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Bridlington; A seaside town offering lots to do
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Advantages: plenty to do
Disadvantages: British weather!
Long golden beaches, a harbour and a newly renovated promenade complete with fun fair, Bridlington has a lot to offer day trippers and holiday makers alike. Situated on the East coast of Yorkshire a few miles away from Scarborough it is a beautiful seaside town that I love visiting.
My wife's parents always loved Brid' and as a little girl my wife spent her school holidays there in her parents caravan, so when we were looking to spend a sum of money on a static caravan for ourselves our first choice where to site it was Bridlington. Our caravan park is situated 7 miles away from the centre of Bridlington up on the sea front and the views overlook the sea and a long stretch of beach. It is a quiet area and for 7 months of the year it is our second home, we spend all summer there enjoying barbecues on the balcony and long walks along the beach. Bridlington town centre is a short drive away and on an evening we go down to enjoy the various things the town has to offer.
As well as plenty of arcades and amusements there is a working harbour and you can sit and watch fishermen come and go, during the day there are boat trips that take you up to Flamborough Cliffs; a Yorkshire Wildlife trust for puffins and other sea birds, you get to see the massive population nesting and interacting with one another it really is a special sight for anyone to enjoy. If you feel the need for an adrenaline rush there are short thrill trips on a speedboat available that go whizzing in and out of the harbour at break neck speed and they are fun to watch if you don't fancy a go yourself.
The fun fair on the promenade offers rides and stalls for all ages, there are plenty of things for children to do and pass a few hours on, in the holiday season the fair gets very busy but never seems to be too full. Close to the funfair is Bridlington's Leisure World which is an indoor swimming facility with huge pools and slides and plenty of fun for all the family, as well as catering for children they offer separate times of the day where they restrict access to the over 60's, ladies only, fitness swimming etc so you don't have to be bothered by younger folk if you don't want to.
There are plenty of shops available in the town centre from the small nick-nack seaside shops on the harbour to an indoor "promenade" which houses some familiar high street stores. There is an open air market that takes over the pedestrian area in the centre of town a few times a week selling fresh fruit and veg, gardening items and clothes etc and this is usually always busy. Being a seaside town with its own harbour there are plenty of fish and chip takeaways and cafes, you can't beat a bit of seaside fish and the ones on offer in some of the chippies are out of this world. Thick, white cod and haddock beautifully fried in batter, there is no comparison to what you get at home and once tasted you will want to go back for more.
For those wanting to stay longer than a day there are plenty of choices of accommodation from budget B&B's, apartments to rent and quality hotels offering plenty of choice for your money. Before we bought our caravan we spent many a weekend and mid week break in a variety of different places and as with anywhere the quality ranged from poor up to excellent, do research different accommodations on the Net before booking and you should be fine.
Out of the town, a short drive or long walk along the sea front takes you up to Sewerby where you can stand on the cliff tops looking out to sea, the scenery and sights are breathtaking especially in summer and there are plenty of benches dotted up and down if you want to take a break. There are plenty of car parking spaces both in the town centre and along the promenade and parking us usually easy enough, though at peak times of the year if you are doing a day trip I would recommend getting there early to secure one. There is a bus and coach station conveniently located close to the town centre which seems popular with day trippers and you often see coach after coach pulling in bringing hordes of people into town.
Being a British seaside resort situated on the North Sea you can imagine that the weather is unpredictable even in summer and the wind that comes in from the sea can be described as "bracing" but with plenty of things to do and see you don't need to worry too much about the weather especially if you like arcades or want to spend an hour or two in one of the many town centre pubs that offer meals as well as drink.
All in all I love Bridlington and don't have a bad word to say about it, like everything else in life it's what you make it and for me you can't beat a day out at the seaside with fish and chips, a walk along the sea front then having a browse round the shops before wasting an hour or two in the amusements. There has been a lot of money spent on Bridlington over the past few years and the town has had a bit of a makeover and is now a lovely place to visit, even if it's just for a day. Highly recommended by me and rates 5 stars in my opinion it's a traditional British resort that makes for a fun day out or holiday stay.
Summary: My experience of Bridlington and my opinions.