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Days out tested by us! – Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park.  The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a ‘Rigg and Dale’ landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.

Although comprising mostly pines and spruces there are many broadleaf trees such as oak, beech, ash, alder and hazel both in the valleys and on the ‘Riggs’.

Clear streams arising in springs run north and south out of the forest. A lake has been created at Staindale.

The forest is home for birds such as the crossbill that elusive summer visitor the nightjar. Roe deer abound and badgers, the symbol of the forest, are a very common but nocturnal resident.

The signs of past settlers are all around. Burial mounds, linear, earthworks of unknown purpose and the remains of a flourishing rabbit warrening industry can be found throughout the wood.

A network of forest roads, including the 9 mile Dalby Forest Drive; provide access to this outstanding landscape. Formed in the Ice Age and shaped by the people from the Bronze Age to the present day, Dalby is very much a forest worth visiting.

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.

 

Days out tested by us! – Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre opened in 1955, on the first floor of the Public Library. After some moving about, the theatre finally settled in the old Odeon cinema located across from Scarborough train station.  They gained the lease in 1990 and officially opened in 1996.  All of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s plays have their world premieres at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, before heading off to the West End or New York.  You could be one of the first to see a world renowned play at the fraction of the cost.

This weeks events (26/07/11 – 01/07/11)

26/07/2011
Howard Beaumont: King of The Keyboards – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Organ Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Classical Favourites’ – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air‘ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Small Prints – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 16:00
Spooky Tuesday – Rotunda Museum – 11:00 to 16:00
Summer Spectacular 2011 – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00
Take a Peek – Woodend – 14:00, 15:00

27/07/2011
DinoDay – Rotunda Museum – 11:00 to 16:00
Howard Beaumont: King of The Keyboards – Scarborough Spa – 14:30 to 16:00
Organ Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Printastic – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 13:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Summer Serenade’ – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Stand Up at the Spa : Tom Craine – Scarborough Spa – 19:00
Summer Spectacular 2011 – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

28/07/2011
Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Chuckle Bros – Barry Potty 2 – Futurist Theatre – 19:00
Good Luck – Rotunda William Smith Museum of Geology – 11:00 to 16:00
Howard Beaumont: King of The Keyboards – Scarborough Spa – 14:30 to 16:00
Kite Running – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 16:00
Naval Warfare – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Gala Night’ – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Thoroughly Modern Musicals – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

29/07/2011
Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Jungle Time – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 13:00
Organ Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Pink Tribute Concert – Downe Arms – 19:00
Plesiosaur Party – Rotunda
Rockwath Festival – The Falcon Inn – 19:00
Scarborough Lifeboat Fund Raising Weekend –    Scarborough Lifeboat House – 09:45 to 16:00
Thoroughly Modern Musicals – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

30/07/2011
Ayton Art Club Annual Exhibition 2011 – Ayton Village Hall – 11:00 to 20:00
Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Marky and the Mad Dogs Magical Mystery Tour – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 09:30 10:30
Naval Warfare – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Sea Cadet Saturdays – Sea Cadet Hall – 12:00 to 16:00
Summer Spectacular 2011 – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00
Swashbuckling Pirates – Scarborough Castle – 11:00 to 17:00

31/07/2011
Ayton Art Club Annual Exhibition 2011 – Ayton Village Hall – 10:00 to 20:00
Bruce Jones Summer Spectacular Show – Futurist Theatre – 20:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00

01/08/2011
Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Naval Warfare – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Melodies for You’ – Scarborough Spa  – 19:45
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Summer Activities – Snainton Riding Centre
Thoroughly Modern Musicals – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

Days out tested by us! – Raincliffe woods

Raincliffe WoodsRaincliffe woods are situated to the north west of Scarborough. They form an “L” shape with Forge Valley Woods and the River Derwent.

The area is a mixed woodland area designated as Planted Ancient Woodland, and combined with Forge Valley Woods is a site of special scientific interest.

There are many paths, tracks and bridleways through the small woods which many residents of Scarborough use for mountain biking, dog walking and Sunday strolls. Throxenby Mere a popular place for fisherman is located at the foot of the woods.

Deer, badgers, squirrels, frogs, toads, foxes and all kinds of birds can be seen in the woods.