Things To Do & Activities During Your Stay

Bessingby • Bridlington • Bempton • Dane’s Dyke • Hunmanby Bay • Scarborough • Yorkshire Wolds

There’s plenty to do whilst stopping with us here at Bessingby Self Catering Holiday Cottages.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive array of things to do & places to visit whilst staying with us.

For Beach Lovers

Rent Beach Huts Bridlington

Rent A Beach Chalet

Bridlington has beach chalets available on Princess Mary Promenade, North Marine Drive, South Cliff and Belvedere which can be rented by the day or week.

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Take A Donkey Ride

Well behaved and well loved animals all wear their names proudly on their harnesses. Your child can choose their favourite and enjoy a gentle jaunt across the sand.

Things To Do & Activities Near Bridlington

Make A Sandcastle

Bridlington has two wonderful beaches, the North beach which stretches from the Harbour up to Danes Dyke and the South Beach which is over a mile of golden sand from the Harbour down to Fraisthorpe Beach.

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Go Rock Pooling

The white chalk boulders of Bridlington’s North Beach, Danes Dyke and Flamborough create a rock pooling paradise for all manner of marine creatures and on a low tide a fantastic kelp forest is exposed.

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Take A Boat Trip

Take a thrilling speed boat ride, a leisurely cruise on the Yorkshire Belle or navigate the high seas on a Pirate ship! Departing from Bridlington Harbour all through the season.

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Ride A Land Train

Operating along Bridlington’s promenades land trains provide the perfect way to take in and enjoy the magnificent views of the bay and harbour.

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For Nature Lovers

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RSPB Bempton Cliffs & Seabird Centre

RSPB Bempton Cliffs & Seabird Centre is famous for its puffins and gannets in spring and summer. Expect stunning views from the clifftops, and in winter the possibility of seeing short eared owls. The Seabird Centre has a cafe, shop and toilets, and the pathways are all wheelchair accessible.

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RSPB Blacktoft Sands

RSPB Blacktoft Sands is renowned for its marsh harriers, bitterns and bearded tits all year round.

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YWT North Cave Wetlands

YWT North Cave Wetlands is renowned for its populations of breeding avocet in summer and all year round interest on the lakes.

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Tophill Low

Tophill Low is renowned for its impressive winter gull roost and overwintering ducks, as well as kingfishers, otters and barn owls.

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YWT Spurn

YWT Spurn is famed as the best mainland destination to watch migration in the UK. Expect bracing walks (the peninsula is 3.5 miles long – be mindful of the tide times), mega wading flocks in winter and all sorts of wildlife turning up in spring and autumn.

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Danes Dyke

Danes Dyke was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2002. This unique sea and cliff environment is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and its seabird colonies mark it as a Special Protection Area.

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For History Lovers

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Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Sewerby Hall is a grade one listed building, a fine example of an early Georgian house. Situated on the cliff-top, Sewerby Hall enjoys spectacular views over the picturesque expanse of Bridlington Bay.

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Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall Built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home that has stayed within the same family for more than four hundred years. Fifteen generations have filled the Hall with treasures, from magnificent carvings to French impressionist paintings, contemporary furniture, tapestries and other modern artwork.

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Sledmere House

Sledmere House, the home of Sir Tatton Sykes, 8th Baronet, is a House of unique character and charm; designed and now maintained as a family home. Not just show piece but a Country House performing its original purpose as the centre of a thriving rural estate.

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Bridlington Priory

Bridlington Priory is an amazing building which was established in 1113AD and became one of England’s leading monasteries. The surviving nave of the church is now a thriving parish church, a centre of worship and outreach. Visitors are always welcome.

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Bridlington Old Town

Follow the Old Town Trail exploring some fine heritage landmarks along the way, including the childhood home of the world famous architect William Kent, the Priory and the Bayle museum. Recently the Old Town transformed its shops and buildings to ‘Walmington On Sea’ for the Dad’s Army Film was released in February 2016.

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Bridlington Harbour

Trawlers bring their catch of fish to Bridlington where it is loaded into refrigerated lorries for its journey to the various fish markets. The harbour houses yachts, fishing boats, speed boats, pleasure craft and of course the Yorkshire Belle.

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Wassand Hall

The Hall is a fine Regency House between Seaton and Hornsea. The Estate has been in one family ownership since 1530 and enjoys beautiful walled gardens, woodland walk and half-mile park walk with views of Hornsea Mere which belongs to the Estate.

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Holmpton Bunker

A simple bungalow hides the entrance to an underground nuclear bunker. Descend the stairs and venture along the 120 metre long tunnel, pass through the blast doors to find yourself immersed in the once secret world of Cold War defence.

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Discover David Hockney Art Locations in the Yorkshire Wolds

David Hockney used the landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds for a collection of paintings, sketches, iPad and film work which are on show in an exhibition at Tate Britain. If you want to see the landscape and sites that inspired Britain’s greatest living artist then it is possible to walk in his footsteps. Follow the above link for details of the Hockney Trail.

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For Explorers, Walkers & Cyclists

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The Yorkshire Wolds Way

The Wolds Way is a 79 mile (127 km) walking route in the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds beginning at the banks of the Humber estuary to the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg. For walking leaflets and maps follow the link above.

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Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Routes

With a wide selection of day rides available to suit any ability and a more challenging 150 mile circular Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route, the Yorkshire Wolds is the perfect location for a relaxed cycling holiday or break with friends or family.

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Way of the Roses cycle route

For 170 miles between Morecambe and Bridlington, from coast to coast, you’ll cycle across beautiful, varied landscape including the Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Wolds and use traffic-free paths, on-road cycle lanes, country lanes and quieter roads. It’s a challenge but a rewarding cycling adventure for all.

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Flamborough Head

Flamborough Head is a promontory, 8 miles (13 km) long, between the Filey and Bridlington. It is a chalk headland, with sheer white cliffs. With a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses nearby, this Special Area of Conservation is a haven for anyone looking to explore the Yorkshire Coast at its most wild and untamed.

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For Entertainment Lovers

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Bridlington Spa

Bridlington Spa is the East Coast’s premier entertainment venue. From drama, comedy and concerts to sport, exhibitions, dancing and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Stephen Joseph Theatre

The SJT has two auditoria, one in-the-round, one end stage with restaurant and bars in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

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Spotlight Theatre

Alongside the talented amateur company, professional touring shows perform music gigs, dramas, musicals and the annual panto. Live streaming of the world’s greatest theatrical productions means you don’t have to go far to see the latest shows.

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Hull Truck

A pioneering theatre with a unique, powerful, contemporary Northern Voice, locally rooted and national in reach.

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York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama for over 250 years and is one of the country’s leading producing theatres.

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Bridlington Forum

The latest releases at a 3-screen cinema, plus snack bar, 10-pin bowling and arcade games.

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For Food Lovers

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Fish and chips anyone?

There are lots to choose from but why not try the award winning 149 Fish and Chips, or North Beach Fish and Chips right on Bridlington’s sea front.

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How about an ice cream?

Visit Mr Moos Ice Cream Parlour and cafe serving delicious sundaes, homemade lunches, morning coffee or afternoon tea – situated on the beautiful Yorkshire coast near the pretty seaside town of Hornsea.

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Fancy some fine dining?

The Pipe and Glass serves upscale, renowned British food from local produce at a 15th-century inn with a relaxed, rustic vibe. The pub and restaurant have gained an international reputation and many major awards, including a Michelin star..

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Did you know…

Bridlington is now Britain’s largest shell fishing port with a multi-million pound export market, supplying crabs and lobsters to the best markets, restaurants and hotels in France, Spain and Italy? So if you’re looking for the finest East Coast Crab and Lobster try one of the seafood shops around the harbour.

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How about a local pint?

Wold Top Brewery brews superior quality beer from home grown barley and water gently filtered by the chalk of the Yorkshire Wolds, using traditional methods and recipes to brew real ales with character.

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Afternoon tea for a special treat?

A meal composed of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes, perhaps with a glass of something sparkling. Try one of these: Georgian Tea Rooms, Tickton Grange Hotel, Sewerby Hall, Sewerby Grange Hotel or Marton Manor Farm.

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Don’t want to cook but don’t want to go out?

Have a Takeaway! For a Chinese try Yips, for an Indian try Masala, for a Thai try Supatra and for a burger or nuggets try McDonalds.

For Family Days Out

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John Bulls Rock factory and Candy Kingdom

John Bull’s Candy Kingdom is a purpose built soft play venue for children aged 0-12 years. Parents can relax with a cappuccino and a snack, while children climb and explore the soft play activities designed for their age group.

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Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

In a wonderful woodland setting adults and children of all ages can experience being close to nature and have lots of fun with the animals and birds of prey.

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East Riding Leisure Bridlington

The new £25 million East Riding Leisure Bridlington features a 25 metre six-lane swimming pool with learner pool; a Splash Zone pool with fun slides and waterplay features; the amazing Clip’n’Climb; and a café/ coffee shop with spectacular views of the bay.

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Bondville Model Village

Set in one acre of beautiful gardens, Bondville is a unique family attraction, with over 200 miniature buildings including a castle, ruined Abbey and Harbour. See the villagers going about their everyday lives. Watch the train pull its carriages around the village.

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Sea Life Centre Scarborough

Journey beneath the sea at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Offering a unique mix of indoor and outdoor displays, you can see many creatures from starfish to sharks and pipefish to penguins.

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Hull City of Culture 2017

Hull City Council is delivering 365 days of transformative cultural activity in 2017. The arts and cultural programme is split into four seasons, each with something distinctive and intriguing to say, and each created to challenge and thrill. Check out what’s happening during your stay.

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