What's on in Bridlington

Brilliant Bridlington is blessed with award-winning sandy beaches and superb attractions but that’s not all! This thriving seaside town is home to a year-round programme of spectacular events to help keep you entertained during your visit.

Free festivals

Each year, thousands of people gather in Bridlington to enjoy some of the biggest and most popular events in the whole of Yorkshire! Most are free too, making a visit to East Yorkshire that little bit more affordable.

Car enthusiasts will love Race the Waves, a classic car and bike show which takes place each spring, culminating in two days of vintage vehicles roaring across Bridlington’s south beach. Always a real crowd pleaser!

The Bridlington Kite Festival offers a more relaxed pace, with some of the world’s largest inflatable kites gently soaring above the dramatic cliffs of the East Yorkshire coast.

If vintage music, dress and dance is right up your street, put on your glad rags and head to Bridlington's annual Vintage Day. Get ready to experience the spirit of 1940s Britain with performances and military vehicle displays.

Or if you're a foodie at heart and love nothing more than trying new dishes and picking up local produce, a visit to Bridlington's monthly Food Festival is a must. The town's maritime heritage is celebrated through a separate Seafood Festival during the summer and provides the perfect opportunity to try local delicacies including Bridlington Bay Lobster. Delicious!

Outdoor events in Bridlington

Aside from the festivals already mentioned, you'll find plenty going on in Bridlington's streets and on its award-winning beaches.

At Sewerby Hall and Gardens you can enjoy everything from outdoor screenings of major Hollywood films to medieval jousting and children's theatre performances. And at Christmas the house and gardens are transformed into a magical winter woodland with a spectacular display of lights, sounds and special effects.

From the beaches, you can watch professional beach volleyball competitions and sailing coble gatherings or take part in activities like yoga and sand art.

Arts and culture

Fancy catching a show? Head to the legendary Bridlington Spa and enjoy the best in drama, comedy and music in the elegant surroundings of 1930s Royal Hall Ballroom and Edwardian Theatre. Bridlington Spa attracts world-class talent so settle in and prepare yourself for a night with the stars.

Spotlight Theatre is a more intimate venue where you can watch a talented amateur company and professional touring shows perform all year round. Take a seat in the auditorium and enjoy gigs, dramas, musicals and the legendary annual panto. Oh yes, you can!

Immerse yourself in Bridlington's history

Bridlington's Heritage Open Days are a celebration of the town's rich history and cultural heritage, offering a unique opportunity to explore hidden gems and historical landmarks for free. Held annually in September, this event is part of England's largest festival of history and culture, coordinated by the National Trust.

During Heritage Open Days, a variety of historic buildings, sites, and attractions in Bridlington open their doors, many of which are not usually accessible to the public. You can enjoy guided tours, exhibitions, and special activities that highlight the town's maritime heritage, medieval architecture, and Victorian elegance.

Highlights often include visits to Bridlington Priory, the Bayle Museum, and Sewerby Hall and Gardens, where participants can learn about the town's evolution from a medieval port to a thriving seaside resort. These days provide a fantastic opportunity to delve into the stories of Bridlington's past..


Walking and exploring

Walking in the Bridlington area offers a captivating blend of coastal beauty, rich history, and vibrant wildlife. 

For those looking for an organised walk, Bridlington hosts an annual Walking Festival in September. Participants can explore various routes, from leisurely seaside strolls to more challenging hikes which cover parts of the Yorkshire Wolds.

The Walking East Yorkshire Festival, also held annually in September, offers a variety of guided walks in and around Bridlington, from coastal trails with breathtaking sea views to scenic countryside routes. Explore historic sites, wildlife reserves, and picturesque villages.

Save the date and let Bridlington entertain you!