The first thing that’ll strike you as you approach the Bempton Cliffs nature reserve is the deafening screech of the birds that call the area home - so be prepared! These jutting cliffs are home to more than 200,000 sea birds and the whole landscape bustles with activity as they go about their lives by the sea. The cliffs make a unique spot for a family stroll as the sight of the colony always delights younger visitors, and the best time to visit is between April and August when they’re ‘in residence’.
There are usually puffins in the area between April and July, and the other birds you’re likely to see include gannets, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes. You don’t even have to worry about braving the elements while you watch the birds as there are carefully designed viewpoints along the top of the cliffs – see, they’ve thought of everything! The viewpoints are accessible to wheelchairs too.
The visitor centre opens every day and there are all kinds of family-themed events throughout the year. If you time your visit for breeding season between March and October you’ll be able to watch the birds nesting via TV screens and the information assistants are always on hand to answer questions.