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Emilie Mcdermott posted this on 19th May 2013
At Bivouac we offer our guests a unique holiday experience - luxurious rustic shacks, romantic yurts or a cosy bunk bed in our camping barn. We always welcome walkers and day trippers to share our breathtaking views, tuck into our delicious cafe food and visit our converted farmhouse shop. At the heart of Bivouac is our team, making it a place that people want to visit again and again. We are currently recruiting for a couple of vacancies, please see below for more info!
Passionate about food?
The gorgeous Bivouac cafe is looking for a jolly good cook or two to join our lovely team. With a new menu about to launch, a fresh wave of Biv charm and enthusiasm, could this be the right place for your creativity to be released?
Call Zannah or email her for more details.
Tel: 01765 53 50 33
Fancy joining our bank team?
We are also recruiting dedicated, friendly people for our Change Over Team (bank positions available). We would love to hear from you if you think you have what it takes to join us!
We are looking for staff to join our House & Change Over team which is responsible for the refreshment and preparation of our accommodation and site for the arrival of new guests.
We have a number of bank positions available. You will need to be hard working, enthusiastic, able to work in a team and be available to work primarily on Mondays and Fridays.
Experience is desirable, but not essential as full training will be given.
Bivouac Cafe posted this on 16th May 2013
Wednesday morning up on the hill & it felt more like February than middle May & springtime, however with Chris Bax guiding our foraging course we found around 6 salad ingredients in a 2m square patch of grass verge for our lunch!
Chris Bax is a chef turned forager & runs courses most weekends from his own private woodland near Boroughbridge. Chris’s approach is to only eat the things that taste good & not the foods that merely sustain you! One of the first things we tried was possibly the most surprising of the day, spear thistle has a texture much like asparagus once you have removed the needles & peeled the skin a little. From the same patch of grass we harvested ribwort plantain which tastes much like mushroom, pineapple weed which can be used for infusing into desserts like ice cream, chickweed which was growing in abundance & nettles. All this & we had hardly left the car park…
Up at the woods we learned about using pine needles for infusing syrups, chocolate & alcohol, & tried a few larch needles straight from the tree. As with many of the things we picked pine needles are packed with vitamins, super foods for free! Further into the woods we found wood sorrel, sheep sorrel & cleavers – the sticky weed that children have endless fun throwing at each other & hog weed. With a bag full of leaves & roots it was time to head back to the café for our foraged lunch.
Our 3 course lunch for free was:
Nettle & cleaver soup
Spear thistle & hogweed tortilla with wild herb salad
Everything went down well & all the guests on the course cleared their plates, the freshness of the salad a particular highlight. Hopefully later in the year Chris & his Taste the Wild team will be back at Bivouac to do a mushroom walk or maybe a wild berry walk one late summer evening.
Guests posted this on 15th May 2013
The winner of the photography competition is announced!
Last year we challenged you to get out your camera and spend some time at Bivouac to see about capturing that amazing Winter shot.
Many thanks to all those who entered, we had some great shots of Bivouac, showing us what a creative bunch you are!
The top six images can be seen on our gallery page on our website, but an overall winner had to be chosen so Beth and Sam. They set about choosing the image they felt summed up Bivouac this Winter. So many congratulations to Adam Berry for his ‘Standing Stones’. The prize for coming first is an Off Peak Midweek Stay in one of our lovely Yurts .
The other top 5 images were taken by Tristran Chantler, Hilary Clayton, Jo Napthine, Anna Etchells and Brian McDermott.
Guests posted this on 08th May 2013
Bivouac loves all of the lovely guests that walk through our doors…each one bringing something a little bit different and special to share with us.
There are many things that we love here at Bivouac, one being all of our wonderfully colourful guests that walk through the doors. It is amazing the amount of talent you can cram onto one hill…but there is always room for more.
Recently we had a lovely guest called Helen Stewart and her family stay with us, you can read all about her Bivouac experience in her blog…. http://www.curioushandmade.com/glamping-at-the-bivouac/
Helen is a London based designer who has a love of creating gorgeous knitwear pieces that are inspired by England and the culture within it. She believes the most important thing when creating your own piece of knit wear is to make something you are proud to wear or give to someone as a gift.
Helen is an example of just one of the guests that wowed us with her talents and we look forward to seeing her and her lovely family again sometime in the future.
Guests posted this on 06th May 2013
Bivouacs first woodland ceremony and the flowery loveliness that helped make Chrisi and Tim’s wedding day one not to forget…
This weekend Bivouac had its first wedding of the year and it was glorious, truly perfect! The sun was shining, love was in the air and there were flowers everywhere. The lovely Emma Willoughby did an amazing job arranging flowers and greenery provided by Jane Corbett.
Jane Corbett, a local florist and friend of Bivouac, provided us with an amazing selection of flowers that caused the ceremony to over flow with colour and spring time beauty. Following the winter and the snow having only just left it was quite a surprise as to what she was able to produce. Jane has been working in horticulture for over fifteen years and takes her inspiration from working alongside the seasons and in harmony with nature. Two years ago she opened her own natural flowers company called ‘Blooming Yorkshire’ to reconnect people with nature, have a look at a little more of what she can do on www.bloomingyorkshire.co.uk. Jane grows all of her flowers with an abundance of love and care.
Working with Jane was effortless as she really understands what Bivouac is all about and her beautiful floral decoration went in perfect partnership the gorgeous bride and groom Chrisi and Tim!
Jane’s growing season starts at the beginning of May and finishes when the first frosts arrive, usually around mid-October. As the flowers are all grown naturally it will depend upon the season as to what is available. May the sun continue to shine on you Jane and we look forward to our next bundle of flowery loveliness.
Emilie Mcdermott posted this on 30th Mar 2013
We went for a great day out at Hackfall on a Woodland Printmaking Course
Bee and Sanna went on a wonderful woodland printmaking course. We are both involved in craft activities with children at The Bivouac and this course was truly inspiring.
We went on a snowy walk around Hackfall, learning from Woodland Trust’s Paul Mosley about how to enhance children’s experience of nature. One particularly interesting thing we learnt from Paul is how to make a Journey Stick: take a stick along with you on your walk and attach treasures you find from your walk to the stick (using rubber bands or wool). This is to remind you of the trees and sights you have past and to map your journey.
We also learnt a variety of print making techniques from Hester Cox: monoprinting; plasticine printing; foam printing; sun printing; relief collagraph. We especially enjoyed making old-style photographs on the beach by using sun paper, sunshine and river water.
Bee and I are now buzzing with creative ideas and ready to share all this lovely outdoorsy artiness with children in the Bivouac Cafe, the druids woods and in storytelling sessions on Thursdays.
Read more about what you can do at Hackfall on their website with loads of up and coming events there is sure to be something for you! http://www.hackfall.org.uk/
Amber Hope posted this on 11th Mar 2013
This week Storycorner was all about seeds. We are embracing spring time and celebrating this time of growth and expectation.
We had two great stories. One story followed the journey of a tiny seed which despite the odds grew into a magnificent giant flower. The other story was about a magic seed that turned into a tree of wonders.
Then we made some bird feeders made of seeds and hung them up on a Bivouac tree.
Come explore the trees around the Bivouac cafe for some good bird watching – try to spot them munching on their tasty treats!
Amber Hope posted this on 11th Feb 2013
A great evening with friends and families filling the beautiful Cafe Barn
The Cafe was cosy with candles lit around the room, the fire roaring and the sound of laughter between friends and family. What a great atmosphere!
Our lovely Quiz Master Ian Whittaker took stage with his microphone, laptop and lovely assistant to welcome everybody to the quiz and gave out out our answer booklets. The quiz was divided in to eight rounds; Numbers in the answers, food and drink, famous faces, British geography, the arts, what comes next, general knowledge and music.
Everyone got their drinks, finished eating their hearty pie, chips and peas and the quiz began.
These were the 7 teams:Sean and the sheep, The dogs dinner, Femdom, Adults, The glamour moon pigs, Ilton cum potters and The Kids!
We came second!!! ... second from last place. I must admit, I only knew one answer to the whole quiz but thankfully everyone else on my team did a lot better than me!!!
Well done to Sean and the sheep’s team! You beat everybody with a whopping score of 113 out of 160!!!
I hope to see everyone again on the next quiz night, Elise my lovely colleague will be taking stage on the 22nd Feb- Don’t miss out!!
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