30th July is fast approaching – my daughter’s wedding so we are busier than usual at Layhead. My main tasks at the moment are to get the garden and the house looking spick and span! The wedding is English Country Garden with a hint of Caribbean sunshine – hopefully! The colours are therefore deep purple, deep pink, orange, yellows and lime green. I have planted up lots of tubs in these colours so all the guests get in the Caribbean mood.
Exciting news! The 2nd Tour De Yorkshire Cycle Race is coming to Settle on Friday 29th April 2016. Many of the businesses around Settle are working together to decorate and organise Settle for a really fun day in the town for the finish of the first day of the race. The race starts on the Friday morning in Beverley and the competitors will pedal their way across to the finish in Settle Market Place in the afternoon. As Settle is only 3 miles from Layhead Farm Cottages, it will be possible to walk, cycle or go by car from here to join in the festivities and watch the race, and there will be big screens to watch on too. Hopefully, we will also be able to organise other events over that weekend, as it is the Mayday bank holiday. For more information and updates go to www.letouryorkshire.com
Busy week, lots of visitors and lovely sunny Autumn (nearly) weather. The Tour of Britain cycle race passed very close to the cottages on Monday – Bolton-by-Bowland, Gisburn, Slaidburn and Forest of Bowland. Wonderful views of surrounding hills and dales. Not quite in Yorkshire but nearly!
What a lovely August bank holiday weekend we’ve just had – warm and sunny as it was for the wonderful Tour de France weekend that we had back in July. I was reminded of it this weekend as we spent the day at the annual Kilnsey Show and as there was an excellent insert in Saturday’s Yorkshire Post!
Even though two months have now passed, Le Tour de Yorkshire has certainly not been forgotten!
Even though it is a beautiful sunny day today at Layhead Farm Cottages and all the flowers are looking fantastic, we have had a little rain this summer! A far sighted marketing lady, Susan Briggs here in the Yorkshire Dales, has produced a very comprehensive list of things to do in less clement weather! Our guests have found these suggestions really useful and they have been much appreciated. The rain hasn’t stopped the celebrations either, the most recent ones being a wedding reception following the wedding which was held at Taitlands, and 50th and 80th birthday parties – also a proposed party at Taitlands.
Rosemary & Julian Smith MP
English Tourism Week, organised by VisitEngland, is a week-long celebration of events from the 10th – 18 March 2012 to promote English toursim.
Rosemary, who is a Farm Stay – Regional Director for Yorkshire, took this opportunity to promote Farm Stay Yorkshire – 90 members offering top class accommodation – B&B’s and self-catering cottages in stunning locations all over Yorkshire.
Rosemary is pictured here showing Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, the 2012 Farm Stay guide.
After hot-footing it back from Susan Briggs’ excellent marketing event on Tuesday this week, I came home with all sorts of new ideas for marketing Layhead Farm Cottages. So, imagine my delight to find that Yorkshire Dales National Park had launched a new section on thier website, ‘Brillaint Businesses’, in which I put in an appearance! Read all about it here Yorkshire Dales National Park.