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Nature, Parks & Gardens on the Yorkshire Coast

woven horse sculptures

We’re a wild lot here on the coast. When you live by the sea, nature is part of everyday life, even in the biggest towns. The Yorkshire coast is home to some of the best bird-watching in the world – including the UK’s the largest and most accessible mainland nesting colony of gorgeous gannets at Bempton Cliffs.

The 400ft chalk cliffs at Bempton and a little further south at Flamborough, are also home to the unmistakable puffin, giving you the best chance on mainland England to spot one of these sought-after seabirds.

You can whale-watch from Whitby or Filey, spot autumn migrants at Spurn Point, and see seals, porpoises and the occasional shark up and down the coast. Hornsea Mere is the county’s largest freshwater lake, and considered internationally important for wildfowl. All of these places and many more form the Yorkshire Nature Triangle – an area of East Yorkshire renowned for a rich array of spectacular wildlife.

We also take great pride in our many parks and gardens – we may be wild, but we’re also green-fingered!

Castle Howard

York

300 year old historic house & garden near York. Open to the public, including farm shop, gift shops, garden centre, cafés and adventure playground.

 
 
Flamborough South Landing Beach

Flamborough South Landing

Bridlington

South Landing is a 34 acre nature reserve on Flamborough Headland. It features a peaceful wooded ravine, a pretty wild flower meadow, high sea cliffs and beach.

Crescent Gardens - Filey

Crescent Gardens, Filey

Filey

Filey prides itself on award winning Parks and Gardens. Stroll through the Crescent Gardens as you take in the stunning views across the bay, while listening to the summer brass band concerts in the newly built bandstand.

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Scarborough

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

Falsgrave Park

Falsgrave Park

Scarborough

Falsgrave Park is a valuable community green space attracting visitors from all over Scarborough to its play area, scenic variety woodland splendour and stunning coastal views.

Playdale Farm Park

Playdale Farm Park

Scarborough

This attraction is a must for everyone come rain or shine. Our attractions include an animal farm, outdoor playground & undercover picnic area, indoor play area with ball pool, tractor zone, adventure trail & toddler area and gift shop.

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

Filey

With 5 acres to explore, you can feed friendly animals, have fun on the adventure trail, learn amazing wildlife facts, or simply relax in beautiful gardens whilst watching exotic birds.

The Hall

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Bridlington

Magnificent Elizabethan house filled with treasures collected over four centuries.

Bugtopia

Bugtopia Hornsea

Hornsea

Find your WILD side with an adventure at Bugtopia Hornsea! Our Explorer Shows run hourly throughout the day from 11am – 4pm and provide the opportunity to get hands on with a variety of bugs, insects and creepy crawlies.

Filey Bandstand

Filey Bandstand - Crescent Gardens

Filey

Filey prides itself on award winning Parks and Gardens. Stroll through the Crescent Gardens as you take in the stunning views across the bay, while listening to the summer brass band concerts in the reatively new bandstand.

Italian Gardens are courtesy of Ron Womack

South Cliff Italian Gardens

Scarborough

The Italian Gardens in Scarborough are a famous and very beautiful area on Scarborough's South Cliff. They are a part of Scarborough's renaissance and conservation of the underlying Victorian heritage.

Enjoying England's "finest view" at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank

For a great day out head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre, less than 30mls north of York. Soak up England’s finest view on easy walking trails or head out on two wheels along the new spectacular Sutton Bank cliff edge family cycle route.

Wolds Way Lavender

Wolds Way Lavender

Malton

A unique Lavender Farm, with Distillery, Tearoom, Shop, Plant Sales, Giant Games Maze, Nature Walks and Narrow Gauge Railway.

Pesky Husky Trekking

Pesky Husky Trekking

Scarborough

Take this unique opportunity to meet and work with some of the worlds most charismatic dogs.

Hornsea Mere

Hornsea Mere

Hornsea

Hornsea Mere is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire and the final remnant of a huge wetland that once featured many smaller meres and marshy areas.

Grandstand viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Bridlington

Newbridge Park

Newbridge Park

Pickering

Newbridge Park have developed bike trails, improved footpaths and created a family picnic area in a disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland behind Pickering Castle. Locals and visitors can enjoy family walks in a nice woodland area.

Shuttleworth Gardens

Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind

Scarborough

The gardens are planted with very strongly fragrant flowers, for the blind to especially enjoy.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

York

Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest historic houses with awe-inspiring architecture, grand interiors and rolling parkland and gardens. With gift shops, garden centre, farm shop, cafes and adventure playground.

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history.

Winter at Peasholm

Peasholm Park

Scarborough

Peasholm Park is an historic and uniquely beautiful Green Flag park in Scarborough's North Bay.

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey

York

Ampleforth Abbey is open all year and includes a visitor centre, tea room, gift shop and beautiful grounds.

Clock Tower Cafe

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Bridlington

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is the place to visit in 2015. Uniquely situated in a dramatic clifftop position with spectacular views over Bridlington and set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland.

Honeysuckle Farm

Honeysuckle Farm

Hornsea

The Grainary Wildlife Farm

The Grainary Wildlife Farm

Scarborough

Want a chance to do things at your own pace? The Grainary gives you the lively, unique culture of a working English farm amidst the beautiful countryside of the North York Moors National Park.

Gardenfarming

Gardenfarming Self Sufficiency Courses

Hornsea

Flamborough Cliffs

Flamborough Cliffs

Bridlington

Betton Farm Visitor Centre / Animal Farm

Betton Farm

Scarborough

Something to see for all the family meet farmyard friends ride on toy tractors play in the play area. Enjoy farm baking and home cooking in our restaurant

Pannett Park

Pannett Park Art Gallery & Whitby Museum

Whitby

A historic ornamental garden including Whitby Museum and Art Gallery. In the middle of Whitby this park offers a quiet haven with interesting trees and plants, rose garden, play area and ornamental lily pond.

Plan Your Visit

 

What's On

Jack

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby

Mon 16 - Fri 20 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Quicker by Rail

Lunchtime Lecture with Karen Snowden

Scarborough

Tue 10 - Tue 31 Jan 2017

Lunchtime Lectures with Karen Snowden - THE HISTORY OF BRITISH SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby

Tue 27 Sep 2016 - Tue 28 Mar 2017

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Scarborough Art Gallery

East Coast Open - Local Art, Local People

Scarborough

Sat 21 Jan - Sun 12 Mar 2017

The East Coast open is a chance for anyone from the local community to exhibit their work at Scarborough Art Gallery.

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads

Helmsley

Sat 21 Jan 2017

Adrian Berry’s acclaimed sell-out production returns in this tale of a young David Bowie obsessive. This is an astonishing physical piece of solo theatre and visual storytelling performed by Alex Walton, featuring the music of David Bowie.

Jack

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby

Sat 21 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Sleeping Beauty

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Sleeping Beauty

Helmsley

Sun 22 Jan 2017

On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…

Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12a)

Whitby

Sun 22 Jan 2017

Sunday 22 January: 2.30pm Monday 23 January: 7.30pm Tuesday 24 January: 7.30pm

Sing

Sing (PG)

Whitby

Sun 22 Jan - Wed 22 Feb 2017

Friday 17 February: 6pm Saturday 18 February: 2.30pm Sunday 19 February: 2.30pm Monday 20 February: 2.30pm Tuesday 21 February: 2.30pm Wednesday 22 February: 2.30pm Thursday 23 February: 6pm

Easy Street with Howard Beaumont

Easy Street with Howard Beaumont: The Monday Menu

Scarborough

Mon 23 Jan 2017

Relax with the wonderful backdrop of Scarborough’s South Bay whilst listening to some of the very best musical talent that the local area has to offer.

Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12a)

Whitby

Mon 23 Jan 2017

Sunday 22 January: 2.30pm Monday 23 January: 7.30pm Tuesday 24 January: 7.30pm

Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12a)

Whitby

Tue 24 Jan 2017

Sunday 22 January: 2.30pm Monday 23 January: 7.30pm Tuesday 24 January: 7.30pm

Bridget Jones's Baby(15)

Bridget Jones's Baby (15)

Helmsley

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) leaves Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) over 40 and single again.

Give Blood

Give Blood: Blood Donation Session

Scarborough

Fri 27 Jan 2017

Do something amazing.

The Carpenters Story

The Carpenters Story

Scarborough

Fri 27 Jan 2017

The award-winning Carpenters Story celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, Richard & Karen Carpenter.

Til the Boys Come Home with Jessa Liversidge

'Til the Boys Come Home with Jessa Liversidge

Helmsley

Fri 27 Jan 2017

Additional information/quotes for website if needed “A superbly structured and beautifully delivered performance. Jessa is a master at combining performance, emotion and a warm humour into her shows. A gem of an evening.”

80s Party Night

80s Party Night

Scarborough

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Relive the 80s at Scarborough Spa in January 2017.

Ballerina

Ballerina (U)

Whitby

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Saturday 28 January: 2.30pm Sunday 29 January: 2.30pm

Ballerina

Ballerina (U)

Whitby

Sun 29 Jan 2017

Saturday 28 January: 2.30pm Sunday 29 January: 2.30pm

Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty (12a)

Whitby

Mon 30 Jan 2017

Monday 30 January: 2.30pm Tuesday 31 January: 7.30pm Wednesday 1 February: 7.30pm

Shoresound

Shoresound: The Monday Menu With Music

Scarborough

Mon 30 Jan 2017

This week we are delighted to welcome Shoresound Duo, who are Harry Bullen and Terri-Ann Prendergast.

Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty (12a)

Whitby

Tue 31 Jan 2017

Monday 30 January: 2.30pm Tuesday 31 January: 7.30pm Wednesday 1 February: 7.30pm

Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty (12a)

Whitby

Wed 1 Feb 2017

Monday 30 January: 2.30pm Tuesday 31 January: 7.30pm Wednesday 1 February: 7.30pm

Queen of Katwe(PG)

Queen of Katwe (PG)

Helmsley

Wed 1 Feb 2017

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family.