It was with much excitement we boarded the double-decker bus parked in the square in Hessle (near Hull)… there must have been around 60 of us – ranging all the way from babies up to 85 year olds – and only the select few knew where we were going! It was Matt’s cousins 60th birthday outing – a trip to the seaside… but where were we off to??
The bus was soon filled with music, balloons, chairs, picnic baskets and much laughter (not to mention a bit of alcohol!). Would it be Scarborough, Bridlington or maybe Filey? It didn’t take too long for us to realise that we were off to the pretty seaside town of Filey in North Yorkshire…
The bus dropped us right on the seafront and we all piled off and headed onto the lovely, wide beach… We picked a spot and spread out – there were windbreaks, deckchairs, picnic blankets and cool bags everywhere. It was a beautiful, sunny day, with not a cloud in the sky… but, as usual, there was quite a strong sea breeze. However, given the stifling heat the UK had been suffering from for a few weeks, the breeze was actually very welcome for most of us!
Buckets and spades came out, swimsuits went on and picnic baskets were opened. Then a game of cricket was organised a little further down the beach – with both adults and children taking part. I sat and watched whilst relaxing in the sunshine. Cricket was followed by hula hooping!! Watching 10-15 people all trying to hula hoop at once was certainly a sight to behold (some were definitely more successful than others!)… not sure what the other beach-goers thought though!!
After that, most people started to head up onto the promenade in small groups to buy ice creams and drinks from the kiosks… before heading back onto the beach for a bit of paddling (the sea was warmer than expected which was a bonus) and sandcastle building!
After 4.5 hours, it was time to head back onto the bus for the 1.5 hour journey back to Hessle… the return journey was as rowdy as the way there had been as everyone had had such a fun day out! The highlight was definitely a mass singalong to Let It Go – at full volume!
So what does Filey have to offer?
Filey is a small seaside resort in North Yorkshire. It is not as (over-)developed as many other northern seaside towns – so if you’re looking for kiss-me-quick type resorts with lots going on, Filey is definitely not the place to go! What it does offer visitors is a large, sandy beach; a nice promenade with a few kiosks and a children’s paddling pool; donkey rides; a few children’s rides; mini golf and; a golf course… plus a small selection of holiday accommodation. So if you want to enjoy a peaceful day on a beautiful beach, you could do a lot worse than head off to Filey!