Things haven’t been ‘normal’ for a while and we haven’t been able to visit our favourite places or share time with our favourite people. Now we’re creating a ‘new normal’ and it’s time to reconnect. Be with those familiar faces, bring them to the places where you’ve visited time and time again or bring them to somewhere new. Either way East Yorkshire is the place to enjoy time together.

Here’s some of our local experts giving us the insight on how to make the most of your time here.

William’s Den
It’s fair to say the kids have as much catching up to do as us grown ups, and when that’s the case a day at William’s Den is definitely in order. Whether it's reuniting with cousins - and the overly energetic uncle - or a school friends’ meet up,  William’s Den is the perfect place to let the kids run wild in a safe place. The best thing about it here is the outdoor space, there’s loads of it, and lots of different things for the kids to play with and explore. There’s plenty of outdoor seating and picnic benches, the mum’s can set up a basecamp at one of them and then the kids can go off and play freely. We can relax knowing all the kids are safe and practically always in view from where we’re sitting, while enjoying a coffee and a natter. Undoubtedly all that playing and fresh air builds up an appetite, and the food and refreshments from The Kitchen Table are always delicious and ingredients are locally sourced where possible, as well there’s never any issue with bringing your own snacks or picnic to enjoy. - George, Beverley

Flemingate Beverley
Flemingate is always a 'go to’ for us, it’s such a versatile space and can turn a coffee and a catch up into a great day out. We like to get the train from Bridlington, which seems to make it feel extra special. Kids can make new friends in the play area while we enjoy our favourite coffee (there’s plenty of places to choose from) over a chat overlooking Beverley Minster. Enjoying cocktails in the late evening sunshine, on the patio of one of the bars and restaurants is also a firm favourite - particularly on those rare child free days. We have just as much fun when we do bring the kids with us, after negotiating some retail therapy time for that all important wardrobe refresh in the many high street and independent stores, the kids (and adults) can then let off steam at Jump Inc. A two tiered, inflatable theme park, built for fun and a little bit of competition! - Emma, Bridlington

Sledmere House & Gardens
Sledmere is a lovely place to visit as a family, with plenty of appeal for all generations, the walled garden, adventure playground, animals, historical house, gift and farm shops, garden centre and fab, newly refurbished cafe - it just has the edge on other stately homes in my opinion. Everytime we go we like to explore a part of the grounds, and it feels like we discover something different each time. Going to see the animals in the Rare Breed Conservation Park is a must, especially the shire horses and if you’re lucky you may get to meet one of their young foals or kids, it’s fair to say that I’m not sure if it’s the children or Granny who enjoys that the most. We like to take a picnic, and relax in the open spaces while the kids run riot and they can safely and with plenty of space - rolling down the hill races are a particular favourite for our kids. If the kids have any energy left, which they always do, there is a great play park where we can all - yes ALL! - get on the seesaw! - Sam, Driffield

Wolds Way Lavender
This place will surprise you, it’s such an unassuming attraction but has so much to offer for parents with younger and older kids, as well as grandparents. It's much bigger than expected, with plenty of open space to wander and play as well as picnic tables (open and covered) to refuel and catch up. One thing that struck me was how calm and relaxing the place felt - probably the effects of being surrounded by all the lavender! Kids are given a map and an activity sheet with a quiz to keep them interested throughout the stay and there is a good balance of education and fun, from standing in a giant beehive to tackling the maze handmade from willow. The selection of games like footgolf and footpool and giant noughts and crosses and Nine Men’s Morris, which we hadn’t heard of before going here - our family always gets a little competitive so it’s a good job we have to walk back through the lavender to calm down. The little shop sells products made with pure essential oil from their own lavender plants which is the perfect way to take some lavender and calm home with you or treat someone special. - Jenny, Bridlington

The last year or so has seen us miss out on many celebrations - milestone birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, saying ‘yes!’, and all the other things in between - and now is the time to be together and celebrate all those things. And what better way than a holiday together with extended family to enjoy all those important milestones and turn your great days out into a fantastic stay. The beauty of East Yorkshire is space, and one thing there is space for is to stay together while staying separately.

PK Cottages
Bring generations together for a peaceful and relaxing escape at PK cottages that are nestled in the countryside of the small village of Bempton, within walking distance of RSPB Bempton Cliffs and a few minutes drive to Bridlington. Three of the cottages sit around a large private courtyard, collectively sleeping up to 12/13 people, making them an ideal place to stay with families and friends while still being able to maintain space. 

Kipling House Barn
Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, Kipling House Barn sleeps up to 20 and feels as spacious inside as the surrounding countryside and farmland is outside. Suitable for the belated hen do, or to gather the extended family to enjoy the space and freedom required for a catch up with loved ones after over a year apart. Ideally located between the Wolds villages of Shiptonthorpe and Middleton on the Wolds, this beautifully renovated barn is perfect to explore East Yorkshire with great road connections to market towns like Beverley and Pocklington or seaside towns Bridlington and Hornsea.