For the second time in a month Bridlington basked in bank holiday sunshine, bringing visitors out in their thousands.
After lovely weather during the early May Bank Holiday, the cold had returned for most of the month. But as if by magic the sun returned to give two sunny bank holidays in a row.
Charlie Kilburn of the Ship Inn, Sewerby, said: “Saturday was a nice day and we had a good crowd for the music festival, but Sunday was exceptional. We had a food festival. Stephanie Moon, one of the chefs from Great British Menu, was doing demonstrations, and it was a great success. It was our first food festival and we’re hoping to do another two later in the year.
“Monday was another great day, with live music.
“All in all we’ve had a great bank holiday, and to have two great bank holidays back to back – it was awesome. We’ve been very, very lucky – let’s hope there’s more to come!”
Bob Hillery, president of the Bridlington Tourism Association, said: “The sun was shining and the town was full. The amount of people around the Spa and in the gardens was fantastic, amazing.
“The beaches were packed and I think the majority of the town have had a really good bank holiday. We’ve been lucky again with the weather just like the last bank holiday.”
Visitors to Sewerby Hall and Gardens took full advantage of the sun, with over 5,000 people descending on the estate throughout the three days.
On Sunday a team from Circus Whiz were kept busy throughout the day teaching circus skills to children.
Rusticus Theatre Arts’ Forest Fairy story walk on Monday entertained crowds of children, who followed the activity around the estate, Pied-Piper style. And the Land Trains running between Leisure World and Sewerby coped with an extra influx of passengers, carrying over a thousand people.
The Spa Bridlington also had a great weekend as it hosted the Vintage Fair for the first time, with more than 2,500 people visiting.
The RSPB Centre at Bempton was also very busy. Site manager Keith Clarkson said: “It was a glorious bank holiday People came from all over and went away happy.”
According to the Met Office, temperatures in Bridlington peaked at 17.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday, whilst on two days of the weekend Hull was the hottest place in the UK, at 21 degrees on Sunday and 19.3 degrees on Monday.