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Local Attractions

Find out about the area's amazing scenery and activities.

We are very fortunate to be located in one of the UK's most unique natural areas with many places to see and things to do. Below you'll find a list of fantastic local cities to explore, protected birds to marvel at and many other local attractions we are so proud to introduce to you.

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  • Walking in the Wolds

    We have marked out some private walks on the farmland surround Highfield Farm alongside field boundaries and pretty streams.  You will find an aray of small songbirds birds as well as buzzards and if you are lucky - kingfishers.

    The Wolds are zig zagged with public footpaths so you will never be stuck for a new walk to discover on each day of your stay.  Find Walks in Driffield and The Wolds

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  • Millington Wood Nature Reserve

    The woodland reserve, a short drive from Highfield Farm, is part of the Millington Wood and Pastures Site of Special Scientific Interest. This beautiful ash wood occupies Lily Dale and dates back nearly 1000 years to 1086.  Varied woodland and birdlife can be found including a amazing number of red kite.

     Lily Dale is a typical dry valley of the Yorkshire Wolds, and has the distinctive features of a chalk karst landscape. These deeply incised and branching Dales around Millington are some of the finest examples in England that remain undisturbed from development. The wood was a commercial forestry in the 1960s when many ash trees were replaced with beech and Norway spruce. A small area of the ash woodland was left untouched, and is now one of the best ancient ash woods in the Yorkshire Wolds.

    Millington Wood is special in all seasons, with scented carpets of ramsons and bluebells in spring, or leaves turning in autumn, with panoramic views across the colourful treetops. Many species are locally or nationally rare and a spring walk through the bluebell-carpeted woodland with the pungent smell of wild garlic (ransoms) is a great experience. The main ride is beautiful in summer, with the stunning bellflowers towering above the flower filled verges. Giant bellflowers can grow up to five or six feet in summer.

    Open all the time

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  • The Yorkshire Wolds - Hockney Country!

    British painter, draughtsman, printmaker, photographer and designer David Hockney, was born in Bradford in 1937. After a brilliant prize-winning career as a student at the Royal College of Art, Yorkshireman Hockney had achieved international success by the time he was in his mid-20s, and has since consolidated his position as by far the best-known British artist of his generation. His phenomenal success has been based not only on the flair, wit, and versatility of his work, but also on his colourful personality, which has made him a recognizable figure even to people not particularly interested in art.

    In 2012 the Royal Academy of Arts showcased the first major exhibition of new landscape works inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape.  The Yorkshire Wolds have provided the backdrop for these large scale paintings.  Highfield Farm is located only 9 miles from Hockney’s Bigger Trees and 13 miles from the location of the new works of art, The Bigger Picture

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  • Burton Agnes Hall

    Built in 1598 Burton Agnes Hall is a magnificent example of Elizabethan architecture filled with treasures collected over four centuries.

    Lawns and topiary bushes surround the Hall and an award winning garden contains a maze, potager, giant games, jungle garden and four thousand plant species.

    There is a woodland walk, picnic and children’s play area.

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  • Sledmere House

    Amongst Country Houses, Sledmere House ranks highly in the list of visitors’ most favourite places. Here is a House of unique character and charm designed and now maintained as a family home.

    Not just an institutional show piece but a Country House performing its original purpose as the magnificent jewel at the centre of a thriving rural estate.

    Close by stands the village of Sledmere, an architectural gem with its locally renowned Inn and stunning Church. 

    The Sykes family and their staff have been welcoming visitors to Sledmere for over 200 years and continue to take great pride in sharing this very special place, we know you will enjoy your visit and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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  • Driffield Golf Club

    Highfield Farm is an ideal place to stay for visitors wishing to play golf in East Yorkshire.  We are five minutes "drive" from Driffield Gold Club.

    Positioned just south of the rapidly growing town, Driffield Golf Club has a membership similar to that of many private member golf clubs.

    Social events held outside of the golfing season are also well supported providing the opportunity to have a bit of fun and maybe even a few drinks even when the weather is not at its best.

    We can offer reduced green fees at Driffield Golf Club compared to their standard visitor rates when booking direct with us.

    We also offer the East Yorkshire Golf Passport to Driffield, Hainsworth Park and Hornsea Golf Clubs. For further information please visit the website.  Each passport is valid for 7 days from a start date of your choice. The full terms and conditions for the Passports are explained on the website www.eastyorkshiregolf.co.uk.

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  • Beverley

    Beverley is a market town, civil parish and the county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, located between the River Hull and the Westwood.

    The town itself is around 1,300 years old and is noted for Beverley Minster and architecturally-significant religious buildings along New Walk and other areas, as well as the Beverley Racecourse and the market place.

    As well as its Racecourse and markets, Beverley is known in the modern day for hosting various music festivals throughout the year.

    Like York, Beverley saw the building of Medieval Bars to protect the town. North Bar is the sole survivor of four or possibly five gateways constructed in the 15th century. With shops famed for its merchandise and fine Medieval and Georgian architecture, Beverley is perhaps one of the most beautiful towns in Britain.

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  • Bridlington

    Beautiful sandy beaches and a clean, sparkling sea? Lots of entertainment for all the family? Great nights out? Perhaps you like a place with character and charm, or somewhere with lots more to explore when you need a change from the beach.

    Bridlington is a town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It has a population of over 32,000. The climate is temperate with warm summers and cool, wet winters. The hottest months of the year are from June to September.

    Bridlington is a seaside resort and minor seaport on the North Sea. It lies just south of the promontory of Flamborough Head. It is served by Bridlington railway station which is on the Yorkshire Coast Line that runs between Hull and Scarborough.

    Bridlington has two award-winning beaches of golden sands stretched out on either side of a historic harbour bustling with activity.

    Shops, attractions, restaurants and the historic Old Town of Bridlington offer a fascinating contrast to life on the beach.

    Further afield are the picturesque villages and scenery of the Yorkshire Wolds, the neighbouring resorts of Hornsea and Withernsea, and the spectacular Heritage Coastline.

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  • York

    York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and from its Roman beginnings York has seen occupation by both Viking and Norman invaders.

    York is well served with sports facilities. The city also has one of the finest racecourses in the country and there is a championship-quality golf course only minutes from the University.

    Today, York is a vibrant university city, packed with restaurants, cafes, English pubs, bars and shops, all a short walk or an even shorter bus ride from the College. For entertainment, there are theatres and cinemas, nightclubs and live music.

    York is full of interesting specialist shops, from arts and crafts to famous high street fashion stores. For the more active, York offers golf and tennis, horse-riding and rowing, swimming pools and sports centres.

    Beyond York lies some of Britain's most attractive and impressive countryside with a great many places of natural beauty and historic interest.

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  • Beverley Races

    The racecourse hosts right handed flat racing over 1 mile and 3 furlongs. An uphill course throughout the races, Beverley Races offers significant challenges for race horses, especially on soft ground, and favours horses with good stamina.

    The highlight of the flat racing calendar at Beverley is the Hilary Needler Trophy, for two year old fillies. The Rapid Lad Handicap and Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes are other notable races.

    The racecourse is within easy walking distance of the town and is a popular local attraction as well as drawing visitors from further afield. There are three evening meetings held and these are particular popular points in the social and riding calendar. 

    For casual race goers, Beverley is renowned as a friendly racecourse where the scope for hospitality ranges from a fun family picnic day at Beverley Races to the finest champagne within elegant surrounds.

    Tickets, or badges as they are known, can be purchased in advanced or on the day itself but for the more popular race days advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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  • Robert Fuller Gallery – as seen on BBC Countryfile

    Robert E. Fuller is a brilliant local artist and sculpter who's artistic renditions of local wildlife has earned him national acclaim.

    Research for his work has taken him all over the world, including Antarctica, South America, India and Africa. But it is for his renditions of British wildlife that he is best known.

    Both the RSPB and the National Trust sell prints of his paintings of foxes, owls, badgers and otters in their shops across the country. He has a highly-detailed painting style which he believes captures the character of each bird or animal.

    Robert's love of wildlife comes from his upbringing on a farm on the Yorkshire Wolds, close to where he still lives and works today.

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  • Driffield Agricultural Society

    The Driffield Agricultural Society takes care of the Driffield Show, one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the country, and the Driffield Farmers' Market.

    The Driffield show, one of Driffield's finest traditions, brings all that is best from East Yorkshire to the Kelleythorpe Showground, Driffield.

    Visitors to the event, on the third Wednesday in July, enjoy all the traditional features of an English agricultural show with the many added attractions of quality trade stands and retail outlets.

    There is something of interest for all with livestock classes, handicraft, horticultural and craft marquees with all age groups exhibiting and competing.

    Driffield Show is a truly great family day out in the country.

    The Agricultural Society also runs the Driffield Farmers' Market which gives you the chance to buy the finest East Riding of Yorkshire goods direct from the producers.

    You can see the products and talk to the vendors about how the goods are produced and how best to use them to enhance your value.

    More information can be obtained at:

    Driffield Showground
    Kelleythorpe
    Driffield
    East Yorkshire
    YO25 9DN
    Tel: 01377 257494
    Email: office@driffieldshow.co.uk

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  • Hull Truck Theatre / Hull New Theatre

    The Hull Truck Theatre is a theatre in Kingston upon Hull, England which presents high quality drama productions. It also tours its productions on a regular basis.

    Visit the Hull Truck Theatre website:

    Hull New Theatre continues to be one of the UK's premier touring venues and features the best in musical, opera, ballet, drama, children's shows and one night performances, with a highlight of the year being the annual spectacular Christmas pantomime.

    Visits these websites about Hull New Theatre:

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  • The Deep

    The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world is located in Hull, East Yorkshire. This award-winning visitor attraction is home to over 3,500 fish including spectacular sharks and rays – making it the perfect family day out.

    Billed as 'the world's only submarium', the tanks contain thousands of sea creatures (including seven species of shark), 2,500,000 litres (550,000 imp gal; 660,000 US gal) of water and 87 tonnes (96 tons) of salt housed in an iconic structure designed by Sir Terry Farrell and built as part of the UK National Lottery's Millennium Commission project.

    The dramatic building which overlooks the Humber estuary was designed by Sir Terry Farrell and is only a few minutes' walk from Hull Marina and the museums quarter.

    The Deep is operated as a charity dedicated to increasing enjoyment and understanding of the world's oceans. The Deep is open everyday except the 24th and 25th December when it is closed.

    Since opening, The Deep has welcomed over two million visitors from around the world. Buy tickets to the Deep here.

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