Short stay holidaymakers and day trippers saw Bridlington have one of its busiest Easter breaks.
According to local Tourism Association president Bob Hillery, it was “packed out” with hardly a bed to be had.
“There is nothing but good news for Bridlington, I have been out and about and the town has been packed out. Sewerby Hall and Danes Dyke were also heaving and it is a really good start to the summer season,” said Bob whose own business, Spinnaker House Hotel in Pembroke Terrace was fully booked.
The town’s Tourist Information Centre in Prince Street said their on-line accommodation booking service had shown no vacancies for the Easter break.
The situation backs up a new report showing Bridlington was set to be one of the UK’s favourite short-stay breaks this Easter, and that the traditional British seaside break is back in fashion.
According to the new consumer spending report by Travelodge, around 41 per cent of “staycationing” British parents said they will head to the seaside and 30 per cent of all UK parents say they will take an Easter break with Bridlington being ranked 20th, among the most popular coastal locations, ahead of Scarborough and Whitby.
British parents were set to spend £2 billion this Easter to keep their children entertained. The study of 2,500 parents highlighted that this Easter the average British family would have splashed out £574.03 on an action-packed itinerary for their children, which includes one short break costing £455.59 and three day trips each costing £39.48.
Parents from Bridlington were likely to have spent around £500 on activities by forking out just under £500 on a short Easter break costing £410 and three day trips of £29.86 each. Around 25 per cent of them were expected to spend quality time with their children on a rural break. Top destinations include: the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.
Top city destinations this Easter were tipped as York, London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds.
Mr Hillery said he was not surprised by the reports findings. “The publicity Bridlington has had through such things as the Dad’s Army filming and other coverage, plus the Tour de Yorkshire has brought it to a wider audience. There is always something to do here, great shows at The Spa, fantastic beaches, walks and trips out. There are four stately homes within 30 miles of Bridlington. When people come to stay we could give them something different to do every day for a fortnight,” he said.
Some visitors to Bridlington over Easter have been persuaded to return to the town after seeing the decoration for the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race which starts on 1 May.
Owner of the Blantyre Guest House, Gina Renaut-Evans said: “We have just had a couple stay with us and they have seen all the effort going into decorating the town for the Tour de Yorkshire and have booked to come and see the start. We are now fully booked up for the weekend. Without all the bikes, bunting etc they would not have known about it.
“Each time you walk into town now there is somebody else with decorations up and it is fantastic. The people of Bridlington have embraced this event and it is great to see the positive attitude of residents. It was great to see Bridlington so busy over Easter and I cannot wait to see a similar buzz around the town come 1 May.”