Lifestyle

East Yorkshire offers residents a tremendous lifestyle combination of bustling city, charming countryside and beautiful coastline.

At the heart of the region is Hull, Yorkshire’s only waterfront city, now enjoying a remarkable resurgence.

Hull is home to one of the UK’s most admired and friendliest universities, a beautiful yacht-filled marina, a flourishing café and restaurant culture, and a thriving and eclectic cultural and arts scene. Nearby are the charming market town of Beverley and the ancient walled city of York, the stunning coastline of Whitby and Bridlington, and the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Over recent years, the city centre has been transformed – an on-going investment programme has brought modern, striking developments, complementing the historic architecture and charm of the Old Town. With more regeneration projects in the pipeline and a new-found sense of energy and optimism, Hull is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting waterfront locations in the UK.

“There’s a thriving café and restaurant culture, plenty of nightlife, and some of the best pubs and bars in Yorkshire, including the oldest pub in Hull, Ye Olde Black Boy, which dates back to 1729.”

A friendly, exciting, affordable place to live

Hull’s waterfront location on the Humber gives the city a special personality and appeal.

In the heart of Hull is the city’s most exclusive address, Freedom Quay, which overlooks a stunning marina fringed by restaurants and bars. Other city living options include stylish properties above the BBC’s regional headquarters which offer panoramic views of the Hull skyline. Nearby, Victoria Dock, Hull’s impressive waterfront development, is home to contemporary flats, stylish townhouses and larger family houses.

Described as Hull’s “Notting Hill”, the Avenues area is brimming with bohemian character, live music, cafés, bars, speciality shops, cosmopolitan eateries, and large, traditional Victorian houses and apartments.

Just 20 minutes away is the historic market town of Beverley. With its Georgian terraces, homely cottages and cosy bungalows, Beverley is frequently named as one of the most desirable places to live in the North of England.

The region benefits from one of the lowest costs of living in the UK. With an average price for a detached property in Hull of £133,853 and in East Riding of Yorkshire of £186,605, compared to the UK average of £257,724, you get so much more for your money and can afford the home you always dreamed of.

Plenty to do, see and explore

The city centre has three shopping centres and a broad range of designer outlets, boutiques, arcades, vintage shops and high street stores.

Hull is home to The Deep, the country’s most successful Millennium project, which has more than 3,500 species of fish, Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel and a glass lift ride. You’ll also find plenty of museums, galleries, theatres and attractions to choose from in the city and surrounding areas, including Ferens Art Gallery, Humber Bridge Country Park, Sewerby Hall, Bempton Cliffs, the Maritime Museum and the popular Hull Truck Theatre.

There’s a thriving café and restaurant culture, plenty of nightlife, and some of the best pubs and bars in Yorkshire, including the oldest pub in Hull, Ye Olde Black Boy, which dates back to 1729.

Hull also has a host of cultural events and festivals, including the annual Freedom Festival, centred on the Fruit Market area, where cultural enterprises are flourishing.

Hull also has a superb sporting scene with Hull City football club and two top-level rugby league clubs all attracting passionate support and the £43 million KC Stadium a symbol of the city’s sporting revival in recent years.

The stunning Yorkshire Wolds attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and are featured in the spectacular works of artist David Hockney, who has settled in East Yorkshire. Also nearby are the charming seaside towns and glorious coastline of Whitby, Bridlington and Scarborough.

Creating a culture of lifelong learning

The University of Hull is recognised as one of the best and friendliest universities in the country. With the development of a world-class Business School, a £20m Logistics Institute and a state-of-the-art Enterprise Centre, the university continues to invest in the future success of its students and the region’s economy.

The percentage of pupils in the East Riding who gain five or more A* to C GCSE grades has continued to rise year on year and is above the national average. Primary schools in the region also continue to build on their success – 85% of children achieve the level 4 benchmark for English, while 81% gain the same for Mathematics.

Hull’s schools are undergoing an extraordinary transformation as a result of the Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme – a £400 million investment that aims to rebuild or renew every secondary school in the city by 2015. Many students in the city now enjoy new, state-of-the-art school buildings that resemble silicon valley facilities.

Hull - The UK’s City of Culture 2017

Hull will be the UK City of Culture in 2017, promising to deliver 365 days of transformative culture through a range of diverse and high profile events and projects.

Hull is only the second city to hold the title of UK City of Culture, and the first in England. The exciting and inspiring programme of events set for the year will help deliver a programme of great art and culture that will motivate and engage people locally, nationally and internationally. Just as important, it will help to secure a lasting legacy for Hull that will benefit residents and communities for generations to come.

The year will be split in to four cultural seasons – Made in Hull, Roots and Routes, Freedom, and Tell the World – each distinctive and intriguing. The aim is to challenge preconceptions about the city and show the many incredible things it has made for the world. From theatre, music and poetry to wind turbines and caravans, Hull has long inspired great ideas, great people and great artists. The year-long celebration is an unprecedented opportunity to show how much there is to Hull's story and to reveal the many new and exciting sides of both traditional and contemporary culture.

Hull’s reign as the UK’s City of Culture will “start with a bang”, as a fireworks display, larger than London’s the night before, kicks the year’s events off at exactly 20:17 on January 1st.

You can find out more about the Hull UK City of Culture here.