About Bridlington Old Town
Without doubt many thousands of visitors to Bridlington fail to enjoy the full experience that Bridlington has to offer due to their not being aware of Bridlingtons Old Town -The Town's Heritage Showcase and now a Major Movie Tourism Destination.
The Old Town now becoming world famous for its transformation of its shops & many buildings to 'Walmington On Sea' for the new Universal Pictures Dad's Army Film was released in World Cinemas on 5th February 2016. The Old Town was used for several weeks and the films release brought increased visitor numbers & footfall to its now famous High Street.
Walmington On Sea Brewery,Jones The Butchers Shop,Marigolds Tea Rooms and Mercers Shoe Shop are amongst features still recognisable where the filming took place.
A new Dads Army Trail in the Old Town is also being planned.
A world away from the bustling beaches, the Old Town offers a slower pace of life with lots of things to do and see. Make the most of this historic hub by following the Old Town Trail exploring some fine heritage landmarks along the way,including the childhood home of the world famous architect- William Kent.
The stunning 900 year old Priory Church dates back to 1113AD and was originally one of England’s leading monasteries. This awe-inspiring building is definitely worth a visit. Opposite the Priory is The Green and Bayle Museum which helps to bring our colourful past to life,with interactive displays.
The Old Town is packed full of independent shops and galleries with plenty of hidden treasures to be found.
There are stylish art galleries next door to traditional pubs. And the shops sell everything from grandfather clocks to Granny’s favourite tea-loaf.
So after a morning exploring the nearby Bridlington beaches or the wonderful Flamborough Heritage Coast, come and explore our streets.
Bridlington Old Town has also been featured in BBC2's Antiques Road Trip and offers the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a casual browse around the antique shops and galleries sampling the wonderful food on offer at the Bistro's and Restaurants along one of the best preserved Georgian high streets in the country.
We must not forget the range of Public Houses offering sustenance for the weary Old Town shopper where you can continue to soak up the Old Town Atmosphere,including Walmington On Sea Brewery,
Shopping & Festivals
It's fair to say the Old Town is a unique shopping experience. The key to this is, unlike the majority of Britain's high streets, the Old Town has kept it's personality and has succeeded in not succumbing to the endless chain store options. As such, the High Street is a delightful mix of places to shop, places to eat and places to wander. For those in need of a little retail therapy there is plenty on offer including antique shops such as Priory Antiques and The Georgian Rooms & Antique Gallery and new shops such as the delightful 'Heather's Simply Vintage' which sells 1940's and vintage clothes collections.
The Old Town has two main festivals throughout the year, the Summer and the Winter Festivals, and both give visitors the opportunity to explore the Old Town and experience a good old-fashioned, thriving Market Place.
The Summer Festival in Mid June provides a wealth of concerts, exhibitions and events to suit all.
Bridlington Old Town is especially exciting to visit during their festivals,and on June 11th Evening at Priory church and June 12th the Full Bridlington Old Town 1940's Festival there is a Fantastic Programme of 1940's entertainers, Re-Enactment Groups,Military Vehicles, Living History Displays, Food stalls & Gazebos, 1940 Trader stalls, fun 1940's theme dog show and Retired Greyhounds Parade, and Priory church playing host to a John Miller Concert and York Military Wives Choir and a NAAFIi Cafe at Priory Rooms.Also A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Flyover of a Dakota Aircraft.
The ever popular Dickensian Festival in November provides a wonderful Dickensian feel to the Old Town area and is well worth taking time out to experience. Many other attractions include a Victorian Street Organ,Stilt Walkers ,Punch & Judy , children's rides mulled wine and a fabulous festive feel. Visitors are invited to go along in period costume and join in a truly wonderful start to the Christmas Season.
Artists have also taken up residence in this picturesque quarter and there are several galleries and studios that will appeal to your creative side,including The Old Town Gallery and Gallery 49.Exhibitions range from works by local artists to world-renown ones like Matisse.
The Old Town Gallery on the Lower High Street, childhood home of William Kent and what was Frazer the Undertakers in the new Dads Army film houses collections for sale from from local artists.
Situated in the market place of the Old Town area of Bridlington, Gallery Forty-Nine occupies two floors of a Georgian listed building and has four exhibition spaces with an exciting range of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics by contemporary British artists. Here you will regularly see displays of original work by Yorkshire-based artists such as Sharon Winter, Claire West, Giuliana Lazzerini, Lynne Roebuck, Barry Carter and Shirley Vauvelle,as well as David Hockney Prints.
The History Of Town Criers In The Old Town Since 1200.
Town Criers in Bridlington Old Town were most likely established following the granting of weekly markets in the Old Town by King John in 1200.
Many of the manorial records throughout the country were destroyed during the Civil War and the first written records of a Town Crier in Bridlington Old Town date to 1681 when reference was made to “Two pence for the Market Bellman”.
David Hinde is the current Bellman of the Bridlington Old Town Association and is one of England’s finest Town Criers and plays an active role in the Festivals and in welcoming visitors to the Old Town at special events and carries out commercial town crier services nationwide, promoted through his website (www.hireatowncriercelebrity.com)
David currently holds the record for the World’s Loudest Town Crier at 114.8decibels beating a 22year old record previously held by the Gloucester Town Crier.
He recently played a cameo role in the Universal Pictures ‘Dads Army ‘movie as the Walmington on Sea Town Crier and led the St.Georges Day Parade of movie stars down the High Street.
Town Criers have a rich heritage in the Old Town and play an important part in its History.