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Traffic restrictions on Oldcotes Road during October 2016

We understand that Oldcotes Road will be closed to through traffic for resurfacing for approximately two weeks beginning on or around 12th October from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Traffic diversions will be in force for through traffic and access to our car park may be restricted at certain times.

We’ll get to know more details when the work actually begins, but if you are planning to arrive or depart during these hours then please get in touch with us by phone (01909 562208) for the latest access information.


We’re now open again after our long summer break, so here’s an important note about future bookings

It’s 10 years since we first opened for business and this summer Ann and I decided to take a break from cleaning and cooking to spend some time with our family and friends.

Our regular guests will already know that Throapham House is up for sale as we move towards our retirement. Until we secure a sale we’re taking bookings on a rolling three month availability basis to avoid disrupting your plans. This means if you want to book accommodation more than three months in advance then please contact us directly by telephone (01909 562208) for further details as you will not be able to book online.

We will of course continue to provide the same standard of service that you’ve come to expect from us.


Yorkshire’s Grand Départ

What a brilliant weekend for Yorkshire – and what wonderful weather too!

Congratulations to Gary Verity and his team for all their hard work, and thanks to all who stayed at Throapham House over the weekend – we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Here are a few of our own photos from Ripon and High Bradfield. I’ll add some more when I get chance.



Faraday Challenge Day at Dinnington Comprehensive School

As I was walking back to my old school today on a bright and sunny morning it occurred to me that it is now 40 years ago since I left on a similar sunny day to head off university, the big wide world and the rest of my life.

So why was I going back today?

Following some ideas conceived over a few beers with some ex-Dinnington school friends last June, I’ve been working with Welcome to Yorkshire and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on a design competition for schools linked to the forthcoming Yorkshire Grand Départ. The IET’s Education Department agreed to support a Yorkshire mini-season of Faraday Challenge Days, using 3D Design and Printing technology and with Cycling as a theme.

Well, today was Dinnington’s turn so I went along to help.

It was moving to see so many enthusiastic youngsters grab hold of the engineering challenge posed in an introductory video featuring Ricky Feather. The teams had a really busy day – starting with a design brief and producing working prototypes by early afternoon.

Although I was delighted that in the opinion of the judge my old school house Osborne had won the day (and the chance to visit the National Cycling Centre in Manchester), I’d like to congratulate all those who took part. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and that you will remember this experience for many years to come. I’d also like to thank Deputy Head Chris Eccles for taking up my suggestion of holding this event at Dinnington and the support provided by the teaching staff.

The Faraday Challenge Day mini-season is being held at a number of schools in the Yorkshire region over the next few weeks, and will go nationwide to visit another 60+ schools from September. If you think you can assist the delivery team as a volunteer or would like to find out how a school near you might host an event please contact faraday@theiet.org for further details.

Accommodation for July 2014

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

With the recent announcement of the Tour De France route for 2014 we’ve now just one room left for the weekend of the Yorkshire Grand Départ in July 2014.

If you would like to stay at Throapham House for the nights of the 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2014 and experience any difficulty with using our on-line reservation system then please contact us directly (01909 562208) to avoid disappointment.

During this period we will require you to book a minimum 3 night stay which includes all of the nights of 4 through 6 July.

Breakfast will be served earlier on 5th and 6th July to allow guests to travel to the race routes.

Hallgate Chamber Orchestra and Hatfield Colliery Band Concert

I’m looking forward to playing in Doncaster tomorrow night (19 October) with Hallgate Chamber Orchestra in a concert with Hatfield Colliery Band at the United Reform Church. It’s a varied programme of music and includes one of the favourite pieces from my teenage years – “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At an Exhibition”. Back then the Dinnington High School orchestra used to perform a simplified arrangement of this but I preferred the Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) version – one of the tracks that inspired my career in electronics and love of ‘prog rock’. I last heard this played by the Carl Palmer Band at Clumber Park in 2012.

Tomorrow’s performance will be the first time I’ve played the full piece and with orchestra, brass band and church organ – something like 60 musicians in total. In a fairly small venue this should be good fun and very loud!

It will also be nice to accompany Vanessa Frampton again following a lovely concert at the Mansion House earlier this year.

Throapham House Shortlisted for White Rose Awards 2013

White Rose Awards 2013 Finalist

White Rose Awards 2013 Finalist

White Rose Awards Nomination 2013

Ann and Robert celebrate their White Rose Awards nomination

We’re both delighted to have been shortlisted for the third year running for this prestigious award. Having opened on our wedding anniversary exactly seven years ago this made another lovely reason for us to celebrate the day.

We’re sure to be facing stiff competition again so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope to make it third time lucky for South Yorkshire!

Here are some photos from the previous awards ceremonies in 2011 and 2012. Look out for the brilliant photo of Ann and me together with Sara and Catherine from the 2011 finals in Doncaster.

Press release

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White Rose Awards

Ann and I are both waiting to see if we’ve won this year.



This is some interval entertainment called “I love Skipton” – which I do!
Sara & Catherine are starstruck!

Update: Congratulations to Wold Cottage at Driffield and all the other winners last night. We had a wonderful evening once again and are proud to have been flying the flag for South Yorkshire.