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Long golden beaches, a harbour and a newly renovated promenade complete with fun fair, Bridlington has a lot to offer day trippers and holiday makers alike. Situated on the East coast of Yorkshire a few miles away from Scarborough it is a beautiful seaside town that I love visiting.
My wife's parents always loved Brid' and as a little girl my wife spent her school holidays there in her parents caravan, so when we were looking to spend a sum of money on a static caravan for ourselves our first choice where to site it was Bridlington. Our caravan park is situated 7 miles away from the centre of Bridlington up on the sea front and the views overlook the sea and a long stretch of beach. It is a quiet area and for 7 months of the year it is our second home, we spend all summer there enjoying barbecues on the balcony and long walks along the beach. Bridlington town centre is a short drive away and on an evening we go down to enjoy the various things the town has to offer.
As well as plenty of arcades and amusements there is a working harbour and you can sit and watch fishermen come and go, during the day there are boat trips that take you up to Flamborough Cliffs; a Yorkshire Wildlife trust for puffins and other sea birds, you get to see the massive population nesting and interacting with one another it really is a special sight for anyone to enjoy. If you feel the need for an adrenaline rush there are short thrill trips on a speedboat available that go whizzing in and out of the harbour at break neck speed and they are fun to watch if you don't fancy a go yourself.
The fun fair on the promenade offers rides and stalls for all ages, there are plenty of things for children to do and pass a few hours on, in the holiday season the fair gets very busy but never seems to be too full. Close to the funfair is Bridlington's Leisure World which is an indoor swimming facility with huge pools and slides and plenty of fun for all the family, as well as catering for children they offer separate times of the day where they restrict access to the over 60's, ladies only, fitness swimming etc so you don't have to be bothered by younger folk if you don't want to.
There are plenty of shops available in the town centre from the small nick-nack seaside shops on the harbour to an indoor "promenade" which houses some familiar high street stores. There is an open air market that takes over the pedestrian area in the centre of town a few times a week selling fresh fruit and veg, gardening items and clothes etc and this is usually always busy. Being a seaside town with its own harbour there are plenty of fish and chip takeaways and cafes, you can't beat a bit of seaside fish and the ones on offer in some of the chippies are out of this world. Thick, white cod and haddock beautifully fried in batter, there is no comparison to what you get at home and once tasted you will want to go back for more.
For those wanting to stay longer than a day there are plenty of choices of accommodation from budget B&B's, apartments to rent and quality hotels offering plenty of choice for your money. Before we bought our caravan we spent many a weekend and mid week break in a variety of different places and as with anywhere the quality ranged from poor up to excellent, do research different accommodations on the Net before booking and you should be fine.
Out of the town, a short drive or long walk along the sea front takes you up to Sewerby where you can stand on the cliff tops looking out to sea, the scenery and sights are breathtaking especially in summer and there are plenty of benches dotted up and down if you want to take a break. There are plenty of car parking spaces both in the town centre and along the promenade and parking us usually easy enough, though at peak times of the year if you are doing a day trip I would recommend getting there early to secure one. There is a bus and coach station conveniently located close to the town centre which seems popular with day trippers and you often see coach after coach pulling in bringing hordes of people into town.
Being a British seaside resort situated on the North Sea you can imagine that the weather is unpredictable even in summer and the wind that comes in from the sea can be described as "bracing" but with plenty of things to do and see you don't need to worry too much about the weather especially if you like arcades or want to spend an hour or two in one of the many town centre pubs that offer meals as well as drink.
All in all I love Bridlington and don't have a bad word to say about it, like everything else in life it's what you make it and for me you can't beat a day out at the seaside with fish and chips, a walk along the sea front then having a browse round the shops before wasting an hour or two in the amusements. There has been a lot of money spent on Bridlington over the past few years and the town has had a bit of a makeover and is now a lovely place to visit, even if it's just for a day. Highly recommended by me and rates 5 stars in my opinion it's a traditional British resort that makes for a fun day out or holiday stay.
Bridlington is a famous seaside resort which has an appeal for people of all ages. Its beautiful beaches and brand new award winning promenades and gardens are popular with families and the older generation.
Bridlington is situated on the East coast of Yorkshire north of the Hull and the River Humber just south of Flamborough Head. A half hr ride North leads you towards the seaside resorts of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby.
Great beach and harbour - donkey rides
Town centre shops
Bars and restaurants
Bridlington's Leisure World
John Bull World of Rock
Beside The Seaside Museum
Lots of bars to choose from, lively on Fri, Sat nights.
Mostly cheaper style restaurants - pub grub, fish and chips, fast food. Not found anywhere worth recommending as yet.
Attractions just outside Brid
If you like walking and enjoy nature then a visit to Danes Dyke is a must. A short journey out of Bridlington towards Flamborough takes you straight there.
Cruckley Animal Farm is a great day out for the family not far from Brid. Lots of hands on family entertainment.
Bridlington has now become the venue for the British Open Darts Competition and has two 18 hole golf courses. The seafront road-train is worth a trip and takes in all the sights of Brit. Besides the tat shops and ten-a-penny rubbish fish and chip shops Brid is actually a lovely place the visit. The harbour is particually attractive and worth a wander round.
NAME OF LOCATION: Bridlington, Yorkshire on the east coast of the UK.
BACKGROUND: As a St John member I annually have to go on a day trip with a local old peoples group so that they have first aid cover on the journey. When I get to the destination (which in the past have been Skegness and Llandudno) I am free to do as I please until the coach returns in the evening/afternoon. The group then arranges for a stop en-route back to Chesterfield at a pub for a drink. They are very welcoming and I enjoy these trips. This year (2006), we went to Bridlington.
1. Bridlington Harbour Heritage Museum (The Harbour Tel 01262 608346) this is a museum and art gallery celebrating the areas rich maritime history and heritage. Open daily 9am to 4pm May to September. Admission 30p with under 5s free. This was a small quaint museum and art gallery, which does not take long to visit, and this is reflected in the entry fee. However, there is a video of 1950s Bridlington with some hardwood seats to sit and view it, which is quite interesting (it is on a loop and if it is not working ask at Reception and they will set it up). I found the seat a welcome relief from walking around Bridlington in the heat and it was quite cool in there, despite the hot day.
2. Jaws boat Trips around the bay for £1 all riders. A 15 minute ride on a boat that has half a shark on the front of the boathouse and has painted warnings about shark attacks and blood dripping (paint you fools) on the seats. On the prow of the boat there are sharks teeth painted on. I tried this trip and it was very enjoyable although it would have been more interesting if there had been a commentary but it would have had to be loud to overcome the noise of the engine! The air was very bracing and the sea choppy but I really enjoyed this trip.
3. Boat trip Bridlington Yorkshire Belle £4 adults, £3.50 OAP £2 Child or a family ticket of £11 for a 1 or 2 hour cruise (which may be more expensive) including 1 at 7pm to Bempton Cliff Bird Sanctuary. The others went to Flamborough Head and back. I missed the only trip I could go on without struggling to get on my coach home because I was on the Jaws boat but something to think about for next time.
4. Powerboat trip Speed boat £3.50 adults, under 10 £3 but pregnant women and back sufferers advised not to go. I didnt try this as I have had back problems in the past and thought it was rather expensive as it was a similar route to the Jaws boat trip.
5. Land train not tried so cant really comment but on my map is shown as starting from Lifeboat Station for the South Promenade and outside Leisure World for the North Promenade. If I had found it on the North Promenade I would have got on it and visited Sewerby Hall (www.sewerby-hall.co.uk - Open April 1 to October 29 daily 10am to 5pm), as this is its end location. I got almost as far as the Leisure centre looking for Old Pennys Memories but didnt see the train, but I know it was running as I saw it from the boat. Land train prices are Adult Single £1.20, Child Single 70p (multi-drop tickets available ask at the Land Train) and Day Rider All day unlimited travel are Adult £4.50 and Child £3.00.
6. Beside the Seaside Museum walked past it to get to the harbour and looked very clean and interesting but due to the hot weather chose not to visit on this occasion.
7. Fairground rides on The Esplanade found this very noisy and dislike these attractions so avoided it.
8. Old Pennys Memories Museum free entry but when I tried to find this I found it was closed and was being altered into flats, but it was still advertised on literature being supplied by Bridlington Tourist information centre as I visited the TIC on the day to get a map and some idea of the facilities available.
We arrived on a coach trip and walked around Bridlington. There IS a land train but you need to walk some distance from the coach park to get into Bridlington and then some distance to either of the 2 land trains starting points. The coach park is near Tescos and from Bridlington is well signposted for the long walk back. Car parking is restricted in certain areas of the town and disabled visitors need to note that they have to pay to park in the Pay and Display car parks, which start at 50p per hour up to 70p per hour for all users. The On Street car parking at South Marine Drive and North Marine drive are free, to disabled users, provided you display a valid permit.
Various see above but I recommend you contact the Tourist Information centre and/or above attractions, as you can get discount vouchers and special offers such as Prom Pass which may benefit you financially.
1. Rosies café on the harbour was £4.10 for a coffee and a jacket potato with cheese and bacon on it. This was a large potato and had a side salad too, so I think this was pretty reasonable. Very clean restaurant, but unsure if it had toilet facilities.
2. Copper Kitchen, 5 Southcliff Road 01262 678955 only had a hot chocolate with cream (cup) £1. This location did have toilets but they are upstairs. Note that this was a waitress service café i.e. you sat down and they came and asked you for your order. Mentioned in Eating Out in Bridlington literature from Tourist Information centre as an English restaurant/café, this booklet has Thai, Indian, Chinese, Fish & Chip shops/takeaways, as well as restaurants and cafes with a useful map section at the back.
Various see above
We went on a Tuesday and although we arrived just after 11am, we only spent an afternoon there so didnt get to see or do everything that was available. As it was such a hot sunny day, I spent as much of it as possible outside just enjoying the views and didnt go in as many of the attractions that I originally planned on doing.
1. Plenty to do
2. Something to pass the time in Bridlington on a Tuesday
3. Plenty of chairs to admire the views
4. Brilliant in good weather as you can go on boat trips and enjoy the scenery.
1. Not very good for disabled access in Copper Kitchen café, and toilets are all upstairs.
2. Busy in high season
3. Land train does not seem easily accessible
4. Coach park a long way from town centre
5. Expensive if wet as most attractions cost money to get in
Would consider a Prom Pass if staying longer or wanted to visit a lot of attractions as valid for 4 days unlimited use of Leisure World, including swimming, 3B Entertainment Centre, Sewerby Hall & Gardens, deckchairs, windbreaks and the Land train for £20 per adult, £8 per child and family of 4 £48. Valid between July 1 and September 10 2006.
They can be purchased from Sewerby Hall & Gardens, 01262 673769, Leisure World 01262 606715/678258, Bridlington Tourist Information (see below), South Cliff Caravan Park 01262 671051 or the information points at North Promenade 01262 401808 or South Promenade 01262 609815. It is valid for some but not ALL 3Bs shows and events.
Have a better idea of what is available and what I would like to try next time so need to arrange another trip to Brid!
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Contact the Tourist Information Centre, at 25 Prince Street, Bridlington. Telephone 01262 673474 or email Bridlington.email@example.com Most of the leaflets I picked up were very useful and some had vouchers with 2 for 1 offers or Kids go free, which would have been useful if I hadnt been travelling alone.
There are also TIC information points on both North and South Promenades (although I didnt find them!).
I also went online before I went and got information from www.visiteastyorkshire.com and found out that Market days are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Bank Holiday Mondays as extras.
During the age of 10 - 18 I lived in the tiny village of Flamborough Head just outside Bridlington. During that time I watched a once very popular seaside resort somehow slowly ebb toward it's demise.
So when did it all begin?
When I first moved there I thought that it was the best thing since sliced bread, but what child doesn't? I mean there were the arcades mainly what used to be known as Joyland and is now called the Forum. There was that little funfair on the harbour which, although quite expensive, was great fun. However this was spoilt when they removed Jungle Jims (Indiana Jones) and replaces it with, guess what, what every seaside town needs, ANOTHER PUB. This is just one example of how to ruin a family seaside town if there's room they just build another pub, I mean why???
Now as a child I spent a lot of time fishing off the harbour wall with my grandad. Nothing special, just a few hours and a big flask of soup which my grandma would make for us. Do you know they even wanted to change and commercialise that too. They wanted a big posh marina which really I knew would never get built. It takes them two months to dig a hole in the road for gods sake,and don't even ask how long to fill it in again. It usually ends up as one of those annoying little roundabouts that people usually just drive over anyway. Anyway guess what? They decided not to build it after all! Well yipee. It took them three years to decide on what I considered a fore-gone conclusion
There was the one place i loved to go and is still well worth it for a cheap day out for the family .This is the Leisure World. Bridlingtons Rather good leisure complex. Now this place is the answer to any family squabbles. Mum and the kids can go in the pool which, by the way, there are three to chose from. There is a heated infants pool, a proper pool for the more serious swimmer and there's even a large wave pool for the kids. Be advised young children will need your extra supervision as it can get a little crowded and there is a risk of being stamped on by more rowdy children. They also have other facilities such as the sauna and gym etc.
Now if you are looking to get away from all this you must make a visit to Sewerby Park. If you go down to the front by Leisure World there is a little train which the kids will love and it won't cost the earth. This train will take you directly to Sewerby Park. Once you get there admission is next to nothing and believe me it is value for money as it can well take up to a full day and day fillers are what you need if you holiday or live at Bridlington.
Once inside the place really opens up and offers a wide selection of activities for everybody and I mean everybody. There's a zoo and pets corner with petting zoo for young children and Mum too.
Then for dad there's a lovely and well kept 12 hole golf course, although you do have to pay for this. It's only a couple of quid for 2 hours of sheer relaxation and pleasure. Aswell as this there are some great gardens, views and family walks to walk of the ice cream.
So just to summerise this frontrunner of British seasides i would just like to say this to the people who make the decisions.
please stop building pubs because people can only drink so much.
if it's not broken don't fix it, especially holes in the road.
and finally please get rid of the damn pubs because there is enough to go around and restore Jungle Jims so my son can play there like I did so many years ago
Bridlington I still love you!!!!! Honest!
Oh yeah and it's on the east coast about 20 miles south of Scarborough
Hey, so you want some nice fish and chips? Go to Brid! Bridlington is along the longest stretch of Coastline in Britain and the East Yorkshire. I used to visit Brid all the time when my Mum and Dad were alive and I was young. My first experience of the seaside resort was when I was about five! We travelled down to stay with my Auntie in Hull, and then travelled down on the train! It was fun! The beach was nice, although the water was (and still is) a little sandy, and i remember going in the water with a white T-Shirt over my cossie and coming back with a grey Shirt! Years later I revisited Bridlington with my BF and stayed in a lovely sea front hotel. There is a large town centre, and it is relatively close to towns of Hull, Beverley and Scarbrough. There's a grand choice of restaurants and chip shops and there's the usual sea gulls and shops selling buckets and spades. I LOVE BRID!
Bridlington is good traditional English seaside resort. The town is in the East Riding of Yorkshire on the East coast and is centred around a fishing harbour, with two large sandy beaches on either side of the harbour. Behind the harbour is the town centre with a large shopping area with a good variety of mostly small shops. Around the edge of the harbour has been developed mainly for tourists with a whole collection of small shops and food outlets providing a wide variety of take-away food. There is seating provided all along the harbour wall and on a nice day it is very pleasant to have something to eat and drink overlooking the activity in the harbour. Also beside the harbour is the harbour museum; this is only a small museum but is well worth a visit as it is laid out in a very interesting way and appeals to all age groups. On the north side of the promenade is a fun fair, which is always popular. There are a number of different boat trips from the harbour including a very fast speed boat for those people who want a ride that is not at the fun fair. In the height of the season the town does get busy and car parking can sometimes be a problem, but even on a busy Summer’s day as you walk around the town you do not feel crowded. If you enjoy visiting seaside towns, then this is one of the best, with a good variety of attractions. I would recommend a visit.