Days Out in Yorkshire: A taste of the seaside you may even bring home

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As a youngster growing up in Yorkshire, many of my Sundays involved packing the car up with ham sandwiches and a Thermos flask of coffee for mum and dad, and heading off to Whitby for the day.

Despite being a few years older, not much has changed – no matter what age, you really can’t beat a day out in Whitby.

From the winding cobbled streets and independent shops, to the windswept beach and working harbour, Whitby makes for a fantastic seaside destination whatever time of the year.

Perched high on the cliffs above the town, the haunting ruins of Whitby Abbey that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula are a must-see.

However, be warned, they are at the top of 199 steps, which have become a tourist attraction in their own right.

But all the sweating, wheezing and cursing is definitely worth it as the views of the coastline are spectacular, and you’ll have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a huge pile of Whitby’s legendary fish, chips and mushy peas.

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Try the Magpie Café, which was once named by Rick Stein as the best place to eat fish and chips in the country, or Quayside Whitby – the 2014 fish and chip shop of the year.

Other foodie delights include Botham’s of Whitby, Green’s of Whitby, and Fortune’s Kippers, who have been smoking their delicious kippers in their premises on Henrietta Street for more than 137 years. Wrapped in newsprint, they’ll make the car smell delightful on the journey home. And for days to come...

Andy Rawnsley, chief executive of Aspire, with members of the drama group at Hillside Enterprise Centre in Beeston.

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