hockney country – otherwise known as the yorkshire wolds

12 November 2012 § Leave a comment

The local tourist board in Bridlington seems almost oblivious to the possibilities of David Hockney being huge tourist draw of their local area. They had no map available of his, by now well-known, painting locations – “I think one’s being printed soon” – and there was no signposting or tourist ‘route’ despite this also being his home town – his Yorkshire home is near the town centre seafront.

We were in Bridlington for the attraction of a Jack Black concert at Bridlington Spa – apparently he played there with the White Stripes a few years ago and was drawn back to play here again – we though we’d take advantage and do some ‘Hockney’ touring.

The ‘game’ here is to tour through the Wolds and try to spot Hockney locations whilst enjoying the local countryside and unspoiled pubs. Fortunately an independent website YOCC is more helpful than the Tourist Office – although beware their garbled directions which turns what are supposed to be extremely precise directions into something quite the opposite.Fortunately the area is beautiful, unspoilt and ideal for touring, Hockney or no Hockney and it is a highly recommended for a country break – we could have done with a few more days to take a good look and even then there are added attractions like Castle Howard nearby too.

A few of our more successful attempts are included above and below. Why dont you have lots of fun and play too!!Incidentally we stayed at the Wold Cottage– very much not a cottage by the way, but a large country house with superb B&B. Winner of Yorkshire’s best B&B 2012. Web link above or telephone 01262 470696.

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