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Rumours have been rife for some considerable time, but the news that the Downcliffe House Hotel is to close on 2 April has still come as a shock to many in Filey and beyond. The boutique hotel is set to be converted into private apartments. Although the Downcliffe has been for sale for several years, […]

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There’s an air of disrepute associated with rum; the piratical Caribbean, slavery and drunken sailors. In Australia in the early 1800s, rum was even used as payment for everyday commodities. When word reached London of this rum do, William Bligh (remembered by history as the disposed captain during the Mutiny on the Bounty), was appointed […]

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After a two year hiatus, caused by the pandemic, the Filey Steampunk Festival is returning on the weekend of 14-15 May 2022. Featuring tank rides on the beach, Steampunk parades on the Crescent Gardens and some really strange events at the Evron Centre, it is an unmissable weekend. The festival features Professor Elemental, Madam Misfit and […]

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Ahoy there! Avast Ye! The White Lodge are delighted to be able to announce their first tasting night of the year. This will be a very special event as attendees will be drinking six (yes six) different rums all made from scratch in Boynton (yes the Boynton on the outskirts of Brid!). The White Lodge have teamed up with their friends […]

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St Oswald's church, Filey
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‘Theirs is a fragile but hardy celebration… in the very teeth of winter’. The American writer Louise Beebe Wilder evocative description of snowdrops came to mind on a windy, but sunny, stroll past St. Oswald’s Church. Although there is still a bite in the wind, the sunshine and the sight of snowdrops and the emerging green […]

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Today, 6th February 2022, Queen Elizabeth will have been Britain’s monarch for fully 70 years. It is a truly remarkable achievement and one worthy of celebration in these islands and across the Commonwealth. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has become the longest reigning monarch in British history, surpassing Queen Victoria’s 63 years and 216 days. […]

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Filey bandstand
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Diaries at the ready! Yes, the summer programme of bandstand concerts on the Crescent Gardens has been announced. Long sunny afternoons reclining in a deckchair, listening to the band on the Crescent Gardens. It seems almost a dream during the long dark days of January. But, the Town Council have released the dates and here they […]

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Sunny winter morning on The Crescent
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A beautiful sunny January morning on The Crescent, thoughts begin to turn towards warmer days and events on the gardens for 2022. It might seem a long way off, but the dates of the hugely popular food festivals held on The Crescent Gardens have been announced. They are as follows: April 16th, 17th June 18th, […]

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knitted hat on the Filey post box
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Filey’s mystery crocheter has produced another seasonal cracker for the post box. As the twelfth day of Christmas came and went, under cover of dark, the festive knitted extravaganza that had surmounted the post box disappeared, to be replaced by a winter themed number. We are a little worried about the Robin. The corner is a favourite […]

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During the early years of the twentieth century Britain was locked into a naval arms race with Germany. Technological advances had led to the creation of the Dreadnought Battleship, a ship whose combination of power, protection and speed rendered all previous battleships useless. In the years leading up to the outbreak of the Great War, […]

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