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From the impressive Beverley Minster to the equally awe-inspiring Humber Bridge, East Yorkshire is a mix of quaint market towns, historical landmarks and amazing engineering.

I have lived in the county for around 5 years and I have only scratched the surface of what it offers.

Whether you are having a day out at Beverley Racecourse, taking in a production by the renowned Hull Truck Company or starting university, the county has a wealth of cultural delights, beautiful scenery and visitor attractions to keep all ages enthralled.

Beverley has plenty to offer the day-tripper and holidaymaker

Beverley is the perfect size of market town to amble around on your day out. It has a good mix of independent shops and boutiques along with upmarket high street staples such as Carluccios, Joules, Jo Malone, and The White Company. You will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to eat, as the market town has everything from fine dining to pub grub and a wide spectrum of ethnic cuisine from Somalian to Japanese.

Beverley Minster, probably the largest parish church in the country, is well worth a visit. The church hosts several exhibitions and events over the year, including a popular Christmas tree extravaganza in December when local companies decorate trees for charity. Once the tenth-largest town in Britain, the 15th-century gate at the entrance to the town offers just one glimpse of its substantial historical importance. Dating back to the bronze age, the town has a fascinating history.

A popular destination for dog-walkers is Westwood pastures which are next to Beverley Racecourse. The pastures are common land and today they still graze cattle on the open fields. You will often see the cows crossing from one side of the road to the other, much to the bemusement of motorists.

Coastal delights and hidden gems

If you are after a traditional seaside holiday then Hornsea and Bridlington fit the bill, but if you are after more cultural entertainment, the area is awash with stately homes, museums, theatres and art galleries.

I have a print of a David Hockney painting of Sledmere, a small village in the wolds.  Having bought the painting years before I moved to East Yorkshire and I was delighted when I discovered it was an actual place and the landmarks looked exactly as they did in the painting! I highly recommend Sledmere House, which has lovely grounds and the ubiquitous cafe and gift shop. According to Wikipedia, “Sledmere House is a Grade I listed Georgian country house, containing Chippendale, Sheraton and French furnishings and many fine pictures, set within a park designed by Capability Brown. It is in the village of Sledmere, between Driffield and Malton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.”

The county is full of interesting hamlets and hidden gems, including places like the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy.

Hull – former city of culture

Kingston-upon-Hull raised its profile in 2017 with an impressive stint as the titleholder of City of Culture. It hosted something like 450 events and a massive 95% of the local population took part in at least one event. Whilst some may sneer at the northern town, Hull is undergoing quite a renaissance. It already hosts an exciting calendar of live events including the Freedom Festival and Humber Street Sesh, as well as a very popular annual fair.

You can’t mention Hull without talking about the Humber Bridge, which is a 2.22 km single-span road suspension bridge, which opened to traffic on 24 June 1981. When it opened, the bridge was the longest of its type in the world. It is also one of the few bridges that both pedestrians and cyclists can cross. If you are looking for a good vantage point from which to capture a photograph of the bridge, head down to Hessle foreshore.

As someone who was born in South Yorkshire and who, over the years, has lived in each of its four corners, I encourage everyone to discover the delights of Yorkshire. From the rugged North York Moors to the gritty industrial heritage of West Yorkshire; the tranquillity of remote stretches of coastline to the quaint market towns of East Yorkshire; with a choice of major cities including Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, York and Hull, Yorkshire genuinely has something to inspire, entertain and enthral even the most jaded traveller. Let’s celebrate all that makes Yorkshire special.

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