Top picks for making the sea part of your festive season
Beautiful gifts and plenty of Yule-time food and drink is on offer all around the coast. With plenty of free events, wrap everyone up and enter into the celebratory spirit
With its dramatic coastline of rugged cliffs and imposing headlands, the Durham coastline is spectacular any time of year. But on a winter’s morning, stroll its deserted beaches at sunset or sunrise and it comes into its own.
Enjoy the Coast Path, indulge in a warming spa day or shop at the county’s biggest shopping outlet, Dalton Park, whatever you plan, you’re guaranteed a joyful time.
If the kids are with you and it’s a Saturday or Sunday before Christmas Eve, take a break from shopping and head to Santa’s Grotto at Dalton Park where elves are making wishes come true handing out presents with the Big Red Man himself.
Alternatively, escape and celebrate the Winter Solstice on 21 December at the Yule Fire Circle at Dalton Moor Farm. Find your own ‘natural rhythms’ in a drum circle, join a community fire circle, enjoy poetry and meditation.
Make it a Christmas to remember with a stay at Seaham Hall & Spa, it's offering two- and three-night stays including a 5-course tasting menu, four-course Christmas Day lunch, charcuterie board with port and more.
In East Yorkshire, Sewerby Hall & Gardens is featuring a Winter Woodland with a new Magical Christmas Rescue – mischievous elves have accidentally dropped a sack full of presents and need help finding them. Step into the Winter Woodland and glittering characters will lend a hand with a touch of magic from the Christmas Tree Fairy.
Visit the fully-decked house on Christmas Eve for the Nutcracker where toys come to life in a wonderful children’s adventure, warm up with plenty of food and drink including a Hog Roast, pizzas and Louisianna Bar in the Courtyard Marquee.
Handmade decorations, flowers and foliage from the gardens will decorate Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire this season. A trail of 24 giant, painted candy canes will be hidden in woodland while youngsters can hunt a felt snowman doll hidden in each room. Christmas cheer flourishes at dusk with twinkling lights strewn in the grounds and house, expect wood-fired pizzas, spiced hot drinks and home-baked cakes and more.