Top 10 things to do when staying at Skipsea Holiday Park, East Yorkshire

Top 10 things to do when visiting Skipsea, East Yorkshire

When buying a static caravan or holiday lodge in East Yorkshire, it’s essential to explore the local area and discover the activities available. We have conducted thorough research on the area and selected some of our top choices, which are guaranteed to keep the entire family entertained during their stay at Skipsea Holiday Park. Keep reading to find out our top 10 recommendations of things to do while staying at Skipsea Holiday Park in East Yorkshire.


Top 10 things to do when staying at Skipsea Holiday Park

1) Skirlington Car Boot Sale and Sunday Market

Skirlington Sunday Market and Carboot Sale is the largest market in Yorkshire, attracting over 1 million visitors in 2023. It is situated at Skirlington Leisure Park, near Skipsea, and boasts more than 70 acres of parkland with sea views.

The market, which has been operating for 37 years, is divided into an indoor and outdoor market, in addition to a separate car boot site. With over 200 stalls and demos to explore, the market offers an array of bargains. You’ll also find plenty of food outlets, bars, cafes, and local traders selling their products. You can even enjoy Sunday lunch at the Market Tavern!

The market is open every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm, while the car boot is open from 6 am to 1 pm. The market is closed over Christmas, from December 17th to February 4th.

Both the market and the car boot are open on Wednesdays during the summer holidays. You’ll find a wide range of second-hand items at the car boot that are just waiting to find a new home.

2) Pirate Ship Bridlington

This boat was built in 1979 in Bridlington and has now been repurposed to provide daily boat tours during the spring and summer months, from 1st April to 31st October. For just £3, you can take a short trip out from Bridlington Harbour and enjoy the views of the bay. Longer trips are also available, which include scenic tours around Flamborough Head, North Landing, and Thornwick Bay. Additionally, there are trips available to see the Bempton Cliff Bird Sanctuary. Many people have reported sightings of dolphins while out on the boat, which makes for a pleasant surprise if you are lucky enough.

Top 10 things to do when visiting Skipsea, East Yorkshire

North Landing

3) Hornsea Mere 

Hornsea Mere is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire, formed by glacial movement during the Ice Age. It is 2 miles long and ¾ mile across, making it a wonderful spot to enjoy the beautiful scenery and migrating birds. The lake is a designated Site of Scientific Interest and a special protection area for birds, attracting Gadwalls, Golden Eyes, and Tufted Ducks, which makes it perfect for bird watching.

There is an 8.4km circular walk around the lake that takes approximately 2 hours. The walk will take you through wooded areas and open spaces. The lake is well-liked for walks, bird watching, fishing, and sailing. Rowing boats are available for hire and there is a putting green as well.

You can grab refreshments at the on-site cafe. Please keep an eye on their Facebook page for opening times as they vary throughout the seasons. 

When you arrive, there is plenty of car-free parking available.

4) Whiteheads Fish and Chips

If you’re a fan of Fish and Chips, and who isn’t at the seaside, then you must visit Whiteheads Fish and Chips in Hornsea. Run by the Whitehead Family and their team, they serve the best freshly cooked fish and chips in Britain. You might think it’s a bold claim, but they won the National Fish and Chip Award 2023 and were also awarded Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year.

Whiteheads are a fully MSC-certified fish and chip shop and all of their Cod and Haddock are fully traceable. Using local producers, they source their potatoes from a local potato farmer who is only 10 minutes away. The gluten-free options have gained immense popularity with those with allergies.

These are highly recommended by Westcountry Resorts.

5) Flamborough Head

Just five minutes east of the village of Flamborough lies Flamborough Head. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the Flamborough Bird Observatory is also located here, which is one of the 20 such observatories in the UK and Ireland. This spot is popular with hiking and bird-watching enthusiasts and is well-known for having the largest seabird colony in Britain. You can witness migrating birds and see nesting Puffins between mid-May and July.

The Flamborough Head lighthouse, located on the headland, is the oldest working lighthouse in Britain. You can take guided tours here and climb the 119 steps to enjoy the breathtaking view of Bridlington and the heritage coastline.

Top 10 things to do when visiting Skipsea, East Yorkshire

Area of Special Scientific Interest

6) Bridlington

If you are seeking a classic seaside experience, then a visit to Bridlington has a lot to offer. The old harbour, which dates back 800 years, has always been a centre of activity. It is still a thriving fishing port where you can observe small trawlers, pleasure boats, and daily auctions at the fish markets. It is a delightful place for a walk, or if you would prefer, you can sit and take in the surroundings. During the summer months (from Easter to September), the land trains run along the promenades, making it easy for you to take in the local scenery and travel from one end to the other relatively quickly. This is especially great if you are tired after walking one way or are less mobile.

Bridlington Beach has a vast stretch of golden sands, which are perfect for building sandcastles and engaging in other beach activities. Both beaches are patrolled by the RNLI, ensuring that you have a safe place to swim and receive first aid if needed. Along the promenades, you will find funfairs, amusements, and traditional donkey rides. The youngest members of your family won’t be disappointed with the numerous ice cream outlets, shops, and refreshments available.

Top 10 things to do when visiting Skipsea, East Yorkshire

Days out near Skipsea

7) Local Walks 

There are numerous spectacular walks to enjoy while visiting the East Riding of Yorkshire.

One of the most popular walks is the Bridlington to Flamborough Head trail along the North York Moors Coast. This 6-mile route takes you through the beautiful woodland valley of Dane’s Dyke, leading to South Landing. This spot is famous for being a filming location for Dad’s Army, making it an ideal spot to sit and rest for a while. Along the way, you’ll pass through picturesque bays, past Flamborough Lighthouse, and through the nature reserve to reach Flamborough Head.

The Driffield Walk is a shorter circular route around Driffield and Nafferton. You can bike, hike or run the 9.2km circular route which explores the Driffield Canal to Nafferton along the brook. If you’re looking for more walks in the East Riding of Yorkshire, check out this website.

Top 10 things to do when visiting Skipsea, East Yorkshire

Flamborough Head Lighthouse

8) Beverley

Located just 15 miles away from Skipsea, the market town of Beverley is worth a visit. With a rich history dating back to the 7th century, there are plenty of landmarks to explore, including the famous Beverley Minster. This place of worship and music boasts medieval carvings, art exhibitions, workshops, and choirs for visitors to enjoy.

The high street features a range of chain stores as well as independent retailers. On Saturdays, visitors can explore the large market with over 120 stalls that offer everything from arts and crafts to fresh produce, baked goods, and clothing. Traders from far and wide come to sell their wares. On Wednesdays, the market is smaller but still worth a visit as it focuses on local produce, craft items, and street food.

9) The Deep Hull

The award-winning The Deep is one of the largest aquariums in the UK known for its marine conservation and huge array of marine life.  Learn all about what lies at the depth of our oceans with the interactive activities, displays and talks.  There is so much to consume including daily dive shows, penguin feeds, a walk through the viewing tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10-metre endless ocean tank.  See if you can spot sharks, stingrays, tropical fish, penguins and more.  Children can enjoy the soft play, interactive magic floor and fossil brushing station to learn all about past and present sea life.

Top 10 things to do when visiting Skipsea, East Yorkshire

Aquarium in Hull, Yorkshire

10) North Yorkshire Moors Railway

There is nothing like watching a steamtrain chug through the hills.  Take a nostalgic trip and meander through the North York Moors National Park on one of the organised trips.  They offer various trips throughout the year with 3-course meals and cream teas whilst experiencing the countryside views.  Travel along the heritage line and visit the heritage stations including Pickering Station, a 1930’s themed station or Grosmont and Levisham Stations.

Top 10 things to do when visiting Skipsea, East Yorkshire

Days out ideas

To conclude, there is so much to keep the whole family occupied when holidaying at Skipsea Holiday Park and the surrounding area. 

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