Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle is a former medieval Royal Fortress situated overlooking the North Sea and Scarborough.  The site of the castle, encompassing the Iron Age settlement, Roman signal station, an Anglo-Scandinavian settlement and chapel, the 12 century enclosure castle and 18th century battery, is a scheduled monument of national importance.

Fortifications for a wooden castle were built in the 1130s, but the present stone castle dates from the 1150s. Over the centuries, several other structures were added, with medieval monarchs investing heavily in what was then an important fortress that guarded the Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough’s port trade, and the north of England from Scottish or continental invasion. It was fortified and defended during various civil wars, sieges and conflicts, as kings fought with rival barons, faced rebellion and clashed with republican forces, though peace with Scotland the conclusion of civil and continental wars in the 17th century led to its decline in importance.

Once occupied by garrisons and govenors who often meanced the town, the castle has been in ruin since the sieges of the English Civil War, but attracts many visitors to climb the battlements, take in the views and enjoy the accompanying interactive exhibition and special events run by Englsih Heritage.

The castle is host to various events, usually in summertime, such as pirate and Robin Hood-themed activities. The castle grounds are reported to be haunted – by three ghosts, among them a Roman soldier. The 18th-century Master Gunner’s House, now a museum has an exhibition whose centrepiece is a Bronze Age sword discovered in 1980. English Heritage invested £250,000 in making the site a tourist attraction. A visitor centre provides admission to all extant remains, and has an exhibition of artefacts from the site and viewing platforms.


Health & Fitness in the news – 29/07/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. UK couriers likely to deliver more fitness games?    My Hermes
Parcels containing fitness video games could be an increasingly commonplace item for UK couriers to deal with in light of recent comments by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA).

My Hermes

2. Trust to operate Wolverhampton facilities
Leisure Management

Wolverhampton City Council (WCC) has paved the way for the establishment of a new in-house leisure trust, which will take over the operation of the council-run facilities.

Leisure Management


1. Seven-fold rise in anti-obesity drugs spending
The Telegraph

NHS spending on weight-loss drugs has risen seven-fold in less than a decade, official figures show. In 2009 it spent £46.8 million on anti-obesity drugs such as orlistat, which prevents the absorption of some fat in the intestine, up from £6.6 million in 2000

The Telegraph

2. Figures show NHS cuts are too deep
The Independent

Spending on the NHS fell by more than £700m last year, despite more resources being available to the service. Official Treasury figures show spending was cut from £102,751m in 2009-10 to £101,985m in the year ending in April. It suggests the NHS may be making deeper cuts than are necessary to meet the tight spending settlement, with a potential to affect patient care.

The Independent
3. Rise in pregnancy-related strokes may be obesity related
The Telegraph

More and more women are suffering from a stroke as a result of pregnancy, a study indicates. The increases could be because of rises in obesity among women, the fact that more mothers-to-be are older, and more are having multiple births due to the rise in IVF.

The Telegraph