Top 10 things to do
Make the most of your visit to East Yorkshire and add these unmissable things to do to your holiday itinerary.
1. Catch an event
Looking for some entertainment? You’ve come to the right place! From huge public events such as the Bridlington Kite Festival, Race the Waves and Beverley Festival of Christmas, to smaller gatherings showcasing the best in the creative arts, there’s something happening in every corner of East Yorkshire.
Find out what’s on
2. Take a Spurn safari
Explore the Spurn Nature Reserve aboard a Spurn Safari! A giant ex-military Unimog vehicle acts as a mobile wildlife hide offering a different vantage point to visitors wishing to observe the many rare breeds that inhabit the area.
Learn more about Spurn Point and Spurn Safaris
3. Visit a stately home
The embodiment of elegance and refinement, play Lord or Lady for the day and explore one of East Yorkshire’s great stately homes. Sewerby Hall sits proudly on the cliff tops overlooking Bridlington, Burton Agnes Hall and Sledmere House are nestled in the idyllic Yorkshire Wolds and Burton Constable Hall is situated in the Holderness area of East Yorkshire. All showcase stunning architecture, intriguing histories and breath-taking gardens.
4. Take a roof tour of Beverley Minster
Beverley Minster is a gothic masterpiece which dominates the skyline of the market town of Beverley. Once you’ve finished admiring its impressive proportions and intricate structure from the ground you can climb its historic spiral staircase for a roof tour. Access areas of the Minster not usually accessible to the public and marvel over the views of Beverley and beyond.
5. Enjoy a boat ride from Bridlington
Take to the seas on a boat ride from Bridlington’s 900-year-old working harbour and enjoy spectacular views of the East Yorkshire coast. Speed boat rides, pirate ship voyages, fishing trips or sea bird cruises aboard the Yorkshire Belle, whatever your interest or preferred pace there’s a boat ride for you. And if you’re really lucky you might even spot dolphins on your journey, they’re often seen swimming playfully around the coastline of Bridlington.
6. Meet the locals at Bridlington Animal Park
The award-winning Bridlington Animal Park is home to zebras, camels, meerkats and donkeys (to name just a few) and they’re all just desperate to meet you! After you’ve finished acquainting yourself with the park’s furry friends it’s time to say hello to the feathered ones. Owls, hawks, parrots and falcons all reside here too, and they love nothing more than impressing visitors with displays of their speed and agility.
7. Place your bets at Beverley Racecourse
The odds are excellent for a great day out at Beverley Racecourse! Set in pretty Beverley Westwood, people have enjoyed visiting the racecourse for more than 300 years so it’s clearly doing something right. These days you can expect around 20 race meetings each year running between April and September and one of the top 10 race day experiences in the UK.
8. Walk the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail
Offering some of the most serene and gentle countryside in all of England, the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail stretches out over 79 miles. Starting in Hessle on the banks of the mighty Humber and travelling up to Filey, you’ll be led through valleys and over hill tops where you can appreciate out of this world views. Of course, you don’t have to commit to the whole 79 miles! The trail is broken into lots of smaller, easily manageable sections with plenty of pubs and tea rooms on the way for those much needed refreshments.
9. Visit a vineyard
You don’t have to travel all the way to France to experience great wine, you’ll find it produced right here in East Yorkshire! Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery and Little Wold Vineyard both run regular events and open days so you can stroll through the vines, hear about the wine making process, enjoy some delicious food and, it goes without saying, try their award-winning tipples.
10. Spot puffins at Bempton Cliffs
Bempton Cliffs’ natural beauty makes it a fantastic place to visit any time of the year but between April to October a wonderful wildlife spectacle unfolds here. Each year, the cliffs welcome over half a million nesting seabirds, and amongst them are everybody’s favourite - the puffin. Spot them raising their families in the crevices of the cliffs. They’re easily identifiable by their bright orange beaks. Bonus point if you manage to get a great snap and tag us in on Instagram!
So there we have it, East Yorkshire’s top 10! Have fun exploring and if you need further inspiration about where to eat, stay or play just use the search bar at the bottom of this of this page.