Sledmere is a Georgian House – and it is also an Edwardian House. Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd baronet, rebuilt and redecorated the house in the 1790s, but in 1911 it was almost completely destroyed by fire. Fortunately most of the contents were rescued and they can still be seen on view today. It is worth a visit just to see the splendour of Joseph Rose’s plasterwork and the fine examples of furniture by Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton.
The gardens and lake are worth seeing if you do not have time to see the house too. There are several special events on through the year too and the opening season is late March to the last Sunday in October.
Leaving the harbour and walking north is a mixed bag of things to see. The rather tacky small funfair that was built much to the annoyance of local people (agreed as it spoils the harbour area) is the first thing you see and then a row of amusement arcades but with two very good coffee/ice cream parlours that are easy to miss here. Past Leisure World and then some small hotels and then a wonderful walk out to Sewerby with sweeping views out to sea and Flamborough Head in the distance.
The sand at north bay is firm and clean and great for beach games and building sand castles. The public toilets are of a high standard and there are new beach huts too. The beach becomes wild and rocky as the promenade rises to become part of Flamborough Head and there are small rock pools to play in and explore.
Sewerby is a pleasant village at the end of the Promenade and a land train runs along the promenade if you are not able to walk along to Sewerby.
The hall has a cliff top position on the coast to the north of the town on the way to Flamborough. It stands in 50 acres of parkland and the house is used for craft fairs, exhibitions and art displays. The hall is worth visiting for the grounds alone and here are pleasure gardens , golf courses for family golf, a putting green , a children's zoo and various craft units. The tea rooms are in the gardens too.
This is East Yorkshire's largest entertainment venue with a capacity of 3500 places in the main hall.
There has been a spa theatre here for over 100 years and in 2008 rebuilding and renovation saw major changes to bring the building in to the 21st century. The 1930s Royal Hall ballroom have been retained as has the Edwardian theatre.
Many major acts appear through the year and the Spa is also used for conferences , exhibitions and weddings.
The hall was built between 1598 and 1610 and is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture. It has stayed in the Cunliffe - Lister family for more than four centuries.
There are many treasures in the house including French impressionist paintings, tapestries, contemporary furniture and some modern artwork.
The old Elizabethan walled garden has over 4000 plants and there are also herb gardens, a maze, fruit trees and herbaceous borders.
There is a shop, cafe and picnic area.
Many events take place through the year and the outer grounds have a woodland sculpture walk.
A small museum dedicated to the slot machine with a good collection of penny arcade machines. This is a good fun museum with even some old What the Butler Saw machines.
Also has a 1960s themed coffee bar.
Do ring before travelling as opening times vary according to the season.
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This little ship is a must see in Bridlington. The ship was built in 1947 and is the last surviving ship cruising out of the harbour. The ship is fully licensed and has a lounge bar that serves light refreshments throughout cruises. There are daily one hour and in July and August there are evening cruises with entertainment. The ship can carry 206 people but beware - only 100 can travel undercover so travel only when the weather is good!
The hour cruises go to Flamborough Head but occasionally longer trips are made to the Bempton Bird Sanctuary and this is my recommended cruise as the sight of the high cliffs and the many birds a sight well worth seeing.
The standard 15 minutes rides are on offer from 1st April through till 31st October everyday, and weekends all year round (weather dependent).
The boat is also available for private hire including birthday parties, private functions and scattering of ashes and remember service.
Scenic tours around Flamborough Head to see the spectacular views of North landing and Thornwick Bay or a long trip to view the famous 300feet Bempton cliff bird sanctory.
he Pirate Ship was built on the High Green in Bridlington old town next to the Priory church in 1979. It was built single handed by a local boat builder called Paul Mckie.
It was originally designed to be an angling and commercial fishing boat and was named "Sportsman." It is constructed of oak frames with larch planking which was harvested in the Hemsley area of North Yorkshire.
The decking is made of iroko wood imported from South America.
Carvel built the frames are erected before the planking, the planks are butted up to each other and are secured with iron spikes, then seams and joints are caulked to be made water tight.
This method is usually used on larger vessels and is of a heavier construction.
The holiday industry declined in Bridlington with introduction of cheap flights to Europe. The owners of the Sportsman could not stand by and see this fine piece of craftsman ship be decommissioned as the fishing leisure industry slowly came to an end.
Together father and son, Arthur and Sean Newby conceived the novel idea of a pirate ship. Providing great value tours of the Bridlington bay, and a chance for children to experience an exciting voyage.
On the coast on Flamborough Head is a large white lighthouse that has limited opening in 2007. Quite a long climb to the top ( not possible for the elderly or disabled) there are good views over the area and out to sea. There is a mapping system that shows every vessel off the headland and a film show showing the history of lighthouses.
A minimum height restriction of 3'3" (1 meter) applies.
Prices in 2008 are £2.85 and concessions £1.85.
Open Wednesday to Sunday.
For a lovely day with children park off limekiln Lane on the North Side, walk along cliff top up to Sewerby village, potter around Sewerby park - entrance fee Easter - end of September, free outside those times. Pop into the mini zoo and say hello to the penguins. Run around the gravel paths in the walled gardens, have a game of putting. Head to the Old Forge tea rooms in Sewerby for a lovely lunch and chocolate cake. catch the landtrain back down to Limekiln Lane and walk along the beach into town, stop off at Jeromes cafe on the front for a coffee and then walk round to the harbour to buy 5 doughnuts for a £1 from Wendy's. Walk back along the prom - or catch the landtrain if you are tired. Collapse in the car.
Leisure World is on the north bay and has three indoor pools and wave machines. Also used for parties and other sports events.