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st georges day

Lord Mayor’s Civic Dinner

We’re very proud to have hosted a St George’s Day Mayor’s Civic Dinner for the Mayor of Skipton and Craven here at the Rendezvous Hotel.

Held on Saturday 23 April, the evening was a great success and raised a fantastic £850 for the Mayor’s chosen charity; the ABF – The Soldiers Charity which is national charity, dedicated to raising money for soldiers, veterans and their families.

Following a delicious three-course dinner, guests enjoyed entertainment by BrassTen, Trio from Skipton Choral Society and our own in-house DJ. The evening was rounded off by flag waving and traditional songs, followed by a toast in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

It was a wonderful night and enjoyed by all! Thank you to everyone who came and kindly donated to such a worthy cause.

There’s plenty to do in and around Skipton whatever the weather!

We’re incredibly proud of our location right on the doorstep of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park and we think that Skipton makes the perfect destination for a holiday or short break. Although we hate to admit it, unfortunately it does rain occasionally in this part of the world but with plenty of activities whatever the weather, even the wettest weather doesn’t need to stop you having a great time!

Skipton town centre boasts an excellent selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and with a market that’s held four times a week, offers plenty of opportunities to shop until you drop! The website Welcome to Skipton contains a complete listing of many of Skipton’s shops, including opening and times and further details of the town’s market.

History buffs will love exploring Skipton Castle and as one of the most complete, fully roofed medieval castles in England it’s a great place to enjoy a picnic in the grounds (if the sun is shining!) which have magnificent views across the town and Skipton woods. Open every day except Christmas Day, Skipton Castle makes a fantastic day out, whatever the weather!

The Leeds-Liverpool Canal runs through Skipton town centre and it’s possible to cruise along the canal on one of the narrowboat cruises which depart regularly from Skipton Canal Basin. Lovers of real ale will appreciate a tour of the Copper Dragon Brewery which is based in Skipton, whilst the town’s Plaza Cinema shows the very latest Hollywood releases.

There’s plenty to do a little further afield and Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway makes a wonderful day out for steam railway buffs aged 1 to 100! Travelling between Embsay and Bolton Abbey, this beautifully restored steam railway runs throughout the year and is the ideal wet weather activity. Hesketh Farm Park and Thornton Farm Park are both within easy reach of the Rendezvous and are ideal for entertaining the kids: offering both indoor and outdoor activities, these farm parks will delight young and old alike.

These are just some of the wet weather activities available in and around Skipton and with plenty to do whether you’re travelling by car or public transport, there’s something for everyone! If you would like to find out more, there’s list of wet weather activities on our website.

Organising a conference? Contact us for details of our first class conference facilities

Here at the Rendezvous we take great pride in offering the very best in hospitality to all our guests and by choosing us as the location of your next conference, you’ll have the reassurance of knowing every detail will be taken care of with professionalism, efficiency and warmth.

Facilities to suit conferences of all sizes

Whether you’re looking for conference facilities for 400 delegates or somewhere to hold a meeting with some of your business contacts, we can help. Our facilities are suitable for groups of all sizes and we can provide meeting, presentation and dining options to meet all requirements.

The Malham Suite is our largest function room and offers an exceptional space for meetings or conferences. With sufficient space to seat up to 500 guests, the Malham Suite is very flexible and can be set up in a wide range of different layouts.

Our Webber Gallery is the ideal location for boardroom style meetings and thanks to the addition of a balcony overlooking our ballroom, your colleagues or guests will have space to relax during breaks. The Wharfedale is one of our most popular meeting rooms and provides a flexible working space, ideal for a wide range of events, whilst our Winterburn room offers a mid-size meeting space which can be set up to accommodate up to 160 guests.

These are just a few of the rooms we have available and whatever your requirements, we’ll work closely with you to find the perfect space for your next conference or business event.

Alongside flexible meeting and conference spaces, we are also happy to provide a wide range of equipment as required; including LCD projectors, overhead projectors, screens and flipcharts, plus wireless broadband, fax, photocopying and conference telephone services.

Why not mix business with pleasure?

Here at the Rendezvous we believe in offering our guests plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind and with a range of dining options available, we can provide everything from working buffet style lunches, through to buffets in our restaurant or pre-ordered bar meals.

Depending on the duration or nature of your conference, we can also provide a range of add-on activities and team building events such as themed evenings and parties, golf, hot air ballooning, mountain biking or full access to our spa, swimming pool and leisure activities.

The perfect conference location

Skipton is the ideal location for your next conference or business event and because it can be easily access from both the M6 motorway and A1, is easy to reach for delegates no matter where they are based in the UK. In addition, Skipton boasts excellent public transport links to Leeds and Bradford.

If you would like to find out more about our conference facilities please don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information. We’d be delighted to discuss your requirements with you and talk through the range of options available.


Aegon Ilkley Trophy

The Aegon Ilkley Trophy

The highest ranking tennis tournament ever to be held in Yorkshire is coming to Ilkley from 13th – 21st June, and we’re very proud to be hosting some of the players here at the Rendezvous Hotel.

The Aegon Ilkley Trophy will feature over 100 matches over 9 days and over 100 players and coaches will attend the tournament. Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club enjoys a fantastic position next to the river in the Wharfe valley with views all around of the famous Ilkley Moor.

The Yorkshire Dales are a fabulous place to enjoy all sorts of sports, so you can use the Rendezvous Hotel for a base to enjoy everything from cycling, hiking, running and canoeing (for the more energetic amongst you) to rugby, hockey and tennis for those of you who like watching (but not necessarily doing)!

Tickets for the Aegon Ilkley Trophy are now available on general sale and are available via the Aegon Ilkley Trophy website.

If you want to get ahead, get a hat!

On Friday the 18th March, Welcome to Yorkshire brought 6 Chinese journalist who were on a tour around the North of England to the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton.

Accompanied by their Guide Alan Rowley, from Yorkshire True Tours and a Visit Britain escort, they had dinner bed and breakfast enjoying some true Yorkshire Hospitality.
They had previous stayed throughout the North of England Starting in Cheshire and making their way through to Blackpool, the Lake District and Cumbria, Durham, Whitby and York and after Rendezvous onto Bronte Parsonage before going to Leeds.

Whilst they were at the Rendezvous they were presented with a gift bag from Malcolm Weaving, proprietor, with some fabulous Yorkshire goodies including some Yorkshire Tea and Copper Dragon Beer. But, their favourite by far was the Traditional Yorkshire Flat Caps, from the Flat Cap stand on Skipton Market. Quote from Malcolm “I take my hat off to the Flat Cap stall holder for his cooperation, I will be presenting a picture to the stall holder of the journalists wearing his Flat Caps, to have on his stall”

They all got into the spirit of things, trying on their caps and wearing them in different ways, like old Yorkshireman would. They were so delighted with the caps that they even wore them to dinner in the Restaurant, to the delight of other diners, and to breakfast the next morning. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay and loved the food.

All in all it was a memorable visit and will hopefully highlight Skipton and Yorkshire to the emerging Chinese Tourist market.

In March this year I had the pleasure of being a driver/guide to a group of Chinese journalists touring the North of England. We all agree that the highlight of the 9 day tour was the time spent at The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton. The welcome from owner Malcolm Weaving was outstanding, a genuine heartfelt Yorkshire welcome, from a man who clearly enjoys what he does and he does it very well. There is a genuine feeling of contentment when you enter the Rendezvous, and the whole place has a really great atmosphere. Happy smiling staff perform their duties with style and a willingness to please. Dinner was a combination of great food, generous Yorkshire portions of quality local produce and Malcolm’s company, a very gregarious man who kept the table entertained with stories, jokes and recommendations from the various menus. After a good night’s sleep in a very well presented room, we again enjoyed Malcolm’s presence at the best breakfast I have ever eaten in a hotel anywhere. A simple dish like scrambled eggs never tasted this good anywhere but the Rendezvous, tomatoes again a simple dish but how do they get them to taste so good? The Rendezvous was in the middle of our tour and we were still talking about the place on our last night, the Rendezvous should be on everyone’s list of places to stay.

Alan Rowley, Yorkshire True Tours.

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