The Local Area
Whether you’re staying for a weekend break or a longer holiday, Hornsea Lakeside Lodges is in an ideal location for a range of different activities. Whatever your interests, East Yorkshire has plenty to keep you entertained. With the seaside towns of Hornsea, Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough only a few miles away, Hornsea Lakeside Lodges is in the perfect location for a traditional British seaside holiday. For nature lovers, the area immediately surrounding the holiday lodges creates an idyllic country retreat with a number of walks or cycle paths to keep you active. History lovers will enjoy delving into East Yorkshire’s past with a huge number of museums, landmarks and historical towns just a short drive away. Our lodges are also close to the seaside and Yorkshire’s major cities, so there really is something for everyone.
A short walk from Hornsea Lakeside Lodges is the seaside town of Hornsea. Hornsea boasts a beautiful sandy beach which plays host to a variety of water sports, cafes and even beach hut hire. The Hornsea museum teaches visitors about the unique history of the town, has a Victorian classroom and even a working model railway.
The town of Hornsea itself has a range of shops, restaurants and bars to cater to a range of tastes. It is also close to Hornsea Freeport, a large outlet retail park. In July, Hornsea is home to Yorkshire’s largest free Carnival, but there are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained all year-round. Children, for example, love visiting Honeysuckle Farm which provides a great day out for the whole family.
For those that love the outdoors, Hornsea Mere is idyllic. As the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire, Hornsea Mere is full of wonderful wildlife and is a designated site of special scientific interest, making it a bird watchers paradise. It also has rowing boats, sailing activities and fishing facilities.
An hour away from Hornsea is the Victorian seaside town of Scarborough. Scarborough has two sandy bays and entertains the traditions of the great British seaside. Scarborough is also home to a castle, open-air theatre and scenic railroad. However, the most popular tourist attraction in Scarborough is its Sealife Sanctuary. This aquarium has fish, an octopus hideaway, penguins, otters and even a seal hospital.
Bempton Cliffs, 40 minutes away from Hornsea, is an RSPB reserve. The chalk cliffs are home to around half a million seabirds including puffins and gannets. Many visitors love visiting the much-loved puffins as they nest. You can even take a boat ride from the town of Bridlington to see these cliffs and their inhabitants from the sea.
Beverley (30 minutes away)
Only a 30-minute drive from Hornsea is the market-town of Beverley. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, this town has a range of high-end shops, popular restaurants, quaint British pubs and bars. Beverley’s cobbled streets are popular with tourists who wish to examine the town’s two medieval churches or take in the countryside charm. Beverley is also home to a racecourse which is popular with both residents and visitors. Its ladies day is one of the highlights of East Yorkshire’s calendar.
40 minutes away from Hornsea is Hull, the UK’s City of Culture for 2017. Hull is home to a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs. It also has a great history which has been celebrated in the cities range of museums. With two theatres, art galleries and various music venues you’re sure to find something of interest in Hull.
The Deep, is a must visit for all that come to Hull. From penguins and turtles to sharks, this Aquarium has a range of species and is a favourite for all age groups.
Hull’s fruit market is home to a number of independent bars, restaurants and shops, which has given it a reputation for being Hull’s creative quarter. With vintage retailers and art galleries this area is hugely popular, it even has its own vintage market on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Visitors can take in the city centre whilst riding a land train or open-top bus and don’t forget to visit other landmarks like the Humber Bridge while you’re in the area.
In October, Hull is home to one of Europe’s largest travelling fun fairs for a week. With rides for the daring and for the little ones, this fair is an annual highlight for Hull’s residents and visitors.
York is a historic walled city, and should be a must visit for anyone coming to Yorkshire. It is an hour and 20-minute drive from Hornsea with easy bus and train links.
With its Gothic 13th-Century Cathedral, medieval buildings and an array of museums, York has plenty to keep you entertained. The Jorvik Centre explores the cities Viking past and is a favourite among families and history lovers, while The York Dungeon tells the more gruesome side of the city’s story. For those of you that aren’t interested in history, learn to be a chocolatier at York’s Chocolate Story or visit the acclaimed National Railway Museum.
York is also great for shopping, with all of the major highstreets shops and a lot of quirky independents. It’s home to the oldest shopping street in England, The Shambles, which even has its own Harry Potter shop.
Bars and restaurants are in abundance in this city, alongside well-known establishments sit traditional, historic pubs and quirky, artisan restaurants.
Burton Constable is an Elizabethan Hall which has been named, East Yorkshire’s finest historic day out. Visitors can enjoy tours of the house and wander in the gardens. It also hosts a range of events from photography exhibitions to silk scarf workshops. Burton Constable is even home to a whale skeleton, celebrating the history of East Yorkshire’s coastline.
Dalby Forest – Go Ape
Located the North York Moors National Park, just over an hour away from Hornsea, Dalby Forest is home to many species including badgers and roe deer, to name but a few. Dalby Forest has several hiking and mountain bike trails but most popular of all is it’s Go Ape centre. The main visitor area has a café and a shop as well as various craft workshops.
Eden Camp is a museum covering the modern history and is just over an hour away from Hornsea. Dedicated to British Military and social history from 1914 onwards, the museum is housed in the buildings of an original WWII prisoner of war camp, giving it an authentic wartime feel. Travel back in time and see military vehicles whilst learning all about wartime Britain.