Places to Visit


Our favourite beach is Fraisthorpe, just 12 miles from Swallow’s Nest. This is a long stretch of sand, reaching all the way to Bridlington.

We are regular visitors. In the summer, we picnic and paddle, build sand castles, play cricket and have barbecues. In winter, we take our dog Oscar for a long romp across the sands.

There is pay and display parking in the farmer’s field and up at the farm, there are public toilets and a café, serving hot and cold food and ice creams.

Fraisthorpe beach is a favourite amongst wind, kite and sand surfers. Contrary to local rumour, this is not a nudist beach!

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Fraisthorpe Beach (12 miles, 20 minutes)

North Landing (18 miles, 36 minutes)


This is a beautiful sandy bay with chalk cliffs, famous for its smugglers’ caves; a great place to take children.

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There is a lovely nature reserve leading down to the beach, which is sandy, with white cliffs and chalk pebbles. The coastal footpath leads all the way to Flamborough.

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Danes Dyke Nature Reserve:

Danes Dyke (18 miles, 36 minutes)

Bridlington (15 miles, 28 minutes)


This is a traditional British beach resort with sandy beaches, award winning promenades, a funfair and donkey rides.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May until 30th September.

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The Yorkshire Belle - Winner of the Sunday Times Best Boat Trip in Britain 2008 operates from Bridlington Harbour from April to October:


Hornsea is a small, traditional sea side resort with a sand and shingle beach. The promenade has recently been refurbished and there are plenty of attractions and places to eat.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May until 30th September.

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Hornsea (7 miles,15 mins)


Filey:  26 miles  45 mins

Scarborough:  32 miles  1 hour

Robin Hoods Bay:  47 miles  1 hour 25 mins

Whitby:  50 miles   1 hour 30 mins

Beverley (9 miles, 20 minutes)


Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Beverley is renowned for its 13th Century Minster ( . There is a lively market, thriving music scene, a racecourse and medieval skyline as well as excellent shops, historic pubs, great restaurants and lots of cafes.


In Hull you will find fantastic free museums, art galleries, an Old Town with cobbled streets, a Marina and old Fruit Market (now home to an abundance of exciting new creative and cultural venues) and one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world (see below).

Hull is the 2017 City of Culture

Hull (15 miles, 35 minutes)

The Deep, Hull (15 miles, 35 minutes)


The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. This dramatic building overlooking the Humber estuary is home to 3,500 fish including a pair of Green Sawfish, sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins.


This is a free museum, charting the history of transport over 200 years.

Our grandchildren enjoy clambering aboard all the different vehicles and have fun in the penny slot machine arcade.

Streetlife Museum, Hull (15 miles, 35 minutes)

Burton Agnes Hall (12 miles, 23 minutes)


Simon Jenkins, author of England's Thousand Best Houses, described Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’ and as one of the twenty best English houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House. It has stunningly beautiful gardens, a fascinating collection of curiosities and an extensive collection of impressionist paintings.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens (18 miles, 36 minutes)


Sewerby Hall is a great place to visit, with or without children. As well as the beautiful house and gardens, there is a zoo, adventure playground, good café and lots of activities. It is worth having a look at their website to see what is on offer:

Bondville Model Village (18 miles, 36 minutes)


Just down the road from Sewerby Hall is this beautiful, tiny model village. It is set in grounds on the cliff tops overlooking the sea and has a café serving home-made cakes and scones.


The rolling chalky countryside of the Wolds is excellent for both walking and cycling. Surprisingly few people visit the area, so it is a bit of a hidden gem and a great place to escape.


The Yorkshire Wolds provided the inspiration for David Hockney’s large canvasses, exhibited a couple of years ago at the Royal Academy. To see the locations at first hand, visit


Nestled in the rolling hills of the Wolds, this is one of the best preserved medieval deserted villages. It is a walk of about 3/4 mile from the car park to the site, parts of which are steep and muddy and so not suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Deserted Medieval Village  (23 miles, 40mins)

Honeysuckle Farm (7 miles, 15 minutes) 


Our grandchildren love taking a cart ride round this farm, pulled by Madge the Shire horse. You can watch cows being milked, taste the ice cream made with their milk and feed a variety of different animals. There are play areas, a nature trail and a maze; a particular favourite is the barn filled with bales of straw to jump on and off and hide behind. Closed during the winter months.


This is a small, hands on museum with plenty for children to see and do.

The volunteers are extremely friendly and helpful.

Hornsea Museum (7 miles, 15 minutes)


Discover the extraordinary 18th century ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ and uncover the fascinating characters from the Constable family over the past 500 years. See the website for activities and events:

Burton Constable Hall (11 miles, 22 minutes)


Skidby Mill is a working four-sailed tower windmill, the last working mill in Yorkshire. It is set in an acre of land and has magnificent views over the Wolds. The mill is unusual in still having all its original outbuildings around the courtyard. Some of these buildings have been converted to form the Museum of East Riding Rural Life.


This is a beautiful house with walled gardens, working stables and an adventure play area. There are various family activities, including a chance to witness Easter lambing in action. Try their delicious afternoon tea or visit their fabulous farm shop.

Skidby Mill(13 miles, 30 minutes)


Hainsworth Park Golf Course

We are right next door to this beautiful 18- hole golf course. It is one of three outstanding golf courses in the area.


A few minutes from our doorstep you can enjoy motorised water sports on an 11-acre clear water lake. You will need to book in advance.


The historic city of York is just 40 miles away. You can take a bus from Beverley or drive through the Wolds. York is famous for its Minster (, ancient city walls and cobbled streets. There are several outstanding museums (including Yorvik and the National Railway Museum, which has free admission), independent shops and a variety of great places to eat and drink.

Castle Howard (36 miles, 1 hour 5 minutes)

Flamingo Land (38 miles, 1 hour)

Dalby Forest – including Go Ape (39 miles, 1 hour, 8 minutes)

Eden Camp World War II Museum (31 miles, 55 minutes)