John Adams - Team
Leader with a friend looking on.
partnership with the
Tourism Consultants: Cultural Resources Management, Dunkirk,
cliffs dashed by relentless seas, brimming with stories and legends
with breathtaking views, fresh breezes and exhilarating walks make
this heritage coast a must" - Filey Bay is "John Paul
Tourism Minister Janet Anderson MP visited Scarborough on January
2001 to reverse the decline of tourism on this coast.
'A rethink is decided on the traditional
seaside holiday' she said and she advised to
'cash in on
cultural strengths'. This was a polite way of saying
'get on your bike' and The Filey Bay Initiative took this
advice on board wholeheartedly to research and develop new
tourism products for the Town and wider Yorkshire. The Filey John
Paul Jones Heritage Coast is a classic example of a community
getting off its backside and developing something to improve itself.
This work - all
completed by volunteers, is an on going project and a
testimony to their passion and commitment to their community.
It is over thirty two years
since the discovery of the wooden wreck in
Filey Bay conjectured to be the famed Bonhomme Richard.
In a brand new exclusive
initiative to mark this occasion, the
Filey Bay Initiative have launched the Filey John
Paul Jones Heritage Coast,
to compliment the Filey Heritage Area, the first of its kind in Yorkshire.
This Heritage Coast
brave action of Captain Pearson of HMS Serapis and
Commodore John Paul Jones of the American Continental Navy who
fought a brilliant action at sea of classic proportions, all within
the environs of Filey Bay. The battle has fascinated people for
generations and is an important part of history that is embedded
into the fabric of the maritime history of Filey Bay.
The Filey Bay John Paul
Jones Heritage Coast is complementary to the Filey Town
Council’s Cultural links with Calvert County
USA, (home of John Paul Jones) and has the involvement of Filey’s
Chamber of Trade. The Initiative are seeking to create a high
quality 21st Century visitor experience from our heritage landscape,
by increasing the economic value of our special high quality
landscape, promoting our rich heritage, attracting new investment,
greater visitor numbers, promoting the educational content of
the area and
increasing the profile of Filey, the Bay and the wider Yorkshire.
This is an
community and educational project and raises the awareness of Filey
and promotes the town and its environs. It focuses on aspects of
our beautiful coast and its heritage and also provides additional information
to visitors to Filey and adds flavour to their visit. You can take
of the famous battle
by clicking on to this link
It was reported
in the Filey and Hunmanby Mercury,
Saturday 20 June 2009
that a bid to extend the
to Filey and beyond is to go before senior
One of the key features of the Filey coast is its unique
geological importance as well as its obvious natural beauty.
The scheme is now administered by Natural
following the amalgamation of the Countryside Agency and
The decision has been welcomed by the then Filey Mayor
Councillor Marion Wright and Councillor Aileen Newbury,
Chair of the
Why a Heritage Coast
and where is it?
The Filey Bay
Initiative has already hosted overseas visitors regarding the
famous battle and with the benefit of a thirty year research
programme with the Filey Underwater Research Unit, we host a
number of presentations
groups and educational presentations for residents and
visitors marketed under the
Richard Enterprise. Please contact the Filey Bay
Initiative for details of prices.