30 May 2024

Active Coast offers packed Easter programme

A varied programme of activities on Hornsea and Withernsea’s beaches will be taking place in the Easter holidays.

East Riding Council’s Active Coast is a popular programme for residents and visitors to explore, join in and enjoy life on the coast. The programme this Easter will offer fun and creative activities on the beach, including adapted cycling, historic coastal walks, sand and stone art workshops, coastal explorers and more.

Adam Swann, sport and active communities officer at East Riding Council, said: “We’re so excited for the return of Active Coast this Easter, and once again, this is a great programme, with something for everybody.”

Beach multi-sports sessions, suitable for children over six and including beach cricket, football, dodgeball and tennis, will take place on April 3 at Withernsea’s Pier Towers from 10am to noon and 1-3pm, and on April 14 at Hornsea beach, near the Trans Pennine Trail monument, from 10am to noon and 1-3pm.

A calming and creative session, guiding participants through the basics of mindfulness, will take place on Hornsea beach (in front of

Morrow Avenue), on April 4 from 1-2pm and 2-3pm. People will be shown how to move and stretch before creating some nature-inspired sand and stone art. Sound bowl instruments will accompany the last part of the session where families can learn to play them alongside the sound of nature. This session is suitable for children over five.

Coastal Explorers sessions, suitable for children over five, will take place at Danes Dyke nature reserve, near Flamborough, on April 5 from 10am to noon and 1-3pm. Participants will develop their bushcraft skills by taking part in activities such as fire lighting, den building and survival skills.

On April 12, local historian and geologist Richard Myerscough will lead the Coastal Explorers Past and Present Walk, starting at Sewerby Hall and Gardens car park at 1pm, and heading towards to Danes Dyke where the group will focus on how the coastline has changed from the 1700s. This session is suitable for children over eight.

On April 13, a dance session that will allow participants to come and express themselves through learning and developing their dance skills will take place at Withernsea’s Pier Towers from 2-3pm and 3-4pm. These sessions are suitable for children over five.

Booking is essential for all of the above activities.

Sand and Stone Art with James Brunt will take place on Hornsea Beach, near the Trans Pennine Trail monument, on April 9 from 10am-3pm. Families of all ages are welcome to join James and try their hand at stone stacking, sand drawing and beach art. No booking is required – people can just turn up on the day.

For more information on any of the Active Coast events and activities, including full event details and to book places, visit activecoast.org.