10 reasons to live in East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire is our Site of the Week this week, and with its dramatic coastline, beautiful rural villages, and historic landmarks, we're certainly intrigued by life in this idyllic county. Our Local editor Kate explains why she's chosen East Yorkshire to raise her family.
1. Thing about the area
One of the best things about East Yorkshire is the fact that nobody really knows it's there. For the most part, it's undiscovered, un-gentrified and fairly unreconstructed rural idyll. We have big open spaces, glorious seascapes, (relatively) low house prices, decent schools, and peace and quiet. Think kids playing outside, miles of open countryside, and easy access to cosmopolitan cities from our nice market towns and pretty villages.
2. Child friendly café
Mr Moos, Skipsea
Tuck in to freshly made ice cream sundaes then walk down to the beach.
The Shed, Beverley
We've heard some good things about The Shed, especially their breakfast/brunch menu and original play area for little ones.
Folly Lake Café, Risby Lakes, Walkington
"It's lovely and peaceful and they do lovely home-cooked food and home-made cake." babysensoryeastriding
The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton
Voted Michelin Pub of the Year in 2012, this is always a favourite with locals and visitors to the county, with a delicious menu emphasising the region's fantastic produce. The village is perfect for a post-prandial stroll.
Quirky and atmospheric, this tiny Italian-inspired wine bar/brasserie is a reliable and enjoyable destination on (rare!) child-free evenings.
The Wellington Inn, Lund
This pub has a good reputation for traditional but good quality pub food, and again there is a picturesque village to stroll round if you need to work up an appetite or walk off your pudding.
4. Outside space
A unique area of common land, open to all and overseen by a group of local Pasturemasters, Beverley Westwood is made up of two large areas of common land and is also home to Beverley Racecourse and Golf Club. Much loved by walkers, runners and orienteering enthusiasts, the Westwood offers hundreds of acres to roam across for picnics, sledging (we get snow most winters), kite-flying and brisk Sunday walks.
5. Hidden gem
The Touring Caravan Gallery, Duckett and Jeffreys
Tucked away in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds (and a great place to visit if you're spending a day at Sledmere Hall), this gallery shows distinctive modern art and also offers regular classes in print-making and other techniques.
Beverley Minster Roof Tours, Beverley
Beverley Minster is a stonking great building, and a real surprise for such a modest market town. Take your older children for a guided tour up onto the Minster Roof and see the local landscape in a whole new way.
Danes Dyke, Bridlington
This is a nature reserve/archaeological wonder/beach/woodland/café stop all rolled into one. Our kids love the beach here, because there's so much to do: rock pools, sandy spaces and amazing chalk boulders to make towers with. The café offers ice creams and light refreshments, plus there are loos.
Average semi-detached house price
East Riding of Yorkshire: £142,267
Average class size for primary schools
East Riding of Yorkshire: 26 pupils
UK: 27 pupils
East Riding of Yorkshire: £25,802
East Riding of Yorkshire: 8.07%
6. Community venue
Pocklington Arts Centre, Pocklington
Small, friendly and attracts some big names, it sits in the heart of the community and brings some precious cultural highlights to the Wolds!
East Riding Theatre Co, Beverley
Beverley has lacked a theatre space for many years, but these inspired people have been busily converting an old chapel into the town's only dedicated performance space. They've worked so hard and done so well, and already have sell-out performances.
7. Free visitor attraction
With a varied and largely undeveloped coastline, East Yorkshire's beaches are one of the area's finest assets. From our northern Heritage Coastline at Flamborough Head with its huge seabird population and soaring chalk cliffs, to our southern one at Spurn Point where the sea meets the land in an eerie and changeable landscape of dunes, marshes and mudflats, there's loads of variety. In between the two are family-friendly resorts offering old-fashioned seaside fun – Hornsea is a family favourite with its promenade, paddling pool and café.
8. Day out
Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield
These are fantastic gardens to run around and explore, with giant games hidden away in the walled gardens, a woodland sculpture/nature trail, and lots to see inside the house too. Very family friendly and thoughtfully organised – the picnic area is a safe, enclosed walled garden with a large climbing frame, a fantastic swing and balancing logs. They host regular special events throughout the year: their Christmas openings are particularly popular.
Honeysuckle Farm, Hornsea
Now closed until March next spring (2014), Honeysuckle Farm is an animal-mad toddler's paradise. There are masses of hungry goats to feed, lots of sheep, cattle, hens, pigs and more to look at, two nice wooden play areas and lots of places for picnics – and you can buy their home-made Jersey milk ice-cream too. We regularly end up spending the whole day there making it excellent value for money.
Sledmere House, Driffield
On a slightly grander scale than Burton Agnes, with a bigger (and very well designed) wooden play area and fort, there is lots of open space to run around in, a very lovely walled veg/flower garden and a decent café. There are also regular special events throughout the year, including a very popular Christmas fair.
9. Places to live
Beverley and Pocklington
These are the obvious answers, but East Yorkshire has dozens of gorgeous villages and smaller market towns with much to offer – the pricier rural idylls (North Newbald, Etton, and Warter, for example) in between Beverley, Hull and York have great connections to the wider world. Further off the beaten track (around Driffield, Hornsea and Withernsea) there are some great bargains to be had.
10. Places to shop
Home of the aforementioned Minster, Beverley has a good range of shops, with a few strong independents in amongst the classier clothing chains; Pocklington, Driffield and Hornsea offer a quirky mix of independent retailers.
About the editor
We moved to East Yorkshire over a decade ago, only intending to stay for a few years. As our family has grown this has turned into the perfect place to be with small children, and it often feels like the only sensible place to stay, well away from many of the stresses and busy-ness of the rest of the world!