Why the Humber

A place to call home

There has never been a better time to be in the Humber region. After a wave of investment, the region is brimming with opportunities as companies and organisations seek to fulfil the growing demand of ever-expanding industry.

The low house prices and cost of living combined with the high quality of life make for the perfect work-life balance, with short commute times to and from the city and an abundance of scenic areas and bountiful activities to enjoy all year round.

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City, Country and Coast

There aren’t many places where it’s possible to wake up in a countryside village, have lunch in the city and then take a stroll along the stunning coastline – here you can. With a rich and diverse landscape and some of the most affordable properties in the UK, the Humber offers a wealth of home and lifestyle options. Those with families will thrive here, our region has a range superb educational provision for every age.

Whether home is a spacious family property on the coast, a luxurious city-centre apartment, a cosy cottage in a charming country village or a beautiful townhouse in a historic market town, our communities are welcoming, our spaces are stunning, and our culture is thriving.

Hull city centre is perfect for those in search of ultimate urban experience with excellent transport links, a stress-free commute, first-class restaurants and bars and a plethora of culture in easy reach.

Hull has undergone an incredible transformation. Following its £1.5 billion regeneration there has never been a better time to call the city home. As the cost of living remains among the lowest in the UK, deluxe residencies, central locations, stunning marina views and luxurious living are all available at an affordable price.

Our region’s quaint villages and several historic market towns including Beverley and Louth provide an idyllic setting for anyone looking to relocate to the country with easy connections to the city via bus, train or a short, scenic drive. Every one of these picturesque villages and bustling market towns is steeped in a rich heritage and culture; they are ideal for professionals with families that are looking for a slower pace of life within easy reach of the city.

Those who call the Humber home are always close to nature. Nowhere in the region is over 60 minute drive from being able to enjoy stunning walks and cycle routes in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Wolds, or the stunning beaches and cliffs of the North Sea coast.

I love the culture of kids growing up having the freedom to play on the beach and the countryside is only a stone’s throw away”

Rachael Dicken, Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Wilkin Chapman LLP

The affordability of a three-bedroom new-build house is a fraction of the price you pay in London and you can still afford to go on holidays throughout the year, so the work–life balance is great.”

Tishwant Kanwarjit, External Manufacturing Quality Assurance at Reckitt, relocated from London

Hull feels vibrant and lively, brimming with optimism and hope.”

Helen Mead, Features Writer, Telegraph

Beverley has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK ”

(Sunday Times list of Best Places to Live 2020)

On the menu

Being named UK City of Culture 2017 has reinvigorated Hull’s culinary culture and there’s never been a tastier time to wine and dine in the city.

Hull has an establishment for every occasion, brimming with gin distilleries, cocktail bars, rum shacks and craft beer breweries. The stunning and popular Marina and Humber Street area is home to many lively independent eateries from steak houses and seafood restaurants to pizzerias and laid-back bars.

The Old Town, which is over 700 years old, is brimming with listed buildings and bars with high-columned ceilings, unique character and architecture. The indoor Trinity Market is a popular choice for lunch-goers with a vast selection of independent and international food stalls. Newland Avenue, Princes Avenue, and Chanterlands Avenue, known collectively as ‘the Avenues’ have a great selection of cuisines from all over the world, as well as bars and pubs offering everything from local craft ales and world beers to Caribbean rum cocktails and Mexican margaritas.

The region’s culinary offering doesn’t stop in Hull. Comparative to its size, Beverley is blessed with a superb range of restaurants and delicatessens, alongside a weekly market. Nearby South Dalton is home to Michelin Star Pipe and Glass, the highest rated pub in the north. North Lincolnshire’s Winteringham Fields has also been awarded a Michelin Star and offers immersive dining experiences for guests.

Not forgetting fish and chips! The speciality has its home in the region, offering Britain’s Best served by Papa’s Fish and Chips in Hull, Cleethorpes, Scarborough, Willerby and Bilton.

Cultural calendar

Annual events the Freedom Festival and the Humber Street Sesh are extremely popular among arts fanatics and music lovers and are a must-attend for anyone living within the region and beyond. Having grown significantly over recent years, the festivals attract artists and performers from far and wide every year to entertain crowds of thousands.

Freedom Festival has become one of the UK’s leading international arts festivals, with audiences in excess of 130,000 descending on the city of Hull each year.

Pride in Hull, led by the LGBTQ+ community and supported and sponsored by numerous local businesses, is open to all and was named the inaugural ‘UK Pride’ in 2017, making the event the focus of the Pride calendar for the year. Pride in Hull is the largest free-to-enter Pride festival in the UK and the second-largest event in the city’s festival calendar.

Completed in 2018, Hull’s Bonus Arena welcomes world-renowned musicians, comedians and more throughout the year. Our region also has a vibrant theatre offering, with six main theatres in the region providing fantastic West End touring productions, ballets, musical theatre and concerts; Hull Truck Theatre, Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall, East Riding Theatre, Scunthorpe’s Plowright Theatre, Grimsby Auditorium and Hull New Theatre, which has staged shows such as The Royal Ballet.

Culture shines bright in our region through imaginative events and independent cultural companies such as Absolutely Cultured, Middle Child Theatre and The Culture House.

Find out more

This article is only a glimpse of what the Humber has to offer. View the Your Move brochure for more information on the region’s lifestyle offering.

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