There isn’t much that Yorkshire doesn’t have. Visiting the county’s abbeys and grand country estates, alone, could take a lifetime. Then there is the natural beauty of the world-famous Dales National Park: a medley of lush, rolling hills and snaking river valleys. This enchanting landscape confronts visitors at every turn. The only trouble is, how do you choose where to start?
Let us help you out – here’s our pick of the very best things to do on your Holidays in Yorkshire.
Find Yorkshire’s answer to Lilliput
One of the most unusual landmarks in Yorkshire is the Bondville Model Village, based in Bridlington. Families will find more than 200 miniature buildings, including a castle, abbey and harbour.
This charming model village is situated at the top of Sewerby Cliffs, which command panoramic views of the North Sea. Bondville’s one-acre plot comprises of hand-crafted cottages, houses and shops, set in carefully manicured gardens. Bondville also boasts a 1:12 scale railway – one of only two in the UK – which demands your attention. When legs run tired, amble over to the garden tearoom and sample the local produce; home-made cakes, in particular, are held in high regard by visitors.
With lots of hidden secrets, a visit is sure to excite younger children in the family.
Trek through the Dales
What better way to experience the Yorkshire Dales than on horseback? Nestled into East Yorkshire’s dramatic coastline, Woldgate Trekking offers a series of superb treks through wildlife-rich woodland and rolling countryside. The stables are located one mile from the resort of Bridlington, and two miles from the harbour; offering countless photo opportunities.
Whether you are an advanced rider or a first-timer, Woldgate Trekking accommodate visitors of all levels. Riding lessons run throughout the week and all treks are escorted by experienced riders. The ‘Young Riders Club’ caters for children from 5/6 upwards and includes a ride or lesson. There is also the opportunity to learn stable management skills: horse grooming, tacking up and cleaning.
Wade through Scarborough’s past
The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre is a modest enterprise which began eleven years ago and is still run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. The centre reveals the town’s maritime history – which dates back to the Roman Empire – through thousands of artefacts, photographs, documents and objects. Learn of Edward Harland: a Scarborough-born shipbuilder whose company, Harland and Wolfe, built the infamous Titanic. Children will enjoy hearing tales of pirates and notorious smugglers.
The centre’s website was also voted the UK’s best maritime family history resource by the BBC TV programme-related magazine, who do you think you are?
Join a seashore safari
At the Living Seas Centre, families can find a wealth of information about Yorkshire’s beautiful marine and coastal wildlife. Embark on a storyboard trail around Flamborough Cliffs, join a Seashore Scavenger Hunt or get stuck in on a Beach Clean. Young explorers will love the Seashore Safari: a tour of the weird and wonderful creatures hidden in the rock pools at South Landing. On the Living Seas Safari, visitors hop aboard a traditional Yorkshire coble and enjoy unrivalled views of Flamborough’s chalk cliffs. Expert guides will offer commentary on the diverse marine life living above and below the waves, including puffins, kittiwakes, porpoise and seals.
Seashore Safaris run on weekends throughout the year, while Living Seas Safari boat trips only run from April to August. The latter is a great opportunity to explore Flamborough’s sea caves when the climate is temperate.
With so much to do in Yorkshire, it’s not hard to stay busy. What’s your favourite place to explore in the area? Let us know the sites that you most enjoy.