What's happening at RSPB Bempton Cliffs


Love is in the air

What a time to visit the cliff tops. While some birds are still nest building, others have found mates, some are incubating eggs - and our first gannet chick made its appearance on 17 May. The circle of life keeps on turning. And nature continues to surprise us. 12 year old Joe Fryer visited us mid- month and spotted a Black-Browed Albatross passing across the reserve. Another rarity, it caused quite a stir in the birdwatching world. And while our visitors have been enjoying the views and the sun over the past few days, our seabird monitoring team has been hard at work undertaking a full colony count as well as keeping a watchful eye on productivity on the nesting sites. Who knows what exciting things June will bring? 

Giving nature a home? The Royal in Bridlington has a duck nesting in a hanging basket. High Barn Cottages near Bempton have baby owls on their 'owl cam'. Have you got wildlife guests staying with you? If any creature is bedding down at your place, we'd love to know. Email us a photo/details and we may get a press story about how you're all doing your bit for nature in East Yorkshire.



Artwaves Festival at Brid Spa 8th - 14th May 
ArtWaves Festival is a visual art festival returning to Bridlington to showcase traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art through a vibrant programme of workshops, demonstrations, talks, exhibitions, have-a-go activities, installations and so much more.

Tidal Waves Beach Festival at South Cliff Beach 9th - 10th June
Tidal Waves is a two-day beach festival, taking place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June on South Cliff beach in Bridlington. The extensive list of performers includes Seafret, headlining on the Friday night, and four headliners on the Saturday - The Pigeon Detectives, The Hoosiers, Reverend and the Makers and Toploader.






Home for the holidays

The gannets are coming - and just in time for our half-term visitors.. Gannets mate for life and their return and reunion with their chosen partner is always a cause for celebration. Numbers are increasing daily - a sure sign that the annual seabird spectacle is slowly but surely underway. The short-eared owls that have be entertaining us with amazing aerobatic displays are still around - and we've even had a recent visit from a couple of Harbour Porpoises. More sightings info on our Facebook page. 

2017 entry charges
A visit to Bempton Cliffs is a great value day out. From 1st March, our entry charge will be £4 adults, £2 child, £10 Family (2 adults, 2 children) and, of course, free to RSPB members. And, guests who show their Bridlington Passport save 10%.

Keeping kids busy

Which kid doesn’t love a good old bug hunt? We've kitted out Discovery Backpacks with a magnifying bug pot and ID chart ready to take our younger visitors on a mini-beast adventure along the nature trail. Back in the Seabird Centre, they can get up close and personal to their captured creepy crawlies using our digital microscopes. Bempton Cliffs' Bug Parade starts from 1 March. Until then our virtual reality headset is still taking visitors to the wildlife haven, Coquet Island. It's free to have a go

Grab a Puffin Muffin
You missed a real treat if you weren't at the Family Day at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition last Saturday. CBBC presenter Ben Shires made sure he got his hands on a Puffin Muffin - which proved hugely popular. with kids and grown-ups alike. The good news is that we're planning on adding them to the menu in the Seabird Centre this season. Tea breaks will never be the same again. Meanwhile, the exhibition continues at the Treasure House, Beverley until April 22.. 

New Staple Newk 

Next week Coucillors Richard Burton and Jane Evison officially open our bigger, better Staple Newk viewpoint. The refurbishment and rebuilding will ensure the platform is fit for purpose for the foreseeable future. Over looking the iconic rock arch that's at the heart of the gannet colony, we're sure visitors will appreciate the much improved sightlines and the more spacious platform with ramped access. We reckon it will become even more of a hot spot for photographers.

  • Holiday in Bridlington

    Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see this summer. 

    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, 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, 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 (”

     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.

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - 30th June to 2nd July 2017

'Now this is a proper music festival.' The Times
‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’ The Indendent
'They say that good things come in small packages. This may be one of the summer's smallest gatherings, but it's also one of the most sophisticated...' Daily Mail
One of The Daily Telegraph's best fifteen festivals for the over 50s.
Happy 10th birthday!! The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, which began in 2007, is celebrating its tenth anniversary over the weekend of Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW. Click the 'Tickets & Prices' link at the side of this page.
The festival is uniquely set in one of the UK's finest Elizabethan stately piles, our very own Burton Agnes Hall! Over twenty five bands provide a weekend of Jazz and Blues from our manicured lawns and inside our ornately carved Great Hall. Civilised camping with hot showers in the adjacent park field, children's entertainers, local ale and food inspired The Independent to describe the Festival as 'Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended'.
Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK's hottest jazz and blues acts?
As always, bands will overflow from the outdoor main stage into the Great Hall, our shops and cafe courtyard, and the late night sessions in our bar tent. We provide music for all tastes, from those seeking an ambient accompaniment to a glass of wine in the majestic grounds; to the jazz or blues aficionado wanting to get up close to star performers. Delicious baking from our courtyard cafe will be served in the tea tent; with locally roasted coffee brewed on our Gaggia coffee machine. Field and Forage will be serving a fabulous range of locally sourced food on our food lawn; next door to our vintage ice cream van and its real dairy ice creams. Award winning Wold Top beers will be on tap, brewed just a few miles away.

There is camping in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with hot showers laid on. The child in all of us is taken care of by balloon artistry and face painting, and highlights of Burton Agnes' grounds including a maze, giant games, jungle garden and woodland walk with forest creatures to find.

"The whole experience was brilliant...the combination of antiquity and youthful influence from Simon and his family, protecting tradition and heritage yet creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere. We will be back again." Festivalgoers Tom and Hildy Young
'Just wanted to pass on our congratulations for a truly excellent day...we had been to the Jazz Festival before and really enjoyed ourselves soaking up the very special atmosphere. We will be back and will recommend to our friends and family.' festival goer Susan Silver

If you would like to receive information about the 2017 Jazz & Blues Festival, please email:




We are the UK City of Culture. This is our story so far.

Hull was announced the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 in 2013. The award is given every four years to a city that demonstrates the belief in the transformational power of culture.

To deliver on this promise, Hull City Council set up Hull UK City of Culture 2017 as an independent company and charitable trust. The team are now working hard to deliver 365 days of transformative cultural activity in 2017.

The arts and cultural programme for the year celebrates the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography. In 2017, the programme runs from 1 Jan to 31 Dec and is split into four seasons, each with something distinctive and intriguing to say, and each created to challenge and thrill.

We’re working with the artists of Hull to celebrate the culture of the city and its place in the wider cultural offer of the North, and make Hull a cultural destination for must-see events. Young people are at the heart of the programme – it is this group who will inherit the longer-term benefits as a result of our focus around learning and participation. We are giving every young person of school age the opportunity to participate in 2017 as well thousands of volunteers who will help deliver the year.

Working with businesses and organisations who want to help us, we will make Hull a better place for the people who live and work here, in particular those who have a presence in Hull or a connection to the city, and an interest in being here for the long haul.




Full route for Tour de Yorkshire 2017 unveiled

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."


The Best Of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hits Tour: Jimmy Carr picture


Fri 7th Jul 2017

JIMMY CARR @ The Spa Bridlington, Bridlington

The Best Of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hits Tour: Jimmy Carr

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.


Jimmy Carr

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
All day tickets are just £3.00 ( come and go as you want) Stalls and activities
Karaoke 12pm - 2pm just bring your music Performances 2pm - 4pm 7 Disco 7pm - 8pm Get your tickets from the Spa
For more information or groups who would like to perform please contact 07521 364107


East Riding Leisure Now Open To Public.........

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). 


Features and facilities

  • 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

  • Exercise studio

  • Spinning studio

  • 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.


 Bridlington Old Town 1940's Summer Festival (Dad Army Film Location)



Following JOHN MILLER & HIS ORCHESTRA performing at the Priory on Saturday 11th June, the Full 1940's Festival Day on Sunday 12th June offers hand picked great vocalists and entertainers including Lola Lamour, Madeleine Brown, The Garnett Sisters, Ruby Macintosh all hosted by Paul Casper - 'The George Formby Experience' in Market Place. The Priory Church also hosts the York Military Wives Choir & Jessa Liversidge.


An amazing selection of Traditional Home Made and Specialist Foods including Hog Roasts, Trench Stew, Artisan Breads, Crepes, Pies and Great Sweet Stalls await the visitors to the Bridlington 1940's Festival. Pubs With Real Ale, Restaurants, Tea Rooms, Traditional Fish & Chips & Walmington-On-Sea Brewery. Take time to savour the delights offered all along the High Street, Market Place & Priory Green including a NAAFI Cafe.


You can walk down Old Town's Georgian High Street,its Market Place & Westgate all part of the 1940's Festival area and where the filming took place in November 2014.Whilst the props and sets have gone, there remains some names & decoration such as the Walmington On Sea Brewery, Mercers Shoe Repair Shop and Marigolds Tea Rooms for the visitor to ponder, whilst finding Old Town's own Traditional Butchers shop.

On Saturday Evening 11th June @ 7:30 pm as a curtain raiser for the main Festival day on Sunday 12th June we have organised in conjunction with Bridlington Priory Church a John Miller & His Orchestra Concert with his Vocalist Fiona Paige to perform at our 900 Year Old Bridlington Priory Church in the Old Town Festival Area. Tickets are now available and priced at £15,Entry by Ticket Only. Full details on the Bridlington Priory Website,
Click Here to Book Now, Tickets Limited to 400 First Come First Served.

On the same evening Miss Marina Mae will be performing her 1940’s repertoire at the Bull & Sun Inn, Baylegate Bridlington Old Town from around 7:30pm. Contact Tim Butler on 01262 676105.


Bridlington Seafood Festival 9th/10th July 2016


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


When Ivor Met Amy at Sewerby Hall throughout July, August and September 2016

This event takes place at SEWERBY HALL AND GARDENS.
A fictitious visit by the composer and performer, Ivor Novello, in which he meets the pioneering pilot, Amy Johnson, at Sewerby Hall. The show is set in the 1930s.
Includes a welcome drink on arrival. A three course evening meal can be booked to accompany the evening making it a great night out. 

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 


DANIEL O'DONNELL Tuesday 13th September 2016 live at Bridlington Spa

Daniel O'Donnell picture

Irish charm and music from the most successful easy-listening country entertainer in Ireland. Ever since he was a teenager Daniel has been singing on the Irish country music scene, and his efforts have won him a legion of passionate fans, as well an honorary MBE for his services to the music industry.


Jane McDonald - Making Memories Live in Concert Friday 7th October At Bridington Spa


Singer and TV star Jane McDonald, one of the nation's favourite entertainers is returning to The Spa Bridlington with her brand-new show!

Jane presents an exciting and emotionally charged evening of music and laughter. Featuring many of Jane's best loved songs and hits from her incredible career, including some of her own compositions and amazing medleys.

Together with her fantastic musicians and backing singers Jane brings the audience to their feet with this ultimate feel-good show. This is one night you won't want to miss!

Tickets £34.50 Band A £29.50 Band B

Book Your Tickets Here 



  • Sleeps upto 4 Persons
  • Free WIFI
  • Ground Floor
  • Good Location
  • Private Entrance With Keys
  • Private Patio Area\Summerhouse
  • Free Car Park
  • Free Electricity (NO COIN METER)
  • Short Break Are Available


Guest Comments

great accommodation, spotlessly clean, warm welcome everything provided for a great holiday, enjoyed a glass of wine on the patio, plan to return soon.

kelly ann

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