This last year has been hard for everyone and everyone has a story to tell of their time in a pandemic, their time in lockdown. From homeschooling, to living alone, caring for those who are vulnerable, having to shield because you are vulnerable, volunteering, and working in those really difficult, high pressure jobs where the whole country has relied on you, those whose businesses have had to adapt and have worked tirelessly everyday to keep going, and those whose jobs just disappeared - it’s fair to say there has been very little reprieve from work and from home. As things begin to reopen again and the world takes on some sort of sense of normal, it’s time for you!

Now is the time to take a break from it all and relax, refresh and reflect  and what better place to do that than a visit to the Madhyamaka Kampa Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall. Take a class in beginners meditation, book a tranquil retreat or simply enjoy the grounds and treats served in the world peace cafe. Find your inner calm as you walk some of the 320 acre grounds, or learn a new life skill in meditation to help with returning to life in the new normal. 

We all deserve a bit of pampering… and what better way to pamper than a Spa day with friends, loved ones or even all by yourself. Sessions House, located in the charming market town of Beverley, offers indulgence, luxury and a peaceful place to relax and take care of yourself. From refreshing your hair style, to treating your fingers and toes to a makeover, to a soothing massage, or a revitalising facial. Leave the stress of the past year at the door and indulge in yourself. The options at Sessions means you can book a treatment, a half day or full day package, and can even add in a lunch at The Westwood restaurant for a high-quality dining experience.

For some, time for themselves is best spent with others, and what better way to unwind than treating yourself and someone special to a delicious afternoon tea. Whether you want to take away from Tiffin & Co in Bridlington to enjoy on the seafront, or a chocolate themed one made by expert chocolatiers at White Rabbit Chocolate, or indulge in the food and surroundings at Tickton Grange Hotel - afternoon tea takes you away from the world for the afternoon to be present with those close to you. 

Nothing says wellness like a yoga session, but how about yoga on the beach. The sound of the waves lapping, the fresh air coming off the sea, and soft sand between your toes, as you enjoy the calm, stretch and strengthening of a yoga session on Bridlington beach. The classes are brought by Active Coast, who offer a wide range of activities and events along the East Yorkshire coast, however it’s definitely the tranquility of seaside yoga that lets you switch off from the world. If a downward facing dog in plain sight isn’t for you, a stroll by the shoreline is a certain way to clear your mind.

Switching off isn’t all about Spa days and luxury, sometimes the best way to switch off is to literally switch off our digital friends and gadgets. Turn off the phones and ipads, take off the smartwatches, put them in a drawer and get out in the fresh air. Let’s face it we could all do with a few more phone free days, and East Yorkshire can help you make the most of them. Be present building sandcastles with the kids on Bridlington beach, feel the breeze sweeping off the North sea into your face, take in the vistas across the Wolds as you tackle part of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, and feel the rush as you cycle along East Yorkshire’s country lanes. 

Perhaps you like to take time to switch off further by switching up the adrenaline. What better way to escape the everyday than by jumping out of a plane, Skydive GB near Bridlington offers a skydiving experience with views of the East Yorkshire Coast. One thing’s for sure, you’re not going to worry about your work emails or untidy house while flying through the air. Feel exhilarated, enjoy the stunning views of East Yorkshire and tick something off your bucket list all at the same time. 

  

However you choose to unwind, there’s always time for you in East Yorkshire.