Monthly Archives: August 2011

10 things to do when it's raining in Scarborough

Top 10 things to do in Scarborough when it’s raining:

If you have lived in the UK for any amount of time. There is one thing we cannot predict, the weather, hopefully this list below will give you a few ideas.

1. Scarborough go-karting

Scarborough go-karting facility is a stylist modern 16.000 sq ft Unit, the spectacular Indoor Go karting venue boasts an upstairs spectators area and a PitStop Café So you can refuel and relax. With a host of set-up combinations available each event can be tailor-made to meet your racing needs. The powerful 200cc Honda engines SODI GT3 & adjustable pedals and seats, also we have 160cc Junior Karts for the Younger Race Driver. The minimum age for driving at Scarborough Indoor Karting is 8 and all drivers should be over 1.3 meters tall. This is not a guarantee that they will be able to drive. The only way to tell for definite is to come down and sit in a kart.

 

 

 

2. Ten Pin Bowling

With 12 lanes the Ten Pin Bowling Alley, with its modernised interior, updated scoring system and air conditioning, is a fantastic place to relax.

They have fabulous balcony views of Scarborough’s Seafront and Bay. It’s the perfect venue for an Office or Workplace party, Student celebration, Holiday activity, or just a regular get together of friends.

Come on in and see what you have been missing!

 

 

3. Arcades / 2p machines

More for the kids or people young at heart, from 20p – 50p a go usually, you can spend a few hours in the amusements for roughly £5.

The 2p machines, which are quintessentially part of the beach holiday, along with ice cream and fish and chips.  You could even win a small prize for your hard earned change.

 

 

 

4. Indoor pool

A 6 lane, 25m pool and child’s pool.  Sometimes inflatables, swim boards are used during “splash” times. If you have kids this is the best time to take your children to go swimming, but make sure you have the times before you make the trip, as sometimes the pool is only open to adults or swimming clubs at certain times.  If you have arrived in winter the pool closes for 2 weeks for maintenance and cleaning.

 

 

5. Go to the cinema

There are 3 places in Scarborough offering the latest cinema releases, at a price which is a lot lower than your typical chains.  At £6.50 an adult ticket and £5.50 a children’s ticket, you would be hard pressed to find cheaper for the latest cinema releases.  The Futurist is also the fifth largest seated theatre/cinema outsite London.

The 3 places that show films in Scarborough are the, Futurist Theatre, Hollywood Plaza and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The Futurist Theatre is the closest cinema near the Crown Spa Hotel.

 

6. Go to the theatre

World renowned playright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, premiers all of his plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, which usually go onto West End and New York. the Stephen Joseph Theatre opened on 30th April 1996 and has two auditoria: The Round, a 404-seat in the round and The McCarthy, a 165-seat endstage/cinema. The building also contains a restaurant, shop, and full front-of-house and backstage facilities.

The Round boasts two important technical innovations: the stage lift, facilitating speedy set changes and the trampoline, a Canadian invention which allows technicians particularly easy access to the lighting grid.

 

7. Brunswick Shopping Centre

The Brunswick Shopping Centre is Scarborough’s premier shopping destination, housing 31 shops and stores catering for your every need, from fashions for all the family to home wares, accessories and gifts.

The centre is open seven days a week, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) for your convenience. With a carpark situated above the shopping centre which has 350 spaces including disabled and mother and baby parking spaces.

 


 

8. Scarborough Art Galleries

With the Art Gallery, Rotunda and Scarborough Collections, all located in walking distance. (Two located next to each other, one a 2-5 minute walk away) You can spend a few hours looking around without having to spend a penny.

 

 

 

 

9. Go for a meal at a local restaurant or cafe

Lots of local restaurants and cafes around, from Mexican, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, British and Italian, perfect for a night out, lunch or even breakfast.  Plus by the time you have finished your meal the weather may of cleared up, a win win situation. (Maybe not for your wallet though).

 

 

 

 

10. Scarborough Laser Quest

A favourite with everyone who wants to be like Rambo.

The 4,500 sq ft dimly-lit labyrinth is a smoke-filled maze of doorways, obstacles and barricades where opponents score points by zapping each other, and destroying the enemy base.  You have to pre-book your ½ hour game slot.  Before playing you assemble in the Briefing Room to receive your instructions on how to play.  It’s like your typical laser quest game in which you score points by zapping your opponents and destroying the enemy base. A personalised print out at the end of the game gives you your score to beat for next time.

Events in Scarborough for 1 week starting 29/08/2011

Mon 29th Aug      Burniston Show                    Flatts Farm
Cirque Du Ciel’s ‘Shanghai’            Scarborough Spa                19:30
Dear Uncle                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        19:30
Naval Warfare                    Peasholm Park                15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra            Scarborough Spa                19:45
Summer Activities                Snainton Riding Centre
Thoroughly Modern Musicals            Scarborough Spa                20:00
Tue 30th Aug    Carmen                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        13:15
King of The Keyboards                Scarborough Spa Complex        14:30
Organ Concerts                    Peasholm Park                15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra            Scarborough Spa                19:45
Small Prints                        Scarborough Art Gallery            11:00
Spooky Tuesday                    Rotunda Museum                11:00
Summer Spectacular 2011            Scarborough Spa                20:00
Take a Peek                    Woodend Museum            14:00
The Scarborough Spa Express        Scarborough Railway Station        12:45
Wed 31st Aug    Carmen                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        19:30
DinoDay                        Rotunda Museum                11:00
King of the Keyboards                Scarborough Spa Complex        14:30
Organ Concerts                    Peashom Park                15:00
Printastic                        Scarborough Art Gallery            11:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra            Scarborough Spa                11:00
Stand Up at The Spa                Scarborough Spa                19:00
Summer Spectacular 2011            Scarborough Spa Complex        20:00
The Scarborough Spa Express        Scarborough Railway Station        12:45
Thur 1st Sep    Carmen                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        14:30
Chuckle Bros – Barry Potter 2            Futurist Theatre                19:00
The Yalta Game/Elegy for a lady        Stephen Joseph Theatre        19:45
Good Luck                        Rotunda Museum                11:00
King of the keyboards                Scarborough Spa             14:30
Kite Running                    Scarborough Art Gallery            11:00
Marlene                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        19:30
Naval Warfare                    Peasholm Park                15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra            Scarborough Spa                19:45
The Scarborough Spa Express        Scarborough Railway Station        12:45
Thoroughly Modern Musicals            Scarborough Spa Complex        20:00
Fri 2nd Sep        80’s Rewind 2011                    Scarborough Open Air Theatre    19:00
An Eastern Summer                Scarborough Art Gallery            18:00
Carmen                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        19:30
Jungle Time                        Scarborough Art Gallery            11:00
Ken Webster Hynoptist                Futurist Theatre                20:00
Organ Concerts                    Peasholm Park                15:00
Plesiosaur Party                    Rotunda Museum
Steve Cropper and The Animals        Scarborough Spa Complex        19:00
Summer Activities                Snainton Riding Centre
Thoroughly Modern Musicals            Scarborough Spa Complex        20:00
Sat 3rd Sep    Carmen                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        19:30
The Yalta Game/Elegy for a Lady        Stephen Joseph Theatre        14:45
Marlene                        Stephen Joseph Theatre        14:30
Naval Warfare                    Peasholm Park                15:00
Summer Spectacular 2011            Scarborough Spa Complex        20:00
The secret world of badgers and bats    Raincliffe School                14:00
Carolchora Choir                    Scarborough Spa                14:30
Scarborough Spa Orchestra            Scarborough Spa Complex        11:00
Sun 4th Sep    Sunday Brass/Sliver Band Concerts        Peasholm Park                15:00

Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough wind turbine proposal

A proposed mock-up of the Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough


During the last 6 years The Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough Green Team has continually reappraised each area of our environment policy. Our main strategy is to investigate and implement new technology or practices to reduce CO2 produced directly and indirectly from fossil fuels and to agree as a management team on-going best practice. We have earned many awards such as a National Award for Excellence in sustainability (in 2010) and a rating of 87% Gold rating for the Green Tourism Business Awards (2011).

The main focus for this current period is reducing consumption and improving efficiency in our Energy and Waste Management processes – especially during these difficult economic times.

The ever increasing cost of fuel for heat and power is a major risk to our business. If we as a business are to continue to prosper and compete as a leading independent leisure business in the region, we must attempt to “hedge our exposure” to this risk.

We have always had 2 main strategic aims since 2006

•             Our main environmental vision is to reduce KG’s CO2 output from fossil derived energy used in Water, Light, Heat and Power by 25% by 2010 from our 2005 – through staff training, energy efficient SMD bulbs, insulation and investment in energy saving technology and indeed producing some energy from biomass and solar hot water heating; this has now been achieved.

•             The further aim is a 50% reduction from our 2005 levels by 2015 – this can only be achieved by investment in further power generation schemes and more technology to help manage energy consumption.

A requirement for further power generation can only be met by wind power as there is not enough space within the confines of the property for solar PV.

Each wind turbine should produce 2,200 KWh of energy based on average wind speeds in the area. The total scheme will produce around 35,200 KWh per year, roughly around 5% of our electrical consumption – Equivalent to the electrical energy used by 7.5 average UK houses or 18 Tonnes of CO2.

This will result in the company reducing total running costs of the business by roughly £17,500 per annum and a payback period of 2.5 years and a reduced reliance on the volatile energy markets.

The choice of design of wind power units, have been ones which will both look elegant and pleasing to the eye, with minimum noise.

Please support our application by downloading a support letter here and sending it to

Regeneration & Planning, Town Hall, St. Nicholas Street,
Scarborough, YO11 2HG.

 

Second mail domain on Exchange 2007 MX Records the setup.

At work everybody has a primary email address tied to the domain, which for us is CrownSpaHotel.com.

However, some users need a different primary domain (eg. ScarboroughHotel.com) this used to be easy to do in the old days of SBS2003, in fact we had around 7 domains in exchange as secondaries.

1. Make the changes in Exchange

With Exchange 2007, this all changed with a tightening up of security and a change in processes, anyway I searched everywhere for an answer and I found an easy step by step guide here http://sbs.seandaniel.com/2008/10/hosting-multiple-domains-on-sbs.html by Sean Daniel.

2. Make the changes on your new secondary domain

Plesk Panel

You will then need to make changes in your MX records, which for me was in a plesk panel.

In plesk you need to go to the DNS settings (in the website settings bit), here is a quick guide to the settings.

http://www.digitaldreamsinc.net/plesk/ch03s16.html

As a quick rule you should have:   (in my case) mail.ScarboroughHotel.com pointing to primary IP and mail1.ScarboroughHotel.com (notice the 1?) pointing to secondary IP then create two MX records

 

priority 10 = mail.ScarboroughHotel.com
priority 20 = mail1.ScarboroughHotel.com

3. PTR Records

What is a PTR Record

You can think of the PTR record as an opposite of the A record. While the A record points a domain name to an IP address, the PTR record resolves the IP address to a domain/hostname.

PTR records are used for the reverse DNS (Domain Name System) lookup. Using the IP address you can get the associated domain/hostname. An A record should exist for every PTR record.

The usage of a reverse DNS setup for a mail server is a good solution. Some external mail exchange servers make reverse DNS lookups before accepting messages originating from your mail server

So basically unless you want your mail getting flagged as SPAM, you need a valid PTR record on the static IP’s you use to send mail on.

Having set all this up – it all started working! :) But I then had a panic attack, PTR records!

You normally setup PTR records when you first setup your SBS system – this is so everyone in the internet world knows who you are – otherwise your mail might be classed as SPAM!

I had already set these up for the primary domain, so I naturally though I would need to set them up for the secondary domain, in fact you can only have one PTR per broadband line (with static IP) or internet IP!

However, as long as the IP you are sending from has a valid PTR record and it is corresponding to a valid A record you are fine, it validates the IP, so you do not need to set up another PTR record.

Now this bit was good to read of, but I have to admit it took me ages to find this very simple fact out!

Events in Scarborough from 22/08/11 for 1 week

dates events venue times
1 Apr-30 Oct Scalby Farmers Market Scalby Parish Hall 14:00 to 17:00
26 May-15 Sep Gambart Baines Scarborough Bowls Centre 10:00
6 Jun-12 Sep Summer Concert South Cliff Methodist Church 19:45
2 Jul-30 Aug Scareborough Haunted Walks West Pier Car Park 20:00
9 Jul-18 Sep Howard Hodgkin: Prints Scarborough Art Gallery 10:00 to 17:00
23 Jul-29 Aug Pirate Academy Scarborough Castle 11:00 to 17:00
29 Jul-23 Aug North by Northeast The Arts Workshops
8 Aug-2 Sep Scarborough Beach Club North Bay Beach 09:00 to 15:00
21-24 Aug Summer Activities Snainton Riding Centre
22 Aug Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
22 Aug Joe Longthorne Futurist Theatre 20:00
22 Aug Naval Warfare Peasholm Park 15:00
22 Aug Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa Complex 19:45
22 Aug Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa Complex 11:00
22 Aug Teddy Bears’ Picnic Scarborough Spa Complex 14:00 to 15:00
22 Aug Thoroughly Modern Musicals Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00
23 Aug Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
23 Aug King of The Keyboards Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 to 16:00
23 Aug Organ Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00
23 Aug Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa Complex 19:45
23 Aug Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa Complex 11:00
23 Aug Small Prints Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 13:00
23 Aug Spooky Tuesday Rotunda Museum of Geology 11:00 to 16:00
23 Aug Summer Spectacular 2011 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00
23 Aug The Scarborough Spa Express Scarborough Railway Station 12:45
23 Aug The Yalta Game Stephen Joseph Theatre 13:15
23 Aug American Wrestling Futurist Theatre 19:30
24 Aug Cannon & Ball Futurist Theatre 20:00
24 Aug DinoDay Rotunda Museum of Geology 11:00 to 16:00
24 Aug The Yalta Game Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:45
24 Aug King of The Keyboards Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 to 16:00
24 Aug Marlene Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
24 Aug Organ Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00
24 Aug Printastic Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 13:00
24 Aug ‘Music in the Air’ Scarborough Spa Complex 11:00
24 Aug ‘Summer Serenade’ Scarborough Spa Complex 19:45
24 Aug Stand Up at The Spa Scarborough Spa Complex 19:00
24 Aug Summer Coffee Morning South Cliff Methodist Church 10:15 to 11:30
24 Aug Tenor Eleven Queen Street Methodist 19:45
24 Aug Summer Spectacular 2011 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00
24 Aug The Scarborough Spa Express Scarborough Railway Station 12:45
25 Aug Chuckle Bros – Barry Potty 2 Futurist Theatre 19:00
25 Aug The Yalta Game Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:45
25 Aug Elegy For A Lady Stephen Joseph Theatre 13:15
25 Aug Good Luck Rotunda Museum of Geology 11:00 to 16:00
25 Aug King of The Keyboards Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 to 16:00
25 Aug Kite Running Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 16:00
25 Aug Marlene Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:30
25 Aug Naval Warfare Peasholm Park 15:00
25 Aug ‘Gala Night’ Scarborough Spa Complex 19:45
25 Aug ‘Music in the Air’ Scarborough Spa Complex 11:00
25 Aug The Scarborough Spa Express Scarborough Railway Station 12:45
25 Aug Thoroughly Modern Musicals Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00
26 Aug Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
26 Aug Friday Coffee Mornings St Andrew’s Church 10:00 to 11:45
26 Aug Jungle Time Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 13:00
26 Aug Organ Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00
26 Aug Plesiosaur Party Rotunda Museum of Geology
26 Aug St Mary’s Market St Mary’s Church 10:30 to 13:00
26 Aug Summer Activities Snainton Riding Centre
26 Aug Thoroughly Modern Musicals Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00
26 Aug Voulez Vous Futurist Theatre 20:00
27 Aug Dear Uncle Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:30
27 Aug The Yalta Game Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:45
27 Aug Life & Music of Frank Sinatra Scarborough Spa Complex 19:45
27 Aug Ken Dodd Happiness Show Futurist Theatre 19:00
27 Aug Magical Mystery Tour Stephen Joseph Theatre 09:30 10:30
27 Aug Sea Swim South Bay, Scarborough 11:00 to 16:00
27 Aug Summer Spectacular 2011 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00
27-29 Aug Swashbuckling Pirates Scarborough Castle 11:00 to 17:00
28 Aug 1 Night Of Queen Futurist Theatre 19:30
28 Aug Duchfest 2011 The Duchess 11:00
28 Aug Last Night of the Proms Scarborough Open Air Theatre 17:30
28 Aug Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa Complex 11:00
28 Aug Sunday Brass Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00

Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Mere Fishing

Scarborough Mere is a natural lake in the Weaponness Valley, in Scarborough.  Formerly measuring 40 acres in area, the construction of the York and North Midland Railway line from York to Scarborough bisected the Mere in 1845. Due to that and other factors, including drainage and landscaping, the surface area of the lake is now approximately 16 acres.

In the 20th century, the Mere was a popular tourist attraction owned by Scarborough Corporation, with rowing boats, a café and putting green. There was also a miniature Spanish galleon, the Hispaniola, which made trips across to a Treasure Island where holidaymakers could dig for Doubloons. Unfortunately drhedging and maintenance of the lake decreased, and the increased silt & weed meant that waterborne activities stopped.

The Mere is now part of the Oliver’s Mount Country Park, and is managed by the Scarborough Mere Angling Club as a fishing lake, with the southern end used by waterskiers.

The fish available to catch are:
Roach to 1lb+
Rudd, Bream to 7lb+
Tench to 10lb
Carp to 34lb+
Pike to 30lb+

The Yacht lake is restocked with approximately 700lb stock a year.

To get a pass please call 01723507588

Day ticket on the bank.
Adult £5
Children/concession £3

For an additional £3 you can fish an extra rod (Only on main lake and ski pond, not yacht pond)

Membership Senior £45
Junior £8
Intermediate £15 (age 16 to 18)

Night permit £25  for Scarborough and surrounding area Anglers only.

Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Swimming Pool

The Scarborough indoor is swimming pool in Scarborough.  Many hotels have swimming pools including the Crown Spa Hotel.  However the indoor swimming pool is the only indoor 25m pool, in the area, plans to build an indoor waterpark are currently being discussed.  In the meantime this pool will fill you’re your current needs.  It even has a “Splash time” where they bring out inflatables and other equipment for kids to mess around with.

Events in Scarborough from 15/08/2011 for 1 week

Date Event Venue Time Contact details
15/08/2011 Naval Warefare Peasholm Park 15:00 01723 383636
Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa 11:00 01723 357869
Summer Activities Snainton Riding Centre
Thoroughly Modern Musicals Scarborough Spa 20:00 to 22:00 01723 357869
16/08/2011 Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Elegy for a lady Stephen Joseph Theatre 13:15 01723 370541
King of the keyboards Scarborough Spa 14:30 to 16:00 01723 357869
Organ Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00 01723 381344
Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa 19:45 01723 357869
Small Prints Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 13:00 01723 384511
Spooky Tuesday Rotunda Museum 11:00 to 16:00 01723 384511
Summer Spectacular 2011 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00 01723 357869
The Scarborough Spa Express Scarborough Railway Station 12:45 0845 1284681
17/08/2011 Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Costal Capers Ravenscar Coastal Centre 10:00 to 15:00 01723 870423
DinoDay Rotunda Museum 11:00 to 16:00 01723 384511
Evening Stroll Ravenscar Coastal Centre 18:00 to 20:00 01723 384511
Howard Beaumont Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 to 16:00 01723 357869
Organ Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00 01723 381344
Printastic Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 13:00 01723 384511
Scarborough Cricket Festival Scarborough Cricket Club 01723 365625
Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa Complex 19:45 01723 357869
Stand Up at The Spa Scarborough Spa Complex 19:00 01723 357869
Summer Spectacular 2011 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00 01723 357869
The Grumbleweeds Summer Show Futurist Theatre 20:00 01723 365789/374500
The Scarborough Spa Express Scarborough Railway Station 12:45 0845 1284681
The Yalta Game Stephen Joseph Theatre 13:15 01723 370541
18/08/2011 Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:30 01723 370541
Chuckle Bros – Barry Potty 2 Futurist Theatre 19:00 01723 365789/374500
Family Fun Day Woodened 10:00 to 13:00 01723 384511
Good Luck Rotunda Museum 11:00 to 16:00 01723 384511
King of The Keyboards Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 to 16:00 01723 357869
Kite Running Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 16:00 01723 384511
Naval Warfare Peasholm Park 15:00 01723 383636
Scarborough Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa Complex 19:45 01723 357869
Summer Activities Snainton Riding Centre 01723 859218
The Scarborough Spa Express Scarborough Railway Station 12:45 0845 1284681
Thoroughly Modern Musicals Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00 01723 357869
19/08/2011 Back For Good – The Magic Of Take That Futurist Theatre 20:00 01723 365789/374500
Dear Uncle Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Double Bill: The Yalta Game/Elegy for a Lady Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:45 01723 370541
Family Fun Day Woodend 10:00 to 13:00 01723 384511
Jungle Time Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00 to 13:00 01723 384511
Organ Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00 01723 381344
Plesiosaur Party Rotunda Museum 01723 384511
Spa Orchestra: Firework Spectacular Concerts Peasholm Park 20:00 01723 376774
Thoroughly Modern Musicals Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00 01723 357869
20/08/2011 A Vision of Elvis Scarborough Spa Complex 19:30 01723 357869
Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 01723 370541
Community Fair Scarborough Town Centre 01723 232440
Dear Uncle Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Marky and the Mad Dogs Magical Mystery Tour Stephen Joseph Theatre 09:30 10:30 01723 370541
Summer Spectacular 2011 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00 to 22:00 01723 357869
Swashbuckling Pirates Scarborough Castle 11:00 to 17:00 0870 333 1181
21/08/2011 National Hill Climb Championship Oliver’s Mount 01723 373000
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ Scarborough Spa Complex 11:00 01723 357869
Summer Activities Snainton Riding Centre
Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00 01723 376774

Health & Fitness in the news – 12/08/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. GLL to open first standalone budget site
Health Club Management
Leisure trust GLL is to open its first standalone, wholly owned budget club in London later this year. GLL entered the budget club sector with its Gym-London brand in 2008 but so far the concept has worked mainly as an option for members to gain limited, gym-only access at full-service leisure centres operated by GLL.

Health Club Management

2. ASA grants for five swimming projects
Leisure Management
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has awarded funding to five projects in England, which aim to increase participation among non-swimmers and in deprived communities. Administered by the Swimming Trust, grants have been made available through the Kellogg’s Swim Active Grant Scheme and has seen more than £75,000 handed out in the latest round.

Leisure Management

Health & Lifestyle

1. Warning over herbal slimming aids
The Independent

People are being warned against buying “dangerous” herbal slimming aids online. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there were concerns about some products, including Instant Slim and Sport Burner, being sold on websites and shipped around the world.

The Independent

2. Pumping iron ‘can double your chances of quitting smoking’
Daily Mail
Weightlifting can do more than just build muscle – it can also help smokers kick the habit, say researchers. A team from The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island found men and women are twice as likely to quit smoking if they do regular resistance training. It builds on previous studies that found aerobic exercise can reduce cigarette cravings as well as control weight gain after kicking the habit.

Daily Mail
3.Can’t give up tanning beds? Users show same brain changes as drug addicts
Daily Mail
Sunbeds are as addictive as drugs and alcohol, research suggests. Scientists claim that those obsessed with having a year-round tan may be unable to stop themselves, just like addicts desperate for a fix. They suggest habitual users or ‘tanorexics’ who ignore the health risks may even need medical help to stop.

Daily Mail

Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Go-karting

Scarborough go-karting has recently been opened after initially closing some years back.  Due to popular demand, it has new owners and be redeveloped.

With a brand new fleet of 200cc Honda powered SODI GT3 karts and 160cc for juniors be prepared for speed.  With a host of events available Scarborough Karting can cater for large or small events. Birthday parties, stag and hen, corporate events or arrive and drive are all on offer with food and beverages available at the pit stop café.

With state of the art timing systems mean your laps will be timed with the accuracy of 1/1000th of a second and with speeds of over 40MPH the track will test your driving skills to the max.