Welcome to Hornsea

Hornsea was announced as the top trending seaside destination for Brits by Airbnb in 2022 and it's not difficult to see why. 

The birth place of the famous Hornsea Pottery combines seaside charm with artistic elegance. The well designed Hornsea Pottery trail sees elements of the influential pattern design adorn the roundabouts and pavements.

Hornsea has a stunning bone structure of the Hornsea Mere, a town centre thriving with independent shops, galleries, bars and cafes and a blue flag beach as well as the large Hall Garth Park running behind the main shopping street perfectly located for enjoying a few tranquil moments.

Hornsea Mere is the largest freshwater lake in East Yorkshire at over 2 miles long. In the spring and summer season visitors to the Mere can have a go rowing or take a boat trip as well as fishing. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area for birds. Those who enjoy walking can also walk around the Mere which incorporates Wassand Hall. 

The town centre has bucked the decline trend with waiting lists for retail premises and  the bustling high street has seen extensive investment from small businesses with a wide range of modern cafes, bars and shops. Hornsea Museum is nestled in the centre of the town located in an 18th century farmhouse and outbuildings. It includes Victorian rooms, exhibition areas, over 2000 pieces of Hornsea Pottery, a model railway and model fishing boats. 

Hornsea Freeport is located to the south of the town and was the main factory site for Hornsea Pottery. There are nods to the pottery still there with the popular Hop Frog who are the UK Licensing partner of Hornsea Potteries designs. Within their store you will find new gift products featuring the iconic designs as well as history about the pottery. They also sell general gifts as well as serving craft beers to drink in or take away as well as coffees. The Potteries at Hornsea Freeport is a pottery painting cafe suitable for both adults and children. There are also the family friendly Bugtopia and The Beach Cove indoor and outdoor play park located at the Freeport alongside a selection of shops. 

Hornsea hosts many events throughout the year particularly the summer. Hornsea Carnival (19th - 21st July 2024) is a free event that has ran for over 50 years. 

Those staying for longer and wanting to explore further afield are only a 25 minute car journey from the market town of Beverley, the larger seaside town of Bridlington, the wolds town of Driffield or a half hour journey away from Kingston Upon Hull. You can also reach York and Scarborough within an hour. 

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Hornsea beach 

Hornsea Mere 

Trans Pennine Trail marker