South of Scarborough

South of Scarborough

South of Scarborough

South of Scarborough

Filey, on the Scarborough-Beverley-Hull busy local railway, is a small resort in its own right, and is still looked upon as the border between the East and North Riding of Yorkshire. One thing not to miss is the local Fishermen’s Choir which performs from time to time. Another is the unique Filey Brigg, a natural breakwater which juts out into the sea from the Carr Naze headland. Filey Brigg is at one end of the Wolds Way, a long-distance path over 50 miles long. It acts as a protective arm to shelter the sands, cliffs and caves of Filey itself, which has the usual run of attractions from boating and fishing to tennis, golf, bowls and all the fun of the fair for children.

South of Filey, Flamborough Head thrusts a weather-beaten grim chin into the sea. It is best seen from the north. This is where the Yorkshire Wolds come to an abrupt end, on the chalky promontory where, in 1799, people stood and watched an American privateer, John Paul Jones, take on and capture the English man-of-war, the Seraphis, only to have his own ship, Bonhomme Richard, sink under him the very next day.

Bridlington, also on the Scarborough-Hull line, became famous in history when Queen Henrietta Maria landed from Holland with arms and assistance for her husband, Charles I, only to be greeted by Parliament warships. The parish church of St Mary is reckoned to be ‘the finest ecclesiastical building in the East Riding’. Bridlington has a small fishing fleet and there are sands, north and south of the harbour. ‘The playground of Humberside’ has on offer what you would expect – the inevitable Spa Theatre, dancing, cinema, marine gardens, swimming pools, discos, cabarets, bowls, golf, tennis as well as children’s amusement parks and a Disney-type railway, which runs to Sewerby Hall, an eighteenth-century Georgian mansion.

Events

January

Haxey Hood Game, Haxey, south Humberside, 6 January

Plough Stops Service, Goathland – Scandinavian dances

February

Pancake Bell, Scarborough, Shrove Tuesday Skipping Festival, Scarborough, Shrove Tuesday

March

Kiplingcotes Derby, South Dalton, the world’s oldest horse race May

Planting the Penny Hedge, Whitby

July

Seamer Fair, Scarborough

August

Old Gooseberry Show, Egton Bridge, Whitby

October

Harvest of the Sea, St Oswald’s Church, Flamborough