Local Christmas gift ideas

tree picture for blog

Yes, I know. This list of Christmas present suggestions may appear to be slightly – alright then highly – subjective. And long. (Please note that sadly, some of the businesses mentioned in this blog are no longer open, but when it comes closer to Christmas 2016, we will provide a new more »

Visiting Appleby-in-Westmorland


A short drive from Waitby and Kirkby Stephen takes you to Appleby-in-Westmorland, which nestles within a large river bend formed by the looping meanderings of the Eden. This beautiful market town and its ancient roots have a history that stretches back a thousand years or more. From the more »

Waitby School on VisitBritain SuperBlog

Walk from Waitby School

A couple of weekends ago, a VisitBritain SuperBlogger visited Waitby School – and what a nice chap he is. VisitBritain is the UK’s National Tourism agency which promotes Britain overseas and it created this travel blog to bring together, “Some of the most influential and creative minds in more »

Bonfire night celebrations

Fireworks celebrations

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot... This blog post was originally written in 2012. Here's a delightful picture to add to the general Guy Fawkes' loveliness. Sedburgh: Saturday, November more »

A night out in Brough

Swanson House restaurant Brough

To my discredit, I didn’t know all that much about Brough, except that it has a castle, an ice cream parlour and a regular Farmers' Market. We have driven past and through Market Brough, admiring the solid, well-proportioned buildings, but we had never really stopped for any length of time. But more »

Book now for Christmas or New Year at Waitby School

Christmas tree Waitby School

Winter is a magical season at Waitby School – we’ve had a white Christmas and chased rainbows across the fells on Christmas Day. We’ve visited the Lakes on Boxing Day and we’ve had memorable New Year celebrations with friends and family. We’ll be providing detailed ideas of places to more »

Northern Lights – getting closer

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Open the papers or look at the biggest news websites today and you will probably have seen some awe-inspiring pictures of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis – and the photos haven’t just been taken in Scandinavia or Scotland! Photographer Paul Kingston (follow him on twitter - more »

Ghosts and ghouls, or honouring ancestors? Your choice…

Halloween events near Waitby School holiday cottage

Whether you want to immerse yourself fancy-dress, pumpkin carving and other Halloween pastimes, or reconnect with ancient festivals and honour your ancestors in time-honoured tradition, there’s plenty of events on and around October 31st near Waitby School holiday cottage. A rich, dark more »

Kirkby Stephen in October issue of BBC’s Countryfile Magazine

Kirkby Stephen Train Station

Open this October’s issue of the BBC's Countryfile Magazine  and past guests of Waitby School will recognise the iconic Smardale Gill viaduct splashed across a two-page profile of walking in Kirby Stephen. For those who haven’t stayed with us yet, Smardale Gill is a short walk directly from more »

Auction for Adam

Charity auction in Ravenstonedale

Some great lots are on offer at this charity auction for Adam Nicholson of Ravenstonedale. Adam has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and proceeds will help Adam and his family. Restaurant meals, clothes, driver training, house cleaning, cookery classes and hampers are all on offer. more »

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