Hello 2024! A new year has arrived so why not take some time to think about the things you’d like to do and the places you’d like to visit over the next twelve months?  Time to get started on planning your best possible 2024, full of great experiences, great people and great memories!

We’ll get you started. Here are 10 things you might want to add to your East Yorkshire bucket list for the coming year!

1. Walk the Yorkshire Wolds Way

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The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail has been attracting visitors from near and far for over 40 years and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s picturesque landscapes, abundant wildlife, vibrant market towns and ancient villages make it the perfect destination to stretch your legs, enjoy some fresh countryside air and take some time out from your hectic life.

Benefiting from some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in all of England, the Yorkshire Wolds Way is ideal for amateur and experienced walkers alike. Basically, anyone who wants to spend more time in the great outdoors will enjoy hitting the Yorkshire Wolds Way!

The whole trail stretches out for 79 miles, beginning in Hessle and extending up to Filey. Whether you choose to walk the whole trail over a series of weeks, or try one of the many circular routes available, the Yorkshire Wolds Way is perfect for those seeking peace and quiet or a fun-filled adventure.

Learn more about the Yorkshire Wolds Way

2. Spot a puffin

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The RSPB Bempton Cliffs reserve, on the spectacular East Yorkshire coast, is home to one of the UK's top wildlife spectacles. Around half a million seabirds gather here between March and October to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs which overlook the North Sea. Of course, the most popular bird is the iconic puffin, which can be seen between March and June.

To experience the cliffs from a different point of view, considering taking part in a seabird cruise and watch as the birds swoop overhead and dive into the waters around you for their daily catch.

Whether viewing from above the cliffs or below, you’re in for a truly impressive sight.

Learn more about Bempton Cliffs

3. Go cow cuddling

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At Dumble Farm, near Beverley, there are some very special residents who are super excited to meet you! Say hello to Morag, the highland cow, and her herd of friends who just love to be walked and groomed. You can also hang out with a group of retired dairy cows who love nothing more than a cuddling session. A guaranteed mood-boosting activity!

During the warmer months, Dumble Farm run highland cow safaris where you can view their magnificent beasts from the comfort of the Dumble Bus. And they’ve also teamed up with neighbouring vineyard, Laurel Vines, to offer two unique experiences in one day – a cow safari and vineyard tour with picnic.

Learn more about Dumble Farm

4. Discover a Hockney site

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The big skies and wide-open spaces of the Yorkshire Wolds have inspired some of the most iconic images by one of the UK’s greatest living artists, David Hockney. Why not hunt down the spots that so heavily influenced his artworks?

Follow in David Hockney’s footsteps

5. Take a Beverley Minster rooftop tour

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Beverley Minster has been a place of prayer for over 1,300 years but climb the building’s 113 steps and discover things normally hidden from public view, up inside the roof. You’ll have excellent of views Beverley through the rose windows, and your guide will show you the human-powered treadwheel and the medieval wooden structure supporting the impressive lead roof.

Learn more about Beverley Minster and the rooftop tours

6. Visit some stately homes

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East Yorkshire has more than its fair share of stately homes and gardens. Take a step back in time and experience the grand lifestyles of wealthy landowners, with a visit to the likes of Sledmere House, Burton Agnes Hall and Burton Constable Hall. It would be hard not to get lost in these enchanting buildings and landscaped gardens.

Learn more about East Yorkshire’s stately homes

7. Ride the Yorkshire Wolds cycle route

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Experience big-skies and back-roads cycling at its best, with 146 well-signposted miles of rolling countryside criss-crossing through the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds.

Peaceful country lanes, quiet roads and cycle paths link market towns and villages, cafes, art galleries, country pubs, historic houses, churches and stately homes. It also has one or two iconic hill challenges too.

Learn more about the Yorkshire Wolds cycle routes

8. Visit a Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award winner!

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The Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards celebrate the people and organisations which help to make East Yorkshire a fantastic place to visit. From cosy accommodation to unique experiences and relaxing places to enjoy a cup of Yorkshire tea, why not pay some of our winners a visit and see for yourself why they’re award-winning?

Stay at Loftsome Bridge, the hotel of the year, enjoy a tea and cake at Drewton’s Farm Shop, the winners of the cuppa award, or visit Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery who won the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award for their amazing innovation in creating tasty wines.

With 15 winners from 68 finalists, its clear that East Yorkshire has some remarkable places to visit.

View the full list of winners for the ultimate inspiration for your visit to the region

9. Discover the Beverley Town Trail

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Take a step back in time and discover what life was like in Medieval Beverley. Stroll from the North Bar towards the Beverley Beck, discovering the trail's 40 unique sculptures which depict the guilds and trades of the area. Medieval Beverley was a wealthy town with a diverse population of skilled workers including carpenters, butchers, jerkin makers, musicians and armourers - to name just a few!

Learn more about the Beverley Town Trail

10. Walk England's Coast Path

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The King Charles III England Coast Path is a trail of epic proportions. When completed, it will be the world’s longest coastal walking route, encircling the entire English coastline: an impressive 2,795 miles. Linking world-famous landmarks with hidden corners, it will allow walkers to discover beaches, clifftops, cities and nature reserves.

The path is opening in sections, with the aim of staying as close to the coast as possible. The open sections are shown on an interactive map on the National Trail website. As new sections open they will be added to the website map.

The Bridlington to Filey Brigg (34 Km / 21 miles) section is now open and ready to explored! Take in the spectacular views over Bridlington’s bay as you head past Sewerby Hall and Danes Dyke Nature Reserve before taking in Flamborough’s South Landing, Outer Headlands Nature Reserve, North Landing and Thornwick Bay. Travelling a little further along the coast, you’ll discover Bempton Cliffs which is home to one of the UK’s largest colonies of sea birds, attracting more than half a million winged visitors between April and September each year. As you continue onwards, you’ll finally arrive at Filey Bay.

Learn more about the King Charles III England Coast Path

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