9 reasons to visit East Yorkshire this winter

9 reasons why a trip to East Yorkshire should be top of your list this winter (ps it’s super dog-friendly, too!)

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Glorious winter walks along breathtaking coastline, cosy pub lunches beside roaring fires, and beautiful stately homes twinkling with Christmas lights: there are so many reasons to fall in love with East Yorkshire this winter.

Whether you like rolling countryside or out of the way beaches, fish and chips at the seaside or fine dining, spotting puffins or browsing independent boutiques, this gem is the perfect place for an affordable off-season break or festive early Christmas getaway.

And best of all? You can take your dog!

Here are nine reasons to get booking you – and your four-legged friend – a well-deserved trip to East Yorkshire. 

Nowhere else quite like it: Experience the wide sandy beaches, vast open skies and friendly welcome of East Yorkshire this winter – and your dog can come, too!

Traditional seaside towns

A stroll on the prom while seagulls call overheard, the scent of fish and chips in the air, and the sound of children shrieking in delight: there’s nothing like a proper English seaside town. And Bridlington, where the Yorkshire Wolds meet the sea, is a gem among seaside towns. 

With glorious wide sandy beaches, ancient streets lined with traditional shops, and a 900-year-old  working harbour, this charming coastal town has it all.

Take time for tea in a glorious traditional tea room, such as the Ramblers’ Rest in Millington

Spend the morning browsing the delightful Old Town before heading to the award-winning promenade where you can enjoy the old-fashioned delights of a land train, amusements, and fresh fish and chips overlooking the clean, dog-friendly beach.

In the afternoon, head to Sewerby Hall perched high on the cliffs among 50 acres of rolling parkland. This Grade I listed mansion boasts magnificent gardens as well as a zoo, and don’t miss the hugely popular Sewerby Winter Woodland with lights, sounds and special effects.  

Rolling countryside

There’s not much better for the soul than an exhilarating walk under the vast skies of East Yorkshire, and the gently unulating hills of the Yorkshire Wolds are the perfect place to go.

The wonderful Wolds: Enjoy an exhilarating walk across this ancient landscape

This year is a landmark for the Yorkshire Wolds Way, a 79-mile walking route from the banks of the Humber estuary in the south across the chalk landscape of the Wolds up to the dramatic Filey Brigg peninsula in the north.  Designated 40 years ago, this National Trail winds its crescent-shaped way through tranquil countryside, deserted medieval villages, wooded slopes and serene valleys.

You (and your dog) can walk the Way at any time of year, and it’s clearly signposted, so very easy to follow.  All you have to decide is where to stop for lunch! 

Cosy pubs

After a good walk across the rolling hills of East Yorkshire, nothing warms the cockles quite like stepping into a traditional country pub complete with roaring fire, tempting chalked up menu, and a friendly welcome behind the bar.

A warm welcome: Treat yourself to a delicious lunch or dinner in a traditional country pub

Nestle into a comfy chair and listen to the fire roar while soaking up the atmosphere that won’t have changed for centuries.  East Yorkshire boasts hundreds of charming pubs, offering everything from simple home-made bar snacks to warming stews and Michelin-starred fine dining.

So hang your coat up at the door and come on in to enjoy some time out from the hustle and bustle and peace with your loved ones.

Historic Beverley

Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, the market town of Beverley is a treat for the eyes with its pretty market squares, handsome Georgian townhouses, and towering gothic Minster.

Known as the Jewel of East Yorkshire, Beverley was founded in around 700AD when some monks set up a monastery near the stream (its name means beaver stream). Now, Beverley offers seductive shopping in independent boutiques, upmarket hotels and super smart bars and restaurants, as well as an air of easy relaxation. 

Beverley: Seductive shopping, super smart bars and restaurants, and architectural jewels such as the medieval Minster make this charming town perfect for a day trip

It transforms into a fariy-lit festive delight at Christmas – and don’t miss the Made in East Yorkshire Christmas Market, which opens in the town on 7th December. 

Stroll through the quaint shopping streets towards the 13th century Minster, one of Europe’s best gothic buildings, before crossing town to admire the Grade I listed St Mary’s Church – can you spot the carved hare said to have inspired Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland? 

Stunning heritage coastline

East Yorkshire boasts some of Great Britain’s best coastline, including two stretches defined as Heritage Coastline by Natural England: Flamborough Head up in the north and Spurn Point in the south.

With rugged cliffs, sweeping sands, and the cry of seabirds in the wind, nothing is as gloriously bracing as walking a stretch of this coast and admiring the truly spectacular views.

Escape: Blow your everyday worries away with a walk along East Yorkshire’s stunning coast

White cliffs soaring above a small village, Flamborough Head offers wild and untamed nature, and one of the most important sea-bird colonies in Europe, as well as stacks, caves and coves, and two ancient lighthouses.

Further south, guarding the mouth of the Humber estuary, Spurn Point is a sandy spit three and a half miles long curving into the North Sea. A breath-taking place to walk, as well as heaven for birdwatchers, there’s no access for cars so you can walk safely out to Spurn Head, home to a succession of lifeboatmen and their families over the past 200 years.

Heavenly spot to walk: Spurn Head is a beautiful part of the East Yorkshire coastline

Stately homes

East Yorkshire is home to some of the grandest country houses in the land, and they and their gardens make for a fabulous day out for everyone, young, and old. And the run-up to Christmas is the best time to visit them, with many decorated for the season and offering special activities, goodies to buy, and foodie treats.

Seasonal delight: Burton Constable Hall, outside Hull,  is a dreamy place to visit at Christmas

One of the best known is a magnificent Elizabethan country house, Burton Constable Hall, which boasts miles of nature trails in its 300 acres of parkland – designed by Capability Brown – and the 60ft skeleton of a whale that washed up on the nearby beach nearly a hundred years ago!

Another gem is Burton Agnes Hall 35 miles up the road. This dates back even further, to 1173, and has never been sold since. Their Christmas decorations will begin from 14 November, while little ones will enjoy hunting for 24 hidden candy canes outside – and hidden snowmen inside! Sledmere House is offering young guests the chance to meet Santa – and his reindeer! – explore the Christmas Village and have a festive tractor and trailer ride to see the red deer.

And this December, you can make your own Christmas wreath at a workshop in the glorious Rise Hall – or how about a Festive Tea with Lapland’s most famous resident, Father Christmas? 

Fabulous food and drink

Boasting acres of fertile farmland as well as the sea, East Yorkshire is rich in delicious local produce, from freshly dressed crab and homemade jams to gourmet dinners and locally crafted beers and wine – did you know East Yorkshire boasts several vineyards?

A trip here really can be as high or as low dining as you’d like – or perhaps a bit of both!

Warm up with a delicious hot chocolate after a long walk across the beautiful countryside

Not a lot tastes as good as fish and chips eaten overlooking the waves,  or how about a grand dinner in a 19th century stately home? And nothing beats a proper pub lunch after a long blustery walk.

So many places to stay

Whether you fancy a five-star stately home with linen sheets and impeccable service, or a glamping yurt with hot tub in the middle of a field, it’s so easy to find the perfect place to stay in East Yorkshire.

How about a boutique hotel in the heart of a historic town? Or a fun family holiday park packed with things to do on site? Or dog-friendly cottages with the wild East Yorkshire landscape right outside your front door? 

There’s a whole range of places to choose from, from top dollar to super-affordable. 

Tea-time delight: Log fires are always roaring in East Yorkshire at this time of year, offering the perfect backdrop for a proper English tea

Dogs are welcome!

Everyone who owns a dog knows that they’re part of the family, and so when you go away, you want to take the dog, too! 

The good news is that East Yorkshire is as dog-friendly as it gets, with pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops, trails and beaches open to all. Your dog can race across the beach at Fraisthorpe, enjoy the sea air at Flamborough Head, and even enjoy a ride on the Bridlington land train!

Happy holiday with all the family: East Yorkshire will welcome your four-legged friend!


To book your affordable off-season trip or festive early Christmas getaway in East Yorkshire, head to Visit East Yorkshire to find your perfect break.

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