Getting ready for a trip to Cedar Retreats

We know that for many of our guests, when they book a holiday at Cedar Retreats they will want to go online to plan their days before they arrive. With lots of visitor attractions and activities on the doorstep, we really are in the perfect location.

Whether you would prefer to plan long walks in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, scream with delight on the rollercoasters at Lightwater Valley or would rather relax in your private hot tub before venturing in to the village for a pub lunch or dinner, there’s something for everyone.

Whilst we agree that planning your activities is a good idea – particularly as you may need to book tickets in advance – it’s important that we take a step back and put some preparation into what you are going to pack.

Some people love the thought of packing for a trip away and others hate it but, either way, it’s important that you include all of the essentials – and remember, when visiting Yorkshire that includes everything from your wellington boots to your bikini!

We’ve put together the following handy hints to help out when you’re in the middle of a packing panic.

Clothing choices

Let’s be honest, the weather in Yorkshire can be changeable and that is why we suggest that our guests bring some warm clothes. The luxury lodges here at Cedar Retreats are lovely and cosy, so you don’t need to worry about wearing your fleecy jumpers inside but that isn’t necessarily the case when you venture out.

We would suggest you pack a couple of jumpers and some warm socks to keep your feet toastie when you set out for a walk. Wellington boots are a good idea too. They may not be the most obvious attire but the fields and roads can be dirty, so it’s better to be prepared.

Don’t forget your swimwear. In the past, we have had some disappointed guests when they realise that they have forgotten their costumes, so make sure to add them to your list if you would like to make best use of our private hot tubs. They are certainly very popular all year round.


Here at Cedar Retreats we do provide miniature shampoo, conditioner and shower gels but we know that some guests prefer to bring their own or are staying longer than the smaller complimentary bottles will last, so it’s certainly worth packing some top ups!

Tooth brushes and toothpaste seem to be the essentials that many holidaymakers leave behind and although we have a local shop in the village that does stock replacements, it’s always better to be prepared.

Each lodge has a number of power points in the bedrooms and although we provide hairdryers in each of the lodges we know that many people will also use hair straighteners too, so these need to be added to the list.

Food and drink

As a self-catering park, we leave the food and drink choices to our customers. Whether you want to treat your stay at Cedar Retreats as the perfect excuse to kick start a healthier way of life or you want a short break that comes with all of the indulgences you would expect, it’s up to you.

A couple of suggestions would be: eggs, bacon, sausages and bread buns for breakfast, mince which can be used to make a bolognaise, lasagne or chilli, chicken fillets that can be used for a range of dishes and canned soups, which are quick and easy for lunchtimes.

Many of our guests choose to bring a bottle or two of fizz but again this is a personal preference – although they are often enjoyed on the private decking overlooking the amazing panoramic views that we have here, so that may be worth considering before you arrive.


Don’t worry if you do forget something because, although it’s always better to be prepared, we do have a local shop in the village and just a short drive away you can access supermarkets that will have everything that you are looking for.

So, all that is left to do is to get the suitcases in the car and set out on your short break, we look forward to welcoming you. Retreat, relax and return.