10 reasons to visit Yorkshire

In association with Haven Primrose Valley 

Whether your perfect holiday is sandcastles on the beach, or culture and cuisine, scrambling around rock pools or strolling round a beautiful garden, Yorkshire has it covered. There's so much crammed into such a small area but with plenty of space to enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning coastline. You're bound to fall in love with Yorkshire's hidden gem!


Filey beach1. Best thing about the coast

The value and variety. With bucket-and-spade sandy beaches that go on for miles with rugged cliffs and coves, the region has a breathtakingly beautiful coastline dotted with market towns and villages.

2. Best beach

For a traditional family day out, try Filey. Its five miles of sand are perfect for kite-flying, cricket-playing, castle-building, donkey-riding and running around. For peace and quiet, head down the coast to Barmston's award-winning beach.

3. Best child-friendly café

Mr Moo's Ice-cream Parlour in Skipsea makes their own ice-cream in house, which they whip up into tasty sundaes and ices - then just walk off the calories along the trail down to another beautiful beach. Funny Onion, Bridlington, is another local institution serving high-quality British and bistro dishes in a former pub. Just off the Scarborough to York Road (A64) is the Glebe Farm Bakery in Potter Brompton, which is a perfect pit stop en route from the coast.

The Royal Oak4. Best pub

Try The Royal Oak, Hunmanby, popular with locals and visitors for its friendly welcome and fantastic food served in a child-friendly restaurant area, seven days a week. The Ship Inn in Sewerby is also a perennial favourite for good food and drink, offering a children's play area.

5. Best child-free night out

Head to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. With an outstanding programme of national and international performances year-round, there is always something worth seeing. After the show walk down to the Golden Ball by the harbour – a child-free zone after 7pm – to enjoy its impressive range of ales and lagers.

6. Best outside space

Danes Dyke in Flamborough Head is a unique local nature reserve on Flamborough's heritage coastline. Scramble over ancient earthworks down to the pebble beach dotted with chalk boulders, which is good fossil hunting ground.

7. Best hidden gem

Scarborough Surf School in Cayton Bay will help you enjoy the best surf spots along this coastline. Burton Agnes Hall is a local family favourite: there's a woodland walk, beautiful walled garden with giant games, a picnic/play area near the excellent café, and a historic house to explore.

Peasholm Park8. Best free visitor attraction

Peasholme Park in Scarborough. You can enjoy this oriental-themed park with its impressive pagoda and tranquil lake any day of the year, plus you might catch a bandstand concert, or a miniature naval battle! 

9. Best days out

If you're all seasided-out, head to Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park. This multi-award winning attraction has five acres to roam around in, where you can meet the friendly animals, explore the adventure trail, or relax in the lovely gardens. 

10. Best places to shop

For foodies, head to Hunmanby Pantry for fantastic deli produce and sandwiches, or in Scarborough, the Little Cheese and Wine Shop is also worth finding. Scarborough also has the Brunswick Centre offering a range of high street stores including Debenhams.


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