Emma - lover of history, art and adventure

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The Yorkshire Coast Celebrates the Platinum Jubilee

The Yorkshire Coast Celebrates the Platinum Jubilee

This year sees Her Majesty The Queen become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. That alone (despite the bonus extra bank holidays) is worth celebrating. If you're doing your own thing during the Jubilee weekend there are loads of great tips on how you can do that here. If not then have no fear the Yorkshire Coast has a host of events you can get involved with. There are far too many to name but here are a few for starters. Please tell us about your events so we can help shout…
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The Forum: A Premier Entertainment Venue on the Yorkshire Coast

The Forum: A Premier Entertainment Venue on the Yorkshire Coast

I must confess I thought I knew all that The Forum had to offer - I've visited the Cinema often and been tempted by a round of 10-pin-bowling a time or two. The Lodge Restaurant looks pretty tempting as well. But it was only after meeting John and Danny, the managers of the complex that I really took in all that this amazing venue has to offer. A family could quite easily spend a whole day here - its the perfect all-weather, all-age entertainment venue. Let's start with the Cinema, there's three screens - it's the only multi-screen cinema on…
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Thai (Yorkshire) Crab Cakes

Thai (Yorkshire) Crab Cakes

This might be a Thai recipe but as we're generally using Yorkshire Crab I'm adding it to the title. I've had this recipe on a scrap of paper for years - its got splats all-over it from the many times I've used it. I think it originally came from Nigel Slater so I suppose I should give him a mention. What I love about this is how simple it is - it's one of those 'bung everything in a blender together and whiz' recipes - you can't go wrong as long as you are using good quality fresh ingredients. You…
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Redcliffe Farm – from Eggs to Hampers (and a bit more besides)

Redcliffe Farm – from Eggs to Hampers (and a bit more besides)

I'd be really surprised if there is anyone in the general area that hasn't heard of Redcliffe Farm. They have built a really solid reputation since they first established the shop in 2007 as THE go-to farm shop for quality, locally sourced fresh ingredients. The Cafe, is open all year round 7 days a week - open from 9am serves a perfect Eggs Benedict (not surprising given their origins - more later) but they are also renowned for a pretty scrummy Steak Pie too. Most of the favourites found in the cafe can also be found in the shop to…
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The Cat’s Pyjamas

The Cat’s Pyjamas

Like me, I wonder if you've walked past the Tramway building on the corner of St Nicholas Cliff, thinking of it as the old-style cafe it was many years ago. If so, I encourage you to stop and take another look. The new Cat's Pyjamas has most definitely had a make-over. But be assured, it still has a lovely quirky vintage feel to it but with some fresh additions to decor and lighting. The main change, however, is in the menu and drinks offer. This is not just a place to stop for tea and cake - though this is…
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On the hunt for the perfect scone

On the hunt for the perfect scone

My mum was a master at making scones. We used to have a small cafe when I was younger, and we had a little stream of regular customers who miraculously timed their visits for just when the day's batch of scones was coming out of the oven. They were perfect! Perfect for me means being able to hold its shape well enough to be cut in half without crumbling but light enough that you can break a chunk off easily with your fingers and not too much like bread. I'm not a bad baker; I can whip up a cracking…
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A Pitstop at The Cockpit

A Pitstop at The Cockpit

At first glance, The Cockpit on Newborough could look like any other fast food outlet, but step inside and you'll find another story. Firstly, there's the wonderfully warm welcome. Ok, you can get this at most places on the Yorkshire Coast, but I sense these guys sincerely appreciate your business and want you to make the best meal choices. They are ready with loads of recommendations and suggestions on the best accompaniments. The decor is - well, let's just say there's a definite chicken theme going on here. All the artwork has been created by local artist Andrea Miller -…
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Top Show Picks for the Yorkshire Coast

Top Show Picks for the Yorkshire Coast

One of the huge advantages for us living on the Yorkshire Coast is the amazing variety of shows and events that we can take advantage of. Although we live in small towns - which anywhere else in the country would be lucky to even have a decent theatre - we can take our pick of great venues. Probably many of us take this variety of entertainment for granted - ok so its mainly just in the summer months but I really do think we have the best of both worlds. We have all the advantages of a small town -…
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Wash the dust off your soul and combat Blue Monday

Wash the dust off your soul and combat Blue Monday

Monday 17 Jan 2022, the third Monday in January, is said to be the most depressing day of the year - Blue Monday. So here's a suggestion to combat those blues - visit an Art Gallery. I suspect that idea might provoke a bit of a love-hate reaction in some people. If you’re not in the 'art gallery lover' camp, galleries can feel like large empty rooms with weird daubs on the wall. Or, conversely, small rooms jammed with crazy stuff. There can feel like there is pressure to ‘understand’ and ‘interpret’ the ‘feelings’ or 'emotions' being expressed. It's just…
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Greek Mythology – The Trojan Wars

Greek Mythology – The Trojan Wars

It is often said that the Greeks pretty much invented everything. Whether they actually invented storytelling or not I don’t know. But one thing you cannot deny is the fact they really knew how to tell a tale. They threw everything into it. Love, loss, battles, heroes, heroines, monsters, gods and adventures galore. One of my favourite films as a kid was Jason & the Argonauts (an ancient Greek tale). The skeleton battle was ground-breaking for its time, though it looks positively cartoon-like next to today’s CGI techniques. It’s still a great film, fundamentally because it’s a great story.  https://youtu.be/C-ZQGRM7GW0…
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