Writing a letter
Writing a letter – some might say is a lost art thanks to social media but it is still favoured by many and is an excellent way of letting someone know you are thinking of them. The act of taking your time to sit and write to a friend is not only therapeutic for yourself – but it will also mean so much to the receiver too.
There are so many places now to find beautiful, writing paper. We love the writing paper at WHSmith not only do they sell writing pads for all your doodles you can get a writing sets which includes matching envelopes too!
Learning a new skill
The Crafty Coffee Shop is a great coffee shop in Hornsea’s town centre, it’s got a great range of Gluten-Free cakes which taste delicious (whether you’re coeliac or not). They also do a cracking breakfast 😉. But what makes the Crafty Coffee Shop stand out from the rest is the amazing haberdashery shop attached to it. If you’ve fancied taking up knitting or crocheting but just don’t know where to start you can pop along to their weekly Craft Group on Mondays – the group welcomes beginners and experienced crafters alike. If you have a particular crafty problem, drop-in (free of charge) and share it with the group over a great coffee.
They run regular courses at this and their Beverley shop on a whole range of crafty skills including pottery, sketching and learning to knit a cardigan! which has food and drink as well as all your crafty needs!
Joining a Group
Whilst joining groups can be a little strange to some, heading to the local library and finding out what’s available is easy. The library staff and volunteers are always so knowledgeable about the many groups and associations in the area. This is usually one of the best places to find leaflets and information boards on activities too.
Libraries are no longer the *hush* be quiet places portrayed in comedy sketches over the years, nowadays many groups meet regularly at the local library, they particularly help with events that combat loneliness for older people. But there are nearly always events on to keep the kids happy during school holidays too. We are so lucky to have some great libraries all along the Yorkshire Coast, from Withernsea, Hornsea, Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby these fantastic community resources offer so much more than you might think.
Oh and let’s not forget they have a great range of books too!
Just get out there!
Covid has got a lot to answer for, whilst the danger appears to have largely passed we are still dealing with the fall-out with many of us still feeling a bit insecure about getting out and about. But at heart we are all social animals and it’s important for us to get back out there again – not just to support our local economy but to help with our own health and wellbeing. However, with many of us still working from home, the trusted word-of-mouth way of hearing about things means it’s sometimes hard to know what’s going on when and where. Thankfully there’s our free events page to tell you what’s on near you. Anyone can use this to help spread the word about their events too 👍🏽
Doing a bit of gardening, whether indoors or outdoors, is a great way to ease stress and improve your mood. Now is the perfect time to get planning that perfect patch of green (whatever size) by visiting one of the many fab garden centres on the Yorkshire Coast. They’ve got everything you need to ensure you get the best from this beautiful, rewarding hobby. (And you can often grab a great scone too 😉) Here’s some of our top picks:
- Eastfield Garden Centre in Bridlington
- Deans Garden Centre in Scarborough
- Victoria Garden Centre in Whitby
- River Gardens – Home of Perry’s Plants in Brigsworth
- Irton Garden Centre in Irton, Scarborough (part of British Garden Centres which also has a shop in Hornsea
- Reighton Nurseries, in Reighton near Filey
We really are spoilt with so many museums to choose from on the Yorkshire coast. There’s nothing quite like learning something new and connecting with our past to help us feel grounded. Many museums take-on volunteers too so it can be a great way to give something back to your local community. If that’s not your thing then just take advantage of the many events for all ages that are coming up at a Museum near you!
- Whitby Museum – is one of the best places to see fossils and find out about the Maritime Heritage of this area.
- Rotunda Museum & Scarborough Art Gallery – May see’s the start of Discover Star Carr exhibition, this internationally significant collection shows finds from the 9000 BCE site
- Hornsea Museum – will be hosting their very own Platinum Jubilee Garden music event on 4 June for those wishing to enjoy music from the early days of HRH’s reign
- Filey Museum – just a quick shout out for this fabulous little museum that has been closed for over 2 years but will open it’s doors again on 5 June
- The Bayle Museum – in Bridlington’s old town, which is worth a visit in itself, currently has an exhibition ‘Beside the Seaside’
Connecting with Nature
Everyone knows that connecting with nature in some way provides a natural boost to our happy hormones. You could choose to do that with a stroll around one of many Parks that are bursting with life at this time of year (check out Peasholm Park, Scarborough or Glen Gardens, Filey with extra boating entertainment to boot).
Or even better why not engage with one of the Yorkshire Coast’s top celebrity birds at the Yorkshire Puffin Festival on 14 & 15 May at Flamborough. These adorable birds make the Yorkshire Coast their home at this time of year and this festival – with loads of activities for all ages – celebrates this fact. You can’t help but be uplifted looking at those adorable little birds.