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What’s new on the Yorkshire Coast 2020

Written by on July 30, 2020

With many choosing to revisit favourite UK destinations for this year’s holidays, the Yorkshire Coast is going one step further to make sure everyone gets the dream holiday they deserve this year – not just pulling out the stops to keep visitors safe, but making sure that there’s plenty of new things to experience in a place we think we know so well.

“Right up and down the Yorkshire Coast, it’s astonishing to see that alongside the extraordinary changes being made to welcome visitors safely this summer, tourism businesses are also working 24/7 to give us all something new and different to enjoy,” says Councillor Liz Colling from Scarborough Borough Council.  “And for anyone needing any extra reassurance, we’ve got our experienced and friendly team of experts in the Tourism Bureau available daily to offer help and advice to everybody.”

New experiences – with all details to be found at www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com – include:

  • Stay in Scarborough’s new hotel for adventurers this summer, the beachfront Bike & Boot.  It’s a cosy retreat with uniquely designed bedrooms, a bar-restaurant-café, and everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors, whether you’re bringing your dog, bike, surfboard, or simply your sense of adventure.
  • Taste Yorkshire’s first and only whisky in Filey Bay’s new distillery, Spirit of Yorkshire in Hunmanby, also voted Yorkshire Best Small Attraction for its behind-the-scene tours which can be pre-booked online.
  • Brave the Rainforest, a thrilling new family adventure at Scarborough Sealife where you can come face-to-face with Green Tree Pythons, Day Geckos and Poisonous Arrow Dart Frogs.
  • Let off steam on the new North York Moors Cycleway, a ‘figure of eight’ off-road cycling trail through 200 miles of some of the UK’s most amazing scenery, including a breath-taking section along the coast between Filey, Scarborough and Ravenscar, and with plenty of cycling-friendly accommodation, cafes and tea rooms along the way.
  • A new Gin School is opening soon at the Lickerish Tooth near Whitby, where you can work with distillery experts to blend your own bespoke gin.
  • Have you visited the new Museum of Whitby Jet yet?  With the world’s largest piece of jet, it’s been recently opened by W Hamond, Whitby’s original Victorian jet workshop, where you can still see craft jewellers in action.
  • Scarborough Art Gallery are hosting the north’s high profile New Light Prize Exhibition from 19 September 2020, in its 10th anniversary year.  Shining a light on northern artists, it’s the first time the event’s been held in Scarborough.
  • Internationally-loved artist, Emma Stothard has been creating a series of her popular wire sculptures over the summer, to be installed along the seafronts of Whitby very soon.

Top sporting events are also back in the calendar on the Yorkshire Coast, including Oliver’s Mount Racing in Scarborough, which attracts the world’s motorbiking superstars with the Barry Sheen Classic on 14 – 16 August, and the prestigious Gold Cup on 11 – 13 September 2020; and Scarborough Golf Week between 6 – 11 September 2020, which has been played across the coast’s four main clubs in Whitby, Filey and Scarborough’s North and South Bays for 99 years.  Although as ever in these changing times, it’s recommended to check event websites before setting out.

“People have been dreaming about getting back to the seaside all year, and we’ve done everything we can to make sure visitors feel absolutely no anxiety about taking their holidays here,” says Janet Deacon, Tourism and Corporate Marketing Manager for Scarborough Borough Council and Area Director for Welcome To Yorkshire.  “With so much coast and countryside to explore, visiting levels have now settled right back to their usual levels – especially in beach resorts like Whitby, Scarborough and Filey.  It’s very easy to find a secluded, tranquil spot.  Meanwhile, all of our accommodation providers and attractions have introduced rigorous cleaning regimes and changed their layouts and service, including restricting spectator numbers at events and introducing pre-booking online.  This makes social distancing easy, ensuring visitors feel safe as well as very welcome.”

Janet adds: “We’re encouraging visitors to book early – whether to an event, or a B&B – to have the best possible experience.  To help people, we’ve created a special area on our website so that you can ‘know before you go’, and you can also book discounted tickets to major attractions like Scarborough Sealife or Flamingo Land, and find out which restaurants, pubs and tea-rooms are taking part in Eat Out to Help Out, offering up to 50% off meals.  There’s no reason why you can’t be relaxing on the Yorkshire Coast this summer, enjoying a world-class holiday!”

The Yorkshire Coast is also celebrated for its winter festivals, and it’s hoped that many of these will be confirmed for 2020 very soon – even if there are a few changes to normal – including the world-famous Whitby Goth Festival over October half-term, and Whitby’s Krampus Festival on 4 – 6 December.  Meanwhile, the region’s major springtime festivals have been re-arranged for 2021, including Whitby’s Fish & Ships Festival on 15 – 16 May 2021, and the exhilarating Armed Forces Day National Event on 26 June 2021, where Scarborough will lead the country in its tribute to the Armed Forces.

Many attractions are laying on special family entertainment for the summer holidays, like Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle’s Summer Explorer Quests, that encourage plenty of fun whilst enjoying ‘bubbles’ of safe space.  Scarborough Rotunda and Scarborough Art Gallery are also launching Lari the Seagull’s Summer Adventure during the holidays, a programme of live digital events for the family involving storytelling, crafts and a few madcap activities.

For much more information about what’s new to see and do along the Yorkshire Coast this year, to find out more about what tourism businesses are doing to help you enjoy your holiday, or to book your stay, visit www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com or talk to the friendly, dedicated team at the Tourism Bureau on 01723 383636.