Friday, 13 July 2012

Staithes Art Festival

Staithes Festival  - a unique celebration of art, heritage and the community of Staithes - is taking place over the weekend of 22-23 September. Village homes and public venues will be thrown open to visitors as pop-up galleries and exhibition spaces. Set around the historic fishing village, the festival will feature film shows and collections of photographs.  A fishing village for over 500 years, Staithes also has a long connection with art. In the last century Harold and Laura Knight spearheaded the Staithes Group of impressionist painters here. Today Staithes is among the most-painted places in Britain, and is a centre for contemporary art.  Rob Shaw, a driving force behind the festival, is the resident artist at the Chapel, next door to Dunsley in Chapel Yard.
The weekend is still available at Dunsley as a Friday-Monday short break (the rest of September is fully booked), and makes the perfect base for enjoying the festival and discovering Staithes. To book Dunsley, go to, and for more on the festival click on

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Duncan + Welding Torch = Gate!

Duncan has taken time out of his day job (he designs and fabricates frames and components for pre-1965 Tiger Cub trials motorbikes) has started making the gate, for Dunsley's beautiful front yard. It's a labour of love: he is fabricating the hinges (seen in this picture), long latch and the gate itself, to make a completely unique entrance to Dunsley ( The gate will mirror the arched railings leading to the old chapel. We're hoping to have it ready to install shortly.