As Bridlington basked in the sunshine over the weekend, huge crowds of visitors descended upon the town to take advantage of events in the newly-launched Active Coast programme; a full line-up of Easter events at Sewerby Hall and Gardens; the beaches and foreshores; Bridlington Spa; and activities at East Riding Leisure Bridlington.
Staff at Sewerby Hall and Gardens are celebrating what they believe to be a record-breaking day, with over 3000 people visiting the attraction, which was hosting a family fun day and face painting as part of Active Coast, as well as all the usual attractions like the zoo, and a brand new exhibition in the hall itself, 'Little Works of Art: 110 years of greetings cards'.
Facility manager Marie Gascoigne said: "We had an amazing weekend, and especially so on Sunday, with fantastic feedback from our visitors. I am delighted that we were able to play such a key role in the launch of Active Coast. We are really looking forward to the rest of our Easter programme of events, and the whole summer season ahead."
The line-up For Easter at Sewerby Hall and Gardens includes an appearance by the Easter Bunny showing off his fantastic balloon modelling skills, Punch and Judy Shows, a seasonal house trail, Easter bonnet making and egg decorating sessions, a craft fair, the ever-popular Medieval Jousting, fun-packed Magic Days with donkey rides and magic shows together with brand-new Rusticus Theatre Arts activities, brand-new interactive music workshops all accompanied by the high standard of Orangery concerts.
In addition, the new initiative, Active Coast, got under way at the weekend with the Sewerby Parkrun on Saturday (with 180 runners plus volunteers) and the Go Spike Season Launch – free beach volleyball sessions on Bridlington south beach. Active Coast events continue throughout the school holidays, including a Have Field Day event at Sewerby Fields (near the coastguard station) on Wednesday 12 April. The new initiative provides opportunities to get active, be healthy and enjoy life on the East Yorkshire coast.
East Riding Leisure Bridlington proved very popular as well, with the launch of its extended Easter opening sessions.
Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said: "The season in Bridlington has got off to a flying start, and I look forward to the rest of the Easter holidays, which includes a bigger Easter programme than ever before at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, all the Active Coast events, and a great deal else besides!"