When you're here you could...
- Explore Gargrave Green and Stepping Stones over the River Aire
When you're here you could...
- Explore Gargrave Green and Stepping Stones over the River Aire
With just over a week to go until the Cheese Festival in Yorkshire, it's not too late to plan your outing to one of the fabulous food and drink establishments that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. Tuck in to some delicious cheeses. Try something new. Discover what products are made locally and select your favourite.
The festival takes place between Thusrday 7th and Sunday 10th October 2021.
One of this year's highlights was being asked to host some filming for the second series of "All Creatures Great and Small". Having loved watching the first series last Autumn, we were thrilled to be a small part of the production jigsaw this year.
Our holiday cottages on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Skipton are a wonderful choice for groups of friends or extended families, to book their own cottage and have the chance to meet up together outside. Together time, and time to explore individually too.
Which cottages would I pair together?
I have heard it several times from returning guests and a friend who lives locally in Gargrave, the impact of travelling out of the town and the village to Bank Newton and how the stars hit you! There is very much less light pollution here at Newton Grange Farm, and in a similar way, this is the wide appeal of stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park itself.
For a few years the National Park has promoted a Dark Skies Festival coinciding with February Half Term, and happily plans are forming for the Festival in 2021. Head's up that the dates are 12th - 28th February 2021 and the schedule of events will be forming between now and then. It is worth keeping an eye out on the Yorkshire Dales and Dark Skies websites to find out more.
Are you a Black Friday or Green Friday kind of person?
Following the latest Government COVID-19 update and in particular the section on travel, Newton Grange Cottages will close from the evening of Wednesday 4 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020 to all guests with exception to any staying for essential work, education or other legally permitted purposes as per the guidance.
If you have a reservation with us and were due to arrive here in the lockdown period 4 November 2020 - 2 December 2020, you will be hearing from us this week by telephone or email.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our guests and staff for your support over the past few months since re-opening in July. It has been a delight to welcome you back and we are truly grateful for your support in these unprecedented times.
We are really looking forward to seeing you again in the future when we are advised that we can re-open once more.
With our best wishes and thanks,
Rachael, Catherine and all the team at Newton Grange
3 November 2020
Delighted that we are officially recognised as "Good to go" By Visit England.
This means that we have followed Government Guidance in preparing to re-open and manage our holiday cottage business in a Covid-19 secure way.
You can read more about what measures we have put in place in our Coronavirus Statement here.
There's something compelling about seeing the area you live and work in on screen. You see it every day and yet when you hear 'it's going to be on TV', an excitement bubbles within.
But why is this? Does it look better on screen than in real life?
The Yorkshire Dales is hosting a wide variety of events as part of the Dark Skies Festival, which runs from 14th February until 1st March 2020.
We highly recommend taking a look at the programme which details events suitable for young and old alike.
November and December, the time of year when the preparations for the festive season are well upon us and the calendar is packed full of local events every weekend in the run up to Christmas - from festive stalls through to running adventures, take your pick!
We are delighted to hear the news that Yorkshire has been recognised as a World Class Cycling Destination by the World Governing Body for cycling, the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI), in its recent accolade of a 'UCI Bike Region'.
Well done to everybody involved in promoting cycling in our region, much enjoyed by many.
The status of a UCI Bike Region is given to locations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to growing and promoting everyday cycling and to hosting major UCI cycling events.
It is great news, too, to learn that the Tour De Yorkshire is returning to the region again next May, this time for 4 days not 3. Watch this space for more information on the Tour de Yorkshire taking place from Thursday 3rd May until Sunday 6th May 2018.
Kilnsey Show was a great fun-filled day on Tuesday. The setting of the showfield in Upper Wharfedale never ceases to impress and the landscape is as inspiring as it is beautiful. The day was action-packed from classes being judged in the morning, through to Falcony displays, the sound of the brass band playing, and watching Kilnsey Sports in the afternoon. A very big well done to all the organising team and to all those who entered the show too. Here are a few photographs from our day out.
Tomorrow marks the First Day of August - Yorkshire Day. It's a time to celebrate the wonderful county that we live in. As celebrations commence throughout the county, here is a flavour of the events taking place to mark the occasion.
This weekend saw the arrival of the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival to our family's very own Funkirk Farm, just outside Skipton, for the very first time. It was a fantastic weekend with a vibrant atmosphere. Here is a flavour of what we discovered over the weekend.
It's always great to see the new set of Farm Stay Brochures - available for all guests in our cottages and B&B rooms to browse and take home with them. Farm Stay is a brilliant network of accommodation found in delightful, rural settings throughout the country - often on working farms. From Bed and Breakfasts to holiday cottages to glamping and static caravans there is a wide choice of accommodation. It's a very easy go-to guide to browse through when you're planning a trip away, and a great signpost for internet searches too! Farm Stay also has a website with online availability and booking for many of the accommodation providers. We highly recommend discovering some unique and special places to stay throughout the country, and especially in Yorkshire of course!
A new year is upon us. A chance to pause and reflect, and perhaps to plan ahead too and make 2017 the year when we take part in something that takes us out of our comfort zone and try something new. We have put together a list of a a few challenge events taking place close to home in the next few months - many of which include some cycling, it really has taken the Dales by storm! Others promise a lot of mud, grit and the promise of fantastic team work and morale - namely the ever popular Tough Mudder event taking place ten minutes away from us, on the Broughton Hall Estate. We hope you enjoy a year of new experiences and adventure. If you're taking part in these events or others, or part of invaluable support crews and spectators, we hope you enjoy yourselves and have fun.
Now the sun is shining brightly we are ever brimming with excitement at a fun-filled summer of local events in the Yorkshire Dales and the chance to discover something new. With last weekend's fabulous Le Petit Depart from Skipton and the fabulous Malham Safari Trail the weekend before, we feel so thankful to have the picturesque Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep and so many fun things to do.
So what is coming up next, and what can we look forward to?
It was SOOOO lovely to see these smiling faces staying at Newton Grange this weekend - Horses on holiday in the sunshine.
We're looking forward to going to Gargrave Show on Saturday - the 22nd August. Situated on the field in front of Eshton Hall just outside the village, it is a picturesque place for a country, family day out. It reminded me of last year, when we enjoying seeing the animals, watching the fell race and show jumping, activities in the main ring, and looking around the handicrafts tent.
We look back on a handful of photographs from last year are looking forward to exploring the show again this year, a real community event and family day out in Yorkshire.
I can hardly believe it's almost a year since the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire last July. For two days over a weekend in July 2014, crowds of people turned out to watch the Grand Depart, cheering at the side of the road as the tour caravans and cyclists passed by. It was a sight to behold and one that "Yorkshire" was rightly proud of. Christian Prudhomme, Director of A. S. O described it as "The Grandest ever Grand Depart". Quite an accolade.
As I look back at photographs from the weekend, I begin to wonder if the event was a watershed in the Yorkshire visitor economy - bringing Yorkshire on to the world stage as the landscapes of Yorkshire are showcased to a global audience, and attracting more and more visitors to visit.
We're delighted to be sponsoring the Dales Discoveries Treasure Hunt this summer. With entries open from this week, it's time to get out and explore the Dales like never before!
On Tuesday 3rd December Erica, of Erica Berry Flowers (www.ericaberryflowers.co.uk) will be holding a Christmas Workshop here at Newton Grange.
Come along, join the fun and make a decoration with a difference for your door using all fresh seasonal materials. No experience is necessary as you’ll be given all the help you need to create a design you’ll be proud of!
This summer we'll mostly be thinking about sheep! All across the Yorkshire Dales, sheep are grazing in the valleys and on the hills, a living landscape.
As well as real life sheep, this summer a number of other sheep have arrived. We call them Lost Sheep. And most likely you'll see them in Yellow Jerseys, smiling at visitors from across the country and overseas - eager to find and discover more of the Dales and its wonderful collection of sheep.
With a touch of magic....on a Monday evening in July, the Yorkshire Cake Fairy will be sharing her cake decorating and icing skills at Newton Grange in our very own Creative Cupcakes masterclass.
We are delighted to be working with Sue Tennant, the Yorkshire Cake Fairy, and opening the doors of Newton Grange to an evening of cake-decorating fun.
In the busy world we live in, we know how important it is to take time out. Time out for real rest and refreshment. Time to enjoy the wonder of nature. Time to restore the spirit.
We’re excited to introduce Newton Grange Gift Vouchers - a lovely gift for Christmas, Birthdays and Special Occasions.