A new year is on the horizon - and I think it’s fair to say we’re all ready for it! Now is the chance to evaluate things you want to do, try or change and then get started on your 2021 plans. Here are the top 10 things to add to your East Yorkshire bucket list for next year… 

1. Walk the Wolds Way                                                                     

Walking has become the new 2020 pastime but if you’ve become passionate about exploring the great outdoors, then the 79 miles of tranquil, ‘not-too-strenuous’ Yorkshire Wolds Way may be perfect for you. Discover picturesque landscapes, vibrant market towns and ancient villages. Whether you choose to walk the whole trail, 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. 

2. Spot a puffin

The RSPB Bempton Cliffs reserve, on the spectacular 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. 

3. Discover a Hockney site

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

4. Take the Beverley Minster rooftop tour

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

5. Visit some stately homes

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 Burton Agnes and Burton Constable Hall. It would be hard not to get lost in these enchanting buildings and landscape gardens. 

6. Ride the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle routes  

Experience big-skies and back-roads cycling at its best, with 146 well-signposted miles of rolling countryside of 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.

7. Attend the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ Exhibition

In April 2021, the 56th ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition’, on loan from the Natural History Museum, will visit Sewerby Hall and Gardens. The exhibition is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

8. Discover the Beverley Town Trail

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!

9. Learn to cook like a chef

Book yourself onto one of the fabulous courses at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, and impress your friends and family with your newfound talents! Surrounded by panoramic views of the East Yorkshire Wolds countryside, it’s the perfect place to relax, socialise and improve your cookery skills. 

10. Admire art on the Yorkshire Wolds

To add an extra layer of beauty to the backdrop of rolling hills and stunning scenery, experience the WANDER art project, comprising of art installations that complement and enhance the surroundings along the 79 miles of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

Alternatively, download the Secret Art app to discover paintings and poetry along the route that have inspired artists and authors.

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