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Nature, Parks & Gardens

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 largest and most accessible mainland nesting colony of gannets at Bempton Cliffs. The 400ft chalk cliffs 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 even the occasional shark up and down the coast.

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!

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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Ellerburn Bank Nature Reserve

Dalby Forest Drive, Dalby Forest, PICKERING, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LU

A warm sunny day brings this limestone grassland to life, with colourful butterflies such as small copper and day-flying moths including six-spot burnet fluttering between vibrantly coloured meadow flowers.

Shuttleworth Gardens

Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY

These special sensory gardens are filled with strongly scented, fragrant plants and flowers in raised beds, which are particulary appreciated by the blind.

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

The Moors National Park Centre

Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

For inside info on the National Park and a fun free day out. There’s an outdoor adventure play area and indoor climbing wall for kids. Interactive exhibits, a café, gift shop and contemporary gallery, Inspired by… with changing exhibitions.

Sheriff Hutton

Sheriff Hutton Park

Sheriff Hutton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LP

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Church Lane, Sewerby, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1EA

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

Crescent Gardens - Filey

Crescent Gardens, Filey

The Crescent, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HZ

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.

Enjoying England's "finest view" at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank, Nr Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH

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.

Bugtopia

Bugtopia Hornsea

Hornsea Freeport, HORNSEA, Yorkshire, HU18 1UT

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

Yorkshire Lavender

Yorkshire Lavender

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, North Yorkshire, YO60 6PB

Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

Scarborough Road, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9PG

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.

Valley Gardens, Scarborough

Valley Gardens, Scarborough

Valley Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2LY

Ornamental gardens close to the town centre including duck pond, Museum and Art Gallery garden, Design a Flowerbed Competition, and Daffodil trail.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Little Beck Wood Nature Reserve

Little Beck Lane, WHITBY, North Yorkshire, YO22 5HA

Little Beck Wood is a glorious mix of oak, ash, alder and cherry under the canopies of which lives a wealth of plants, mammals and insects.

Playdale Farm Park

Playdale Farm Park

Station Road, Cayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3TL

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.

Glen Gardens, Filey

Glen Gardens - Filey

Glen Gardens, West Avenue, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9JL

Glen Gardens were built around the 1830’s and were part of the private estate of Ravine Hall. Although the hall no longer exists, a café stands in its place making it nice place to visit in the summer.

Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard

The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY

Peaceful parkland walks, tree trails, children's activities, café, woodland walks, tours, interactive displays, events & outdoor education. Just some of the many things to do at The Arboretum Trust.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Burton Riggs Nature Reserve

Off the A64 just outside Scarborough, Seamer, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 4QE

The large, open lakes at Burton Riggs make it a fantastic place to watch wildfowl and waders, particularly during autumn migration and over the winter months.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Wharram Quarry Nature Reserve

Station Lane, Wharram, MALTON, North Yorkshire, YO17 9TW

A species rich chalk grassland, Wharram Quarry is home to many of the characteristic flowering plants that thrive on the thin Wolds soil.

Live shows

Withernsea Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens, Memorial Avenue, Withernsea, East Yorkshire, HU19 2DN

The Valley Gardens are used for open air events during the summer. The beach and local history panels can be accessed from the gardens.

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Carnaby Covert Lane, Carnaby, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 3QF

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is an Award Winning, family owned business that has lots to offer for a fun-filled family day out.

Newbridge Park

Newbridge Park

Lowther Wood, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8BX

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.