Bridlington? Bridlington?? I went there recently to get my sewing machine repaired and what I saw didn’t inspire me to linger. However, this was intended to be a contributory series, so I’m copying this piece from an article on today’s Guardian web site, no less, on traditional UK seaside breaks.
“Bridlington went up in the world when David Hockney moved in. The artist has a house on Brid’s South Shore, overlooking the town’s vast blue flag beach and the Nautical Mile (an architectural promenade of sculptures, modernist beach huts and artworks by Bruce McLean). The North Shore is a noisy jangle of dodgems, bingo and candy floss, but Bridlington is full of surprises. The Old Town (a mile inland) boasts galleries, vintage shops and one of the most complete Georgian streets in England. There’s a ruined medieval priory. The 1930s Royal Hall theatre is now the Spa Bridlington, a multi-use venue with a jazzed-up facade – an uneasy shade of orange – and a restored art deco interior (sign up for a free tour: South Marine Drive, 01262 678258,thespabridlington.com). There’s a busy old-salt fishing harbour (mostly landing crab, lobster and scallops) and some decent seafood restaurants. Try Naked Fish (22 Bridge Street, 01262 400266, naked-fish.co.uk) or the award-winning chippy on Marton Road (01262 678378). Local beauty spots include Flambrough Head, or the nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs – for breathtaking views and 200,000 seabirds (rspb.org.uk).”
The article was followed by a number of reader comments, including this one: “I would suggest Bridlington as a ‘ hidden gem ‘ both traditional and cultural. On a trip last year I was amazed to find David Hockney driving the very Land Train featured in the (Guardian) photograph. During a discussion on his ‘ brushwork methodology ‘ I was more than a little surprised when he informed me that during the summer season he often worked at the towns many seaside attractions, from the dodgems to serving fish and chips at a small kiosk on the seafront. He claimed he was rarely recognised, but more than happy to talk of his artwork and life to any that would listen in exchange for ‘a regular supply of ciggies ‘. Try and visit this exciting town, you may just well be eating chips served to you by one of the worlds most famous artists.”
On a practical level, it takes about an hour and a half to drive to Brid, with lovely scenery much of the way. When you get there, the parking is terrible, but there is a park and ride.
So give Brid a whirl and let us know how you get on, or recommend your own neglected treasure. Meanwhile, I can thoroughly recommend the Sewing Centre at 1 Queen Street (01262 603057) if you need to get a sewing machine repaired.
The full route for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire has been unveiled, with the event expected to bring a multimillion-pound economic boost for the region and build on the £60m generated by the 2016 race.
The third edition of the race takes place between 28 and 30 April 2017. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in Yorkshire's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire.
The first stage of 173 kilometres on 28 Friday is from Bridlington to Scarborough and takes the riders from the coast through the Yorkshire Wolds, starting outside the refurbished Bridlington Spa and heading into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.
Classified climbs occur up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby and the second sprint of the day.
The route continues on to Robin Hood's Bay for the third and final climb and then on into Scarborough for the finish along North Bay.
Stage two is 122.5km in length and travels from Tadcaster To Harrogate. Starting on Tadcaster bridge - which will be newly reopened following flood damage last Boxing Day - this stage takes the riders through some of Yorkshire's finest market towns.
They will venture into Knaresborough, where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs, and the day's sole categorised climb comes on the Côte de Lofthouse before the descent into Masham.
Ripon will feature the second intermediate sprint and the race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate. The action reaches its crescendo along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
Stage three takes the riders on a 194.5km route from Bradford to Fox Valley (Sheffield) on 30 Sunday.
Named "The Yorkshire Terrier" this stage is expected to be the toughest in the history of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Riders will start at Bradford City Park before heading into Saltaire. The action then briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing Bolton Abbey and into the Yorkshire Dales.
Skipton is the next town on the agenda, with the first of eight categorised climbs being contested on the Côte de Silsden.
The following ascent comes on the cobbled rise up Haworth's main street and another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall.
An intermediate sprint at Clifton precedes a traverse from West to South Yorkshire and into Penistone, and another sprint is on the cards at Stocksbridge before the riders embark on a 22km finishing circuit that features no-less than four categorised climbs. These come at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: "I can't wait to see the world's best riders tackling these routes. We've worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire's stunning scenery as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.
"Last year the race attracted two million spectators and generated £60m for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year.
Amaury Sport Organisation's Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme added: "I always enjoy coming to Yorkshire and the county certainly knows how to put on a show.
"I am excited by what this year’s route has in store and am sure it will provide three days of fantastic racing."
Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across four continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.
Now all that experience is being put to good use - you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show - this is the very best of Jimmy Carr.
Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into an incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.
Over the past 10 years, Jimmy has deservedly earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. As well as hosting 14 series of 8 Out Of 10 Cats and starring in 10 O’Clock Live, Jimmy is a regular on all the top TV comedy shows. Often referred to as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’, Jimmy has so far performed his live stand-up tour shows to well over 1.3 million people and his DVDs have sold more than 1.2 million copies. His stand-up achievements to date include a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up Tour, a Loaded LAFTA Award for Best Stand-Up and a Perrier Award nomination.
'A comedy hero for our times' (The Guardian)
'Jimmy Carr is a world-class comedian...I envy his brilliance with words' (The Independent).
Diverse Fest 14th January 2017 12pm - 8pm
A new ability performance festival for those with learning difficulties or disabilities
The development of the new £25 million East Riding Leisure Bridlington is rapidly taking shape, and the new Centre is scheduled to open in Spring 2016 (May/June). The centre will feature featuring a 25 metre six-lane swimming pool with learner pool; a Splash Zone pool with fun slides and waterplay features; the amazing Clip n’Climb; and spaces for parties – not forgetting the café/ coffee shop with spectacular views of the bay.
It will bring together a superb range of sports and leisure activities under one roof, and offer accessible health and fitness facilities for local residents and visitors to the town. The new Centre will also make a huge contribution to the regeneration of Bridlington town centre, situated in an unrivalled position on the seafront, with superb views for customers across Bridlington bay to Flamborough Head. The development of East Riding Leisure Bridlington has been funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (£20.9 million); the Coastal Communities Fund (£2.1m); and Sport England (£2m).
25m 6 lane swimming pool, max depth 2m.
13x7m learner pool with moveable floor - operating to a maximum depth of 2m
Leisure water – Freeform pool to include waterplay features and slides connected to the learner pool by moveable bund. 2 slides with aqua run off.
Swimming spectator seating for 150
Village style wet changing facilities at pool level.
Health Suite – Steam room, Sauna, Jacuzzi
70 Station Fitness Suite
6 Court sports hall – Specified to Sport England Club level.
2 Squash courts
Dry sports and separate members changing areas.
A feature climbing wall – located within central ‘Street’
Spaces suitable for clubroom, dance classes, yoga, children's parties
Cafe/ Coffee shop - Open access to non-centre users with external seating and views over the bay.
Health and wellbeing consulting space.
Third party retail units
Additional parking provision on the site and much easier drop off and pick up.
Organisers of the Great Bridlington Seafood Festival are celebrating after being selected to go forward in the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards 2016 (REYTAs).
The annual awards celebrate the very best of Hull and East Yorkshire's tourism industry, recognising the quality of the visitor experience and the contribution made to the area's economy.
The Great Bridlington Seafood Festival is one of just six events to be shortlisted in the Remarkable Small Tourism Event Category. The festival was launched in 2015 to showcase Bridlington's seafood industry and celebrate the town's rich maritime heritage.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "For a fledgling event, about to embark on its second year of operation, being shortlisted for a REYTA is a fabulous accolade to boast."The 2015 festival provided yet another fantastic reason for families to visit and explore the resort of Bridlington. The 2016 festival is set to be even bigger and better and will take place over the whole weekend from Saturday, 9 until Sunday, 10 July."
Initially funded as a pilot by East Riding of Yorkshire Council's High Street Fund and the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), this one day festival proved to be hugely popular attracting 15,000 visitors.
Preparations are already underway for the 2016 festival and in direct response to visitor feedback will now take place over two days on 9 and 10 July 2016. Visitors to this year's event can again look forward to a jam packed programme of free family entertainment. There will be a fully licensed bar and restaurant (serving local catch specials) throughout the day (RAGS Hotel & Restaurant), live local bands and theatrical performances late into the evening including a firework finale, live seafood cooking demonstrations throughout the day from a host of local professional chefs headed by the Nigel Brown Catering School, dedicated children's activities, local trader stalls offering seafood, artwork, local wine and maritime-related kiosks such as Coastguard, lifeboat, Keel and Coble preservation and Fishermans Mission.
For 2016 festival goers can expect bigger and better – with more stalls, master class opportunities, a lifeboat rescue demonstration and more seafood.
Find out more about the festival at http://www.bridlingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk/
Each intimate performance lasts just over an hour. This unique experience, produced by The Spa Bridlington as part of its Summer Repertory Season, is tailored to the atmospheric glory of Sewerby Hall
To Book your tickets go the Bridlington Spa