2016 could be a ‘Great’ year for Bridlington

Andrew Warner.
Andrew Warner.

Bridlington is getting ready for exciting prospects throughout 2016.

As always, much work is going on behind the scenes to ensure that a whole range of attractions, events, activities and developments continue to make Bridlington “Great”.

The Dad's Army film will be screened across the country in 2016.

The Dad's Army film will be screened across the country in 2016.

Through Bridlington Business forum, the REAL Bridlington initiative is bringing business interests together to promote Bridlington as a destination for “R”etail, “E”ntertainment, “A”ccommodation and “L”eisure. The next meeting of Bridlington Business Forum on Tuesday 16 February will build on the ideas which were presented to around 60 people at the last meeting in November.

So, what lies ahead? Early this year, the much anticipated Dad’s Army film, featuring Bridlington’s Old Town and other nearby locations, will be released and screened in cinemas across the country and beyond.

The Old Town gallery will be refurbished and re-launched, including a visitor information hub in partnership with Bridlington Tourist Information Centre.

It is hoped that visitor numbers will increase as a result of Dad’s Army, and complementary activity is being planned, including the 2016 Old Town Summer Festival on 12 June, which will take on a 1940s theme.

The success and great feedback from 2015 Bridington Seafood Festival means that the event will run over two days in 2016 and we hope to see the continuing popularity of the new attractions at RSPB Bempton, and Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

There’s huge investment in progress for the new East Riding Leisure Bridlington, which will open in summer and is certain to be a highlight for residents and visitors alike.

The continuing work on the new RNLI Lifeboat House will provide state-of-the-art facilities for our local lifesavers, and there will be a start on major highway improvements for Hilderthorpe Road, Station Approach, and Beck Hill, which is a further step towards town centre developments on the land cleared by recent demolitions.

The progress on proposals for developments at Bridlington Harbour are also most welcome, and hopefully will bear fruit in 2016.

This year, the Renaissance Partnership will be developing several initiatives aimed at improving links between local businesses and employees of the future.

The first will be to make an online training package available to all those working in the tourism and hospitality. It will cover a range of information aimed at improving customer care and customer experience while in Bridlington and surrounding area. The plan is to launch in March, so that there is chance for this to be accessed in advance of Hull City of Culture 2017, which we hope will bring more visitors into the East Riding and Yorkshire Coast.

The second is an exciting project aimed at improving local careers information, to show that there are job prospects available, without having to leave the area.

Thirdly, it is hoped that there will be a decision in spring that will lead to the local community beinginvolved in developing a programme of European funded projects over the next five years to be called Yorkshire Coast Communities, all aimed at improving conditions for local business, employment, and community activity.

So, all in all, much to look forward to. I hope the efforts of the Renaissance Partnership will continue to contribute to making Bridlington “Great”.