The summer holidays will soon be upon us and what better way to relax and spend time as a family than to spend time at the seaside, a tradition that never fails to be popular. We love the stories in the James Herriot books of his trips to the Yorkshire Coast for holidays and Yorkshire is so blessed with over 40 miles of beautiful coastline, stunning cliffs and golden beaches when the weather is as hot as this there is no reason to go anywhere else.
The traditional resort of Bridlington has undergone some changes in recent years with the new Spa Centre hosting top shows to entertain all ages, and the high tech leisure centre offers swimming, cycling and climbing so whatever the weather there is something to entertain all the family. It is near enough to venture further north to the North York Moors and Filey and Scarborough, but also near enough to explore the pretty Wolds Villages such as Thixendale, made famous by the series of painting that David Hockney created of the Wolds that won international acclaim or the historic city of Hull which has recently undergone major refurbishment after being the City of Culture in 2017.
The old town situated around the harbour is interesting to stroll around and don’t forget to pop into the beautiful Augustinian Priory, the Bayle Museum and the Harbour Heritage Museum. Bridlington’s harbour dates back to pre-Roman times and there is evidence that it was an early trade route as far back as the Bronze Age. In this part of town there are plenty of independent shops to wander around as well and lovely galleries to browse in.
Another enjoyable visit is to the World of John Bull Rock where your children can spend hours in the soft play area of Candy Kingdom whilst you relax with a coffee in their café. Take a factory tour to see how this famous sweet is made and even have a go yourself!
The RSPB have a visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs where you can walk along the cliffs and watch the birds nesting. Take a sea safari an interesting and informative trip to learn about the birdlife and in May and June you are most likely to see puffins nesting on the cliffs. For those who prefer their feet firmly on the ground join a puffin patrol with an RSPB Ranger at Bempton or at Flamborough a beautiful beach where you while away the day..
If you fancy a day away from the beach or the weather is not so great, a trip to the beautiful market town of Beverley is only a short drive away. Beverley Minster is free to look around and is as magnificent as York Minster with some of the finest Gothic architecture of churches in Britain. It is also the largest parish church in the England.
Just outside Beverley is the newly opened Let Loose Adventure Park. Full of fun and high energy for all the family there are high and low rope courses, giant inflatables and a soft play area for all the family to enjoy. Afterwards enjoy lunch in their café.
Not to be missed is a visit to one of the finest most beautiful Elizabethan houses in the country is only a short drive away from Bridlington as well. Home to the Cunliffe-Lister family for over 400 years, Burton Agnes Hall is a true family home in all senses. Unlike many grand old houses this has a cared for feel, the beautiful gardens are a magical place for children to play and there are an abundance of events happening throughout the year.
If you are looking for a place to stay then Bridlington has some of the friendliest landladies in Yorkshire! You will be sure of a warm welcome from your hosts and somewhere to stay to suit all tastes and budgets. Bridlington certainly is the ideal base to stay for those wanting to explore this lovely part of Yorkshire. For more information contact for where to stay visit Bridlington Tourism Association and for ideas of what to do visit The Active Coast.