Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Back into Storyland Saltburn Yarnbombers Strike Again

The Saltburn Yarnbombers are back - and this time they’ve got a story to tell as they have taken ispiration from the world of books for their latest creations.

The display appeared on the Pier on Saturday morning and has already attracted praise from visitors. 

Among the knitted figures is Dracula, no stranger to the Yorkshire coastline from his days in Whitby. You'll also find Wally enjoying the sunshine alongside Hannah Hauxwell and Robinson Crusoe. Even the bard himself seems to have decided on a seaside holiday jaunt for inspiration.

The Hungry Caterpillar makes an appearance alongside Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood.

There's even a cheeky woollen reference to the popular erotic thriller 50 Shades of Grey alongside a Mills and Boon heart. All of the characters seem to be enjoying the sunshine and living the Life of Pi.

Doggy Day Care at Saltburn Food Festival

Everybody and their dog will be heading to the coast for the mouth-watering Saltburn Food Festival on Sunday July 29.


And organisers would like to remind people that if they find themselves at the festival with their four-legged friends there are lots of options to ensure they don’t get crushed in the crowds.


They’ve been working with several dog-friendly businesses on the festival fringe to ensure you can enjoy the day without taking your pet into the centre of the site.


Plans include a doggy chill out zone, a walking and boarding service and even a hotel selling non-alcoholic beer brewed locally especially for thirsty consumers of the four-legged variety.


The idea is that dog lovers can feast to their hearts’ content, sampling the delights of the festival while their faithful friends enjoy some exercise or whine and dine in more suitable surroundings.


Organiser Lorna Jackson explained: “A food festival is a really bad environment for a dog, with all the people and the noise – not to mention the delicious hot food being eaten all around them.

“I’m a dog owner myself and I certainly wouldn’t take my Dalmatian, Lily, in among those crowds. But we do want everyone to enjoy the day with us and we’ve come up with some great ideas to help dog owners who can’t simply leave their pets at home.”

Milo’s Café owner Janet Dalton with Milo, her sausage dog, Star Paws’ Redcar manager Sammy-Jo Parker, food festival co-coordinator Alison Nelson with her springer spaniel, Max, and festival organiser Lorna Jackson with her Dalmatian, Lily, an RSPCA rescue dog.

The chill out zone is in Station Street’s Destinations café, which is currently in the process of being rebranded as Milo’s dog-friendly café.


The café’s new owner, dog groomer Janet Dalton, hopes family members and friends will take turns looking after their pet and trying out their own special festival menu, while the others head off to the heart of the festival.


“You don’t need a dog to come in but if you have one you’re very welcome,” says Janet. “Last year I came to the festival as a customer and noticed a lot of people had dogs in among the very large crowds. That can be problematic for the dogs and also for other people."

“But I understand why people want to bring their dogs and by providing a safe, calm area on the edge of the event, we give them a chance to escape from the crowds for a while and have a drink and something to eat in a place that wants the dogs to be there.”


Janet is applying for a licence to serve alcohol so that dog owners will be able to bring their pets out while they relax with a drink and food from a tapas-style menu.


Meanwhile, five-star dog walking and boarding service Star Paws, which recently changed its name from Paw Pals, will have a large presence at the festival and expects to be kept extremely busy. You’ll find them at one end of Milton Street – near the entrance to Sainsbury’s car park.


“Most of our 25 full and part-time staff will be working,” said branch manager Helen Turner. “Alongside our usual home boarding at one of three licensed homes in Saltburn we’re also offering walks and short stay doggy day-care sessions specifically for the food festival.

“Our prices range from  £10 to £40 and there will be a 10% discount if you book in advance via our Facebook page.


“It’s great to be able to help ensure that dogs can be part of the day with their family but that they also have somewhere to go where it’s not so busy, and they are the focus of attention.”

Festival organiser Lorna Jackson with her Dalmatian, Lily, an RSPCA rescue dog, Star Paws’ Redcar manager Sammy-Jo Parker, Café owner Janet Dalton with Milo, her sausage dog, and food festival co-coordinator Alison Nelson with her springer spaniel, Max. Photos by Doug Moody

Dog lovers from outside the area will also find a welcome at the Spa Hotel, on Saltburn Bank, which prides itself on being a dog-friendly establishment. As well as accommodating dogs in ground-level rooms, it also has a dog menu featuring pizza and sausages and sells Woof Dog Beer.


General manager Karen Green said: “We spotted a niche in the market that we could accommodate and people love us for it. We also have dog-friendly areas throughout the premises including the snug, bar and outside decking.”


Elsewhere on the festival fringe, Taste Tea & Coffee House on Dundas Street East will be open from 9am to 4.30pm with dogs welcome in all areas and free dog biscuits and bowls of drinking water also available.  


With so much on offer for everyone, you’d be barking mad to miss it!


Saltburn Food Festival takes place on Sunday July 29 from 10am to 6pm and admission is free. A park and ride system will be in operation from Guisborough, Brotton and the outskirts of Saltburn. For further information and updates visit

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Lighting Plans for the Pier's 150th Birthday

Saltburn Pier

It may be just a shadow of its former self but Saltburn Pier continues to defy the elements and celebrations are now being planned for its 150th birthday.

Redcar and Cleveland Council has agreed on plans to light-up one of the borough’s most recognisable landmarks in celebration of its one and a half century history. 

The Economic Growth Scrutiny and Improvement Committee discussed the plans to illuminate Saltburn Pier in May next year. 

The council’s Area Growth Plans update report said: "This is a project to restore the feature lighting to the Grade 2 listed pier."

"Surveys will be undertaken in the coming months to look at options for how the lighting can be installed to ensure that it can be maintained successfully and withstand extreme conditions."

"Discussions have been undertaken with the PFI lighting contractor to understand how this could be delivered by them.”

It added: “The aim is for the project to be completed in 2019 to coincide with the pier’s 150th birthday in May 2019.”

The project will now be developed further to identify the costs of delivery and maintenance before work commences on site.

Pier and hoist

Saltburn Pier and the original hoist.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Message in a bottle from Saltburn found in Denmark.

We have just received the following from Stefan who hopes to discover the sender of this message in a bottle.

Dear all,
During our summer holidays my niece found a message in a bottle on the northernmost shore of Denmark. Unfortunately we cannot find out the name or the e-mail address (only
Maybe you can help us to find the writer of the message? My niece would be really happy!
with kind regards,
Stefan Haupt, Germany

If you can help Stefan and his niece trace the sender of this message please contact us so that we can put you in touch with them both.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Training matters when it comes to saving lives at sea.

Photo Copyright Ceri Oakes RNLI

Heads were turned along the promenades and sands at Saltburn yesterday evening as the crews of several lifeboats and HM Coastuard gathered together on the sands below Huntcliff near Penny Hole.

Training matters when it comes to saving lives at sea and when HM Coastguard trains together with the RNLI they make a rescue force to be reckoned with.

Steve Hart, Senior Coastal Operations Officer for HM Coastguard said, "We want everyone to enjoy the coast – we love it too. Don’t forget though it can be a dangerous and unforgiving place for the unwary – check tides, look at local information about currents. But people do get caught out. That’s why we’ve got your back. It’s why we train. We’re ready to help, to search to rescue and to save."

Helen Williams, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager- Wearside & North Yorkshire said, "There are around 165 accidental drownings around the UK each year. As we head to the summer holidays we want to remind people to stay safe when they visit the North Yorkshire coast. The beach is a great place to visit and relax during your time off but we urge people to be aware of the dangers."

"Our advice is to always swim at a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. If you see someone in difficulty raise the alarm by alerting a nearby lifeguard or calling 999 and asking for the coastguard. If you find yourself in trouble, FLOAT, remember to Respect the Water."

"Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you’re in trouble or you see someone else who is. We’re ready to help, to search, to rescue and to save."

Pictured: Redcar Coastguard, Staithes Coastguard,Skinningrove Coastguard, HM Coastguard, Senior Coastal Operations Officer, Whitby, Whitby Coastguard, Redcar RNLI, Staithes & Runswick RNLI, Whitby RNLI official, RNLI Lifeguards Yorkshire, RNLI Lifeguards East of England,
UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Humberside and the Humber Coastguard Operations Centre.

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