We did it - We won a White Rose Award [Read me!]
Shortlisted for White Rose Awards 2013! [Read me!]
Foraging with Taste the Wild [Read me!]
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Jacky Dawes posted this on 12th Nov 2013
Success was our’s last night when we won an award at the biggest tourism awards in the UK
Last night in Leeds we attended the White Rose Awards for 2013 as we were nominated for an award in the Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village category. We were very pleased and proud to have won recognition for all the hard work put in by everyone to make The Bivouac a success.
Jacky Dawes posted this on 10th Oct 2013
We have a great list of events lined up for the Autumn season.
Have a look at the Events and Activities section on the website to see the full list of indoor and outdoor events taking place. There is a mix of events for children and adults - there will be something for everyone. Bookings are required and some courses are very popular so have a look and see if there is anything you fancy. Remember some of the events can be held on alternative dates if you can get a group together.
Jacky Dawes posted this on 03rd Sep 2013
Great news - we have been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards 2013 - the biggest tourism awards in the UK!
The Bivouac at Druid’s Temple has made it through to the final of the Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village category. Keep your fingers crossed for us on 11 November when we will find out the results. Even making it to the shortlist is an achievement and we are all immensely proud that our hard work and support throughout the year has paid off. The ceremony is to be held at New Dock Hall near the Royal Armouries at Leeds.
Emilie Mcdermott posted this on 24th Jul 2013
Five years ago Sam and I had a vision for life together. That vision grew and was birthed in April 2012 in the North Yorkshire hills. Bivouac @ Druids Temple was and still is something created and developed by many people. It has been a huge success winning many awards and interest and we are very proud of what everyone has achieved here.
From a run-down farm on the side of a hill, we have grown a place worth visiting.
Using sustainable principles and quirky design, we have pulled together what a community of Bivouackers could offer.
The time has come where we are ready to take on the next challenge that life offers us… and come 1st August Bivouac will be run and managed by Heather and Graham, who as we speak are rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in. We wish them so much success as they bed into this hill….
For us, we begin the next adventure. It could be taking us anywhere… We are mulling, looking at the possibilities and building ideas. So watch this space.
We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have birthed something like this with such gifted and generous people. Right at the beginning Dave and Claire Sorely… Steve and Heather Hardwick ... Hazel and Ray Gaydon…. Andy Robinson, stood by us and gave us the beans to make this happen…. We are incredibly grateful for this, thank you.
So, over to Heather and Graham - enjoy the summer and brace yourself for winter, we wish you all the best as you grow this vision forward.
Take care everyone and thank you so very much x
Follow this link to have a look at how it all began, http://vimeo.com/71169365
Bivouac Cafe posted this on 22nd Jul 2013
The summer holidays at Bivouac cafe are set to be busy, fun and full of sun!
On the 4th August at Bivouac birthday we have a chance to celebrate our first chapter with our community. We will be saying a big thank you to Beth and Sam, the founders of Bivouac and a welcome to Heather and Graham, our second chapter and everything that may bring. Festivities start at 6pm, with music from Pip Mountjoy, a bbq, outdoor bar & more so please join us for a great occasion for all the family!
From the 5th August we will be launching our new, longer opening hours. We will be open…
Monday - Saturday 8am-8.30pm
all through the summer holidays untill 2nd September.
Our popular quiz nights will be moving to Wednesday evenings every other week from the 7th and will be combined with our community meal from 5.30pm (quiz to start from 7.30pm).
Keep an eye on future blogs and on our social media pages for more information on our events around the Bivouac site!
Please call 01765 535033 for enquiries and bookings and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Amber Hope posted this on 15th Jun 2013
A lovely email from Kate Lindsay who enjoyed a 50th Birthday Celebration at Bivouac.
“Just a quick note to say a really BIG thank you to the team for Sunday. It was lovely. It went really well - just as I hoped. Everyone was bowled over by the whole afternoon - the walk, the weather, the location and of course The Bivouac Cafe. The team that looked after us were great - the food was fab and we all fitted into the cafe perfectly. The cake was brilliant - what a great idea! We had a chat with the lady who made it and she explained that the cake stand had been made by her husband for the occasion - I felt quite humbled - I hope it gets good use in the future - it certainly goes really well with the cafe ‘brand’. The idea of the ‘big pot’ of lamb worked really well too, it provided the relaxed atmosphere that I hoped for.
Without exception, I have had texts and emails from all my friends to say what a lovely afternoon it had been, how much they enjoyed it and that they will definitely be back to The Bivouac either to stay or for a meal. The most common question I had was “how did you find this place?!”, the next most common comment was “I didn’t realise the countryside was so beautiful up here”. I think I may have secured you a few future clients!
Please pass on my thanks to everyone. What a great way to end one half-century and start the next!
Emilie Mcdermott posted this on 05th Jun 2013
Come and experience the summer solstice at Bivouac’s very own ‘Stone Henge’.
The summer solstice on the 21st June and is the longest day, when the sun is at the highest point of its yearly cycle. This was a time of tremendous importance to our Neolithic ancestors, who built Stone Henge and other monuments to align with both the summer solstice sunrise, and the winter solstice sunset, as primary markers in the solar year. Later throughout Britain, the summer solstice was celebrated with huge bonfires and community celebrations. This year Bivouac is holding its own summer solstice celebration in the Druid’s woodlands, Druids Dance.
Druids Dance will be a chance for everyone to gather together in our own celebration, accompanied by music, food and friends. To hear more about Druids Dance follow this link http://www.thebivouac.co.uk/experiences/outdoor_activities/druids_dance .
The summer solstice is one of three great spirit nights of the year; a time spent connecting and there’s no better way to connect than through music. Let us all stay up late in this enchanting location to see the twilight; enjoy music, or seek a special place within the woodlands temple which is especially ‘alive’ or magical, and sit in vigil as the night gathers, after a long day of laughter and feasting. Join in with the fun of Druids Dance and show thanks for the blessings of the summer just gone.
Come and experience the summer solstice with us…Druids Dance, 21st June 2013.
Emilie Mcdermott posted this on 30th May 2013
Here at Bivouac we are approached constantly by people wanting to share their creativity with us and we love to see what is next to be brought through our doors.
Recently we have been showcasing the talents of a husband and wife duo, Richard Cowling and Catherine Cowling. Catherine with her impressive felting art work and Richard with his pallet based rocking chairs. Richard is one of our regular Bivouac team and everything about their work expresses what Bivouac is all about. Each of them have raised a huge amount of interest around the work they have produced and Bivouac are very excited to see what is on the cards next for this gifted couple.
A little bit from Richard
So many everyday items are discarded and thrown away without a second thought. My passion is to breathe new life in to tired and worn out objects that are destined for land fill. From a washing machine drum to a car suspension spring, from a small baked bean tin to a set of old step ladders, they all play a key role in my philosophy and creations.
My designs are as varied as the materials I use. As a qualified engineer I delight in inventing and constructing objects of both aesthetic and practical worth. With the artistic input from my wife, together we develop a range of sculptures beyond description! My recent enthusiasm has revolved around the adaptability of the humble wooden pallet. Often found broken and neglected they are unquestionably one of the most versatile items I have worked with. The finished objects that have evolved seem to have sparked great interest and fascination. The Rocking Chair Family (each chair is made from a single pallet) has generated a lot of interest and plenty of smiles. Although the chairs are designed for true comfort they slightly play with your mind!
A little bit from Catherine
I am a predominantly self-taught artist, and I love to get involved with a whole variety of arts and crafts. I have an absolute passion for colour which naturally emanates from all my creations. My inspiration quite simply comes from all that is natural. The splendour and beauty, the humorous and eccentric, the surreal and bizarre, the elegance and sophistication, are all gifts of our surroundings and of our interpretation of what can be seen around us. What more inspiration can anyone ask for?
I am renowned for my large painted canvases on which I use acrylic paints and other mixed media. I love to experiment with texture and light to enhance an image or pattern and to work with a client to incorporate as much or as little detail as required. I particularly enjoy creating a piece of art work for a specific room or space. The challenge of incorporating all the surrounding elements into the final brief is fascinating and exciting and the end result is often a harmonious blend of light, reflection, mood and colour as well as the desired image or design.
Within the Purple Ivy Studio I embark on all sorts of artistic endeavours. I have recently finished a sizeable lino print project, for which I resurrected an old mangle as a printing press. Depending on what commissions I have and what spare time I am blessed with I can be found painting anything from glass and silk, making batik fabric, wet and needle felting, making all types of mosaic pieces, sculptures and taking umpteen photographs. I simply love to try out all sorts of techniques and methods, either conventional or off the wall. Combining traditional skills with my own unique methods is often a winning permutation.
My mind works like a firework display on bonfire night, full of colourful ideas, exploding in what can be perceived as an uncontrolled and random manner. After the thoughts have fired up and danced around for a while they then simmer down and smoulder in my subconscious whilst I choose how I am going to convert the dissipated light display into a solid design. I soon become enveloped by the magic of the Purple Ivy Studio, a wooden workshop nestled at the bottom of the garden, embraced by plants, ornaments and natural curios. The enchanting space allows me to create, think and construct whatever is being worked upon.
I work closely with my husband Rich, a skilled and enthusiastic craftsman whose passion, amongst many things, is making dynamic and innovative furniture from the humble wooden pallet. We live with our 2 dogs, 5 cats, 9 modern game chickens and 2 runner ducks.
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