Here at Humble Bee Farm, we're proud to announce we're in the final six of the Holiday Park of the Year Category 2017!
The news was announced earlier today (24th June).
Judges for the prestigious White Rose Awards revealed their decisions have been tougher than ever as they’ve unveiled the shortlist.
The awards, which are the biggest celebration of tourism in the UK, recognise the very best businesses in Yorkshire. The 17 categories cover everything from hotels to holiday parks, pubs to producers and arts to attractions.
A thousand people will attend a glitzy award ceremony later this year when the winners and runners up will be announced.
Colin Mellors, chair of the White Rose Award judges, said: “Yorkshire’s tourism businesses are truly exceptional - bringing large numbers of visitors and income to the region and enhancing our reputation at home and abroad.
“The sector goes from strength to strength and many of its established stars feature on this year’s White Rose shortlist alongside some welcome new additions. What they have in common is their firm commitment to ensuring guests enjoy unrivalled hospitality, produce, facilities and experiences. The fantastic scenery and heritage provide the icing on the cake.
“With so many strong entries, shortlisting was very difficult this year. Choosing the eventual winners is going to be really tough.”
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The quality of this year’s entries has been exceptional and makes me feel hugely proud of all the brilliant work going on in tourism in the county. It’s an honour to be part of these awards that recognise the many businesses and organisations that make Yorkshire such an amazing destination.
I extend my thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and huge congratulations to those who have made the shortlist.”
It's been a merry - and busy - month of May so far at Humble Bee Farm!
With the arrival of the warmer weather (after a cool, sunny and dry start to the spring), Farmer Percy has weaned the Berkshire Red piglets, who now live in the barn.
Our Berkshire Red sows will be having another set of piglets later this summer, thanks to a magnificent Oxford Sandy Black boar, who'll be staying with us at Humble Bee for about a month.
The cattle, calves, sheep and lambs are all enjoying the lush grass of the Yorkshire Wolds, while the potato crop has now been planted.
The resulting spuds go to nearby McCains and then to a famous fast food chain later this year!
Our resident barn owl is busy hunting for mice, voles and worms, and has used one of our owl boxes - we're hoping there are some cute owlets inside, but we're keeping our distance so we don't disturb mum and dad.
One aspect of the weather we can't control is the rainfall. Visitors to Humble Bee will see how empty our duck pond is. While water levels are okay at the moment, like many other farmers in our area, we could do with some of the wet stuff for the crops and hedgerows. We just hope it rains at night so everyone can enjoy the sunshine during the day!