BRIDLINGTON is booming!
The Easter weekend saw the town heaving with visitors – and guest houses, shops and attractions were full to bursting.
Peter Davison, president of the Bridlington Hotel and Guest House Association and owner of the Brentwood House Hotel in Princess Street, said the town enjoyed a “bumper weekend” with many guest houses and hotels fully booked.
Mr Davison said: “This is one of the busiest Easters I can remember. We could have been filled up four times over, throughout the whole weekend.
“Part of what we do at the association is to try and pass on customers to each other when we are full, but it was a struggle to find places because it was so busy. The phone never stopped!”
Glorious sunshine certainly helped, showing off Brid’s golden beaches and encouraging families to get out and about to one of the numerous Easter events being held around the town.
Mr Davison said: “I think when people saw what the weather would be like at the weekend they just decided to take advantage of the Bank Holiday and get across to the sea-side.
“We have such a wonderful town and it’s great to see it full over the Bank Holiday. When the sun was out and it was full, visitors see the town at its best – and hopefully this is enough to keep them coming back for the rest of the summer.”
Ian Rayner, tourism unit manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The glorious weather conditions ensured that Bridlington Park and Ride was busy over the Easter holiday weekend.
“Almost 3,000 cars carrying around 12,000 visitors used the facility, with the majority taking advantage of the complimentary bus and landtrain service.
“Visitors were delighted with the rebuilt toilet facilities and staff at the site received many compliments on the value for money the facility provides.”
Andrew Aldis, general manager of The Spa Bridlington, said: “We had a fantastic weekend, which included performances by Frank Carson, The Drifters and Fireman Sam.
“All these events were well-attended and The Spa received great feedback from the performers and the visitors about how good the venue was and how excellent the staff are.
“It was a great Easter weekend and we are all looking forward to another bumper Bank Holiday weekend of entertainment, including Amir Sharma’s portrayal of Michael Jackson in Jackson Live.”
And the seabirds at RSPB Bempton Cliffs obliged visitors to the site, with Dawn Mckie of the nature reserve saying it was one of the busiest days she could remember.
“I think with the fog we had earlier in the week, people really took to the sunshine and came out to see the birds, bask in the sunshine and have picnics,” said Dawn.
“We are approaching the quarter of a million seabirds here and our puffin patrols were busier than ever. It really was glorious.”
Thermometers peaked at 16 degrees celsius on Friday and Saturday, which saw donkeys return to the beaches and fairground attractions packed.
The weather cooled slightly to an average of 14 degrees on Easter Sunday and Monday, but clear skies and dry weather still encouraged people to descend on the town.
Over 3,000 people visited Burton Agnes Hall for their Easter egg hunt and other events over the weekend, while thousands went along to Sewerby Hall and Gardens to enjoy its Easter egg hunt, medieval jousting and a craft fair on Easter Sunday.
The Ship Inn at Sewerby reported one of its “best weekends ever” as it held a beer and music festival which attracted visitors from Bridlington and beyond, with a number of camper vans and caravans pitching up outside.
Peter Richardson, of pleasure boat the Yorkshire Belle, said this Easter was one of the busiest he could remember. He said: “Easter can be a bit variable, sometimes it is warm but sometimes you can even have snow.
“It was very busy this weekend though, the boat was full and everyone enjoyed the weather and the atmosphere.”
Hoteliers and businesses are gearing up for another busy weekend to come, with many people enjoying an extended Bank Holiday weekend due to the Royal Wedding celebrations.