52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #6 Say I Do
On the coastal edge of the North York Moors National Park you'll find a little village nestled between dramatic cliffs towering above the sea from Whitby to Scarborough. A little village with the upper half filled with a rich Victorian influence with big, beautiful Victorian Terrace, detached and semi-detached houses.
The lower much older 18th century village of old fisherman's cottages tumble down towards the sea. Cobbled streets, red pantiled rooftops, alleyways, smoking chimneys and the deepest richest heritage of smuggling, fishing and whaling make up what was once known as Baytown.
The village has a backdrop of fields, woodland and moorland which provides the most beautiful of settings. The piece de resistance, however, is the most stunning of bays spanning across to the Ravenscar Headland. With the docks cobbled slipway as the entrance to the beach you’ll find rock pools, rocky foreshores, sandy stretches, fresh seaweed in abundance and fossils. You will also find the beck which runs down to the beach crowned by its tunnel most famous for the smuggling of contraband. There are also little spots along the beach named Boggle Hole & Stoupe Beck, all of which just add to the mystery, charm and romance of Baytown.
Did we mention the sunrises and the sunsets? The bluest of skies or the moodiest of clouds? All of which just add to the atmosphere and beauty of Robin Hood’s Bay. No day is ever the same on Robin Hood’s Bay beach each day’s tide brings a new face for this beach is not covered in just sand it’s got character and depth. Each day is quite simply unique.
You may wonder what all this has to do with “Saying I Do”.
All of this will provide the setting for your dream coastal wedding. The most romantic, special day that celebrates you as a couple. So, why not “Say I DO” in this beautiful, romantic village with its air of mystery and magic.
Would it surprise you to know that right here in Robin Hood’s Bay we have not one but two licenced wedding venues that cater for civil ceremonies?
We wonder if you have ever wandered down Chapel Street in the old village of Robin Hood’s Bay and wondered why the name? There’s the old Church across the way although a little neglected still stands proud on Fisherhead, but not here on this cobbled street. For those that have frequented Robin Hood’s Bay once or twice you may be familiar with what was once known as Swell Café Bar, now Secret Seaview and soon to have a new exciting rebrand. Would it also surprise you to know not only does it have that all important “Secret Seaview” but hidden away tucked up inside this wonderful place is indeed a Chapel. Now this is no ordinary Chapel although for us the word “Chapel” conjures up images of idyllic, cosy, small almost tiny Church and for want of a better word cute. This secret Chapel is every bit of that, and it is also unique, romantic, beautiful, stunning in fact from its décor, to its box pews. This chapel is Wesleyan. It’s pews cascade like an amphitheatre so those that you pick to share your precious memories won’t miss a moment, they won’t have to crane their necks to see over hats and fascinators or the tallest member of the party. They will see every moment and every important detail from the vows to the dress, or the suits, the happy nerves, those fleeting smiles, the first kiss as Mr & Mrs, Mr & Mr or Mrs & Mrs. Because this venue is packed full of surprises at the very top of the Chapel steps you have again the stunning “Secret Seaview”.
It is possible to hire this venue not only for your wedding ceremony but also your Wedding Party & Breakfast for up to 50 of your most special friends and family. You will also have access to the Chapels private garden and your very own view of the Bay.
Up in the Victorian part of the village you will find the aptly named Victoria Hotel. The very last building before you venture on down Bay Bank to the older village the Victoria Hotel has exclusive views. From the hotel and its garden, you have panoramic views out over the fields, woodlands and moorland, out over the pantiled red roof tops and what’s more breath taking, a view that spans across the whole of the Bay to the Ravenscar Headland and far out to sea. The view is quite simply stunning and dare we say probably one of Yorkshire’s finest. With the option of “Saying I DO” in the garden surrounded by your family and friends your day will be as breath taking as your surroundings. With the addition of an “Orangery” in 2019 of which you will have exclusive use for your wedding you will also have sea views throughout your wedding breakfast and or reception.
The package also includes many of the essentials, 2 nights stay in the Honey moon suite and the firing of the traditional Canon as a mark of celebration for your big day.
So, whether you’re Bride and Groom, Groom and Groom or Bride and Bride which Robin Hood’s Bay venue is plucking at your heartstrings? Both? Well, it is the most precious day you will ever have to celebrate you as a couple so why not have both?
Many of the pubs and restaurants will accommodate wedding receptions should you have a favourite in our beloved Robin Hood’s Bay.
So how will you “Say I DO”.
Worried about accommodating the family and friends? Worry not. Robin Hood’s Bay has lots of Accommodation. We at Baytown Holiday Cottages have a selection of self-catering Holiday Cottages deep in the heart of the village ranging from sleeping 1 or 2 through to 10. Available from £135 for a 2 night stay.
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