Filey was once home to one of the most famous and biggest Butlins Holiday Camps in the country - the town still boasts an impressive choice of large family caravan parks. Today Filey pulls on its historic Victorian fishing and Edwardian seaside resort roots. The town is a wonderfully restful seaside base with miles of sublime sandy beach space, local golf courses, award winning gardens, birdwatching and walking around Filey Brigg and a spot of fishing, surfing and sailing are all popular in the area. Filey Museum, digging deep into the town's fishing heritage and local history, is a recent award winner.
Filey Evron Centre & Tourist Information, John Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DQ. Tel. 01723 512512. The Evron Centre also serves as small entertainment and theatre venue.
Attractive Yorkshire Coast Filey appeals on a number of levels, whether its coastal birdwatching holidays around Filey Brigg and south at Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Head Heritage Coast, surfing on Filey beach or peaceful Yorkshire seaside breaks relaxing on Filey's miles of sandy beach or in the choice of fine gardens in the town. Filey Bay, via the Filey Bay John Paul Jones Heritage Coast Initiative (webguide right), is bringing to the fore historical links with a famous battle fought off Filey Bay. A visitor centre is planned and links with the US already established. Read more on this famous sea battle and John Paul Jones via the initiative's webguide.
Filey Sailing Club situated to the north of the town plays host to the annual Filey July Regatta. Learn to sail weeks run in the summer season. See Filey Sailing club's webguide right for dates. The Yorkshire Coast offers some superb golf courses, and the links course at Filey is one of the best. For details see Filey Golf Club's extensive webguide, including its history which dates back to 1897.
A good starting point for exploring Filey's fishing heritage and local history is the award winning Filey Museum (which won the Yorkshire Moors and Coast Tourism Award Visitor Attraction of the Year. You'll find it just out of the centre housed in a 17th century fishing and farm cottage. Eight rooms all have their own themes including the Filey Room tracing Filey's roots as small fishing village to popular seaside holiday resort. A selection of the distinctive guernsey fisherman's jumpers are on show in here - knitted without seams. Other spaces include a replica Victorian Room, a Lifeboat Room and Photography room with numerous photographs of Filey from the Victorian period to the present. Many of these are by local photographer Walter Fisher.
Filey's Butlins Holiday Camp, of which many will have fond memories, was one of the earliest and largest of the Butlins Camps.
In the post-war period when the camp was returned to Butlins by the RAF it mushroomed rapidly to reach its peak in the late 1960s - when it could accommodate 11,000 people.
Filey was the third camp that Billy built with its huge swimming pool and pool fountains, miniature railway and chalets. Nothing remains of the camp today but you can trace memories of Filey Butlins at Butlins Memories (see webguide right).