Humber Bridge Country Park September E-Newsletter

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Humber Bridge Country Park
Humber Bridge Country Park

This September at the Country Park!


A Common Blue Butterfly in the Country Park.

Much has been going on at the Humber Bridge Country Park these past few weeks, including our Kids Go Wild Events and the official release of the brand new Hessle Mill and The Chalk Walk promotional video! There are also many things to look forward to this September, not least a heat wave forecast for the coming week! Read on to find out what we've been up to and what is coming up this month.

Heritage Open Days: Hessle Whiting Mill

Hessle mill

The Whiting Mill on Hessle Foreshore.


Heritage Open Days (HODs) will return between 10-19 September 2021. This year is Hessle Whiting Mill’s very first participation in the festival which celebrates local history, heritage and architecture. As part of this year's HODs, the mill will be open to visitors on Sundays 12th and 19th September 10am-4pm (closed for lunch 12-1pm).

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore inside the mill's tower on 5 levels and see the crushing gear that ground chalk from the quarry, which now forms the Humber Bridge Country Park. Through displays you can learn about how the mill worked, how whiting was made, and who made it. Furthermore, visitors can 'meet' the mill's Victorian owner and the Edwardian wife of a quarryman through the audio-visual presentation in the top of the tower. Our project officer and volunteer team will be onsite to welcome you and answer all of your questions.

You can find out more about Heritage Open Days events at

New events are added to the directory each day, so do check back for more.

The kids went wild!


Kids Go Wild's Woodland Art.


In August we hosted our Kids Go Wild! learning events in the Country Park. We had a great time on our Butterfly Safari, Woodland Art session and the Rusticus Adventure Trail, we hope you did too.

"Our 4 year old daughter and her friends thoroughly enjoyed all of the events at the Country Park. They were fun, educational and exceptionally good value. We received a really warm and friendly welcome from the staff and artists. We will continue to visit the Country Park throughout the rest of the summer and into Autumn and explore this wonderful place". 

If you would like to share pictures of your kids going wild, please email to and we'll feature them in the October E-Newsletter. 

Brick Wonders of the East Riding


If you're a fan of LEGO why not enter the Brick Wonders of the East Riding Competition, accompanying Beverley Art Gallery's Brick Wonders exhibition. Entrants are challenged to build a replica of something in East Riding Museums' collection. It could be an object, an artwork or a building. In fact, Hessle Mill and its whiting works (below) is one of the suggestions to inspire you! For more information visit Good luck! You could win one of some exciting prizes from LEGO sets to panto tickets.


From the Newspapers: 'A Deserter'

By Dianne Smith, Quarry to Country Park Volunteer

“PETTY SESSIONS – Monday: Benjamin Bridges, a Kentish man, was charged by P.C. Sales with being a deserter from her Majesty’s 7th Foot Fusiliers, stationed at Dover. Defendant was working at Hessle Cliff. He charged him with being a deserter, he answering to a description given in the Police Gazette. He was committed to Beverley until the authorities be communicated with.” Hull Packet, 21 May 1875


Police Gazette, 21 April 1875

Benjamin Bridges had deserted at Dover on 28th March 1875 and made his way up to East Yorkshire where he had taken work at Hessle Cliff. He was 19 years of age at the time and obviously preferred to do quarry work than to be in the Navy.

Police Constable John Sales from Hessle Police Station had discovered him, using only the bare description of him in the Police Gazette, some detection work! Sales was later promoted to Sergeant. Unfortunately we do not know if he received the reward.

New Promo Video for Hessle Mill and The Chalk Walk!


A still from the brand new Hessle Mill and The Chalk Walk promo film.


Last month saw the release of a brand new promotional film for the Hessle Mill and the Chalk Walk heritage trail. Produced by Beverley-based Imagen Photography, this short film follows Gordon, a visitor to the Country Park, who explains all about the whiting mill and the Chalk Walk heritage trail. He explains about the history of the site and what there is to see when you visit. On his journey through the Country Park and Mill, Gordon also has an unusual encounter with the mill's Victorian mill owner...…...or does he?

You can enjoy the film here.

Walking East Yorkshire Festival: Cycle, Ride, Eat, Drink, Explore & Discover


Join in the Walking East Riding Festival this 11-19th September and celebrate the ‘Great Outdoors’ with a packed programme of activities over nine days, appealing to families, casual walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. The festival shines a spotlight on the wonderful landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, with its rolling hills and wide open spaces to the rugged shores of the heritage coastline. Popular events include history tours of our market towns and stately homes; long-distance treks; Nordic walking, canal boat rides; horse riding; cycling; wildlife experiences; vineyard and brewery visits; wild foraging and outdoor yoga! Stay for the week and experience all East Yorkshire has to offer. Choose from a rustic rural retreat; a boutique hotel in a historic market town or glamping in the grounds of a stately home. Whatever type of accommodation makes a holiday special, you’ll find it here in beautiful East Yorkshire.

This year's brochure is now available:

Getting arty at the Mill!


Artist Penny at August's drop-in art session for beginners.


Alongside our Kids Go Wild! events in the Country Park, we also hosted a beginners drop-in art sessions at Hessle Mill during August. The idea was to encourage people of all ages to unlock the artist in themselves by picking up a pencil, paper and clipboard from the mill and start sketching what they saw around them.

Artist Penny Barron, who is based at Beverley Art Gallery, was on hand for the day to encourage participants. Many people were inspired by sketching the mill, Humber Bridge and the general scenery around the Foreshore. We hope to run more sessions in the future, but in the meantime, why not try unlocking the artist in yourself? Simply pick up a pencil and paper and come down to the Country Park or Foreshore and get sketching!

We'd love to see your artwork. If you would like to share, please email to and we'll feature it in the October E-Newsletter.