Bit bloated? 10 ways to get out the house this Holiday.

Published: Saturday 27th December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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After a day or two indoors – working through a mountain of turkey sandwiches; bloated you suddenly think,  it might be nice to get outside?

Well you’re not alone. Because Hull & East Yorkshire has just featured in a report saying that tourism in the area is at an all time high.

So if you’re the type that gets a bit of ‘cabin-feavery’ over Christmas, read on.

Prepared by an independent tourism board,the report says that over £195.6m was spent on trips to Hull in 2013 by overnight and day visitors, up by 7% compared to 2012.

The amount spent on day trips increased by 11% from £125.4m to £139.2m in 2013.

All good for day-trippers you might say but what about us locals? We’ve done the Deep and Streetlife Museum, and we’ve been to the rather brilliant Hull Truck.

So here, for all those looking to get out to something a bit different this Christmas Hols, is our list of lesser-known tourist attractions in Hull & East Yorkshire.

1.     The Humber Bridge – Instead of admiring its beauty while whizzing past in a car or train, get up close and walk across it on a windy day.

2.     A night out at Fruit – Head there for comedy, live music, theatre or cult cinema in a relaxed atmosphere with drinks at prices you won’t believe.

3.     158 Squadron Bomber Command Memorial – At Lissett, on the way to Bridlington, this moving memorial lists the names of every one of the 851 squadron members who gave their lives during World War Two.

4.     Drewton’s at South Cave – Visit for an indulgent lunch or afternoon tea and stop off in the Farm Shop for the best of Yorkshire produce from more than 250 local farmers, growers and suppliers.

5.     Cycle from Hull to Hornsea – Following National Cycle Network Route 65 from Hull city centre, it’s a mainly traffic-free ride along the dismantled railway line track to Hornsea. And the 15 mile trip is enough to build up an appetite for more turkey when you get back

6.     Spurn Point – On the north bank of the entrance to the Humber, the national nature reserve of Spurn Point is three and a half miles long and just 50 metres wide in places. It’s a peaceful and beautiful place for bird watching, sea fishing or just walking.

7.     Scale Lane footbridge – It’s won an international award for architecture and is the only moving bridge in the UK where people can stay on as it swings. As well as movement for river traffic, it operates on weekends so that residents and visitors can enjoy crossing it. The swing times published on Hull City Council’s website.

8.     The Yorkshire Wolds Way – The 79 mile route from Hessle to Filey through the Yorkshire Wolds gives walkers unique views of the ‘Big Sky Country’ that inspired David Hockney. Segments of the trail make perfect day walks.

9.     Beverley Minster – Visitors to the region are often taken aback to see this spectacular example of gothic architecture in the centre of the unassuming market town of Beverley.

10. Wilberforce House – OK, it might not qualify as ‘lesser-known’, but many people beyond the region aren’t aware of Hull’s status as the birthplace of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce. So if you have guests form out of town this Christmas, a visit to Wilberforce House will fix our city’s connection with freedom firmly in their minds.

Published: Saturday 27th December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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