Paddleboards, pedalos and puffins

Try the paddleboarding and pedalos at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. Brave the high ropes at Go Ape Pickering or discover clifftop Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Kids can ride the glass lift through the ocean at The Deep, enjoy rides and shows at Flamingoland Resort and spot puffins and seals at rugged Flamborough Head.

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The Deep sounds like a scary movie. It is, but it’s also the name of an amazing aquarium in Hull that’s home to over 5000 animals. Meet magnificent sharks and rays, green sawfish, gentoo penguins and loggerhead turtles. Walk through the viewing tunnel and finish with a ride in the glass lift through the ten-metre Endless Ocean tank.

Stay in town to pop in to the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology, which brings 235 million years of history to life, from mammoths to Saxon invaders and a walk through an Iron Age village. Or come right up to date with a trip to Beverley Parkway Cinema, showing latest releases and older classics.

Brave stomach-churning rides at Flamingoland Resort, as well as an award-winning zoo, shows, animal experiences, and all manner of cafes and grills. Say hi to furry and feathered friends at Bridlington Animal Park. Or ride 24 miles of Yorkshire’s glorious scenery on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, including a 1930s-themed station.

Head to wild and rugged Flamborough Head to spot puffins and seals, hike along windswept paths, sea-canoe around the bay, then take in the sea views at the top of the lighthouse. Or cross the 1.38-mile Humber Bridge into Lincolnshire, once the world’s longest suspension bridge of its type.

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For the grown ups

Ride horses through the Wolds with Nafferton Park Farm. Enjoy watersports fun that includes paddleboarding, pedalos, kayaks, canoes and open-water swimming at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. Drive one of the largest all-weather, fully floodlit circuits in the country at Hull Karting. Or blast pretend pigeons with East Yorkshire Clay Shooting.

Head to Go Ape Pickering in Dalby Forest for high ropes with exhilarating zip lines. Play Driffield Golf Club, a beautiful parkland estate with native trees, ponds, a trout stream and several water hazards. Hire bikes from Switchback Cycles in Hornsea. Or walk Driffield and the Wolds from the doorstep.

Discover Sewerby Hall and Gardens, set dramatically on a clifftop with spectacular views over Bridlington, with 50 acres of early 19th-century parkland, magnificent gardens and zoo. Take a helicopter ride from Beverley Airfield and find out if you’re brave enough to take the co-pilot’s seat. Or ride Segway in Dalby Forest.

Sink into a world of relaxation with a range of indulgent spa packages and beauty treatments at Sessions House. See one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals at York Minster. Come for the folk festival in Whitby, the food festival in Malton, the horse-racing in York, or the craggy, puffin-rich cliffs at Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.

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There’s plenty on site to make your hen occasion go with added cluck, from the five-girl hot tub under the stars to the lovely garden seating out among the carp in the 26 acres West End Farm pinches from the Wolds. You’ve even got an 80” TV equipped with Netflix and Amazon Prime and a huge U-shaped sofa. Just add prosecco and popcorn.

Looking for a little pampering? Discover a sanctuary of relaxation at Sessions House Luxury Spa, based in Beverley’s Sessions House Crown Court – rejuvenate your skin with a facial or revive your muscles with a deep-tissue massage. Or vulture some culture on a tour of York Minster or beautiful, medieval Beverley Minster.

Head back into history and wander some lovely homes and gardens such as Burton Constance Hall and Grounds, Sewerby Hall and Burton Agnes Hall. Hire a canoe, motorboat or rowing boat from Beverley Boat Hire. Or shop till you drop in York, hunting through quirky independents among the web of winding, medieval streets.

Pep things up as darkness descends and take a taxi into York for real ales in The Maltings, a floodlit cruise down the Ouse, and a tipple by the river in The King’s Arms (the one that floods). Or sip cocktails at the Impossible Wonderbar and Tea Rooms, such as Terry’s Orange Martini and the Mad Quacker – complete with rubber duck.

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