England’s biggest county, and according to many of its residents, the best in the land, Yorkshire is the perfect place for a quintessentially British break. The White Rose County is a great option for a getaway at any time of year, with its intriguing mix of dramatic coastline and picture-perfect market towns attracting millions of tourists every year.
Whether it’s a day wandering the historic streets of York or relaxing on the beach at Bridlington, or even admiring the views from the North Yorkshire Moors, a break in Yorkshire can be as varied or as relaxed as you want!
We have four holiday parks along the Yorkshire coast, from the relaxed Withernsea Sands Holiday Park to Barmston Beach and Skipsea Sands near to Bridlington and Cayton Bay just south of Scarborough. All these parks are mere metres from the beach, so if you’re looking for a seaside-focused holiday, look no further than Yorkshire’s beautiful, dynamic coastline.
Keen to find out more? Have a read of our favourite things to do in the region below.
Reasons to Visit Yorkshire
Miles of unique beaches, with rock pools and cliffs aplenty
Monuments and minsters, from York to Beverley and beyond
Yorkshire puddings, fine ale and tasty seafood dishes
Four holiday parks on the Yorkshire coast
Brimming with family fun, both on park and across the county
They call it God’s Own Country for a reason. Yorkshire is blessed with a divine landscape, and just about anywhere you travel in this county, you’ll see some great sights.
From the spectacular white cliffs at Flamborough Head, complete with the UK's oldest surviving lighthouse, to the rugged skyline of the North York Moors, there’s no shortage of great views in this part of the world.
Within seconds of stepping out of your caravan or lodge at Cayton Bay Holiday Park, you’ll find yourself standing on one of the county’s most stunning beaches - just round the headland from Scarborough, yet feeling miles away from any worldly distractions.
Another stunning beach option for your Yorkshire holidays is a trip to Robin Hood’s Bay, where the attractive village of the same name can be your base for rockpooling expeditions along the tidal beach.
You’ll never be short of things to do in Yorkshire, especially when it comes to thrills and animal encounters.
Flamingo Land is a must visit, a zoo combined with a theme park that attracts visitors from all across the country to sample thrill rides such as the ultra-modern Mumbo Jumbo roller coaster, as well as to see animals such as rhinos, meerkats, and of course flamingos. If you want to witness some undersea creatures, then The Deep, located in Hull, is always an interesting day out - as one of the UK’s most unique aquariums, it’s filled with fish and sea creatures of every kind. From dungeons and sea life centres to museums and castles, find out more below.
History & Culture
Yorkshire holidays are perfect for a trip back in time. Immerse yourself in centuries of history on the cobbled streets of York, where stories seep from every building. Once you’ve explored the historic York Minster, why not embark on a museum tour, taking in the Jorvik Centre (which deals with the city’s Viking heritage) and the York Castle Museum, which features an immersive mock-up of the city’s streets from the Victorian era?
For a more grandiose slice of history, a visit to the Georgian country house of Sewerby Hall is a great option.
Yorkshire is famed for its hospitality and hearty food, so tracking down a Yorkshire pudding or two should be a top culinary priority for your trip.
The county also boasts some premium tea shops, offering traditional English afternoon tea with a twist only the White Rose county can provide. Betty’s Tea Shop has ultra-popular locations in both Harrogate and York, both offering traditional Yorkshire tea alongside mouth-watering cakes and scones.
Fun for all ages is easy to come by in Yorkshire, with plenty to entertain the little ones all across the county. Your Scarborough holidays won’t be complete without a trip to the SEA LIFE Sanctuary, which houses creatures as varied and bizarre as giant Pacific octopus, pyjama sharks and cownose rays.
Inland, near the town of Pickering, the Dalby Forest Go Ape high ropes course is always a sure-fire winner with the kids, with all sorts of treetop fun available for ages 9+. It goes without saying that family fun is always available on park, with activities and entertainment suitable for all ages being one of the things we pride ourselves on here at Parkdean Resorts.
Outdoors & Adventure
The craggy Yorkshire coast was made for coasteering - where thrillseekers can explore a rocky coastline by jumping, climbing and swimming - and there are many opportunities to give this new and emerging seaside activity a go. Scarborough Surf School offers coasteering sessions all year round - whether it’s a simple taster or a more challenging route around Flamborough Head, the choice is yours.
Heading inland, there are all sorts of mountain biking routes that can thrill even the most experienced of riders, including at Dalby Forest - which includes a route used at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Have a read of our blog post on our favourite extreme things to do in Yorkshire for further inspiration.
To make a stay at a holiday park in Yorkshire really special, consider taking a look at the local event calendar and planning your visit around a sporting spectacle such as cycling’s Tour de Yorkshire or cricket’s annual Scarborough Festival - which attracts some big names in the sport for top-level competition at the town’s picturesque North Marine Road cricket ground.
If sport isn’t your thing, then there are cultural delights aplenty along the Yorkshire coast - such as the Whitby Goth Weekend, which celebrates the town’s affinity with that particular subculture, culminating in a two day event with music, markets and much more.
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