Upcoming rallies

  • Lockside, Ripon Lockside, Ripon
    27 Mar 2015

    Flat well-drained site, sloping down to moorings on canal. Flat lower field looking over to Ripon Racecourse. Well kept toilets and shower. Elsan Point, electrical hook-ups, 15 minutes wa ...

  • Easter Meet Pateley Bridge, Nr Ripon
    02 Apr 2015

    Beautiful flat open field within easy travelling distance of Ripon and Harrogate.

    Click here to visit the Pateley Bridg ...

  • The Lodge The Lodge, Old Earswick, York
    16 Apr 2015

    Set in a quiet location on the outskirts of the historic city of York. Park and ride facilities close by.

  • Cherry Tree Park Cherry Tree Park, Nr Helmsley
    23 Apr 2015

    The site at Nawton lies between the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Howardian Hills. Within easy reach of York and coast and many other attractions. The local area is also goo ...

  • Bank Holiday Meet Fountain House, Clapham
    30 Apr 2015

    Large, open, flat site adjacent to A65 Skipton to Lancaster road. Easy access by road to Skipton and close to the town of Settle. Good area for walking, cycling or site seeing.  

  • Follow-On Meet Old Bilton,Harrogate
    05 May 2015

    Within walking distance of Knaresborough and Harrogate, Nice local pub with good choice of beers, the Gardeners. Lots of local lovely walks and easy cycling.

Recent activity

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

Feedback from recent rally


We stayed with you over the bank holiday at Clapham, a site we often use we just wish to say thank you to the stewards although we didn't see much of them due to being on the hills all the time. They were very welcoming and easy going at all times, and we will be joining your da soon again hopefully. Could you pass on our thanks also to your committee for whom without meets like this we cannot use the site.

Many thanks Andy Bycroft of Lincolnshire

Added on: 06/06/2013

Chairman's Report

Hello Everyone

Well the new camping season is only a few weeks away, with the first meet being held at Ripon Racecourse on hard standing, so there is little chance of it being cancelled. This is followed the following weekend by our AGM being held at Drax Sports and Social Club. There a number of issues which will be raised and concern all members, so we hope you will attend and air your views. The first THS of the season is the ever popular Easter Meet at Pateley Bridge where we will have all the usual activities including the Easter Egg hunt, Easter Bonnet parade, field games, tombola, duck race, craft afternoon, social evening in the village hall etc etc, so why not come along and join in the festivities.

Once again, we held the annual Ten Pin Bowling evening at Shipley Bowl at the beginning of February. Although we were a little down on numbers from last year due to prior commitments and illness, a great night was had by all and we intend to continue with this get together in future. Many congratulations to the winner Graham Hill.

I am very pleased to confirm that the total raised for our charity ‘Yorkshire Air Ambulance’ during last season was £1948.34. Many thanks to everyone who donated or helped in any way to reach this total for such a worthy cause.

 As many of you may be aware, the 60th Birthday/Anniversary of CYDA occurs in 2016 and we are asking for members to put forward their ideas/suggestions for a venue and as to how we can celebrate this milestone. Please contact any committee member by e-mail or telephone if you would like to have your say.

We are always looking for new ideas and activities for our social events and rallies/THS's, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know. Please feel free to approach myself or any of the other committee members with your suggestions or concerns as we are all elected on the basis that we are here to serve you, the members, to ensure the future success of this DA.

I look forward to seeing you all in a field somewhere


Dave Hawksworth


Added on: 03/03/2015

Spanish Report


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

Hi we sailed in June 2014

We have had various adventures mostly in A+E’s throughout Europe. Firstly Pauline fell out of the caravan in France at our friends house, ambulance called and she had a badly dislocated shoulder which took an hour of laughing gas before they even attempted to relocate. It has taken nearly 5months to get better.

Then Spain she had a very painful wrist. Doctors referred to hospital, she has Carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists which will require surgery on return to UK?

Well as you may gather Pauline and I are still suffering in Spain (Pauline literally), It snowed the other day for thirty seconds and they came out of the supermarket to photograph it, the first in ten years! We are watching the weather in UK and glad we only have a strong wind at the moment, but that could be the sprouts?

We had a good Halloween and Xmas, partied into the New Year. Fiesta season has just finished with dawn to dusk fireworks and extremely loud music. My fillings need pushing back in. The earth moved for Pauline, the bangs made IED,s in Afghanistan look like sparklers.

Burns night followed on 25th January or should I say flowed. 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 formalities were observed with a singer poetry, highland music, whisky and John Smiths to add a bit of Yorkshire. We even had an undecipherable jock stab the haggis.

Valentines dance to come then a downward stretch to coming home I would love to say that we missed England, but I would not be telling the truth we have had a ball but we have missed the Gang in CYDA .

We sail home from Santander on 29th March 2015. We will catch up with some of you at your various meets. We sail back to France 22 July 2015 for 10 Days on the Moselle in Germany, then back to France/Spain 20th August 2015/2016

We are leaving the caravan in France 2015 as we are only home two months at a time. 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.

Ps I have been cycling in Spain bought a second hand bike and will have done 1000kms by the time I come home and have lost two stones


Asta la vista     Senor Dave and Senora Pauline Pickersgill  xx

Added on: 08/02/2015

Last Tango In Clapham

Hi all.

As I write this valedictory letter I am supping a glass of merlot near Mont St Michelle France. As you know Pauline and I have packed in DA camping and have fled the country to balance the inflow of our European colleagues to the exodus of pensioners.

We have always tried to help the Government!

We would like to say a big thank you to all of you for your kind wishes and lovely gifts we were deeply touched (to coin a phrase).

We will hold CYDA warm in our hearts from our first weekend when Punch and Judy stewarded at the French weekend in Bishop Monkton and the late Harry and Edith made us so welcome, to our last weekend at Clapham when copious amounts of wine were drunk-so nothing changed really we just got older but no wiser.

Long may you continue with the help of your hard working Committees (a thankless job as we know as ex members pro, sites and charity co-ord) help do not abuse these unpaid officials.

I can recommend the site we are on Camping Selune near to Mont, owned by a Leeds Guy he would do Rallies on request at very good rates so how’s about it then get out and about a bit.

We head off on 10 July south to La Rochelle area to stay with French friends we will keep you informed as to progress.


Au revoire

Dave and Pauline

Still your Europe correspondents

Added on: 10/07/2014

Good Luck

Good luck to all of the committee in there roles new and old. Michelle, Chris, dumb and dumber will try to support you all as we have in the past. 

Added on: 20/03/2014


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 final boxes have been counted and we have raised a total of £1948.34 this season towards our charity.

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

Police Warning About Keys

Be on your guard, just had a warning from police about keys....

We are being warned about 4 keys that can open 87% of cars and 99% of houses.

This is not a joke, the keys you need to be on the lookout for are:-

Dar-keys, Pak-keys, Pi-keys and Jun-keys.

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

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

   . Definition of an Irish husband:  He hasn't kissed his wife for twenty years, but he will kill any man who does. 
   • Murphy told Quinn that his wife was driving him to drink.  Quinn thinks he's very lucky because his own wife makes him walk. 
   • The late Bishop Sheen stated that the reason the Irish fight so often among themselves is that they're always assured of having a worthy opponent.  
   • An American lawyer asked, "Paddy, why is it that whenever you ask an Irishman a question, he answers with another question?" 
     "Who told you that?" asked Paddy. 
   • Question - Why are Irish jokes so simple?
     Answer - So the English can understand them.  
   • Reilly went to trial for armed robbery.  The jury foreman came out and announced, "Not guilty." 
     "That's grand!" shouted Reilly. "Does that mean I can keep the money?" 
   • Irish lass customer: "Could I be trying on that dress in the window?" 
     Shopkeeper: "I'd prefer that you use the dressing room." 
   • Mrs. Feeney shouted from the kitchen, "Is that you I hear spittin' in the vase on the mantle piece?"
     "No," said himself, "but I'm gettin' closer all the time."
   • Q. What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control a wife?
     A. A bachelor. 
   • Finnegin: My wife has a terrible habit of staying up 'til two o'clock in the morning.  I can't break her of it.
     Keenan: What on earth is she doin' at that time?
     Finnegin: Waitin' for me to come home . 
   • Slaney phoned the maternity ward at the hospital.  "Quick!" he said.  "Send an ambulance, my wife is goin' to have a baby!" 
    "Tell me, is this her first baby?" the intern asked.
    "No, this is her husband, Kevin, speakin'." 
   • "O'Ryan," asked the druggist, "did that mudpack I gave you improve your wife's appearance?"
     "It did surely," replied O'Ryan, "but it keeps fallin' off!"

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

A Genuine Ad From 1964

This is a genuine ad from 1964 when WD40 was released

These days, we can’t even handle Baa Baa Black Sheep. How would we go with this?


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

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

2015 Sites

The 2015 sites list is now available. There are a few weekend meets still to be arranged but these will be updated as soon as bookings are confirmed.

Download the attachment for the full list of Rallies and THS's.

2015 Sites List
Added on: 15/12/2013