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Halloween/Bonfire Meet

We would just like to say a big thank you for a great bonfire night and a bigger thank you to all the work and effort put in by everyone who worked so hard in horrible conditions.  Really grateful for being sited in the farm yard. See you at Easter, Paul Janet & Brody 

Added on: 15/11/2015

Lockside THS

Thanks to all involved in Ripon t.h.s. and of course Dave  and Yvonne for the welcome and help,this is why we keep coming back...Here's to the next time   ..David and Dorothy  Hetherington   Northern  Ireland D.A  2015

Added on: 13/09/2015

Thank You

Thank You
Added on: 04/11/2014

Halloween/Bonfire Meet Feedback

Huge thanks to all Central Yorks DA for a brilliant Haloween and Bonfire combined. A brilliant meet from a superb DA. In fact I'm going to make it official - you guys are the 2nd best DA in Yorkshire (tee hee). Seriously though guys, you worked so hard to put on a great weekend for kids and adults alike. A credit to the club.


Chris Hallsworth - Leeds DA


Just returned from Sutton on the Forest, Bonfire and Halloween rally.  Great location and of course superb weather but what made it for us was being made so welcome by the stewards, committee and fellow campers. Thanks to all who entertained our kids, Becca and Abi. Indeed you did it so well we could not persuade them to leave the site all week.!! Many thanks to all for such a great rally.  

Mel, Debs and family.

Added on: 03/11/2014

Ripley Castle Feedback

"We recently stayed at the Ripley Castle THS to watch the Tour de France go by. Though club members for several years, this is the first time we have used a THS and we found a very well organised event run and supported by an enthusiastic friendly team from Central Yorkshire DA.

Looking to book several more over the coming months."


We travelled to the Ripley Castle rally from Cornwall to watch the Tour de France. We had a wonderful time and the stewards were so kind and helpful. They made us feel so welcome, especially the Florin (the two Bobs). We felt really at home with everyone, and the site was perfect for watching the Tour. Thank you all and we hope to travel North another time!

Sue and John Williams


Thank you for a brilliant time at the tour de France weekend. We were made very welcome by the stewards and they worked very hard to accommodate everyone.

Denise & Alan Jones


We have just returned from an excellent 4 days at the Ripley Castle THS. The site could not have been better for the Tour de France. We were able to watch the race from just in front of the site on Saturday, and on Sunday it was a pleasant 2 mile walk to the route for Stage 2. We also watched the start on a big screen in the friendly atmosphere of the local club. An excellent bus service ran to Harrogate and Ripon.

Many thanks to the Stewards and organisers.

Vera and Ken Tyack
from Somerset.

Added on: 08/07/2014

Leyburn Feedback

My wife and I were present at the Tour de France rally at Leyburn.We are very grateful for the stewards and helpers who made the weekend so enjoyable They all worked very hard to accommodate everyone on the field.We were very disappointed to learn that nearly twenty units did not turn up,nor contact the stewards, preventing other potential club member attenders from using the site.

Keith Hamilton


Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed the Leyburn TDF meet. Many thanks to all concerned.

Steve & Wendy Helmer


Added on: 07/07/2014

Easter Meet

Added on: 01/05/2014

Thanks Again

To Dave, Yvonne & All CYDA.

With a very BIG thanks again for all you have done.

From the WOOLER HILLBILLIES (aka The Temples)

See you all again soon.

Added on: 13/11/2013

Feedback from Halloween/Bonfire Meet

We stayed with you at Sutton on the Forest for the Halloween and Bonfire meet this week. Our family were instantly made welcome by the stewards and other CYDA members. The entertainment for the children was brilliant and my daughters had a ball. The adults were catered for too and the barn was made to feel welcoming and cosy. It is our first time staying at this site and we would definitely recommend it. It is on our calendar for next year.

Thank you for an amazing week. Lisa, Paul, Olivia and Emily Hessey, Leeds. 

Added on: 05/11/2013

Feedback from recent THS

Regarding the THS at Lockside,
Thank you for all your hard work in making our holiday so enjoyable.

Dorothy & David Hetherington
Northern Ireland

Added on: 06/09/2013

Spanish Report 3


Hola Buenos Dias, (translation: Na then owst tha goin)

Hi we sailed in July 2015 to Calais and then down via Belgium to the river Moselle in Germany .We had a house rented for ten days and had a wonder full time cruising and boozing. I can recommend the Moselle a lot prettier than the Rhine with all the vineyards clinging to the steep hillsides all the way down to Koblenz the German Corner where the Rhine and the Moselle meet. You cannot move for campsites along the banks and cycle paths all the way and of course its flat.

We have had various adventures with Bill and Jackie in Bridlington being dive bombed with kami kazi seagulls and a visit to Lockside .

Then to Spain Portsmouth to Bilbao better in summer than winter   when we arrived at our campsite in Bennicassim it was 42 degrees a little warm to say the least. Shade from the trees was brilliant doors and windows open all night with mozzy nets across.

Well as you may gather Pauline and I are still suffering in Spain, it rained the other day for two days. We are watching the weather in UK and glad we only have a strong wind at the moment, but that could be the mushy peas

We had a good Halloween and Xmas, we flew home for 4 days to the worst weather and the M62 collapsing felt really sorry for the poor people suffering the floods, partied into the New Year. Fiesta season has just finished with dawn to dusk fireworks and extremely loud music, and bull-running . We had a charity concert the other night and raised £721 for flood relief in the UK

We observed Burns night on 25th January as usual but we think that will be the last one as the liver cannot take much more. Ten of us sat down to a meal of soup, meat pie, haggis tatties and neaps, whiskey soaked oranges, oat cakes, cheese and biscuits. All the usual formalities were observed.

Valentines dance to come then a downward stretch to coming home. We are having a busman’s holiday on the way home we are staying in France in a static caravan for ten days at Easter near Mt St Michael .

 We are leaving the caravan in Spain 2016 as we are only home three months then going to Switzerland and the French Alps in August .Then back to Spain September. We have changed Xmas to 1st August and not coming home this time the family is in agreement.

 We will come and see you but not camp. We remain committed to CYDA and promote our DA meets all the time we are abroad and will continue to do so. Have a good season and enjoy CYDA, we did. Support the committee.

Ps I have been still cycling in Spain will have done 3000kms by the time I come home and have lost one stone

Asta la vista     Senor Dave and Senora Pauline Pickersgill  xx

Added on: 04/07/2016


The members of CYDA would like to congratulate Raymond & Ann Davison on receiving their certificate for 50 years membership of the Camping And Caravanning Club.

Added on: 10/07/2013

Find out what's on

Find out what is going on in all of our rallies and THS events, click here to visit the rally pages to find out more!

Added on: 01/07/2013

Money raised for charity


Raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance


We are pleased to advise that the amount raised since we started collecting has reached a grand total in excess of £10,000.

Many thanks to everyone who has donated or helped in any way to reach this total.

Please visit their website to view further information on the work that they do.



Added on: 03/07/2013

Smart Arse Answers Of The Year

*Smart Arse Answer 5*

It was mealtime during a flight on a British Airways plane:

"Would you like dinner?" the flight attendant asked the man seated in the front row..

"What are my choices?" the man asked.

"Yes or no," she replied.

*Smart Arse Answer 4*

A lady was picking through the frozen Chickens at a Woolworths store but she couldn't find one big enough for her family.

She asked a passing assistant,

"Do these Chickens get any bigger?"

The assistant replied, "I'm afraid not, they're dead."

*Smart Arse Answer 3*

The policeman got out of his car and the teenager he stopped for speeding rolled down his window.

"I've been waiting for you all day," the Cop said.

The kid replied, "Well I got here as fast as I could."

When the policeman finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.

*Smart Arse Answer 2*

A truck driver was driving along on a country road.  A sign came up that read " Low Bridge Ahead."

Before he realised it, the bridge was directly ahead and he got stuck under it.

Cars were backed up for miles. Finally, a police car arrived. The policeman got out of his car and walked to the truck's cab and said to the driver, "Got stuck, eh?"

The truck driver said, "No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of diesel!"

*Smart Arse Answer Of The Year And Number 1!*

A teacher at West Australian High School reminded her pupils of tomorrow's final exam.

"Now listen to me, I won't tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow.  I might consider a nuclear attack, a serious personal injury, illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that’s it, no other excuses whatsoever!"

A smart-arsed teenager at the back of the room raised his hand and asked,

"What would happen if I came in tomorrow suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?"

The entire class was reduced to laughter and sniggering. When silence was restored, the teacher smiled at the student, shook her head and sweetly said,

"Well, I would expect you to write the exam with your other hand."

Added on: 08/02/2015

Sarcasm At Its Best

This is good.  You have to give the doctor an 'A' for positive thinking.

A woman takes her 16-year-old daughter to the doctor.

The doctor says "Okay, Mrs. Jones, what's the problem?"

The mother says, "It's my daughter, Debbie.  She keeps getting these cravings.  She's putting on weight, and is sick most mornings."

The doctor gives Debbie a good examination, then turns to the mother and says, - "Well, I don't know how to tell you this, but your daughter is pregnant - about 4 months, would be my guess."

The mother says, "Pregnant?!  She can't be.  She has never ever been with a man!  Have you Debbie?"

Debbie says, "No mother!  I've never even kissed a man, I'm still a virgin!"

The doctor walked over to the window and just stood there staring out of it. 

About 5 minutes pass and finally the mother says, "Is there something wrong out there doctor?"

The doctor replies, "No, not really, it's just that the last time anything like this happened, a star appeared in the east and 3 wise men came over the hill. And there's no way I'm going to miss it this time!"


Added on: 25/11/2014

One For The Sailors

   An admiral visits one of the ships under his command.

   While eating morning tea with the crew he was impressed to see the naval insignia stamped on every biscuit.

   He asked to see and compliment the cook, saying that he had never seen this done on any other ship.

   He enquired of the cook as to how this was done.

   The cook replied, "well Admiral, after each one is cut out I just slap it here against my belt buckle which bears the insignia."

   Horrified the Admiral exclaims "Oh my God, that's very unhygenic!"

   The cook shrugs and replied: "Well if you feel that way sir, I suggest you steer well clear of the donuts."

Added on: 25/11/2014

Children Writing About The Ocean

            The next time you take an oceanography course, you will be totally prepared.
       1) - This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles.(Kelly, age 6 )
       2) - Oysters' balls are called pearls. (Jerry, age 6)
       3) - If you are surrounded by ocean, you are an island. If you don't have ocean all round you, you are incontinent.  Mike , age 7)
       4) - Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson . She's not my friend any more. (Kylie, age 6)
       5) - A dolphin breaths through an a???hole on the top of its head. (Billy, age 8)
       6) - My uncle goes out in his boat with 2 other men and a woman and pots and comes back with crabs. (Millie, age 6)
       7) - When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes when the wind didn't blow the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans. (William, age 7)
       8) - Mermaids live in the ocean. I like mermaids. They are beautiful and I like their shiny tails, but how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really? (Helen, age 6)
       9) - I'm not going to write about the ocean. My baby brother is always crying, my Dad keeps yelling at my Mom, and my big sister has just got pregnant, so I can't think what to write. (Amy, age 6)
      10) - Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves in to chargers. (Christopher, age 7)
      11) - When you go swimming in the ocean, it is very cold, and it makes my willy small. (Kevin, age 6)
      12) - Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Divers can't go down alone, so they have to go down on each other. (Becky, age 8)
      13) - On vacation my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won't do it again because water fired right up her big fat ????. (Julie, age 7)
      14) - The ocean is made up of water and fish. Why the fish don't drown I don't know. (Bobby, age 6)
      15) - My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the ocean. What he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and married my mom.  (James, age 7)
              If you didn't smile at these, you need to find a better sense of humor.

Added on: 25/11/2014

Beer By 7 Year Olds

A  handful of 7 year old children in Australia were asked what they thought of beer.
   There  were some interesting responses, but the last one is especially touching.

'I  think beer must be good. My dad says the more beer he drinks the prettier my mum gets.'
--Tim, 7 years old

'Beer makes my dad sleepy and we get to watch what we want on  television when he is asleep, so beer is nice.'
--Melanie, 7 years  old

'My Mum and Dad both like beer. My Mum gets funny when she drinks it and takes her top off at parties, but Dad doesn't think this is very funny.'
--Grady, 7 years old

''My Mum and Dad talk funny when they drink beer and the more they drink the more they give kisses to each other, which is a good  thing.'
--Toby, 7 years old

'My Dad gets funny on beer. He is funny. He also wets his pants  ometimes, so he shouldn't have too much.
--Sarah, 7 years  old

'My Dad loves beer. The more he drinks, the better he dances.
   One time he danced right into the pool.'
--Lily, 7 years  old

'I  don't like beer very much. Every time Dad drinks it, he burns the sausages on the barbecue and they taste disgusting.'
--Ethan, 7 years  old

'I  give Dad's beer to the dog and he goes to sleep.'
--Shirley, 7  years old


'My Mum drinks beer and she says silly things and picks on my father.
   Whenever she drinks beer she yells at Dad and tells him to go bury his bone down the street again, but that doesn't make any sense.'

--Jack, 7 years

Added on: 25/11/2014

'Order In The Courts'

These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.       
ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS: Every year.

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.

ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.

And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.









Added on: 22/12/2013

Inner Peace

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without alcohol, 

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

Then You Are Probably 

The Family Dog!

Added on: 22/12/2013


On a beautiful summer's day two American tourists were driving through Wales . 

At Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogoch, they stopped for lunch, and one of the tourists asked the waitress, "Before we order, I wonder if you could settle an argument for us.  Can you pronounce where we are, slowly?"...........

The girl leaned over and said:


"Burrr … gurrr … king"


Added on: 22/12/2013

Letter To Pilot From A Little Girl

Added on: 22/12/2013

Five Rules to Remember In Life

1. Forgive your enemy but remember their name.

2. Money can't buy happiness but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.

3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they are in trouble again.

4. Many people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them.

5. Alcohol doesn't solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.

These should assist you with most daily decision choices.

Added on: 22/12/2013

Morrish Solicitors

The Yorkshire Region of The Camping And Caravanning Club has teamed up with Morrish Solicitors, specialists in accident compensation and consumer claims, to offer an exclusive quality legal service for members and their families. For futher details, just click on the link below.



Power Of Attorney
Added on: 21/01/2014

Thank You

Mavis & Eric would like to thank everyone that helped us when our caravan caught fire. We were very impressed how people rushed to assist, it wasn't just the friends around us but those from further away.
When the word "fire" was shouted, red buckets appeared from everywhere, along with fire extinguishers, everyone wanted to help and all were kind enough to show their concern and offer assistance and advice.
We are very grateful for all the help we got.
Thanks once again.
Eric & Mavis Wilson

PS.  The van is a write off.

Thank You
Added on: 19/04/2015


The new range of CYDA regalia in navy blue and a full range of sizes is now available to order. To place an order or for further enquiries contact Dave Hawksworth on 07719223312 or by e-mail at dave1203@talktalk.net

Polo Shirts              £8.00
Full Hoodie            £13.00
Zipped Hoodie       £14.00
Woolie Hat             £5.00
T-Shirt                    £6.50
Fleece Jacket          £13.50
Soft Shell Jacket     £21.00

All items include the CYDA logo. Why not have your name added for an extra £1.00.

Added on: 29/04/2015

Site Rules


All rubbish must be taken home with you at the close of the meet unless stated otherwise.

Waste water must be collected in a suitable receptacle and must not be allowed to foul the ground.

Please remember to bring your own toilet. No part of any toilet should be taken to a drinking water tap.

Open fires are not permitted

All units must place a bucket of water outside their unit in case of fire.

Dogs must be kept on a lead (maximum 2 metres) at all times and any waste disposed of immediately and responsibly. Dogs must not be taken into marquees or buildings used for social events (guide dogs excepted).

Respect must be shown to the landowners property and all 'out of bounds' areas observed.

There is a maximum speed limit on site of 5mph. Please keep to this limit and keep traffic movement to a minimum.

No vehicle movement on site between 11.00pm and 7.00am.

No noise on site between 11.00pm and 7.00am.

No smoking in marquees or any other buildings being used.

Added on: 29/04/2015

Things to do and see in Yorkshire

To see all that's happening in and around Yorkshire, click on the following links;

Visit Yorkshire.com for upcoming events and information.


Tour de Yorkshire cycling event 29th April to 1st May 2016. Stage 1 of this event coincides with our bank Holiday meet at Fountain House, Clapham which is only few miles down the road, so why not join us and be just minutes away from this spectacle. 


1940's weekend at Leyburn 23rd & 24th July 2016. This event is within walking distance of our THS being held at Cracken House, Leyburn so feel free to camp with us and enjoy the activities just minutes away.


Added on: 10/02/2016

Chairman's Blog

Hello Everyone

We are now well into this year’s camping season and the turn-outs have been very encouraging despite the indifferent weather conditions. The majority of weekend meets have been well attended with faces old and new. Our Easter THS at Pateley Bridge had over 150 units turning up and a great time was had by all. As most people are aware, this year celebrates CYDA’s 6oth Birthday and a weekend meet was held at Drax Sports Club with a number of events organised.  A tour of the power station took place on Friday afternoon and this was followed on Saturday afternoon by a street party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Fortunately the rain held off until the clearing up had finished and the event was enjoyed by all, especially the ‘toast’. In the evening, we had party night in the concert room and was treated to some great entertainment by Paul ‘The Pocket Rocket’ Whinfrey along with a short version of the pantomime Cinderella by a few unfortunate members.

As we approach the ‘holiday period’, we have four consecutive THS’s at Leyburn, Lockside, Mr Moos and Parkfield (see rally list for details of dates and events), some of which have some social events organised, so please feel free to join us and take part or just have a relaxing stay.

The theme for this year’s CYDA Feast of Lanterns to be held at Rufforth Playing Fields in September is ‘Nursery Rhymes’, so why not come along and join in the occasion by trimming up your unit in line with the theme.

Our charity this year is, once again, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and we are extremely close to reaching £10.000 since we started collecting 5 years ago. Many thanks to everyone who has donated or helped in any way to reach this amount. We are holding a tombola and raffles at our THS at Lockside with all proceeds going to this worthy cause, so if anyone has any unwanted gifts or items that can be used for these events, could they please hand them to any committee member at any of our future meets.

We are always looking for new ideas and activities for our social events at our rallies/THS’s, so if you have suggestions, please let us know.  The committee are elected on the basis that we are here to serve you, the members, to ensure the future success of the DA, so if you have any suggestions or concerns, then feel free to contact myself or any other committee member.

I hope you all have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in a field somewhere.

Dave Hawksworth


Added on: 04/07/2016

2017 Sites List

For a full list of all rallies & THS's, please click on the link below.

2017 Sites List
Added on: 13/11/2016