East of England

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Location

The East Coast of England consists of;

Essex
Lincolnshire
Norfolk
Suffolk
Hertfordshire

Yorkshire

Northumberland

Tynesshire

Skegness

Skegness is a seaside resort town in Lincolnshire, England, Today the town  caters for day-trippers from Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and other nearby cities. Skegness has been dubbed ‘the Blackpool of the East Coast’,

Further up the coast are the other holiday resorts of Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards, with fine beaches linking all the towns. To the south is Gibraltar Point, a nature reserve on the northern limit of the Wash.

 

Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth is one of the UK’s poular seaside destinations. Full of contrasts, the area includes not just Great Yarmouth and Gorleston-on-Sea but also twenty one villages set in beautiful coastal and rural surroundings alongside the famous Norfolk Broads.
There are over 15 miles of sandy beaches within the Great Yarmouth area, from Winterton-on-Sea in the north to Hopton-on-Sea in the south..

As well as being famous as a seaside holiday resort, the Greater Yarmouth area is also widely renowned for the beautiful Norfolk countryside which surrounds it – mile after mile of open land, with traditional old windmills, windpumps and the tranquil sight of ships’ sails gliding across the horizon. The waterways, the famous Norfolk Broads, are an important part of East Anglia’s cultural heritage.

 

Scarborough

Scarborough, England’s oldest holiday resort is situated on the north East Coast in the county of Yorkshire. Scarborough offers visitors wonderful fresh bracing air from the North Sea, an interesting and busy harbour, two beautiful clean and safe sandy beaches, an historic castle, superb walks and cliff top scenery, as well as traditional sea side attractions for families.

 

Whitby

One of the most picturesque ports in England,The small fishing town of Whitby is part of the Heritage Coast of North East England. The town has a thriving holiday resort trade, Having a unique old world charm, for centuries Whitby has provided a safe haven for shipping and fishing fleets. It was once the

main whaling port for the North of England. The home town of the famous explorer, Captain Cook and the infamous of all Bram Stoker writer of Dracula.

The town’s skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda’s Abbey, high on the East Cliff. Spreading below a maze of alleyways and narrow streets, which run down to the busy quayside.

 

Attractions

Visit Scarborough’s Sealife Centre and Millenium, and Bridlington’s Leisure World plus all the traditional amusements and attractions. See shire horses and farming history at the Staintondale Shire Horse Farm off the Scarborough to Whitby road.

For bustling and buzzing atmosphere, try Scarborough and Bridlington, major resorts packed with action.  Smaller resorts such as Filey, Hornsea, and Withernsea, have been family favourites for generations.

The Yorkshire coastline features the wavepounded rocks of the East Coast’s highest cliffs, with nationally noted Bird sanctuaries at Bempton Cliffs and Spurn Point.

The Whitby Museum – discover the life story of the town’s most famous inhabitant, Captain James Cook, who sailed from the port to change the history of the world. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, his former home in Grape Lane, is furnished in the style of his times, when Whitby was the seventh-largest port in England.

 

How to get there

BY AIR;     

Norwich International Airport offers flights to and from Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Paris and Amsterdam, connecting to over 300 worldwide destinations.
The London Stansted and London Luton airports are also within easy reach of East Anglia by road.

 

BY ROAD;

The region is easily accessible by road from all parts of the UK. Major trunk roads into Norfolk are the M11, A11, A12 and A14 from London and the south-east, while the A47 and A14 serve the Midlands and the north.

 

BY RAIL;

There are InterCity services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street, with local connecting services within East Anglia.
The average journey time from London to Great Yarmouth is 2hrs 20 mins. Connecting services are available from the Midlands, the north of England and Scotland, via Peterborough. There are also local links from Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

 

BY SEA;

Car and passenger ferries operate daily from and to Harwich in Essex which is a 60 minute drive from Great Yarmouth.

 

BY BUS/COACH;

There are many national coach companies to choose from along with the local area buses.

 

Festivals

The Yorkshire coastal year is bright with fairs and festivals such as Scarborough Fair, Whitby Folk Festival, and Filey Edwardian Festival. Classic sporting events include Filey Fishing Festival and Scarborough Cricket Festival.

 

Eating  Dining  Shopping

There are many international/regional restaurants, cafes and pubs within each region. When in Whitby visit The Magpie for the best Fish and Chip Restaurant in the Harbour, Join the queue every day.

 

History

Most coastal resorts were developed with the age of the train within the last 150 years, prior to that most were only small fishing villages.

East Anglia has one of the largest coast lines on the east of England here is the history of one of the towns.

Norwich

Among the towns, Norwich remained pre-eminent and by 1150, it was probably the sixth largest town in England, having outstripped its old rival Thetford for the wealth of Norwich grew with the agricultural development of eastern East Anglian trade with the continent is also well illustrated by the development of King’s Lynn from a small settlement in the late Saxon period to the status by 1200 of the fifth largest port in England. Today in the area of Kings Lynn, many famous supermarket foods are prepared by world famous companies.

Intensive farming and huge flocks of sheep became the basis of the area’s economy and from the 14th century the manufacture of cloth, particularly Worsted, seems to have developed in the Norfolk villages before it became important in Norwich. The cloth which took its name from Worstead, was made from the long coarse wool of the sheep of west Norfolk. Worstead itself was known for cloth before Edward III brought his Flemings over to “exercise their mysteries” but its importance dwindled with the passing of the woolen trades to the north of England, although there are still weavers houses to be seen there with tall ceilings to take the looms and cellars to store the wool.

The later Middle Ages witnessed a time of economic decline. The Black Death of 1349 ushered in a period when the population fell dramatically, and a remarkably high number of medieval settlements shrank or were abandoned. Sometimes an isolated church is a clue to a deserted village site, a good example of which is at Pudding Norton near Fakenham, and more than 100 Norfolk villages mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 had disappeared by 1500. Part of the church at Cley on the north Norfolk coast was never completed and it has been suggested that this also was because of the plague. Cley church, however, still reflects the prosperity of the 14th century, when most of the church was rebuilt and when Cley itself, before the silting up of the Glaven estuary, was thriving port exporting wool. The immigration of Flemish weavers signaled the decline of this trade and this perhaps, as much as the plague, contributed to Cley’s declining prosperity.

 

Useful telephone numbers

Emergency Number Tel; 999

Airport Information (Norwich) Tel; 01603 420653

Train station: (National Rail) Tel; +44(0)20 7278 5240

Tourist Office 🙁 Whitby) Tel; 01947 602674

Holiday rents online:

National Transport Line (Public Transport) Tel; 0870 608 2 608

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