Its Tour De France Week

So finally Le Grand Depart is only 1 week away-this time next week it will all be over. NO!!! This time next week it will just be starting!!! The actual weekend will be fun and fantastically supported but the key is the legacy-how we in Yorkshire build on the amazing opportunity this gives us. Welcome to Yorkshire and the Councils will set things up-but no good if the people walk away-we MUSN’T let this happen. We will be doing our utmost to support every initiative and spin off-hope everyone else gets on board. Handled properly the impact of Le Grand Depart will bring millions of visitors and billions of pounds to the region-well done to the team at Welcome to Yorkshire and now it is up to everyone in Tourism Yorkshire to perform this weekend and for many years to come

Lost Pink Sheep

Over 200 Pink (yes Pink) sheep have got lost all over North Yorkshire-if you can spot 3 of them you could win a fab prize by letting www.NorthYorkMoors.org.uk/PinkSheep know. great idea to support the Tour De France Grand Depart.

Tour de France Grand Depart

Yes the first 2 days of the Tour de France are in Yorkshire this year 5th and 6th July. Unfortunately the world’s biggest annual sporting event is not coming to Pickering but does start in York on the 6th. However we are still right behind the event and delighted with Welcome to Yorkshire for having the imagination and determination to bring it here. There are many and various support events and activities before and during the weekend and plenty of ways to get involved/engaged-see www.yorkshire.com for details and links.

19 Burgate is just about ready

So our Holiday Cottage at 19 is just about ready for use-first guests just after Easter.

The website is being built and pictures are starting to appear on Twitter and Facebook .

We are looking forward to this new venture and hope it will give a new option to existing B and B guests

Great events on NYMR

The NYMR has a great series of events through the year. See www.nymr.co.uk. Particularly like idea of a the story trains -30th May.25th July-29th August(Fridays) and 31st October

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Look whats on this summer

19 Burgate

Our holiday cottage ,19 Burgate, is almost ready and has its first reservation in late April.

There will  be a stand alone website but also happy to take enquiries and bookings through 17

One bedroom , no pets or children-will get piccies up asap

And Green Traveller said……

Here are the words -link to full article in previous entry

17 Burgate is a truly exceptional, intimate guesthouse in the heart of Pickering, an ideal base from which to explore the east and south of the national park. This imposing Georgian town house has been extensively refurbished by owners Pat and William Oxley, retaining period features – wonderful ceiling mouldings, multicoloured glass window overlooking the stairs – but with flair and taste, being comfortable and stylish rather than arch or effortfully hip. On a chilly evening, the wonderfully snug, flagstoned bar, with its wood-burning stove and comfy sofas, is the ideal place to browse the maps and walking guides, and plan your next day’s adventure. Breakfast is a showcase of local talent: kippers and salmon smoked nearby, free-range eggs laid nearby, mushrooms grown nearby, bacon and sausages from the butcher in Malton. Oh, and the marmalade is home made. Every effort is made to nurture environmental responsibility. Opened in 2003, it was a boutique B&B before the term really took hold, and still offers one of the best options in the region.

We are in Green Traveller

Great article about the area-think Paul enjoyed his B and B  http://t.co/fDGUsArdYO

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections on the summer

Overall numbers have held up well this year although there has been last minute booking. We have seen a very high level of foreign visitors-particularly from USA and Australia. Our returners numbers are up even further as are our referrals-especially those from overseas.We have noticed less shopping sprees to York and more caution of where to eat dinner. Our volume of champagne,chocolates and flowers has also decreased again. People still want to come and stay away but are managing other spend more carefully it seems. Great feedback on Pickering as  a base for the wider region and the improved food offer in the town now (Willowgate Bistro and Bay Horse take a bow plus 2nd Rossette at White Swan).Lots of dissatisfaction with Whitby this year-too busy, too many drunks, very run down- but better feedback on Scarborough.