The Ruddle Centre (New Year Meet) Dec’17/Jan’18 2017

Another great New Year Meet at Braithwell with 30 units camping and 64 ‘friends’ enjoying the four fun packed days.  Said by many to have been the best New Year yet!  Everyone contributed to this meet and with fabulous company, great food and plenty of music, song and dancing along with daytime activities including games, crafts, music and dancing this all produced such a brilliant start to 2018.    

Eggborough Village Hall  –  Oct 2017

What a sunny weekend – arriving on Friday and sitting outside for a cuppa and then leaving whilst the sun was still shining!   A great last meet of the season with 18 units on site and many others coming for the Sat eve.   We had another popular cheese and wine evening on the Friday in the hall with plenty of time to meet new friends and catch up with others.  The carvery meal on Sat was as fantastic as ever and followed by a ceilidh with live music, 4 different callers leading the dancing and 2 entertainment spots all making up for an enjoyable time.   

Sutton Park  –  October 2017

Our first visit to this fantastic site located in the centre of a beautiful village.  The hall in the village was used for the Friday evening social with dancing and singing.  On Saturday we started with an American Tea with the deserts based on apple – what an amazing variety and choice!!   The evening continued with our lively ceilidh with a decent size band of musicians, 4 callers for the dancing and a couple of spots.  It was good to see new members join us at this meet and pleased how they were able to join in the activities – we look forward to seeing you again.


Hutton le Hole – August Bank Holiday 2017

Our regular visit to this picturesque village in North Yorkshire had the added bonus of some fantastic weather.    44 units were camping and able to enjoy all that was on offer.

The village hall was used for the Friday singaround and three great evening ceilidhs with a number of callers, spots and a large number of musicians in the bands.    The Sunday fundraising produced a generous donation to Yorkshire Air Ambulance of £154.   

The site is again booked for 2018 –  put it you diary!


Cawthorne  – July 2017

A return to this site which is situated in a stunning South Yorkshire village with the Canon Hall estate on the doorstep and only a short walk from the site.  A lively Saturday evening ceilidh was enjoyed in the local hall.   

Watton – June 2017

Our first visit to this site enabling everyone the chance to visit the activities associated with the Beverley Folk Festival.  Friday evening was spent in the room on site socialising or joining in a game of ‘chicken foot’ (dominos for many!).  Even with the heat we managed to play and dance on the Saturday evening in a local village hall – a very quaint setting.   The site had its own nature trail and was a welcome relief from the blazing sun.  Even at the coffee morning, the group had to gather under the shade of a tree!

Thornton Watlass – May 2017

The second venue for our Spring Bank Holiday week of camping.  A wonderful village setting and in beautiful countryside for outdoor activities.  The hall was adjacent to the site entrance and used for a games evening on the Thursday and for our ceilidhs on Friday and Saturday evening.  A very enjoyable meet for everyone who attended.


Coxwold – May 2017

This was a new venue for The Ridings and such a great site – we will definitely be back!  The hall on site was used for the singaround and 3 evening ceilidhs.  The sun shone for the Sunday teatime mass barbeque and was very popular.    Coxwold was a very picturesque village and located close to some great walking country.

Wintersett – April 2017

An enjoyable weekend with easy access to the adjacent nature reserve.  Nostell Village Hall as was used for the Friday evening singaound when we had ‘hot dogs’!    On Saturday we were back in the hall for an evening ceilidh, dancing to live music.

Wetherby Racecourse – March 2017

Although a blustery weekend, the hall adjacent to the camping area was put to great use throughout the weekend – singaround;  mass ‘take away tea’;  ceilidh;  coffee mornings and the AGM on Saturday afternoon.


Winter Socials – Jan/Feb 2017

Two great winter socials took place this spring to enable members to keep in touch before the new camping season and also enjoy particpating in activities.  The January social held in Doncaster included a very popular contra dance workshop whilst the February event held at Monk Fryston included a craft gather and music session.  Following these workshops there was a fantastic shared tea before the evening ceilidh with dancing to music played by members of The Ridings.


The Ridings 4th New2Year Meet 2016 – The Ruddle Centre, Braithwell, Nr Doncaster

A fabulous time was had with 28 units camping to celebrate the 2016/2017 New Year. For 4 days and evenings we enjoyed each other company and ate some fantastic food, played games, shared craft activities, danced loads, played a lot of music, had performances from some great acts and so much more as we built up to the New Year.

It was great to welcome newcomers to ‘The Ridings’ family and look forward to meeting you all later in the year.


Eggborough Village Hall  –  Dinner Dance Meet – November 2016

17 units camped when we returned to this venue in 2016 and with more visitors joining in for the meal on the Saturday evening it became a fantastic event.  The meal was up to the very high standards expected of our caterer and once the meal had settled down we had an enjoyable evening dance.

The hall was used on Friday evening for a singaround whilst others entertained themselves with a a game of ‘chickenfoot’ using a colourful set of ‘double 15’ dominos.

With a Sunday morning coffee morning – all together, a most enjoyable meet (and with reasonable temperatures!).

Ripon  –  4 night meet – October 2016

Camping on the rally site at Lockside, 20 units benefitted from the fantastic weather and took the opportunity to explore the local area and countryside.  We welcomed 4 units that had not camped with The Ridings previously.  The room on site was used for a get-together on Thursday evening and then our first ‘Cheese and Wine’ evening on Friday when we also had some dancing, singing as well as a lot of chatting!

Our Saturday evening ceilidh was in the local village hall with a large band, great song/music spots and with John, Rosemary, Ron and Margaret calling the dances creating a very enjoyable evening.

The Sunday morning coffee morning took place with a spot of entertainment! as Roy delivered a workshop on the field to learn a longsword dance – great fun for participants and the spectators!


Sykehouse – Folk Section Autumn Gather – Sept 2016

The Ridings hosted this annual meet in 2016.  Held at Sykehouse Village Hall it proved an ideal venue with camping on the field to the rear of the hall.  Thursday evening saw an entertaining ‘Open Pub Session’ hosted by Garry and on the following three evenings we held Ceilidhs using a large number of callers, a variety of ‘spots’ and a band (with up to 17 musicians). 

During the days, the hall was utilised for members to share a range of crafts, music sessions and a longsword workshop.  A highlight of the weekend was the MacMillan Coffee Morning with members enjoying a feast of homemade cakes and generously donating a total of £360 for this worthwhile cause.


Overall a  great meet, welcoming new members to the Folk Section and with some great weather to enjoy socialising around the site.  


Hutton le Hole – August Bank Holiday 2016

This popular 5 night meet had the largest turnout seen during the past 3 years.  With most units arriving in heavy rain on the Thursday, the remaining days saw some great weather.   

Over the weekend most campers wandered down into this picturesque village (and consumed an ice cream or 2!) as well as enjoying the fantastic countryside surrounding the site.

Informal coffee mornings took place on site and the village hall (just cross the road) was used for a singaround on the Friday evening as well as the ceilidhs on Sat, Sun and Monday evenings.   The amazing talent of members attending this meet was evident with great singers, instrumentalists and the stage being full of musicians forming a scratch band for the evening ceilidhs.   Numerous callers took control of the dancers and catered for the regulars as well as a number of first-timers with The Ridings.  

A regular feature of this meet is our fundraising activities held in the ‘party tent’ on Sunday morning.  These included a book stall, bring and buy, filled jam jars, raffle and hot dogs!  The raffle from the meet saw a donation of £90 being sent to the British Heart Foundation – well done everyone.