Flamborough

Flamborough is on the East Ridings of Yorkshire and is a well-known popular spot for beach lovers, hikers and explorers.
The lighthouse dates back to 1806 and is only 1.2 miles away from the village. You can also stay here as there are lots of bed and breakfasts and pubs.

 

The cliffs are home to thousands of birds from Gannets to Puffins and you can explore inside the sea caves.
The Sea Caves are great fun when the tide is out, as you can walk in them and see them emerge from when they were underwater. The caves are formed from the geology of the chalk cliffs combined with the sea waves.

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There are plenty of walks around the bays and is a great spot for kite flying and rock pooling. You can walk on Bempton Cliffs to local nature reserves and you to the old lighthouse that dates back to 1674.

Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire

Robin Hoods Bay is only a few miles away from Whitby in North Yorkshire, but it has its own history and is a great spot to find fossils.
It’s just a short walk from the top, but it takes you through a great stroll into the town or you can choose the beach walk.

Only a short video but it shows why this place is so popular.

Robin Hoods Bay used to be known as a smugglers town and you can spot some of the hidden walk ways that were used to smuggle things like tea, alcohol and tobacco.
The coast dates back 150-200 million years ago.

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The town has its own museum and there are many independnt shops, bars and restaurants.
To add more to the day you can visit the near by Sneaton Forest where you can see the amazing waterfall after the rain.

Stillingfleet Lodge and Gardens, Wildlife Day 2017

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nurseries held their annual wildlife day on Father’s Day in June and it had some amazing stalls and wildlife to show.
It’s a great day out for inspiration and talks on wildlife and to introduce children to the wonders of what is in the gardens.

The organisations who took part in the event were: British Arachnological Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire, East Yorkshire Bat Group, Natural England, North Yorkshire Rotters, PLACE (People, Landscape And Cultural Environment of Yorkshire), Tansy Beetle Action Group, Yorkshire Amphibian & Reptile Group (ARG), Yorkshire Mammal Group.

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The event proved to be another year’s success and many visitors came from all ages.
People had a chance to join the experts in talks and walks around the gardens and see bird ringing take place and how to identify between a male and a female. Along with other fantastic stalls.

York Rescue Boat

York River Rescue is a charity and organisation that helps with the safety of the rivers around York. They also focus on patrols with teams on the river and on foot. I was luckily enough to be invited to experience the hard work they put into every shift, and learn about the equipment they use and training.

They also show awareness and teach young people the safety and dangers of the river and visit schools, colleges and universities.

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Not only do they patrol, they also talk to vulnerable people and make sure they are safe and help with local flooding.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate Town in North Yorkshire is famous for their amazing shopping experience. A town full of designer clothes and independent shops, it also attracts antique collectors, with over twenty dealers in the town.

There are plenty of shops through the high street and in the Victorian shopping centre.

For attraction lovers, you can visit the Royal Pump Museum and discover the history of the building. It now features Egyptology and a mummy case.

There is also the Turkish Baths and Health Spa which opened in 1897 and it still open today.

For food lovers, Harrogate has some of the most amazing café and restaurants including the famous Bettys tea rooms.

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Only five minutes out of the busy town centre, there is the picturesque Valley Gardens. It has 17 acres and has a children’s boating pool, weekend band concerts, a skatepark, padding pool and orienteering.

If you want to stay in Harrogate, there are plenty of hotels and bed and breakfasts around the town, and there are lots of camping pitches just outside.

Harrogate & District are great places to visit and not far from the town you can visit Knaresborough, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge, Ripon and Masham.

 

 

 

 

Filey, North Yorkshire

If you enjoy a quieter seaside town in North Yorkshire, Well Filey might be for you. It has over five miles of beach and there is such a lot of things to discover.

You can explore the rock pools and go fossil hunting. Bempton Cliffs are great for seabird watchers and you might be lucky to spot puffins.

The lighthouse in Flamborough is over 200 years old and you can spot Flamborough’s lighthouse from the beach and it was built in 1806.

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For keen walkers, you can walk from Helmsley to Filey on a designated trail which is 110 miles long.

The shops are great for holidaymakers as they sell all the essentials and amazing cafes and restaurants for a spot of lunch.

Filey is great to visit for the day and there are lots of parking spaces available, and many bed and breakfasts and caravan parks for people and families who come every year for a holiday.

 

Bridlington- East Riding

Bridlington is in East Ridings of Yorkshire. The seaside town has two golden sandy beaches, and they even host festivals on the beach.

The have a working fishing harbour between the beaches, where you can see the catch of the day coming in.

A 20-minute walk out of the town, you can reach Bridlington’s Old Town. Some of the building here, date back to 1537 and the street was used in the new Dads Army Film.

In June, the street will be transformed into their 1940’s weekend, with Lancaster bomber fly over, and lots of entertainment.

 

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Other things you can do in Bridlington, visit the amusements on the sea front and try the famous fish and chips.

They also have speedboat tours and factory tours. Bayle museum is a great visit, with plenty of history to discover. Through the years, the building has been used as a prison, court and a school.

Or simply enjoy Bridlington by a leisurely stroll on the beach.

Malton, North Yorkshire

Malton in North Yorkshire is a market town famous for its markets and amazing food.

Every month, they hold their monthly market, which brings hundreds of people to the town. Selling clothes, gifts and local produce, they also hold cooking demonstrations from chefs.

In May, they host their Food Lover’s Festival which has over 30 thousand people visiting over the weekend. Featured at the festival, they have live music, a bar, street food and lots more including family entertainment.

When walking around the town, there are lots of independent shops, selling things from homemade chocolate to hand decorated items. They also have great cafes and restaurants.

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Wharram Percy, which is only a short 6-mile drive from Malton town centre, is a great historical spot to see. It is a deserted medieval village, with foundations of two manor houses and 40 peasant homes.

Not forgetting Malton’s museum, which is run by volunteers and has some interesting finds, including roman coins and candlesticks.

Yorkshire Museum, York

The Yorkshire Museum in York are showing their latest exhibition the Viking: Rediscover the Legend. It shows the most significant Viking finds in Britain including the Vale of York Viking hoard, the Bedale Hoard, York Helmet the Viking Broach and much more.

 

I spoke to Natalie the curator of the exhibitor who tells me what you can see here and how they found some of the best discoveries. Also, how their recent finds have changed the way we thought the Vikings lived with their new discoveries.

I also spoke to Gareth who the curator of the British Museum and his role in the project.

A more modern approach to the exhibition of VR headsets. Julian shows me how they are used, and the hard work that was put into creating different environments for the public to watch such as the camp and games.

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The museum was opened in 1830 and there are many other exhibitions to discover in the building such as extinct and the Romans.

The museum gardens, the ground around the museum is a historical gold mine, with St Marys Abbey ruins which were built in the 1260’s and the old medieval St Leonards Hospital.

 

 

 

 

Thirsk

Thirsk is a busy little market town in North Yorkshire. It has so much to offer its residents and visitors who keep coming back every year.

A market is held in the town centre every Monday and Saturday and sells items from local fruit and veg to hand crafted gifts. Their independent shops, bars and cafes are a great way of meeting the friendly locals and to buy unique items.

 

The history is at every corner you turn in Thirsk and has great museums from James Herriot which opened in 1999, to Thirsk’s Museum which is free entry and opened in 1975.

They even have their own cinema called the Ritz which is run by volunteers and first opened in 1912.

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Plaques and Interpretation boards are placed around the town, and it’s a great trail to discover what the town has to offer.

I also discovered some great walks along the river and the stunning Mill gardens, where Rymer Mill was stood and made flour.

There is still lots more in Thirsk I have yet to discover and talk about and I can’t wait to go back and find out more.

Pickering

Pickering is a market town in North Yorkshire and thousands of people come and visit here from all over the world every year.

The town is full of lots of independent shops and hosts a market every Monday with all sorts if different items to be sold including, handcrafted gifts to local produce.

 

 

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is based here and it is restored to as it was years ago. The platform itself is like walking back in time, and I discovered a great shop who sells train magazines from the 1960s. The station is famous for their steam trains which people can take journeys to Whitby, Grosmont, Levisham and Newtondale.

Pickering Castle is a must-see attraction as well. It was built in the 13th century by William the Conqueror.

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There is so much more in Pickering to explore and museums to visit. It is definitely a place I would recommend people to come and visit for themselves.

 

A brief history of Haxby

I took a short trip around Haxby for their Scarecrow Festival this year. I decided to go onto the green trail which led me through the village. I also talk briefly about the history of Haxby and some of the walking trails beside the river.

There are lots of other events that take place here, such as Haxby Carnival where a parade marches through the village and heads to the playing field.

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The Scarecrow festival brings visitors to the village and its lovely to see the community and businesses coming together. The money they get from the festival goes to charity, and this year they are supporting Cancer Research UK, We Are MacMillan Cancer Support, Haxby Helpers, Flying Ducks Youth Theatre and common good.

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They started the Scarecrow festival in 2006 and it has taken off with five different trails to join. The village was extreamly busy with people from all ages, with a quiz in their hands to fill in as they go round.

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