 11am until 7pm and most of the events will be free of charge. Timings of events varies and there are different activities happening in each village.

The full programme and further details can be found on the North York Moors National Park’s website:

The programme is also available to pick up from National Park Centres at Danby and Sutton Bank, and at tourist offices, holiday parks, museums, galleries, libraries and businesses across the region.

Friday, May 27, 2016

All stitched up.

Celebrating Yorkshire.
Guerrilla knitters stitch up Saltburn Pier. Again.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Baggins me a room in Liverton holiday haven.

Fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit can now experience a bit of the hobbit’s homeland, The Shire by visiting the North York Moors. 


Golden Hill Farm near Liverton in the North York Moors National Park has just completed a new underground holiday cottage that has been inspired by the stories written by English author JRR Tolkien.  


Owners Carol Hopkinson and Karl Wragg – with the help of £15,000 of tourism-related funding from the North York Moors National Park Authority and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council* plus a start-up loan from Teesside charity Five Lamps – have stuck closely to Tolkien’s description of the underground hobbit holes which became instantly recognisable following the release of the films. 


The result, Potts Corner, would have done Bilbo Baggins proud with its green round porthole-like door, stained glass windows and grass roof. 


As befits the residence of one of the most respected hobbits, Potts Corner, which sleeps six, doesn’t skimp on any of the comforts either, offering a cosy retreat with cooking facilities, lounge including log burner, roll-top free-standing bath and luxury organic wool mattresses made by Leeds firm Harrison Spinks. 


The couple, who are already employing four apprentice hobbits to help run the growing business, now plan to continue the transformation of their campsite into North Shire by recreating the fabled Hobbiton setting, a first on UK soil. 


Already plans are afoot to start work on a further couple of hobbit holes this year adding to the longer term vision of having seven hobbit residences and a replica of the Green Dragon inn within a wildflower haven.


Potts Corner holiday home is available to rent for £650 for three nights or £850 for seven nights for up to six people.  


Carol explains: “We are delighted to be opening our first hobbit hole and our thanks go to the members of our family and the various organisations that have helped provide financial support along the way. This has given us the confidence to press on with our plans to create a magical setting for families where they can get back to nature and have fun, and which encourages children to start reading fairy tales and adventure books. 


“Importantly, we’re also planning to expand our Apprentice Academy, giving young people opportunities to train in the tourism, horticulture, business and catering sectors. 


“It’s also great to think that we’re helping re-connect the whole Lord of the Rings legacy with Britain, in-line with JRR Tolkien’s English roots.” 


Councillor Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills, and Leisure at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “The council is delighted that the Coastal Communities Fund can be put to good use in such a unique way. It really is the spirit in which it is intended.


“These Hobbit Houses must be the only examples in the North East, if not the country, and they will be a great place to spend a weekend away in The (North York)Shire. 


“I also look forward to seeing the Apprentice Academy really take off, the council is committed to seeing young people in work or training, and Carol’s plans sound like they will be a great addition to the area.”


For information and booking Potts Corner please look on


Monday, August 03, 2015

Taste Buds Tickled at Saltburn Food Festival

Thousands turned out to sample a wide variety of tasty delights at this year’s 3rd annual Saltburn Food Festival.

The town was packed out with visitors who were able to enjoy the tastes and smells from more than 70 local traders, as well as experience a variety of cookery lessons and displays on Sunday.

Event organiser Lorna Jackson, who runs family business Real Meals in the town, was delighted the festival keeps going from strength to strength three years after its launch. "What an amazing day,” she said.

"It is very humbling to see the people flock to the festival today. There is a real sense of community surrounding the festival and we are really humbled at the support and encouragement we receive from the people of the town who get behind it.

“This really shows the town at its best and I’m incredibly proud to both live and work here.”

Visitors were able to take advantage of a distinctive vintage bus for the festival’s park and ride scheme to ensure as many people as possible could enjoy the day.

Special guests, including TV chef Peter Sidwell, Richard Ingram, Gilly Robinson and BBC Tees foodie expert Catherine Hill, were cooking up a treat at a live outdoor cookery theatre.

TV chef Peter Sidwell said: “It’s my first visit to Saltburn and an amazing town it is. The festival is just incredible and the place has been absolutely buzzing all day long.”

Richard Ingram, a chef and lecturer at Middlesbrough College, said: “Last year was just incredible and today has just been amazing yet again. The crowds have been a great support all day long, and it has just been a great joy for me and the team from the college to have been part of an amazing day.”

The free festival also included a vibrant street market with around seventy of the best independent food producers from the North East and North Yorkshire, a children’s kitchen academy, live music, world street food, outdoor dining and picnic areas.

Saltburn-born food writer Catherine Hill said: “What an absolutely fantastic day, wonderfully overwhelming, not just fantastic. It is incredible to have a festival like this on our doorstep – it was absolutely wonderful all day long.”