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Filey a break from the old routine
Filey in general
Member Name: krispy
Filey in general
Date: 27/03/05, updated on 04/04/05 (153 review reads)
Advantages: You don't need to spend a kings ransom
Disadvantages: It's one big one way system
As a follow on to my Bridlington review I decided to write another resort review mainly because I seem to enjoy writing them.
There is a little seaside resort ten miles north of Bridlington on the east coast. This seaside is called Filey. Filey is very much like 'marmite', you either love it or you hate it. I however love it. For such a small place it has so much to offer, you just have to look to find it, but at least you don't have to look far.
There are two main areas to Filey. Top or bottom of the hill. Now this hill is quite steep so those with mobility problems might have difficulty as there is limited parking at the bottom. It's best to get there early to get the good spaces in season.
At the bottom of the hill you will find a lovely stretch of well kept beach which dogs are not allowed on, so bear this in mind if you travel with your pets as the fine is quite hefty.The sand is a nice non-polluted golden colour and good texture so it make's great sand castles, not that horrible sort that your kids can't do nowt with. You can't build a decent sand castle in desert sand they just self destruct like jelly with too much water.
There is also an amusement arcade, but don't worry because although you can't miss it at least it's technically the only one there. There are other arcades at the top of the hill but they are the over 18's only kind so you needn't worry. This arcade at the bottom of the hill is great though. There is a great mixture of games not all designed to seriously lighten your pocket, after all it has to be family friendly because it is the only one. Doesn't it annoy you when you spend ages playing bingo, win a few times, then feel dejected because the tokens you spent ages winning amounts to what would seem like the booby prize. Well think again, the prizes here feel well worth it so you actually get a slight sense of achievement. Joyous happy days!!!
Parents fear not if the tide is in, because there are plenty of kiddy rides and attractions. There's even ,wait for it, yes crazy golf. You know you love it when it takes two hours and 200 shots to finish(the first hole), or is that just me? Get back to me on that one, hey.
Or you could always buy them a crab line from one of the beach front stalls, all reasonably priced, and become the next Captain Ahab(well maybe thats slightly overcooked).
Then we venture up the hill. What appears to be a small town becomes a tardis. There are a couple hidden and quaint shopping arcadias with a small selection of shops and streets leading off. There are shops dotted all over, mainly bric a brac, and a lot of hardwear so dad will be happy. There is a lovely picnic area with caged birds, mainly budgies but the kids love it. I used to when I was young.
As for food. If you want a good fish and chip supper head for a place called inghams fish and chip shop. Or if a pub lunch is in order, the three barrels comes highly recommended.There are also a couple of parks for kids. The main one being to the west of the town as you reach the top of the hill when travelling from the bottom.
So to summerise this little gem of a seaside town, all i can say is big and in yer face is not always best. Sometimes small and quaint hits the mark. However, if big and in yer face is what you want you're in the wrong place. Scarborough is about 5 miles north and is certainly big and certainly in yer face.
Enjoy the quiet life and take a stroll. Take in the pleasant atmos because Filey is one of the last places to go under the developers knife but it might not stay like that forever.