Monthly Archives: July 2012

David Hockney Exhibition 1st August – 24th August, Woodend, The Crescent

The centrepiece of ‘A Festival of Yorkshire – Scarborough’ is an exhibition by the world famous Bradford-born artist David Hockney, hosted by Woodend in association with Goldmark Gallery. The exhibition will include Hockney’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection. Hockney began working on etchings for Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the late 60s. He had made some experiemental prints inspired by ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ in 1961 and 1962 and now wanted to make a whole book. He loved the stories and had read all 220 of them over the years. He eventually chose 12 stories but only did engravings for six.

Hockney loved the directness of the language of the Grimm Brothers and the elements of magic in the tales, and his illustrations to each of his chosen six focuss on his imaginative response to descriptions in the text rather than the more usual fashion of concentrating on the most important events in the narrative. For instance, he chose ‘Old Rinkrank’ because it starts with the words ‘A king built a glass mountain’, and he was fascinated by the problem of drawing a glass mountain. In one of the most disturbing stories, “The boy who left home to learn fear”, Hockney interprets the description of the sexton disguised as a ghost standing ‘still as a stone’ as a tall rock surrounded by stones, recalling Magritte’s paintings of ordinary objects mad out of stone.

The exhibition is free and we would urge you to take up this opportunity to  see some of Hockney’s work here in Scarborough.

Summer holiday days out and events in Yorkshire (English Heritage)

We may not have had much of a summer so far, but this summer holidays, English Heritage has a jam packed schedule full of summer fun for all the family.

Time Travellers Go…Royal – Clifford’s Tower
Become a King (or Queen!) for a day at Clifford’s Tower this summer as children get the opportunity to dress up in splendid costumes and hats – even a medieval crown! Step forward and discover medieval etiquette and sit on the throne – Parents bring your camera for this Time Traveller taster event every day during school holidays.

Dracula & Time Travellers Go…Myths and Legends – Whitby Abbey
Bram Stoker’s classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.  Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author’s inspiration for the setting of this tale. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above, every weekend.  Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day, every day until August 27, based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go.. Myths & Legends Big Top.

Warrior Weekend – Scarborough Castle
Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?  Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight.  Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting every weekend until Monday August 27.

The Knight’s Tournament – Richmond Castle
Come and marvel at our Medieval Knights as they take part in the Tournament of Foote. Watch these four brave armoured Knights and their squires, representing the North South East and West as they compete in archery and the fantastic Crest Melee. In between the competitions enjoy a display of poleaxe combat and browse the authentic Living History Encampment. Listen to period music and laugh out loud at our own medieval Jester!

Events
Sundays: 29 July – 30 September (& August Bank Holiday Monday)
Sunday afternoon band concerts
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Time Travellers Go…Myths & Legends
Every day from Sat 21 July – Monday 27 August
Whitby Abbey

Dracula
Every weekend from Sat 21 July – Sun 19 August
Whitby Abbey

Warrior Weekend
Every weekend from Sat 21 July – Mon 27 August
Scaborough Castle

Time Traveller Go…Royal
Every day from Sat 21 July – Sun 2 September
Clifford’s Tower

Robin Hood
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July
Conisbrough Castle

The Knight’s Tournament
Sat 4 – Sun 5 Aug
Richmond Castle

The Medieval Year – Lammas
Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug
Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval Castle Clash
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug
Conisbrough Castle

Myths & Legends Weekend
Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug
Whitby Abbey

The Medieval Year – Michaelmas
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep
Rievaulx Abbey

Summer Family Events at the Gallery & Rotunda

Witches & Wizards Academy

24-28 July, 11am-4pm

Drop in throughout the day to swot up on the essential skills to becoming a witch or wizard; from broomstick making, owl care, spell writing to herbology – we’ve got it all covered.

Haus of Faeries

31 July-4 Aug, 11am-4pm

Each of these daily drop in events will have a different faery tale theme from Red Riding Hood to The Iron Man, join in with a daily mix of craft and story telling.

Friday Late: Witchfinder General
31 July-4 Aug, 11am-4pm

Each of these daily drop in events will have a different faery tale theme from Red Riding Hood to The Iron Man, join in with a daily mix of craft and story telling.


Dinosaur Coast Fossil Hunts

Mon 23 July, 2-4pm – Filey Devils   Meet on the Cobble Landing slipway
Tue 24 July, 2-4pm - Plesiosaur Hunt Meet outside the supermarket within Reighton Sands Holiday Park
Wed 25 July, 1-3pm - Boggle Hole Belemnites Meet opposite the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole
Thur 26 July, 2-4pm - Sandsend Sea Monsters Meet on the slipway to the beach, near the boat yard car park, at Sandsend
Fri 27 July, 3-5pm - Runswick Prey Meet at the bottom of the slipway to Runswick Bay

Witches and wizards at Scarborough Art Gallery

Young witches, wizards and warlocks can brush up on their magical skills at Scarborough Art Gallery this summer.

The Witches and Wizards Academy, a drop-in workshop for youngsters aged five and over, will be held at the gallery throughout the school holidays. Each day, would-be Harrys and Hermiones can take part in broom-making workshops, learn how to pot up medicinal herbs, and many other essential skills.

And on Saturday 11 August, there’ll be some very special guests when owls from the Falconry UK Birds of Prey Centre at Kirby Wiske, near Thirsk, pay a visit.

The Witches and Wizards Academy will be at Scarborough Art Gallery from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 July, Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 August, and Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 August. The daily programme includes:

11-12.30: Essentials (including making broomsticks and hats)
12.30-2pm: Pets at home (looking at some of the museum’s collection of stuffed animals, and making owl and cat masks)
2-3pm: Wicked Words (spell-writing, inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes)
3-4pm Hypnotic Herbs (Herbology; learning about and planting medicinal herbs)

On alternate weeks, the Gallery is hosting the Haus of Faeries workshop, which proved a big hit with youngsters during the Easter holidays (11am to 4pm on Tuesday 31 July to Saturday 4 August, Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 August, Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 1 September).

Summer events on the Dinosaur Coast

Fossil fans and geologists of all ages are invited to join Scarborough Museums Trust’s team of geology experts on a series of outdoor events along the Dinosaur Coast this summer.

The Trust’s Head of Public Programmes, geologist Will Watts, said: “This is an opportunity to find out about the amazing geology of this area, with local experts including John Hudson, Roger Sutcliffe and Byron Blessed.”

The events are:

Filey Devils Fossil Hunt (Mondays) – 1pm, 23 July; 1.30pm, 6 August; 12 noon, 20 August (meet on the Coble Landing at Filey)

Plesiosaur Hunt (Tuesdays) – 2pm, 24 July; 1.30pm, 7 August; 1pm, 21 August (meet outside the supermarket within Reighton Sands Holiday Park)

Boggle Hole Belemnites (Wednesdays) – 1pm, 25 July; 2pm, 8 August; 1pm, 22 August (meet opposite the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole)

Sandsend Sea Monsters (Thursdays) – 2pm, 26 July; 2.30pm, 9 August; 1.30pm, 23 August (meet on the slipway to the beach, near the boatyard car park, at Sandsend)

Runswick Prey (Fridays) – 3pm, 27 July; 3.30pm, 10 August; 2.30pm, 24 August (meet at the bottom of the slipway to Runswick Bay).

And keen geologists will also enjoy the current exhibition at Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum. Scarborough’s Lost Dinosaurs can be seen until September 2013, when it will end with a week of geology and fossil events. It aims to answer a question which has baffled geologists for years: why, when so many ‘trace’ fossils – mainly dinosaur footprints – have been found in the Scarborough area, have so few dinosaur bones been found?

Crown Spa Hotel celebrates success in the RoSPA Awards 2012

Crown Spa Hotel of Scarborough, has had its approach to the prevention of accidents and ill health recognised in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012.

It has won a Silver award in the annual scheme, which dates back to 1956 and is the largest and longest-running awards programme of its kind in the UK.

The RoSPA Awards scheme recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas. It does not just look at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, awards manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), a safety charity with a 95-year history, said: “The RoSPA Awards programme provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention. We congratulate Crown Spa Hotel on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognised to be good for workers and the bottom line.”