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Things to do in Yorkshire

Amazing, fun things to do in Yorkshire, days out in and around Yorkshire to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Yorkshire.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

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15th March 2019

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Things to See and Do in Staithes

There are loads of things to see and do in the small historic fishing village of Staithes on the North York Moors coast. It is well worth a visit! Reasonably able-bodied young and old explorers will find plenty to do and see. We chose three fun things to do whilst we were there...

Walking

The village nestles in a bay between two cliffs, (called "nabs" in that part of the world.) You can easily walk up the cliffs along the Cleveland Way in either direction. We walked up to Old Nab and along the Cleveland Way past Port Mulgrave to Runswick Bay. It is 4.8 miles of glorious views and on arrival in Runswick Bay we were rewarded with a pint of local brew! Needless to say we got the bus back!

You can walk to Boulby Cliff which is also about five miles heading north along the Cleveland Way. It stands at 666 feet and when you get there you will be higher than anyone else on the east coast of England. We plan to do that next time we go.

Things to See and Do in Staithes - Walking
Things to See and Do in Staithes - Photography

Photography

The views are fantastic from all over Staithes and you just have to photograph them. The light in early evening was fantastic. Everywhere you look there are insta worthy pictures to take! Staithes boasts a great art gallery, so we were able to enjoy other people’s photographs and paintings of the village as well as our own. 

There is also an illusion trail around the village created by local artist Paul Czainski and we couldn’t help but take a photo of each one we found! With our favourite being the one we saw before we knew there was an illusion trail!

Things to See and Do in Staithes - Illusion Trail
Things to See and Do in Staithes - Fossil Hunting

Fossil Hunting

All along the coast there are fossil hunting opportunities and we were lucky that the tides were out during the day whilst we were there. I don’t have the patience to look for very long! My husband does though and found some interesting rocks and pebbles. I was happy to sit in the sunshine and gaze into the water which was wonderfully clear and trash free.

Staithes does have a Treasure Trail which we thoroughly enjoyed and we saw parts of the village we would not have seen if we hadn’t been following the Trail. Do let us know if you've been to Staithes. 

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11th December 2018

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