The small town of Filey is bustling with colourful souvenir shops and fish and chip cafés, yet the real gem here is the sweeping sandy beach. Roll up your trousers, grab your fishing net and head for the deep rock pools, or take a walk along the promenade with its intriguing coastal-themed sculptures. Whatever floats your boat, this unassuming town has seaside charm in spades.
A wildlife paradise
You could easily spend a long weekend in Filey, appreciating the wildlife and unspoiled natural beauty. Visit the Bird Garden and Animal Park to discover a mix of exotic animals, birds and wildlife. Filey Brigg also has some fascinating geology and marine life, and is surrounded by hundreds of wrecks which remain a source of intrigue to professional divers.
History and heritage
If you can bear to leave the beach, there's a lot going on in Filey and the surrounding area.
- The Seafront Sculpture Trail features a series of artworks inspired by Filey's natural heritage, designed by artist Russ Coleman. Take a stroll along the promenade to explore the exhibits.
- The Cleveland Way, a 110 mile walking route, runs from Hemsley in North Yorkshire to Filey Brigg. Pack a picnic enjoy a walk up the coast or perhaps inland towards the North York Moors.
- Of course, one of the best things to do in Filey is simply sit on the beach with a fish butty in your hand, watching the fishermen steer their trawlers in and out of the bay. Perfect on a sunny summer's day.
- Finally, last but by no means least, you can visit nearby Hunmanby. There's loads to do here and you can eveb enjoy the fantastic new Hunmanby Heritage Trail as well.
If there is a visit you make this year with your children, make it to Playdale Farm Park. It is a must for everyone, come rain or shine, you and your children will have a great time!