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    Bridlington Old Town

    by suvanki Updated Apr 12, 2015

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    Bridlington old town was the original Bridlington. A part of Bridlington that many visitors don't know about and apparently the locals only visit for the Christmas and other festivals - this is considered to contain one of the best preserved Georgian streets in the country.
    I finally got to visit this area at Easter 2015, and I was so pleased that I did.
    Yes, plenty of Georgian architecture , shops, restaurants and pubs etc. Also the Priory Church of St Mary's and the Baylie - gatehouse to the former priory.
    We wandered along the streets and noticed that some of the shops had World War Two memorabilia, some shops had WW2 posters, some about air raids, some about rationing, some had cross cross tape across the windows. Other shops had Easter displays. I spotted a shop with Jack Jones Butchers sign in window - for a minute, I remembered Mr Jones - Butchers from the BBC programme of the 70's Dads Army, but 'the penny hadn't dropped'. We were wondering if there had been a WW2 weekend, but hadn't spotted any posters . It wasn't until we were browsing an art shop that had posters etc of biking events over the years ( Bridlington is the starting point for the first Tour de Yorkshire 1-3 May 2015) that we spotted a photo in the corner - a photo of men in uniform marching down the town's street - light bulb moment!!! The old TV programme is being made into a film - starring Catherine Zitta Jones, Bill Nighey etc, filmed entirely in Yorkshire!! Bridlington Old Town has been converted into Warmington On Sea for the film.
    Apparently some shops have retained their 'Dads Army' make over - a plan to make this a tourist attraction!

    You can pick up a free map/ self guided tour of the old town from Bridlington Tourist Info office or the art gallery in the Old Town, where I picked up my copy. This guide explains the history of many of the buildings in the old town.
    To be continued with more info and photos.

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    The Harbour

    by suvanki Updated Apr 8, 2015

    The harbour is a busy working area, where trawlers land their catches to be auctioned and sold to local restaurants and Fish and Chip shops in the town, locality and further afield. Bridlington is famed for its shell fish, much of which is exported to France and Spain.
    Lobster and crab pots lined up on the quay offer photogenic opportunities, along with private fishing boats and leisure craft of all ages, sizes and shapes - check out the names that the owners have given them.
    Pleasure trips also leave from the harbour - The Yorkshire Belle that offers trips to view the gannets, puffins, kittiwakes etc that breed and nest at Bempton Cliffs near Flamborough Head, the Pirate Ship that offers short trips out of the harbour adjacent to the North Beach, along with speedboat excursions.

    A hoard of Roman coins was discovered in the harbour, along with Greek coins dating from the 2nd Century BC, which might prove that the harbour port was there pre- Roman times.
    Local historians think that the Roman maritime station of Gabrantovictorum was situated in this area. There is also thought that this port had many other harbours surrounding it, but over time, erosion by the sea tides has removed any evidence of these..
    The harbour was established around a small stream that emerged here, which is now the river interestingly known as Gypsey Race, which flows through the town and emerges at the harbour site. Gypsey apparently originates from the old English word of Gypsia- it's meaning being ' to suddenly spring into life'.

    Typically, harbours with fish trawlers etc attract sea gulls, and there appears to be no shortage of these in Bridlington - some can be quite threatening, and are known to help themselves to your 'take away' Fish and Chips/ ice cream etc - also be aware that 'what goes in comes out' - yup I've experienced a seagull dumping its load on me - Not Pleasant! I tend to wear a hat/ baseball cap, when walking around the harbour etc!

    It's an interesting place to walk around, and a place to have a go at fishing with a rod or crab catcher (both available from nearby shops - crab buckets and crab catchers can be purchased for around £1)

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    Spa Gardens

    by Britannia2 Written Sep 7, 2014

    The gardens opposite the Spa are a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by and have recently had a £20M makeover.
    The gardens have a modern feel and feature art screens that are four-metres wide and two-metres high. Each panel is made up of two layers of glass laminated together with an image both inside and outside the laminate.
    The panels sometimes seem semi-transparent and sometimes are not. One side is shiny and reflective, while the other is a matte etched surface. Each of the eight Bridlington screens shows a detail from the local environment, including the topography and local industry.

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    Bridlington Harbour Museum

    by Britannia2 Written Sep 4, 2014

    Located on Bridlington's historic harbour side of the Harbour Heritage Museum and is operated by the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society (BSCPS). The main exhibit is the sailing coble 'Three Brothers' built in 1912 which is moored in the harbour. The museum includes photographs, harbour history models, diorama of fishing techniques, video presentation and art gallery where paintings by local artists can be purchased. Entry is free and it is open Easter to October.

    Harbour Museum The Three Brothers boat
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    RSPB Bempton for birdwatching

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 6, 2014

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    There is a RSPB reserve close to Scarborough at Bempton to the south of the town. Between April and August you can see guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins as you enjoy the wonderful cliff top views. There are 200,000 birds here.
    The nearest viewing point is accesable be wheelchair but other viewpoints are a problem.
    It is all free apart from the car park that costs £5.00.(2014 price). RSPB members enter free.
    Off the B1229 from Filey to Flamborough. Northern Rail trains stop here on the Scarborough to Hull line but it is a long walk to the cliffs.
    The visitor centre has toilet facilities and refreshments are available here too . There is also a very good shop. Another way to see the sea birds and cliffs is to take a puffin cruise from Bridlington and details are on my Bridlington pages.

    RSPB Bempton - the cliffs Flowers on the cliffs Nesting birds Nesting birds
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    Flamborough Head

    by Britannia2 Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    Stand on the promenade and look to the north and the giant white cliffs and this is Flamborough Head. It is a promontory of 8 miles and is a chalk headland, with sheer white cliffs.The headland is Britain's only northern chalk sea cliff. The cliff top has two standing lighthouse towers, the first dating to 1669 and Flamborough Head Lighthouse built in 1806.
    The cliffs themselves provide nesting sites for many thousands of seabirds and is visited by bird watchers from across the world.
    There is a pleasant Flamborough village and then North Landing , South Landing, the part of the headland that house the lighthouses and a local nature reserve at Danes Dyke. Thornwick Bay is also here and I have included this as An Off The Beaten Track tip as it is separate from the other headland places. The Lighthouse is included as a Things to Do tip.
    Each place has cafes and parking and all are worth visiting.

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    Sledmere House

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 30, 2013

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    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.

    Sledmere House Sledmere House The lake (on a vintage car rally day)
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    North Promenade

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 23, 2011

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    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.

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    Sewerby Hall

    by Britannia2 Updated Jun 23, 2011

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    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.

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    The Spa

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 23, 2011

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    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.

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    Burton Agnes Hall

    by Britannia2 Written Feb 27, 2011

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    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.

    Burton Agnes Hall Burton Agnes Hall Inside the house The pond
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    Old Penny Memories Museum

    by Britannia2 Written Apr 18, 2009

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    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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    The Yorkshire Belle

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 23, 2008

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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 Yorkshire Belle returns to the harbour The boat off Flamborough At sea The booking stand
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    Pirate ship

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 5, 2008

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    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.

    The pirate ship in the harbour The pirate ship passes the Yorkshire belle Booking office for the pirate ship
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    Flamborough lighthouse

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 5, 2008

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    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.

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