LOCAL AMENITIES AND ATTRACTIONS
A short walk from The Cove is the seaside town of Hornsea. Hornsea boasts a beautiful sandy beach which plays host to a variety of water sports, cafes and even beach hut hire. The Hornsea museum teaches visitors about the unique history of the town, has a Victorian classroom and even a working model railway. The town of Hornsea itself has a range of shops, restaurants and bars to cater to a range of tastes. It is also close to Hornsea Freeport, a large outlet retail park. In July, Hornsea is home to Yorkshire’s largest free Carnival, but there are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained all year-round. Children, for example, love visiting Honeysuckle Farm which provides a great day out for the whole family. For those that love the outdoors, Hornsea Mere is idyllic. As the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire, Hornsea Mere is full of wonderful wildlife and is a designated site of special scientific interest, making it a bird watchers paradise. It also has rowing boats, sailing activities and fishing facilities.
Only a 30-minute drive from Hornsea is the market-town of Beverley. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, this town has a range of high-end shops, popular restaurants, quaint British pubs and bars. Beverley’s cobbled streets are popular with tourists who wish to examine the town’s two medieval churches or take in the countryside charm.
Beverley is also home to a racecourse which is popular with both residents and visitors. Its “Ladies Day” is one of the highlights of East Yorkshires calendar.
Bempton Cliffs are a 40 minute drive from Hornsea and are home to an RSPB reserve.
The chalk cliffs are home to around half a million seabirds including puffins and gannets.
Many people love visiting the much loved puffins as they nest. You can even take a boat ride from Bridlington to see the cliffs and their inhabitants from the sea.
The Cove is a short drive away from Withernsea. Charming and more than a little defiantly eccentric – where else but Withernsea would you find a defunct town centre lighthouse housing a museum dedicated to one of England’s most glamorous movie stars?
Kay Kendall, star of the London-to-Brighton ‘road movie’ Genevieve was born in Withernsea, and the town still pays tribute to her in the lighthouse, one of the few in this country built inland.
You can also climb the 144 stairs to the top for breath taking views of the surrounding countryside. And if you want more examples of Withernsea’s offbeat charm, look no further than the remarkable castellated entrance to the family-friendly beach, or take a tour of RAF Holmpton, a former Cold War era nuclear bunker just three miles outside the town.
The heartbeat of the Wolds, Driffield, is also its cultural ‘capital’ and an ideal place to take a break from city life.
Spend an unhurried afternoon exploring All Saint’s Church and nearby Burton Agnes Hall, unearth ghostly stories, shop for antiques in the market or simply stroll on the idyllic Riverhead.
Driffield, also known as Great Driffield, is a market town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The civil parish is formed by the town of Driffield and the village of Little Driffield.
40 minutes away from Hornsea is Hull, the UK’s City of Culture for 2017. Hull is home to a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs. It also has a great history which is celebrated in the cities range of museums. With two theatres, art galleries and various music venues you’re sure to find something of interest in Hull.
The Deep, is a must visit for all that come to Hull. From penguins and turtles to sharks, this Aquarium has a range of species and is a favourite for all age groups.
Hull’s fruit market is home to a number of independent bars, restaurants and shops, which has given it a reputation for being Hull’s creative quarter. With vintage retailers and art galleries this area is hugely popular, it even has its own vintage market on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Visitors can take in the city centre whilst riding a land train or open-top bus and don’t forget to visit other landmarks like the Humber Bridge while you’re in the area.
In October, Hull is home to one of Europe’s largest travelling fun fairs for a week. With rides for the daring and for the little ones, this fair is an annual highlight for Hull’s residents and visitors.
York is a historic walled city and should be a must visit for anyone coming to Yorkshire. It is an hour and 20-minute drive from Hornsea with easy bus and train links.
With its Gothic 13th-Century Cathedral, medieval buildings and array of museums, York has plenty to keep you entertained. The Jorvik Centre explores the cities Viking past and is a favourite among families and history lovers, while The York Dungeon tells the more gruesome side of the city’s story. For those of you that aren’t interested in history, learn to be a chocolatier at York’s Chocolate Story or visit the acclaimed National Railway Museum.
York is also great for shopping, with all of the major highstreets shops and a lot of quirky independents. It’s home to the oldest shopping street in England, The Shambles, which even has its own Harry Potter shop.
Bars and restaurants are in abundance in this city, alongside well-known establishments sit traditional, historic pubs and quirky, artisan restaurants.