Yorkshire, Beverley and Hornsea

February school half-term and I had a visit from the grandchildren to plan for which can be a stressful experience as generally when they visit they spend a week dismantling and redecorating the house and trashing the garden .

As always I made some preparations but this is rather like building the Maginot Line, a good idea, very expensive but ultimately useless!

Since 2011 I have lived in the east coast town of Grimsby and every so when they visit it is my job to arrange entertainment.  This can be a challenge because to be honest and I don’t think I am being unfair here there just isn’t a great deal to do in Grimsby.

I like the town but it has to be said that it is an odd place.  It is a community in decline.  On the south bank of the Humber Estuary it is so far east that the only place to go after this is the North Sea and there aren’t any ferries to Europe as they are in Hull on the north side of the river.  It is a dead end.  It is a place that you only go to by choice.  No one visits Grimsby by accident.  You cannot stumble upon it while taking a leisurely drive along the coast as say in Northumberland or East Anglia.  It can never be an unexpected discovery.  You don’t go to Grimsby unless you are going to Grimsby!

This half-term I decided to find a reasonably priced hotel and let them trash someone else’s place instead.  Unfortunately for the Premier Inn Company I chose their hotel in Beverley in Yorkshire just a few miles north of Hull, the UK Capital of Culture for 2017.


We arrived late on Monday afternoon and proceeded immediately to take the place apart – I was sure that the police would arrive at any minute in a blitz of flashing blue lights and screeching sirens  to take us away. Within minutes it looked like Belgium after the German army had driven through in 1940 on the way to France.  But all was not lost and eventually they calmed down and we went for evening meal in the dining room which we managed to leave an hour or so later without completely destroying the place.


Next day it was a lovely late Winter morning and after breakfast I made a decision that it was worth making a short journey to the coast to the North Sea town of Hornsea.  It took us about thirty minutes to drive there.

On arrival I was immediately impressed.  I live near the resort town of Cleethorpes but although it is a popular holiday resort it has to be said that it is just a muddy estuary where the sea is barely visible for long periods of the day but this was real North Sea coast with a raging sea, barnacled groynes, pounding surf, churning water and a pebble beach clattering away as it was constantly rearranged by the tidal surge.

Hornsea Beach Yorkshire

I liked it but the children liked it even more and once down on the beach they made a run for the sea.  I called after them to stop but it was hopeless, shouting into a wind that just carried my instructions away back towards the promenade and they charged like the Light Brigade towards the water.

Inevitably they fell in.  William first and then Patsy, Molly managed to stay vertical but still got soaked by the waves.  I had no change of clothing of course (a lesson learned there) so after I had dragged them from the sea we had to walk a while and let the stiff wind blow the moisture from their clothes.  Marks out of 10 for Granddad – ZERO.


I liked Hornsea, a seaside town off the main visitor route, rather inaccessible and certainly not on any main tourist trail.  I would absolutely go back there again, maybe even for a weekend break (no children).

Wet through we returned to Beverley to the Premier Inn where we changed and showered and then simply enjoyed the room.  None of the children were enthusiastic about visiting the town centre and I wasn’t going to argue with them on that point because being around shops with children can be another challenge so we wasted the afternoon away as we prepared for a second night in the dining room and a plan to spoil everyone else’s evening!



82 responses to “Yorkshire, Beverley and Hornsea

  1. Sounds like it was a success.

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  2. Those piccies brought back east riding memories for me.

    Why live in grimsby if it’s a nothing town? Cheap?

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    • Work. Kim has a job here but she retires this year so we aim to leave and head north to County Durham.

      Actually, I am a bit harsh on Grimsby, it isn’t a visitor sort of place, there is no Tourist Information Centre and you can’t even buy a postcard of the town but for day to day living it isn’t bad at all and as you say it is cheap!

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  3. Good job kids are resilient! It would have been triple pneumonia otherwise 🙂 I still have no recollection of Hornsea itself- just the pottery along a lane somewhere near.


  4. Only go to Durham if you like cold and unrelenting wind. My daughter studied there for nearly ten years and My God, it’s cold and windy. And you haven’t got the foggiest idea what the locals are talking about for the first three years. Having said that, they all do have hearts of gold.


  5. Sounds like you had your hands full with your grandchildren – what a wonderful experience you provided them.


  6. Hornsea is good for fossils washed out of the soft cliffs at high tide. Keeps kids occupied especially if they find one early. But very windy. We’ve lost footballs there, blown away so fast even Usain Bolt would struggle to catch up.


  7. “Marks out of 10 for Granddad – ZERO.” Love it. A little harsh, though. 😀
    You all came back in one piece. That’s not zero. 😛


  8. Sounds like a fun time… bet you slept well that night.


  9. I have been to Blundell Park in ’90 In think. 1-1 draw v Man City. All I remember is a pub, fab fish & chips and the match. Can’t even remember how I got there!


    • Blundell Park, sadly long gone! Did you have a Hull Pattie Butty? It is a regional speciality but is no more than a mashed fried potato (think of a fishcake) eaten in a bread bun. Ricky Gervais upset all of Hull when he dissed it on the One Show!


      • No I didn’t, next time! It was actually 2000. I remember there being one turnstyle open and hundreds of City fans trying to get. We got in at 3.05 and were walking round the pitch to get to the away end and were therefore right by the players when City scored and a few fans joined the celebrations. Didnt know BP had gone.


      • Sorry, Blundell Park in Grimsby/Cleethorpes is about to go, I thought you were in Hull.

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  10. Well done Grandad Andrew! I hope you have recovered and that the redecoration bill from Premier wasn’t too high!


  11. Hornsea is a fabulous place. Pat (my wife) and I often drive up their for walks along the promenade and to feed the birds (ducks, geese, swans, gulls etc) at the Hornsea Mere. They also have a wonderful shopping area… Hornsea Freeport. We live in Hull, but it’s well-worth the 20-30 minute drive for an afternoon or day out. Hornsea is a gem and you decribe the sea front wonderfully… Great pics!


  12. Andrew I laughed out loud! I bet Grandad got more than a zero from his little fan club. Glad to hear the police didn’t arrive on scene although that would have made quite the story. 🙂


  13. lol, sounds like you had your hands very full, Andrew. I’m guessing no pier where you could buy them candyfloss or a toffee apple so that it added to the sugar rush?


  14. Awesome pictures.. 👍👍👍


  15. Lovely and a totally other world for me that I’m not familiar with, interesting post!


  16. Had quite a chuckle reading this! We had our 2 little granddaughters staying over last weekend – we were absolutely exhausted come Sunday afternoon! Our house had been rearranged and I now know every line of the Snow White movie off by heart. They are such fun though – keeps us young!!


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  19. I loved this post.
    It’s many years since I was at Hornsea; my late husband worked a few summer seasons in Scarborough and we made a point of visiting the pottery every year. I’m sorry it’s gone.

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  20. Well. I’ve never been to Hornsea. You’ve made it seem that I’ve missed out.


  21. Lasting memories for you all. Would you have any way of verifying Mum’s history given in this post?: https://derrickjknight.com/2019/07/22/beckys-research/


  22. I know where you’re coming from. Living on an island devoted to tourists I have a houseful of youngsters every summer (except 2020 and, more than likely, 2021) with the youngest ones delighting in digging up my garden when days at the beach become too much for their parents – and me.


  23. Really funny, Andrew. I can only imagine the consternation you felt in the dining room. I’m assuming a slight bit of exaggeration, but maybe not! 🙂 On occasion I have found myself in a hotel/motel room next to a wild bunch of banshees, or worse, depending on the thickness of the floor, below them. That’s when a good sound maker can be worths its weight in gold! –Curt


  24. The fun they are having jumps out of those pictures!


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