When I told you all about our stay at Sand le Mere on the East Yorkshire coast I told you I would be back to tell you all about the best places to visit whilst staying in Yorkshire.
Since moving here almost three years ago we have been out and about quite a bit and have had some lovely days out both close to home and further afield.
Sand le Mere is situated at Tunstall just a few miles outside of Withernsea. Tunstall itself has a pretty little beach which is walkable from the caravan park, however, the weather was not up to much on our visit so the closest we got was whilst walking Shadow one night!
Withernsea is a small seaside town which, if I’m being brutally honest isn’t the greatest. Now bear in mind that I grew up near the seaside so two penny slots and arcade machines aren’t really a novelty to me! If you are visiting from a city where you don’t have the beach and all the fun of the seaside I can definitely see the appeal.
That isn’t to say Withernsea doesn’t have it’s good points. It is a nice walk along the seafront with a lovely ‘sandcastle’ building which is a real focal point. It also has a great park with a stage where a lot of events take place.
Just a few miles up the road is another seaside town, Hornsea. I have to say that we do prefer a trip to Hornsea seafront rather than Withernsea. It is a really nice walk and a lovely beach and there is a great little fish and chip shop at the far end of the prom.
Also in Hornsea is the Freeport which has a small selection of outlet shops. Although there is not a huge choice, it is a nice place to walk around and, if visiting during holiday time, there is usually an event or two on for the children as well as the soft play centre.
If you don’t mind travelling further afield, Bridlington and Scarborough are about an hour/hour and a half drive away and they really are worth a visit if you are looking for that proper seaside experience.
We have been to Bridlington on many occasions and love the whole seaside feel of the place. You can’t beat a walk along the seafront with an ice cream and then stopping for fish and chips before you come home. If you are making the journey to Bridlington, Sewerby Hall is a great place to take children. They have animals and play parks, and during holidays often have an event going on.
Scarborough is a lovely seaside town with so much to see and do. You could spend a whole day on their beautiful beach or pay a visit to the Sealife Centre. As well as this they have a great shopping area. If you didn’t want to drive that far there are also regular trains to and from Hull at reasonable prices.
Staying closer to home, there are a variety of attractions in Hull itself that I don’t think people realise. As well as the main attraction – The Deep – there are lots of museums in the town centre which have free entry. The town itself is also a great place for shopping with all of the major stores together with a few smaller, independent shops.
If you prefer the more outdoorsy type fun, there are two parks in Hull, East Park and West Park. East Park is huge with lots of open green space, plenty of play equipment for children big and small, a splash boat during the warmer months and a great animal enclosure that has recently been added too. I can’t say we have visited West Park but I have been told that it has a lot of the same attractions.
If you are feeling even more adventurous the Humber Bridge Country Park is a great place for a walk and picnic. On the first Sunday of every month you will also find a great Farmer’s Market in the car park.
More outdoor fun can be found at Honeysuckle Farm just outside Hornsea. It is only small but has quite a few animals that you can feed, a good play area, maze and hay bales to jump across. It is relatively inexpensive too and there are plenty of picnic benches if it is a nice day. If you do take a trip there you really should try a Mr Moo’s ice cream! Mr Moo’s is produced locally and it is delicious! If you want to try out the full selection of available flavours their shop is a few miles outside Hornsea near to Skirlington.
If you are more of an indoors family or the weather is bad (which, lets face it is quite often the case!) the National Railway Museum at York is a great family day out. Entry is free all year round and they often have a lot of activities going on over the holidays to keep children entertained.
If you enjoy shopping but want something for your children to do too, Junction 32 at Castleford is a great place to spend the day. As well as lots of outlet shops there is also a great new adventure golf course.
If you are visiting Yorkshire soon I hope this has given you some ideas of places to go and things to do! I would love to know if you think I have missed anywhere!