Manor Farm Holiday Cottages
Buckton by Bempton, East Yorkshire
We are ideally located for you to explore the countryside made famous by the artist David Hockney or to attend an event at the Bridlington Spa.
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Explore & Discover
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Wildlife Nature Diary
Yorkshire Nature Triangle Yorkshire Nature Triangle, an area that brings together the very best in wildlife encounters and a warm Yorkshire welcome, from Scarborough to Hull and across the Humber and the Wolds. One of the UK's best-kept wildlife secrets the area offers opportunities that cannot be experienced anywhere else except here in East Yorkshire. This website gives a great insight into what is on offer, where to visit and events.
Bempton RSPB Reserve A family favourite and easily the best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds! More than 200,000 birds from April to August make the cliffs seem alive with adults bringing food to their nests, or young chicks making their first faltering flights. With a new Sea Bird Centre, servery and accessible paths and cliff top viewing areas this beautiful nature reserve is all the more spectacular. We are 30 mins walk from the cliffs or a 5 minute drive to the Reserve.
Hoddy Cows Lane is literally on our doorstep and described by Flamborough Bird Observatroy as one of the Headlands 'undisturbed jewels'. We agree! Birding delights aplenty up the lane on the way to the cliffs. Take a peek at the FBO website page for more information.
Yorkshire Coast Nature is a small independent nature tourism company run by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced tutors. They run a variety of tours, events and workshops on wildlife and photography for people at all levels of ability.
Flamborough Bird Observatory is a dedicated team of volunteers who study and record birds in the local area and promote conservation. Their website has a great sightings section and information about talks and activities locally as well as a useful 'Links' section.
Filey Bird Observatory & Group are a voluntary group who record and monitor birds and wildlife in the Filey area as well as manage habitats for wildlife. Their website lists local sightings, events, talks and walks and has a map of the key bird and wildlife areas in Filey.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is active all over Yorkshire and locally has some beautiful nature reserves including Filey Dams, Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve and Spurn Point. As well as sea birds, between them, the reserves are host to freshwater species of bird, mammals and amphibians as well as chalk grasslands and their accompanying moths and butterflies (to name just the showy invertebrates!). Locally visit the Living Seas Centre and learn all about the geology and wildlife along the coast.
Scarborough Sea Life Centre The centre houses thousands of fascinating sea creatures, as well as a busy and highly successful marine sanctuary for orphaned, sickly and injured seal pups. The introduction of an otter sanctuary and the sea turtles convalescence facility has become a firm favourite.
The Deep, Hull The Deep is a wonderful day out for everyone. It tells the amazing story of the world's oceans through stunning marine life, interactives and audio-visual presentations making it a fun-filled family day out for all ages. See sharks, rays, turtles, penguins and more at this fantastic aquarium.
The Great Outdoors
Beaches The beaches all along the Yorkshire Coast are simply stunning. From rocky, chalky coves like Danes Dyke, to surfing in Cayton Bay or simply strolling for miles along a sandy beach with your dog and family (South Beach, Bridlington is hard to beat) you will be spoiled for choice. There are amusements, water sports, children's activities, wildlife spectaculars, historical and geological treasures and plenty of fish and chips!
The Beach Guide gives an overview of our beaches and facilities and notes dog friendly beaches too (sometimes limited depending on the time of year).
Don't forget to check your tide times!
Cycling There are plenty, exciting opportunities for cycling. You might fancy completing the first stage of the new Tour de Yorkshire which we are very excited to announce, starts in Bridlington and passes by our front door. Or you might be celebrating completion of the 170m challenge of The Way of The Roses from Morcambe to Bridlington.
Of course there are amazing mountain biking options for all levels at Dalby Forest only an hours drive away. Closer to home there are plenty of bridleways and Sustrans Route 1 which is also part of the North Sea Cycle Route passes our door. You might need a deserving rest en route or just fancy doing a little bit of this 1,695m route (!).
For cycle hire and information try Bike about Filey - they will deliver the bikes to you here at the cottages where you can store them in our secure stables.
Walking We are very lucky that just outside our door you can follow 'Hoddy Cows Lane' to join the coastal footpath taking in amazing views of the cliffs along the Flamborough Heritage Coast with accompanying wildlife. Aside the breezy coastal paths there are lots of lovely walks all around us. Do click on the title link for some inspiration.
Golfing Bridlington & the surrounding coastline proudly boasts six of Yorkshire's finest golf courses all located within a short distance of each other. The six clubs have come together to create a new and innovative golf pass which enables both individual and group visitors to Bridlington and the East and North Yorkshire area the opportunity to play all six fantastic courses and at the same time enjoying incredible savings of up to half the normal green fees - the "Golf Coast Passport". You can buy one of these at the Bridlington Belvedere Golf Club. We are within 10 minutes drive of Flamborough, Bridlington Links and Bridlington Belvedere Golf Clubs. Dependant on whether you would like self-catering or B&B options for your golfing holiday, we can help.
Yoga - while you are here why not enjoy some body and mind relaxation. Join Christine Rumley of Yorkshire Coast Yoga on a Monday evening in the village hall or better still join Christine on one of her Yoga Retreats based here at Manor Farm and taking in all the best that the Yorkshire Coast has to offer. All abilities catered for and we can recommend her teaching first hand. Yorkshire Coast Yoga Holiday
East Riding Leisure Centre is a newly opened centre overlooking North Beach in Bridlington. It has fantastic facilities (the swimming pools over look the sea!) and the kids pool and slides really do have warm water (!). Book a court, go to the gym or join a class to burn off those fish & chips!
Places of Interest
Sewerby Hall, Bridlington Experience what this historic country house has to offer. Set in acres of beautiful countryside, with breathtaking views of the Yorkshire coast, the hall and gardens have something for everyone, including a small zoo and great play park. They often have extra activities on during school holidays.
The Spa Theatre The Spa Bridlington has been a vital part of the region's life for over one hundred years. It is a much cherished local landmark that hosts national and international events, enriching Bridlington's cultural life and economy. If you are attending an event at the Spa we offer the ideal accommodation for you.
Flamborough Head A lighthouse was first built on the Flamborough Headland in 1669 but was never lit. The current lighthouse was built in 1806 and acts as a waypoint for deep sea vessels and coastal traffic as well as marking the Flamborough Headland for vessels heading for the ports of Scarborough and Bridlington. Visiting the lighthouse and both North & South Landing with their accompanying cafes and nature reserves is only a 5 minute drive away.
Bridlington Old Town Bridlington Old Town is full of fascinating architecture and cultural history with new, modern shops and stylish galleries. It is well worth taking the time to visit. Bringing it to life each year is the Bridlington Dickensian Festival where the streets will be filled with stalls and amusements of all kinds - including many offering food and craft gifts - and there will be performers and musicians. Many of the Old Town shopkeepers, stall holders and residents will be in Victorian dress and everyone is invited to join them in their own Dickensian outfits!
Burton Agnes Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan stately home with cafe, shops and gardens. Whilst still lived in there is access to the Hall and there are regular events. It is well worth a visit.
Discover Yorkshire Coast is the one stop website showing all that is on offer to enjoy along the beautiful Yorkshire coastline. Have a peek and plan your stay.
The kids will love the cycling, walking and beach elements of a holiday here. Along the beaches there are cafes and shops for traditional fish and chips, a cup of tea (for the adults) and the all essential buckets and spades (for the adults and kids!).
Here at Manor Farm we have shared gardens with garden toys to share, our meadow walk and BBQ options so you needn't go far for a lazy but fun afternoon. Within a 5 minute walk from the cottages there is a duck pond with picnic benches and a play park. For energetic older children a family walk to the cliff tops (about 40 minutes with younger legs) is well worth the effort and the walk up Hoddy Cows Lane starts just outside our door.
For inspiration check out these places that we visit with our children but do be aware that some attractions are open in the Spring - Autumn months only:
Sewerby Hall & Gardens Our children love this small garden estate. With a small zoo, play park, walled garden, monkey puzzle arboretum and tons of events on all year round there is lots to do outside. Inside the Hall they have a lovely trail for children and lots of fun play corners for them whilst you do the reading and 'culture' bit! Please note pushchairs are not allowed in the hall.
Sewerby Hall also links to North Beach in Bridlington via a fabulous accessible surfaced footpath. You can scoot, bike or walk to the beach from the Hall and if your legs are tired after that take the Land Train back. The Land Train is seasonal so click on the link to check the timetable.
John Bull Candy Kingdom & Factory Tours A rainy day winner, you can take a fun tour of the candy factory making your own piece of rock and chocolate bar and then to run off the sugar rush take a plunge into the soft play area!
Playdale Farm is a fab day out with lots of farm animals to watch, pet and feed, an array of play parks indoors and out and go karts and tractor rides. There is a picnic area so you can take your own lunch or eat in their cafe.
The Living Seas Centre is the Yorkshire Wildlife Centre at South Landing in Flamborough (the next village along). A lovely woodland walk takes you down to the cove where there is magical rock pooling and plenty splashing in the sea and rock art to be done! The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust put on lots of events and walks. In the centre there is always craft activities for children in the holidays and lots of educational props and displays about the local marine life. Coffee & tea available for grown ups in the shop. It is a free centre (donations welcome). The car park (owned by East Riding) is a pay and display.
The Lifeboats are an integral part of coastal life and we are always proud to support them where we can. A long history along the coastline here means you can visit three lifeboat stations and see them in action and visit their centres and shops. Click on the link to search for both Bridlington, Flamborough & Scarborough Lifeboat centres. They often have trial runs on the beaches and sometimes you can board the life boats and see them up close. A real treat for everyone.
The North Beach in Bridlington has a large beach with mix of sand and stones. A promenade along the top links both ends and is accessible with toilets and refreshments. At the southern end you will find the fair ground rides, town and the harbour with boat trips like the pirate ship, speed boat rides and the famous Yorkshire Belle.
The South Beach in Bridlington is a huge expanse of sandy beach from The Spa to, well, as far as you can see! The lovely promenade here has paddling pool, lifeboat station and cafe and you can hire a beach hut for a fun day out or a special occasion.
For a serious bit of waterpark fun try the new Alpamare in Scarborough>. Guaranteed to suit the older kids it has enough thrills and spills to keep you all going!
If you fancy exploring a bit further afield then these places are also worth a trip:
Dalby Forest is a beautiful woodland with tons of cycling for all ages, walking and playing opportunities. There is a Go Ape here and areas of BBQs and picnics galore.
The National Railway Museum in York is always mega popular and has many different displays all year.
Eden Camp for the older kids and adults is a fascinating insight into World War II which had a big impact along the Yorkshire Coast.
Piglets Adventure Farm near York is a great day out with lots to do and entertain (and pigs of course). Perfect for under 10s.
Williams Den in the Wolds is a fun indoor/outdoor play experience with lots of opportunities for climbing and getting muddy!
Forgot your fleece or rain coat?! Hornsea Freeport is a one stop shopping mall for lots of bits and bobs including outdoor gear. It also has a play barn for kids to run off some energy.
Bridlington is not known as a shopping mecca and although Scarborough and Hull are better serviced if shopping is your thing, Beverley, with its cobbled streets, Minster, and the many shops and cafes can make a lovely day out.
Alternatively, you can relax and take the train into the heart of York (an hours drive) and enjoy the myriad of markets, boutique shops, entertainment, high street shopping and historical streets and buildings.