Welcome to our latest Newsletter

the third Castlegate newsletter, covering some of the events going through to the end of July. This newsletter comes at a time when research shows that working nine – five is very much a thing of the past, particularly for self-employed, many of whom are start their working day earlier and finish later. Of course self employment does have advantages; You're your own boss and it's your business so they're your deadlines! but mainly you get to do what you're interested in and you can be as creative as you like!


However analysis of a recent survey clearly shows that many self-employed struggle to find a suitable work - life balance without difficulty. What do you think? Do you owe it to yourself to spend less time at work? Do you think there could be more support for the self employed and independent workers?


Read about letting your 'social media savvy' take the strain, later on.


On 25 May 2018 the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, with the aim of strengthening data privacy and protection for all EU citizens, So what are retailers permitted to do with the email addresses and customer information sometimes handed over by shoppers? The New rules state that personal data must be “collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.”


This means that if an email address is given for the purpose of receiving an receipt,

it must only be used for that purpose. A retailer cannot then use that customer information for marketing or any other purpose. Once the receipt has been sent the email address should be deleted, as the regulations do not allow for the unnecessary storage of personal data. If a retailer wishes to use email addresses gathered at the point of sale for subsequent direct marketing this must be “explicitly brought to the attention of the customer” and presented “clearly and separately from any other information”. A customer’s consent must be “freely given, specific, informed and an unambiguous indication of their wishes”


From sole traders working at home to giant multinational corporations, no one (except law enforcement and intelligence agencies) is exempt.

Bed Race Day

Saturday June 9th The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is something completely different: it's part fancy dress pageant & part gruelling time trial over a 2.4 mile course, ending with a swim through the murky waters of the River Nidd. This year's theme for the Best Dressed Bed decorations is 'A Night at the Theatre' Look out for the VisitCastlegate advert prominently positioned in the official Bed Race programme too!



Knaresborough shoppers will soon be able to take extra care of the planet by borrowing a cotton bag to carry their purchases home, thanks to local businesses and the town’s library trialling a new initiative aimed at reducing single use plastic. The free-to-use Borrow A Bag Scheme will be launched by Knaresborough Sparks, in association with Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce, after its members generously agreed to donate plastic-free tote bags to the cause. Rachael Bolton, who is facilitating the Borrow A Bag Scheme for Knaresborough Sparks, said: “As a nation we are all becoming more aware of the very real threat single use plastics have on our planet. By bringing local businesses and the community together through initiatives like Borrow A Bag, Knaresborough Sparks hopes to help make a positive contribution to reducing the number of plastic bags in circulation in the town. It’s all the small, simple changes like ditching plastic bags that each of us can make, which all add up over time and make a real difference.


“We are really looking forward to working with our proactive local businesses in Castlegate and throughout town. We are also very grateful to our terrific library service for agreeing to provide a central drop off point for the Borrow A Bag Scheme, where customers can return their bags to be redistributed or if they prefer, they can drop them back to the shop they originally borrowed them from.”


Borrowing a bag could not be simpler. Bags will be offered in place of a single use bag in participating shops. Each one is identified with a Borrow A Bag tag which provides the name of the business that it was borrowed from so that the customer can return it on their next visit. Knaresborough Sparks plan to roll out the scheme across as many retail businesses in Knaresborough as possible.


This will follow a month-long trial period to gather feedback and suggestions from the businesses already on board and those people using the scheme. Any local businesses wishing to take part in Borrow A Bag should contact Knaresborough Sparks via Twitter or FaceBook pages.


Social media & PR

Most of us are aware that "social media" is an important part of operating any shop or business, but do we get the most out of it?


There are numerous social media platforms, networks and online tools that can be used to self promote - but which one is best for you? Is Instagram, Facebook Twitter or LinkedIn, the right one for you?


And are there other ways involving local radio & newspapers that work?


If you want practical,no nonsense advice about how to let others know about your business, then get in touch.


Don't forget to include @visitCastlegate or #visitcastlegate in your posts!












Thank you                      Andy Grinter



Choose | Use | Enthuse

Useful Links


Games in Parks The great outdoors!
right on our doorstep.

Did you know?

The park and gardens at Conyngham Hall extend to approximately 45 acres with riverside walks and paddling beaches along the way. The Games hut there sells a range of refreshments and the woodland areas close by provide a variety of nature walks and are ideal for spotting local wildlife.

The games facilities include two all weather tennis courts an 18 hole pitch and putt course suitable for junior ages upwards.

For more casual fun, there is an 18 hole putting green and a traditional 9 hole crazy golf course.

All the equipment needed is available for hire.

For opening hours, court & course fees click here











Rooster's Brewing Company

25th Anniversary Open Day Saturday 21st July

The annual open day will be an opportunity for anyone interested in having a guided look around the brewery. The day will be geared towards over18's but supervised children are welcome - both inside and out. Friendly dogs can come with responsible owners, but won't be permitted inside the brewery. Parking spaces are limited, although a bus stop at the end of the road leading to the brewery is serviced by buses from Harrogate, Knaresborough town centre and Wetherby and trains from both Leeds and York stop at Knaresborough.

Did you know?

215687 gallons brewed last year
45 hop varieties in the hop store
40 different beers brewed in 2017










Outside theatre performance The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Date: 22nd July 2018

Location: Knaresborough Castle Castle grounds

Time: 19:30 - 22:00

Cost: Adult £15, child £10,
family (2 adults, 2 children) £46, under 5's free

Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world's greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Bring a picnic and your own seating. The performance will take place whatever the weather.


Traders Association

May 2018

Knaresborough - Shops & Businesses