Relaxation/Lazy Day Tips

Relaxation/Lazy Day Tips

You may not be aware, but on Wednesday it was National Lazy Day, and this Monday it’s National Relaxation Day! So that’s the perfect excuse to book some relaxation time in for yourself and have a proper lazy day. Here are our some ideas on how to achieve total relaxation; you deserve it!

  1. Meditation and yoga – you’re probably sick of hearing this, but these two activities are proven to promote relaxation. Throw some stretching in there to for full body relaxationRelax1
  2. Exercise – some people find serious exercise really relaxing, but if you’re not one of those people (yeah, us neither) then just a steady walk will do the trick
  3. Have a nap – naps aren’t just for children, having a 20 minute nap (or as long as you want really!) is a definite way to make you feel more relaxed
  4. Breathing exercises – doing some deep, slow breathing will help to relax you in a stressful situation. Practice the technique every day so you have to hand in those difficult moments
  5. Progressive relaxation – to get all parts of your body engaged, try the progressive relaxation technique; tensing then relaxing each part of your body in turn. Trust us, it works!Sleeping_Space_5
  6. Grounding – learn to be in the moment by taking in your surroundings; what you can see, smell, hear, taste and feel. This is a great way to practice being mindful
  7. Create a zen zone in your home – somewhere you can go to specifically relax. Try a hippie themed space with help from our previous blog to channel those chilled vibes
  8. Destress your home – as well as creating a specific relaxing space, make your whole home a more relaxing, stress-free place with help from our tips
  9. Spend some alone  – sometimes its just nice to be by yourself, doing what makes you happy without worrying about anything or anyone else!
  10. Be in nature – going outside is an amazing and simple way to feel relaxed and free. Getting some sun will also boost your mood! Create your own green space with our handy guide
  11. Leave work at work – don’t bring work problems home, its a sure way to make you feel stressed and agitated. Just be calm and forget about it while you’re at homeRelax3!
  12. Get organised – unless you’re a serious lover of organisation, the actually process won’t be that relaxing, but the outcome of having everything sorted definitely will be. Read our blog for ways to simplify your life 
  13. Visualise – if you’re not in a relaxing place physically, create one in your mind, you’ve heard of a “happy place” before!
  14. Night time routine – having a ritual for bed time will help you to be more relaxed and sleep better, read here for more!
  15. Go on a break – even a short trip will help you to just get away from the stresses of life and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!

Here are a few other activities you can do when you’re having a relaxation/lazy day:

  • Snuggle up with a good book
  • Watch something funny
  • Have a lazy day with blankets, snacks and films
  • Cuddle with your petsRelax2
  • Listen to your favourite music
  • Try an adult colouring book
  • Write down your thoughts
  • Unplug from technology
  • Have a good cuppa
  • Use scents and essential oils to relax
  • Enjoy a relaxing bath with bubbles, candles and calming music
  • Have a pamper day
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Yorkshire’s best campsites

Yorkshire’s best campsites

Did you know that June is National Camping Month? Yorkshire is full of beautiful nature hot spots that are best experienced by getting properly stuck in and camping out in the wilderness, or at least a fully equipped campsite. Here is our pick of the best campsites in Yorkshire, as seen on Cool Camping.

  1. Butt Farm Caravan & Camping – best for history

A beautiful farm campsite in East Yorkshire, across the fields from the old market town of Beverley, this site is steeped in fascinating history. Check out the grand gothic masterpiece that is Beverley Minster, and a WW2 anti-aircraft gun site in a neighbouring field. Whilst the surroundings are old, the facilities on the campsite are new and modern, with showers and washroom, dishwashing area and electric hook ups.

Dogs are welcome with the site even having a dog shower, aCamp- Butt Farmnd you can hire a fire pit (with logs, kindling and marshmallows) for £10 per night or a BBQ for £5 per night. Have a look at Butt Farm’s amazing 180 acres, home to cows and sheep, head into Beverley by foot or cycle or go in the opposite direction to Skidby Mill, the last working windmill in Yorkshire. The closest pubs include The Barrel, The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms, and The Dog & Duck, which all serve great pub meals.

2. Serenity Camping – best for relaxing 

Visit this peaceful and charming campsite in the sleepy seaside town of Hinderwell on the North Yorkshire Coast for a truly relaxing camping getaway. The olde-world charm of the town is interwoven into the campsite, and silence really is golden here, where they cater for a calmer audience who want to enjoy the peace and quiet. This site has all the facilities you’ll need including showers and washroom, cooking facilities (including microwave, fridge/freezer and kettle) and charging points.

Camp- serenityThe site has space for 30 tents and 10 caravans, or if you’d prefer the glamping experience than you can use their Lotus Belle tent or the private Potting Shed, a large wooden cabin with private garden. Try one of the many walks that start from the campsite, such as an eight-mile route out to the cliffs on the coastal footpath to Whitby with breath-taking views. Have a well deserved rest when you return at the pretty wildlife pond. The artistic village of Staithes is just a mile away, with several art galleries and craft shops, and their own festival in September.

  1. Orchard Camping – best for a homely feel 

An intimate campsite just outside Sheffield at Tumble Dove Farm, with just six pitches but with plenty of room, for the ‘in your garden’ type camping experieCamp- Orchardnce. The site has all the wash and kitchen facilities, and you can even order home cooked food and baking from the house. The close, family-run campsite is popular with hikers and cyclists tackling the surrounding hills, or if you’re a larger group you can book out the whole site.

Just a 15-minute walk away is the quaint old market town of Penistone, which is great for long distance walking, and also has some lovely café and shops. Those who make it to the hilltops of the Pennines will be rewarded by incredible views, and avid cyclists can follow in the professionals’ footsteps by cycling the 2014 Tour De France route.

  1. York Cycle Stop – best for cyclists 

A specially designed glampsite for cyclists who want to tackle the Tour de France routes graced by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, and have a comfy place to stay after a tiring day. The site has 6 eco-pods welcome to both cyclists and non-cyclists, but doesn’t allow tents, caravans, large groups or pets. The pods have plenty of space and two fold-down beds, as well as heating and electrical points to keep you nice and toasty. In the communal buildings are washrooms, showers and kitchen, and the pods come complete with secure cycle storage and servicing.Camp- York cycle

If you’re a non cyclist or wanting to take a day off from the tracks, the site is only a 30 minute ride away from the beautiful York city centre, full of cultural and historical wealth, home to the magnificent York Minster, the famous city walls, fascinating museums and the Shambles shopping streets. For great food and drinks close to the campsite, try The Windmill serving traditional, fresh dishes and Cross Key for a great selection of ales.

  1. Wold Farm Campsite – best for the coast

For those who don’t mind roughing it a bit more, this spacious site in Bridlington, with just one toilet and no showers, is definitely worth a visit. It’s open fields, big skies and breath-taking coast make you feel free and provide a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You will have uninterrupted views of the sheep-filled fields and the Flamborough lighthouses, as well as a sliver of the gorgeous East Yorkshire sea. Children will be entertained by stroking the donkeys and feeding the sheep, whilst hikers can enjoy the circular six-mile walk of the entire headland.Camp- Wold

Despite it’s lack of shower facilities, there are electric hook ups, drinking water and a washing up area. Guests have exclusive access to a scenic path leading up to the stunning cliffs, and nearby are the Sewerby Hall and Gardens, an excellent picnic spot for a lovely day out. For another great day out, try the Landing Heritage/Sculpture trail, a mile-long walk through a nature reserve. There are also 13 drinking establishments within a mile and a half of the site, with the best being The Seabirds.

  1. Masons Campsite – best for families

An outdoor lovers dream in Appletreewick near Skipton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, this campsite offers a whole host of outdoor activities. At the bottom of the two large camping fields runs a wide shallow river, great for flyflishing, whilst some families even bring lilos and dinghies to float on the river, or just go for a cool paddle. Children will love this site where they can paddle, fish, climb trees and feed the onsite chickens and ducks. The site has its only little shops with fresh pastries, eggs and local meats. You can pitch your tent, or hire out their bell tents, VW Van or Airstream caravans.Camp- masons

The site offers beautiful views of the surroundings, but get an even clearer view from a steep hill over the road. Take a walk along the river to Burnsall for a lovely picnic and a swim, as well as to Appletreewick and Barden Bridge. The site is very well equipped with 40 electric hook ups, 10 showers and 10 toilets, as well as washing up area. If you fancy a drink and a good meal, choose between the two nearby pubs; The New Inn has a great selection of quirky beers, whilst the Craven Arms has log fires and gas lamps.

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

An amazing two-bedroom duplex apartment, located at the award-winning Spinningfields development in the stunning village of Sutton-in-Craven, situated in Aire Valley between Keighley and Skipton.

Property

First floor:  This incredible apartment embraces open-plan living, wFlat 16 Spinningfields (1)ith an entrance hall leading into a large lounge and kitchen, with plenty of space for a dining table. A separate W.C is located in the entrance hall, and an airing cupboard provides extra storage space opposite the kitchen. The lounge area has a beautiful feature window with great views, as well as a fitted carpet for a cosy feel. The modern kitchen boasts white high gloss units and sleek black worktops, and includes fully integrated appliances with an oven/hob and extractor, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. The open-plan layout creates a bright, open space that is luxurious and relaxing.

9Spinningfields-printGround floor: In this duplex apartment, a staircase leads down on the ground floor to two spacious double bedrooms, both with large windows, skylights on the ceiling and original beams giving the rooms plenty of character. There is also a brilliant crash space on the ground floor, which can be used as a dressing room, office space, spare room or anything you want! The large bathroom is fully-tiled, including a unique shelving area, shower cubicle and generous bath. This apartment also has allocated parking, making it ideal for commuters.

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Location

This fantastic apartment is situated within a stunning award-winning development in Sutton-In-Craven, located in the heart of Aire Valley, with Skipton to the north-west and Keighley to the south-east. Other surrounding villages Sutton in Cinclude Silsden, Steeton, Cross Hills, Cononley and Eastburn. Sutton-In-Craven is ideal if you love the peace and quiet of rural living, with traditional pubs the Black Bull Inn and the Kings Arms Inn both just around the corner. There is also a lovely green space just across the road from this development, which the Sutton Beck runs through. There are also a number of great schools in the area, as well as independent shops and convenience stores.

Sutton-In-Craven is not far from nearby towns and cities, with Leeds just an hour drive away, Bradford 40 minutes, and Skipton and Keighley both just 15 minutes Sutton in C4away. The development has allocated parking, but there is also a great bus route with a stop across the road, and train stations in Cononley and Steeton. Sutton-In-Craven is also surrounded by beautiful countryside and nature, with the Yorkshire Dales just north of Skipton, adjacent to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Forest of Bowland AONB to the west. And if you fancy going further afield for a day out or weekend break, both Blackpool and the Lake District are only an 80 minute drive away!

What to do

Sutton-In-Craven may be a small village, but it has a great community sprit and is a perfect place for families. There’s a range of wellbeing activities for all ages held in the village. For adults there are:

  • Fitness class, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • CobraFIT, Mondays 9:30-10:30am & Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • BalletFIT Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • Pilates, Wednesdays 10-11am @ Village Hall
  • Circuits, Mondays 7-7:45pm @ South Craven School
  • Cheer Fitness (6:30pm) & Street Fitness (7:30pm) Mondays, @ South Craven School for 16+

And for children there are dance classes at the South Craven School on Saturdays, a Rugby Club for 8-11 year olds, and readers’ activity days at the Cross Hills library for 9-11 year olds on May 14th and June 25th. If you have some spare time, you can also volunteer at the library for any role, with an open day being held on June 11th.

The village is also the location of Lund’s Tower which is great for a family stroll with stunning views, especially if you climb up the tSutton in C3ower where you can see for miles! The nearby village of Cross Hills has some great pubs and eateries including Zolsha and The Old White Bear, and is home to the Naylor’s Brewery. A 15 minute drive will take you to Keighley, where you will find historical attractions such as Cliffe Castle Park & Museum, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Venture up towards Skipton for incredible walks around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale, or make the journey to Leeds for amazing shops and Sutton in C5restaurants. Sutton-In-Craven is a great central location that gives you access to some of the best cities and countryside in the country!

Exploring and living in Skipton

Exploring and living in Skipton

Skipton is the perfect place to live if you love the outdoors; “The Gateway to the Dales” offers beautiful countryside and breathtaking walking routes.

Property

This two bedroom apartment combines historical character and contemporary living; the property is situated in the beautifully converted Eller House, but boasts modern interiors and great views.

Making the most of open-plan living, the lounge and kitchen area is light and spacious, as well as convenient. The kitchen comes complete with an oven and hob so you can cook at home, and there is even space for a dining table and chairs so you can have dinner “family style”.Eller House external

The cozy bedrooms are fully carpeted and offer plenty of space for storage, so you’ll have no problem fitting all your belongings in. The master bedroom additionally benefits from an ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and sink. The house bathroom is a white three-piece suite with both bath and shower facilities.

As well as all this, the property even comes with a free rail/bus pass or free parking for the first year; perfect for those wanting to commute to nearby cities.

Location

Eller House is a converted grade II listed building, situated less than a 5 minute walk from Skipton train station and the high street, which boasts an array of shops and eateries. With the Yorkshire Dales a stones throw from Eller House, this apartment is ideally located for those who enjoy the outdoors.

There are several supermarkets conveniently nearby, as well as a gym and the large Sandylands Sports centre which offers cricket, tennis and more. Coopers Café Bar, Thai Basil and Venue Sports & Music Bar are all just around the corner from Ellskipton hillser House, with even more bars and restaurants in the town centre.

What to do

With the Yorkshire Dales and Leeds & Liverpool Canal on your door step, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are several cruises and boat trips, including Airedale Cruising, Pennine Cruisers and Pennine Boat Trips that let you explore Skipton while floating along the water. For other outdoor pursuits you can explore the magical Skipton Castle Woods, or challenge yourself with the Millennium Walk.

Then obviously there is the Yorkshire Dales: discover its stunning views with scenic walks (for a range of abilities) such as Sharphaw Walk, Skipton to Settle Walk, the Three Peaks Walk and Goredale Scar. There are even several guided walks if you’d prefer including the Skipton Castle Woods Walk, Discover Skipton Moor, and the Craven Ramblers and Walkers clubs. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Skipton has great cycle tourism, with fantastic routes to follow and clubs to join.Skipton-Canal

Shopping, eating & drinking

Skipton isn’t all just about the outdoors; it all has great shops, eateries and bars to visit. The town centre offers the top high street names, and also puts on bustling market stalls and is host to many independent shops which you will find is the Historic Quarter and Victoria Square.

For places to eat, Le Bistro des Amis has to be top of your list, serving delicious European cuisine and excellent service in a relaxing atmosphere, this restaurant always receives rave reviews! If you’re looking for something more traditional, visit The Tempest Arms for classic British food, whilst Oakley’s Grill & Pizzeria offers the best Italian dishes, reserve a table to avoid disappointment! Need a warm, hearty meal after a day of walking? The Skipton Pie and Mash Shop is the perfect place. Closer to home is the Cooper Café Bar which serves lovely lunches, cakes and drinks.

If you’re searching for a traditional British pub to have a few drinks, then head to The Woolly Sheep Inn, The Narrow Boat or The Castle Inn, which all serve real ale. Looking for a little more sophistication? 25 Below is Skipton’s first champagne and cocktail bar, located in a vaulted cellar below the hotel Boutique 25, the perfect venue for classy weekend drinks.

Upcoming Events

  • Venue’s 3rd Birthday – 23 April – Venue
  • Skipton Waterways Festival – 30 April to 2 May – Skipton Canal Basin
  • Crafty Vintage – 30 April to 2 May – Skipton Town Hall
  • Skipton Beer Festival – 2 & 3 June – Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton
  • Skipton Car Show – 5 June – Skipton High Street
  • Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival – 30 & 31 July – Auction Mart, Skipton