What to do in Bridlington
With its magnificent coastline and tranquil countryside, this lovely corner of England offers something for everyone. There is a huge variety of activities – fantastic safe beaches, great walking and cycling routes, and a range of historic houses and fascinating museums.
Just two miles from the cottages, Bridlington is a traditional seaside resort with two award-winning sandy beaches separated by a bustling historic harbour. On its promenades, you’ll find quiet corners to sit and watch the world go by as well as family funfairs and amusements.
Children are well catered for with entertainment on the seafront, donkey rides on the beach, and junior rides at the town’s small theme parks. When the sea’s just not quite warm enough, there’s Leisureworld with its indoor pool, water slide and wave machine.
For a more tranquil experience, you can watch the fishermen bringing in the day’s catch or browse the antique shops of the old town and enjoy a drink in one of the charming tearooms or historic pubs. There are leisurely cruises along the coast, and rather less leisurely speedboat rides across the bay. A promenade tram takes you to Sewerby Hall, with its cliff-top gardens and small zoo, and if you want to take in a show, there’s the Spa, a stunning art deco theatre offering a varied programme of shows and concerts.
Pack a picnic and take your choice from the many beaches within a short drive of the site. South of Bridlington and its famous North and South beaches and just a mile from the cottages is peaceful Wilsthorpe beach and its rolling sand dunes. A little further on is Skipsea, a quiet sandy beach with a slipway and a few shops and cafes. To the north of Bridlington is the magnificent Flamborough Head, beneath which lie the South and North Landing beaches, offering beautiful stretches of sand and white pebbles.
Cliffs, sea caves, coves and stacks make for magnificent coastal scenery. Particular beauty spots include Danes Dyke, Spurn Point, and Flamborough Head.
Animals and Wildlife
The range of bird reserves in the area includes the RSPB’s Bempton Cliff, which between April and September is home to over 20,000 nesting seabirds including puffins. Just next door to Bridlington Holiday Cottages is Park Rose Birds of Prey and Wildlife Park, where children can handle the birds, visit Meerkat Mountain and Wallaby Woods, and feed the goats and chickens.
The East Riding has more than its fair share of stately homes and historic houses. Highlights include Burton Agnes, an Elizabethan manor house still lived in by descendants of the original owner; Burton Constable Hall, a grand Elizabethan mansion, and Sewerby Hall, with its 50 acres of early parkland and gardens in a dramatic cliff top setting.
There’s also a stained glass trail to help you discover the many beautiful examples of stained glass in tucked away churches across the county.
Walking, Cycling, Riding
This is perfect country for walking, cycling, and riding. There are 300 marked walking routes passing through the East Riding’s towns, nature reserves, coastal villages and rolling hills, 29 of which are around Bridlington. Cyclists can explore quiet country lanes; mountain bikers will find both challenging and more gentle routes in the hills of the Wolds, and a nearby stables offers guided treks for both novice and experienced horse riders.
Visitors are welcomed at all three local clubs. The nearest is Bridlington Golf Club, just a couple of miles from the site. To the north of Bridlington lies Bridlington Links, a cliff top course offering views across the town and the bay. A few miles further on is Flamborough Head Golf Club, with its challenging course set into the contours of the headland and offering panoramic North Sea views.
Twenty miles from Bridlington, Beverley is one of England’s most beautiful towns. With its thirteenth century minster, medieval and Georgian architecture, and selection of unique shops, it’s the perfect town for browsing.
About an hour’s drive away, Hull is a cosmopolitan city with plenty to keep you occupied. Spend a day discovering the 6,300 fish at the Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, or explore the city’s great selection of free museums including the Spurn Lightship.