Festive Fun at the Frost Fair – Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

After the success of our opening event in November, the team were more excited than ever to welcome the public to Stewart Park’s Frost Fair. Our monthly farmer’s market, provided by the Northern Dales Farmers Market, was given a festive makeover with over fifty food stalls selling delicious treats and Christmas gifts. The Visitor’s Centre was bustling with a wide range of craft stalls – from bows, cushions, jewellery and cards to wood turning, jams and even gin!


The craft stalls in the Visitor’s Centre.

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Star of the Garden – August

I just noticed today that this plant, the Veronica spicata, was in full bloom.


I didn’t know what to expect from this as I hadn’t come across it before – I got it as a free packet of seeds last year and millions came up. In the greenhouse they didn’t do well; they were straggly, covered in aphids, and honestly, lots went to the compost heap. But look at it now, it’s beautiful and also bee friendly – I counted sixteen on one plant. Just shows you, you never know…

Related posts: Star of the Garden – July Star of the Garden – JuneStar of the Garden – May

Meet The Team

Hello all, my name is Lauren and I’m the Marketing Officer for this project. I post on all of our social media (you’ll find the links at the side) and make sure everything runs smoothly on the blog. I also lead hard hat tours and am helping to recruit volunteers to this wonderful project so please contact us via CentralLodge@askham-bryan.ac.uk if you’d like to join us!

We all love working on this project and in Stewart Park and thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and share a little bit about what we love about the park and project.

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Twenty Not-So-Green Bottles and Writing on the Walls

First things first, introductions: my name is Phil Brown and I am one of the volunteers working on the Central Lodge Project. I’m a recent history graduate and I’m here to talk about all of the weird and wonderful things that I got up to as a volunteer on this project.

I first got involved in this project on a very cold morning in late January. Through a family member who works at the college I had heard that they were looking for people to come and help out with various conservation tasks that were linked to the project. Well one thing led to another and soon I found myself wearing a hard hat, safety boots and more warm layers than your average arctic explorer climbing up a rickety staircase with a clipboard and camera on my way to look for graffiti in the attic of the Central Lodge.

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