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101 Things To Do When You Survive Charity lunch at the Rendezvous

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that the Rendezvous will be hosting a lunch for local cancer charity on 20th July. Petal is a fundraising group which works incredibly hard to raise funds for research into childhood cancers.

A very special guest will be speaking at the lunch; Greig Trout is a two time cancer survivor and he’ll be sharing his incredible, inspirational story with guests. Greig was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of just 7, before being diagnosed for a second time at the age of 30. Greig is a true survivor and after battling with the psychological effects that cancer can have, he decided to follow his life-long dream of travelling the world.

Greig set off his epic journey with one kidney, half a bowel, deep vein thrombosis and the lingering effects of PTSD and found that his travels would not only help him to recover, but would also have a lasting impact upon many others.

Greig has since founded the website 101 Things To Do When You Survive which has been designed to spread hope and bring strength and inspiration to those battling cancer, with the aim of helping suffers to look forward to the future, rather than fearing it. During his travels Greig completed an ‘anti-bucket list’, which included many amazing adventures such as volcano boarding and singing on stage at the Sydney Opera House.

Greig is now an inspirational speaker and we’re hoping that as many people will attend Petal’s lunch as possible – Greig’s story is one you really don’t want to miss.

Janet Leafe is Petal’s fundraising manager for Skipton and she says: “Of course the Petal Fundraising Group (on behalf of Cancer Research UK) continue to raise funds for childhood cancer research so it’s really fitting that we welcome Greig to the area. I have heard Greig speak once before and you cannot fail but to be inspired by this amazing young man who has been through so much. With such a busy schedule we are really honoured that Greig has accepted our invitation to meet Petal and their amazing supporters. It really is thanks to our groups and our supporters that we can continue to make a real difference and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

If you would like to buy tickets or to have further information on the Petal fundraising lunch on 20 July at 12:00, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 01756 700100. Tickets are also available by calling Janet Leafe on 07917 072998 or emailing Karen Weaving on

The Yorkshire Dales on two wheels

Cycling breaks in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

The Tour de France starts this coming weekend and if you love cycling just as much as we do, you’ll be eagerly awaiting the Grand Depart of the world’s greatest cycle race. The start of the Tour de France 2016 marks the two year anniversary of the Yorkshire Grand Depart, widely acclaimed as the ‘greatest’ in the Tour’s long history. What made it so great? The outstanding scenery of the Dales and that warm Yorkshire welcome of course!

Here at the Rendezvous we’re proud to be members of the Yorkshire Cycle Friendly scheme which means that our facilities have been recognised as cycle friendly and offering a few of those all-important extras such as bike storage. In addition we operate our own Cycling Charter so by choosing to book a cycling break in Yorkshire with us; you’ll know that we’ll do everything we can to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that you enjoy your stay.

We offer a number of facilities for cyclists including secure bike storage, a drying room, packed lunches made to order, assistance with route planning plus maps and books available in our hospitality lounge.

The route of the 2014 Grand Depart is on our doorstep and whether you see yourself retracing the steps of your cycling heroes, or having a go at some of the most challenging, exhilarating mountain biking routes in the north of England, we’d be delighted to help. Since the success of the 2014 Tour, Yorkshire has been crowned as the cycling capital of England and here at the Rendezvous our guests enjoy road cycling, mountain biking, cycling on electric bikes and cycling tours. Whether you’re an individual looking for a challenging weekend in the saddle, or a group of cycling enthusiasts, we’d love to help you plan a memorable cycling break in Yorkshire.

Contact us on 01756 700100 to book your cycling break in Yorkshire

To find out more or book a cycling break at the Rendezvous Hotel, why not get in touch with our helpful reservations team for more information?

Group Travel Accommodation Yorkshire Dales

Organising a group holiday? We’d love to help!

Award-winning group holidays in Yorkshire

As you might have seen in our news post earlier this week, we’re delighted to have one another group travel award! This is huge accolade for us and we think it’s testament to our superb team and the warm Yorkshire welcome that we’re proud to extend to all the groups who’ve stayed with us.

Planning a group holiday can prove to be something of a logistical headache and whether you’re an experienced group travel planner or are planning a group holiday for the very first time, we’d be delighted to help you organise a holiday here in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Our award-winning group travel service is designed to take the hassle out of group holidays and by booking with us you’ll have the reassurance of knowing you and your travelling companions are in safe hands.

Thanks to our many years of experience in providing group holiday accommodation, we know exactly what group travel organisers need in order to be able to please their customers or travelling companions. As such we’ve developed a group charter and a tour charter and some of the benefits groups can enjoy when staying with us include:

  • Friendly, efficient staff who have a wide range of experience in group travel
  • Spacious hospitality lounges
  • Complimentary use of our leisure club
  • Porter service
  • Function rooms for evening entertainment
  • Superb location just outside Skipton town centre and within easy reach of major locations such as Leeds and Bradford
  • Drying room for walking groups plus secure bike storage for cycling groups

These are just some of the benefits we’re proud to be able to offer group holiday organisers and if you’d like to find out more, or to make a booking, we’d be absolutely delighted to help. Why not get in touch with us today?

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We’ve won our second accolade for 2016

Following our win on 16th March when Rendezvous Hotel was voted the best individual hotel in Great Britain for accommodation by the Coach Tour Operators. On Friday 3rd June Karen & Malcolm Weaving attended the 2016 Group Travel Awards evening at the Park Plaza Hotel, London & were delighted to receive the award for “The Best Individual Hotel for Groups” runner up in the whole of Great Britain. “Since the winner was a hotel in Wales that makes The Rendezvous the best individual hotel for groups in England, Scotland & Ireland.” Says Malcolm proudly. The awards are testament to the courtesy & professional informality of our team coupled with the popular market town of Skipton being the Gateway to the Dales. So, thank you Skipton for helping us win this award.

These awards were presented by the well known stand up comedian, writer & actor Christopher Biggins, who when Karen & Malcolm spoke to him after the formalities he did say he would take us up on our invitation to stay a couple of nights at the Rendezvous because he knew & liked Skipton, not surprisingly when he was born in Oldham.

We are lAwards-photo1ucky to have our hotel only a mile from Skipton centre because Skipton has helped us to bring just over 40,000 bed nights with an average stay of 2.5 nights which equates to approx 16,000 people seeing Skipton & the majority going back home & giving Skipton praise.


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Afternoon tea at the Rendezvous

Summers here and although the sun isn’t shining all the time (we hate to admit it but it does rain occasionally in Yorkshire!) what better treat could there be than a delicious afternoon tea?

Designed to tempt the taste buds, our legendary afternoon tea includes all your favourite treats, from delicious delicate sandwiches, through to mouth-watering home-made scones and cakes. It goes without saying that our afternoon tea is served with a pot of tea but for an extra treat why not treat yourself to a glass of cool crisp prosecco?

Afternoon tea at the Rendezvous is available in our Baby Swan restaurant which enjoys a stunning location on canal side of the picturesque Skipton Canal. Boasting gorgeous views across stunning Yorkshire countryside, our Baby Swan restaurant really is a room with a view! With lots of wildlife to keep you entertained whilst you dine – including our swans and, depending on the time of year, a brood or two of signets – you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

We’re incredibly proud of our restaurant which has earned a reputation for offering delicious, home-cooked food, made from locally sourced ingredients where possible. We believe that it’s important to support local suppliers and that really fresh produce tastes absolutely fantastic.

So whether you’re looking for a delicious treat for someone special or simply enjoy nothing better than a mouth-watering tea and cake surrounded by beautiful countryside, why not book an afternoon tea here at the Rendezvous Hotel?

Afternoon tea at the Rendezvous is available from Sunday through to Thursday and booking is essential. For more information or to make a reservation, why not contact our friendly team on 01756 700 100?