The Yorkshire coast is much loved by holidaymakers, but what surprises does this most traditional of destinations have in store for 2015? We asked VIKKI HARRIS, head of marketing at Welcome to Yorkshire, to tell us more.

What’s new on the Yorkshire coast?

There’s loads going on over on the coast this year! There are the usual sight and sounds of the seaside, but this year the Yorkshire coast welcomes the first stage of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire bike race.

Something that’s new for 2016 will be a brand new, multi-million pound water park in Scarborough’s North Bay, but work will start in earnest this year!

What are you most excited about in 2015?

I think there’s more than ever to see on the Yorkshire coast, and the fact that the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire will show off so much of it, I’m sure 2015 will be an exciting year for the businesses and residents of our seaside towns.

What is the most unusual event taking place in 2015?

The Sci Fi Scarborough Festival is always a fun one, but that’s happens early in the year. Besides that, Scarborough is also hosting the Powerboat and Jet Ski national championships at the end of May, which promises to be a really unique event for the town. It’s run by P1, the world’s leading marine motorsport brand, so it’ll be like the Formula 1 of the sea. Plus, it’s free to watch, so it’ll be a great spectacle for fans and residents alike.

Where’s your favourite Yorkshire coast beach, and why?

As a mother would her children, I love all Yorkshire’s beaches equally… but I do like the beach at Filey!

Filey Bay, one of the best beaches in Yorkshire

Picture credit: Filey Beach, Richard Wood Photography

If there is one food or drink we should try in Yorkshire, what should it be, and why?

Gosh, so many! Just one? The fish and chips and Quayside in Whitby are renowned, and have won awards nationally, plus fish and chips on the seaside is a classic. But I’ll also mention Wensleydale cheese made in the Yorkshire Dales in Hawes – it now has protected name status so it’s the only place you’ll find real Wensleydale.

We have three nights on the Yorkshire coast – what must we see?

Staithes on the Yorkshire coast

Picture credit: Staithes, Welcome to Yorkshire

Staithes (pictured above) really is a beautiful seaside village, so that would be one. Bridlington is sometimes overlooked, but the Old Town is full of charm and fascinating architecture, so that would be two. And thirdly, I’d suggest taking a trip in to the middle of Whitby, and see its cobbled streets, Grade I-listed Gothic abbey (pictured below) as well as the curious whalebone monument.

Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire

Picture credit: Whitby Abbey, Welcome to Yorkshire

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the Yorkshire coast in 2015?

The coast here in Yorkshire has it all, from traditional seaside vibes to quaint villages to incredible natural landscapes. So make sure 2015 is the year that you experience what it has to offer. Oh, and don’t forget the fish and chips.

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Written by Dan at BreakFree Holidays

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