Providence Place might be serving as your comfortable and charming home away from home, but you simply must visit the surrounding area to truly enjoy your experience here. Bridlington is full of fun places to visit, activities to enjoy, and even a lovely historic district that’s great for a stroll or even a tour. Take a look at the list below to see what your options are for enjoying this fascinating town.
Bridlington Harbour: The Harbour was officially commissioned in 1697 and is home to almost 100 small businesses which employ about 400 people. Hundreds of ships come in and out of the harbour every day and it is a focal point of the Bridlington economy. If you visit the harbour you can take a boat trip on the Yorkshire Belle over to Flamborough Head or Bempton Cliffs. Flamborough Head is a wonderful headland in the British coastline with pretty white cliffs and a peaceful beach. Bempton Cliffs is a scenic viewpoint of the coastline where you can see lots of Puffins, an adorable local bird. At peak season you can see more than 2,000 seabirds flock about the cliffs. Bempton is also home to owls, deer, and even dolphins! It is also possible to go fishing from the harbour or to book a boat to take you out into the ocean and try your luck. The harbour is only a ten-minute walk from Providence.
The Spa & Spotlight Theatre: If you like theatre or live music then Bridlington has a venue to suit your needs. The Spa is one of the oldest music venues in the area and overlooks the bay and harbour making it very scenically located. You can find local and foreign musicians of all tasted and genres and enjoy a performance while sipping a drink or cocktail. Spotlight theatre has been operating since 1909 and has both local and touring shows for musical performances, dramas, musicals, and even the legendary annual panto.
Historic Old Town: In contrast with the busy and bustling beaches of Bridlington’s shore, the old town offers a breath of fresh air and intrigue for the curious traveller looking to learn more about the history of the places they visit. You can make sure you don’t miss anything by following the “Old Town Trail” which is a path that can take you by all the famous landmarks like the 900-year-old Priory Church (built 1113 AD) or the Green and Bayle Museum. This part of town also has a nice cinematic history. It was transformed into “Walmington on Sea” for the 2016 classic film “Dad’s Army” and you can still see all the sites where the film took place.
Bridlington Leisure Center & Sports Complex: This lovely entertainment centre is a great place for doing something physical and only a three-minute walk from Providence. Inside the complex, you’ll find great water-related activities with two full-sized swimming pools and a “splash zone” that has two water slides. There is also a Spa that has a sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi for you to relax after a swim or while the kids play on the slides. Take a trip over to the cafe inside and get an awesome view of the sea. “Clip and climb” climbing wall is situated next to the cafe, which has amazing sea and pool views.
Sewerby Hall: This Georgian Country house is built inside 50 acres of well-manicured gardens that provide exemplary scenery of the British noble countryside. The main parts of the house can be dated all the way back to 1714 and all of its features have been so well maintained you’ll feel as if you’re walking through 18th century England. The house also has a small zoo where you can see a few different animals (even penguins!) and also croquet courts in the garden available to the public. In the summertime, a land train can take you from the leisure centre all the way up to this historic property.
Bondville Model Village: Inside these pretty gardens you’ll find an entire miniature settlement full of stunning colours, intricate designs, and fascinating detail. When you enter the exhibit you’ll be given a small quiz or scavenger hunt to make the viewing of the model village extra exciting. The village is built to scale to the surrounding area and even includes our guest house; see if you can find it! After you finish, head out to the coffee shop nearby and grab a little lunch for you to enjoy while sitting in the garden.
Eastfield Garden Center: This large, well-stocked garden centre sells plants, garden ornaments, gifts and fresh produce galore. There’s also a restaurant and cafe, freshly made cakes and a lovely atmosphere to enjoy. 15 minutes by car.