Whitby Goth Weekend

November 12, 2011

Myself and my girlfriend previously went to Whitby on holiday in the Summer and we’d seen Whitby Goth Weekend advertised and decided that we’d like to go and see what it’s all about. Whilst booking the B&B, we got talking to the owner and she said that this year it had been over 2 weekends because the organisers had had a disagreement over something so the ‘Fringe’ festival was over the Halloween weekend and the Official one was over the Bonfire weekend. Having never been before we decided that we’d better do the Official one. So we booked the hotel for the Bonfire weekend, paid the deposit and hoped that we’d picked the right weekend.

We got to Whitby at about 12pm on Thursday, checked into the hotel unpacked the car and decided to walk round Whitby to see what was going on. It was very ‘normal’ and quiet but as it didn’t really kick off until Friday we put our fears that we’d picked the wrong weekend to one side and went out for a couple of drinks. As the evening went on, more and more people who were here for the Goth Weekend appeared so my Girlfriend asked a couple if we’d picked the right weekend and the response that we got was mixed. On the one hand, they said that it was Thursday and it was always quiet and it didn’t really kick off until Friday (as we thought). On the other hand, they said that because it was the official weekend most of the Activities were at the Spa Pavillion and most people had paid for tickets to see the bands etc. that were on throughout the day and into the night. We got back to the B&B and found a guide for the fringe festival in the lobby and it looked like all the events that were going on in town happened then, not this weekend.

However, as the weekend went on it got better and better with more people in costume appearing and the local pubs getting fuller and fuller. We went up to the Spa Pavillion on Saturday night just to check out what the ticket got you. It was ok, and given the amount of people there it was clear that the Official weekend revolved around the Spa Pavillion rather than events in town. There were some events on in town, but not that many. During the day, the Spa Pavillion hosts the Bizarre Bizaar where you can pick up all kinds of Goth clothing, music, etc. and up by the leisure centre there was also another market and the custom car competition. If you were in costume, walking round town meant that you had a high chance of getting your photo taken. Some poor bloke who was wearing a Warhammer 40K inspired costume took nearly 3hrs to walk to the Spa Pavillion – a walk that is easily done in 15-20 minutes.

Even though there wasn’t that much going on in town and it all seemed to revolve around the Spa Pavillion, which we didn’t have tickets for it was enough to whet our appetite for more and the organisers have resolved their differences and next year there is just one weekend. We’ve already booked the hotel for next year!

Just to finish, I thought I’d include some photographs taken over the 4 days:

'©Tom's Photography Store

©Tom's Photography Store

'©Tom's Photography Store

©Tom's Photography Store

©Tom's Photography Store

©Tom's Photography Store

I will be making more photographs available to purchase from my etsy and folksy shops and my photoboxgallery shop for larger format prints and gift ideas.

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This weekend, my trusty printer decided to develop technical issues – which in my case effectively shut both my shops on etsy.com and folksy.com. Not good for buisness at all, luckily it was just for a couple of days.

This did not affect my photoboxgallery shop at all. On my photoboxgallery shop, you can buy all the same prints in A4 size and upwards including some mouted, framed, etc. for pretty much the same price as etsy and folksy. Why not check it out? There are some brilliant gift ideas on there, including jigsaws, mousemats and cushions – a real alternative to etsy and folksy.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

August 20, 2011

Nightglow

Nightglow

I’d usually write a blog post the day after I’ve been somewhere, but this last week has been hard and very long for me! So here it is – a week later….

I decided at pretty much the last minute to go to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest annual Hot Air Balloon Event according to their website. I can see why! There are mass balloon launches – the one I saw had 100 balloons taking to the sky and loads of other things going on.

Although thinking about it now, most of the other things going on weren’t very ‘balloony’. Yeah, ok there are ballon launches every day but there are 2 a day. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. In between times, there aint a lot going on. Still, it was a decent day out although I’d recommend getting there about 3-4ish on the Saturday. You aren’t left hanging around for hours with not a lot to do. But it’s a free event, you just need to pay for the parking so you can’t complain too much and judging by the amount of people that turned up, it’s very popular!

I think possibly the best event is the “infamous nightglow” whereby they tether the balloons and turn their burners on to music. Effectively they’re creating the effect of flashing, coloured Christmas lights – but it still looked pretty cool. It also offered me the chance to take the photograph above and others which I shall make available in the usual outlets. Links are on the right.

As an afterthought, hot air ballooning is not without its dangers as several crashed during the mass launch and one sleeping family had one hell of wake-up call!!

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Having spent a week in Whitby, I can honestly say I’m more tired now than I was a week ago! I had completely forgotten how steep the hills/steps/etc. were around Whitby, particularly Robin Hood’s Bay. My legs are like dead weights now and I’ve been round a car boot sale this morning, so this evening I’ll put my feet up. It was a shame about the weather at the beginning of the week, but such is the nature of the British weather, also I’m glad I was where I was because I’ve had reports that it’s been scorching for everyone else!

Sorry for the lack of tweets during the week, I really didn’t have time to do any due to me trying to pack too much into one week. I think at least 10 days is necessary to have the full Whitby and surrounding areas experience. Having listed some things to do in Whitby in a previous post, I discovered some more things to do. You can go for a trip round the bay on the Endeavour, go on a vintage 50’s bus to Goathland where they filmed heartbeat, go on a bus tour round Whitby and take a ride on a steam powered coach. There is also Whitby Regatta next week too.

I shall be making prints available over the coming few weeks in the usual places. Keep an eye on twitter for when they become available.

A well deserved holiday

July 23, 2011

Whitby's Location

Whitby's Location

That’s it! I’m officially on holiday. I’m off for a week in the small coastal town of Whitby, in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park as indicated by the red ring on the map on the left (from Google Maps). You can check the location on multimap.com.

Whilst you may think this sounds boring, there is actually a lot of famous things that originated in Whitby. There is the Captain James Cook Museum and there is a replica of the Endeavour in the harbour, the Whitby Goth Weekend, and of course the Abbey. Not to mention is was the place where Bram Stoker took inspiration for Dracula and the nearby town of Goathland is the setting of the TV series Heartbeat. Not so boring eh? Just hope the weather holds….

Of course my trusty camera will be with me throughout and I will be doing updates via twitter (link on the right) while I’m there. If anyone knows of any places of interest I’ve missed from my list, please use the comments box to let me know or drop me an email. I’ll be keeping tabs on this while I’m away.

The plight of the XH558

July 19, 2011

Vulcan XH558

Vulcan XH558

The Avro Vulcan XH558 is the last remaining, complete and at the time of writing, flying Vulcan in the world.

I have been to many airshows as a child with my Dad and Grandpa to see this magnificent and, well to be honest awesome aircraft display. That is until the mid/late 1990’s when the RAF decomissioned them and I was there at the last airshow we always went to and saw it’s last flight there, where they sprayed “Goodbye” (I think, I was about 10 at the time) on the bomb doors and that was that….. Until 2010, where I was there at RAF Waddington for the first airshow it did there after a false start the year before.

Over the last decade or so, it has been restored by the folks at vulcantothesky.org with public donations, it is not government funded unlike some other displays, like the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for example. The Vulcan has flown sucessfully for the last few years, however I was saddened to learn that they needed £350,000 by 31st July to keep it in the air.

With this in mind, I decided do my part and rifle through some of my photographs of the Vulcan in action, which are available to buy in the usual outlets (links on the right) and I will also donate 20% of all proceeds directly to them.

Day trip to Blackpool

July 14, 2011

Blackpool South Harbour

Blackpool South Harbour

For those of you who follow me on twitter, you’ll know that I spent Sunday in Blackpool and was thoroughly disappointed by what I saw. The whole of the sea-front is like a building site and the tower is covered in scaffolding and plastic wrap. It’ll look good in a year or so when they finish it. The parts that have been done look great and are still clean – i.e. not covered in chewing gum and the like. You can tell that the shops are struggling though, as one I went into offered me a deal whenever I showed interest in any of their stuff. On the whole it was a good day!

I have put some of the spoils of the day on etsy and folksy and updated photogallery, so if you have the inclination go check them out! Links are on the right.

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