Sewerby Hall near Bridlington | Day out Review Day 15 80 days

Sewerby Hall near Bridlington | Day out Review Day 15 80 days

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is located by the sea near to Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I visited there last year with my Mum, but without our son. This year we have finally visited with him and it won’t be the last time as we purchased an annual pass as it’s a great saving on your visits (see important information at the bottom of this post). You can take the land train from outside the leisure centre in Bridlington to Sewerby Hall in the warmer months. We parked at Sewerby on this occasion, especially as there is plenty of free parking on site. This day out is day 15 of our #80dayschallange to take at least 80 days out in one year. In this review post you can find out everything there is to see and do at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens Review

Over the winter months it is free to wander around the grounds of Sewerby Hall. We visited on the 30th of March which was their first full day opening with entry price charged for 2019. You pay to enter at a small booth just a short way on from the car park. If you are visiting from Bridlington without a car Sewerby hall is on a bus route and as mentioned above the north beach land train stops at Sewerby hall. When we arrived my son chose to visit the zoo first so this was our first port of call for the day out.

The Zoo at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

The word zoo can conjure up ideas of a large area with animals. It is more of a wildlife park than a zoo and it doesn’t take a lot of time to walk around. We were in the zoo area for about 45 minutes. But it’s quaint and I like it for that reason. They have plenty of bird cages including parrots, endangered pheasants and more. There is about 5 penguins which have a lovely clear pool to swim in. They are literally just the other side of a wall so you can get very close to them. Other animals include pigs, racoon dogs, alpacas, sheep, goats and my favourite Lemurs. If you look on the notice board they have feeding times during the day which include a talk about the animals.

The penguin enclosure at the Zoo
The penguin enclosure at the Zoo
Sewerby Hall near Bridlington | Day out Review Day 15 80 days
This was taken by me literally stood right next to the penguin (with a wall between us)
Saying hello to the sheep - you are not allowed to feed the animals here but we did stroke a sheep and a goat
Saying hello to the sheep – you are not allowed to feed the animals here but we did stroke a sheep and a goat
Lemurs - always a favourite of mine
Lemurs – always a favourite of mine

The Playground at Sewerby

They have a nice play area at Sewerby. There isn’t a huge amount to go on but there was certainly enough. It is located to the left of the house and just next to the zoo. We spent about half an hour here before lunch.

Sewerby Hall and gardens playground
Sewerby Hall and gardens playground
Sewerby Hall near Bridlington | Day out Review Day 15 80 days
It was quite busy so I couldn’t quite photograph everything there

Clock Tower Cafe

They have tables inside and outside at the Clock Tower cafe. We spent around £24 on two soups with a roll, three drinks, one baguette and a kids lunch box. The food was tasty and what you would expect of a cafe. The toilets are situated just behind the cafe (next to the zoo entrance). We also spotted a toilet on the top floor of Sewerby Hall.

The Clock Tower cafe and house at Sewevby
The Clock Tower cafe and house at Sewevby

Sewerby Hall

On selected days you can be shown around Sewerby Hall by a guide dressed in authentic costume. Sadly there were no guided tours during our visit but we did spend quite a while in the house and we saw a lot more rooms than when we had gone on the tour. They have ‘Sewerby Squirrel’ placards in just about every room. These have various activities for kids where they can spot different things. Our son really enjoyed this and it was a good way of getting him pay attention to what he was looking at. They have small activity bags but we weren’t offered one during our visit.

Sewerby Hall
Sewerby Hall

It’s a little confusing for little ones as some of the things you can touch in the house and others you can’t. But it is always nice to visit somewhere where you are encouraged to touch some of the things. Quite a lot of the rooms were set out how they would have looked in the past and others had exhibitions in with interactive elements in most. We loved the room where we could watch a video of Bridlington from the 1970’s. It has certainly changed over the years.

Investigating kitchen items in the house
Investigating kitchen items in the house
One of the rooms in Sewerby Hall
One of the rooms in Sewerby Hall
Interactive exhibits and dress up for the kids
Interactive exhibits and dress up for the kids

The gardens at Sewerby Hall

We had a lovely wander around the gardens at Sewerby Hall. We especially loved the walled garden, including a rose garden. Although it wasn’t ‘peak-time’ for flowers the walled gardens were still looking really pretty with some lovely winter flowers. They had a bit of a Wizard of Oz theme as well although we couldn’t find the scarecrow nor Dorothy and Toto. We did however find many ladybirds which our son was delighted about.

The walled gardens at Sewerby Hall
The walled gardens at Sewerby Hall
Spot the ladybird hunter
Spot the ladybird hunter
the rose garden
The Rose garden

Outside of the walled gardens there are some lovely and picturesque areas at Sewerby Hall. Just behind the hall there is a putting green with 18 holes. It’s not crazy golf but it was fun practicing our putting. The clubs and balls are left there and there is a sign suggesting donations of £2 for an adult and £1 for a child to hire the clubs and balls while you are there. They also have ping pong and connect 4 plus a few table games. There is also a pitch and putt course next to this although there was no-one about to explain more about that. You can also do footgolf at Sewerby and ther is a woodland walk.

The grounds at Sewerby Hall
The grounds at Sewerby Hall
Having a go on the putting green
Having a go on the putting green

Events at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

The main reason we purchased an annual pass to Sewerby is because of all the events that they have on throughout the year. They often have special family days with donkey rides, bouncy castle, Punch and Judy and more. On the 21st April jousting is coming to Sewerby Hall with many other events yet to be announced.

Important Information

Opening times vary greatly, especially for different activities. Please see their website for up to date information.

The price of admission can change according to season. When we visited at the end of March it cost £7.90 for an adult and £5.70 for a child aged 3-15 years. Under 3’s are free and a family ticket was £26.00. Footgolf is £5.50 per person and mini foot golf £2.20. per person. If you want to purchase a combined land train ticket it will cost just an extra £2.50 to your admission price. I purchased an annual pass for myself and my son which cost £26.00 for an adult and £14.00 for a child. I expect we will be visiting for many of their events so hopefully we will soon start to benefit from the savings.

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