Keep up to date with what’s happening here at Broadgate Farm

March 6th, 2014

Hull City of Culture 2017

November 20th, 2013


What fantastic news that Hull has been awarded the City of Culture for 2017! About time people appreciated what we have up here in Hull and East Yorkshire. Hull has 2 theatres, a concert hall, art galleries, fantastic free museums, wonderful cultural festivals and events like Larkin with Toads – and that is just for starters!

Unanimous winner against stiff competition

Interesting facts about Hull – the UK’s Culture City 2017

  •      Its official name is Kingston upon Hull
  •      Hull is Yorkshire’s only waterfront city
  •      The boiled sweet was invented in Hull
  •      The liquid crystal display (LCD) was developed by the University of Hull
  •      It is the birthplace of Lemsip, Bonjela and Gaviscon
  •      It has been called the “most poetic city in England”, and has been home to poets such as Philip Larkin and Andrew Marvell
  •      William Wilberforce who led the bill that freed slaves in British colonies hailed from the city
  •      It is home to The Deep, the world’s only submarium
  •      Hull’s Fair is the largest travelling fair in Europe and one of the oldest
  •      There has been £1.5billion of regeneration investment in Hull in last five years


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Animal updates

October 27th, 2013


We have had a lot of changes on the animals front recently – the larger pigs have moved onto pastures new and we have 4 new cute piglets that we bought at Selby market last Saturday.

Jimmy & Dutch two of last years rams have gone to live near York, we have a new (very expensive!) ram called Oscar but only a few weeks after arrival he developed a lump on his jaw.  The people we bought from sent us a new ram (Tosca) so now we have two! Not sure how Oscar will fare with his lump we will just have to see how he gets on.

It is time for the ram to go in with the ewes so Tosca has been harnessed up (it put a coloured mark on the ewes so we know they have been covered) and he went in this afternoon. The girls seemed to like him they all mobbed him!



Casper is still with us but “retired” – he makes for a rather grumpy pet! Casper was the first sheep we ever got so he will live out the rest of his days with us.

We have also sold our small flock of Shetland sheep – they have gone to West Yorkshire where a farmers son is starting his own flock. Steve has been out and about buying more sheep – we have some ewes and some gimmers (young female sheep that will not lamb next year).he was the first sheep we ever got so he will live out the rest of his days with us.




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Hull Comedy Festival coming soon

October 27th, 2013

Hull Comedy Festival runs from 1st to 17th November – dozens of events across the city. It features sell outs from the Edinburgh Festival and 16 free shows.

Major names include Alan Davies 1st, Jack Dee 5th, Sean Lock 9th, Billy Pearce 11th and there is the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Live Radio Show at Hull New Theatre

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hull comedy festival

After our REYTA win now a finalist in the White Rose Awards

July 4th, 2013

Great news we have just heard that we are a finalist in the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards! The finalists have just been announced and the judging takes place sometime over the summer with the winner being announced in November.

We are really please with the news and hope to do East Yorkshire proud being the only business in the self catering category to be selected as a finalist.

finalist white rose awards

White Rose Awards 2013 finalist


David Hockney – painting on the Yorkshire Wolds

May 22nd, 2013

Our guests staying in our 6 bedroom High Barn cottage went out walking on the lovely Yorkshire Wolds today and were lucky enough to stumble upon David Hockney painting “en plein air”. Hockney loves the Yorkshire Wolds and often paints outdoors – it was a great thrill for our guests and they resisted the tempation to disturb him leaving him to work in peace.

Hockney lives in Bridlington and in his 2012 exhibition at the Royal Academy 80% of the works on show featured the lovely Yorkshire Wolds. Why not come and see for yourself?  Join us at

Yorkshire Wolds

Yorkshire Wolds

Double Double Trouble!

April 17th, 2013

We were lucky enough to have a rare set of quads born on the farm at the weekend – 4 nice strong lambs. Mum is feeding them all and we supplement some of them with a bottle. We thought it was all over after three and were very surprised to see another shortly afterwards!

4 lambs being held

quad lambs at Broadgate Farm

REYTA 2013 – winner of the self catering award!

March 15th, 2013

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Last night was the awards dinner for the local tourism awards – we won the award for the best self catering provider! We are absolutely delighted, most of the cottages are over 3 years old and we do work hard not just to keep them up to spec but also to improve them for our guests. It is great to have this recognised!

What’s on in East Yorkshire 2013

February 15th, 2013

I have just finished our Guide to What is on in the Beverley area over the coming year – the early part of the year is in detail but some venues/events have yet to release details. I will update this later in the year. The Guide is available in all of our cottages and also for download on our website.


RSPB Blacktoft Sands programme for March – June 2013

February 8th, 2013

Blacktoft Sands have released their dates for March – April – a great place to visit and these mini courses are such good value. The Spring and Summer Open Days are also well worth a visit.

Improve your birdwatching

Wed 13th March, Sat 16th March, Wed 24th April, Sat 27th April, Wed 15th and Sat 18th May Please book in advance. Event charge £4 per session or £10 for attending all three (one per month).

Bird Photography for beginners
Wed 10th April and Sat 4th May
10am to 12:30pm  Please book in advance. Places limited. Event charge £10 per person

Bird Photography for Improvers
Sat 1st June
10am – 1pm  Please book in advance. Places limited. Event charge £12.50 per person

Spring Open Day
Sunday 21st April
10am to 4pm
Fun for everyone on this FREE day out, with guided walks, guides in hides, light refreshments, children’s activities and RSPB sales. Visit the reserve to welcome back the fantastic avocets, marsh harriers and bitterns as they return for the breeding season.
Drop in throughout the day. Free entry to the reserve.

Summer Open Day – celebrating 40 years at Blacktoft.
Sunday 16th June
10am to 4pm.
The biggest event at Blacktoft Sands this year! Join in the family fun, with guided walks, experts in the hides, fun children’s activities, light refreshments and RSPB Sales. Watch and listen to the sights and sounds of the reedbed whilst avocets, marsh harriers and many other fantastic birds are busy raising their families.
Drop in anytime. Free entry to the reserve.

For further information or to book a place on any of the events please contact the reserve office on 01405 704665 or email