Driffield is at the very heart of the rural community in East Yorkshire. With a population of around 14,000, it has a bustling town centre with many high street stores and independent shops, and is surrounded by charming villages and tranquil rolling countryside.
A host of friendly cafés and public houses in the town provide good quality local food and drink for residents and visitors alike.
The weekly market (held each Thursday in the town centre) brings shoppers flocking to the town, although it is the annual Driffield Show which really draws the crowds. Held each summer at the Showground, the event is the largest one-day agricultural show in the UK, attracting over 25,000 visitors from all over the country.
The town has a rich and colourful history dating back to Neolithic times, including the burial of a king, an Anglo-Saxon palace, witchcraft, the arrival of the canal in the 18th century and the railway in the 19th century, and some of the finest nineteenth century colour printing ever seen. You can find more information on our History page.
For generations Driffield’s prosperity was tied to agriculture, but in recent years it has adapted very successfully to the need for new sources of prosperity. In the last decade the number of residents has grown as word has spread about what a great place this is to live and work.
Another contributing factor in Driffield’s growing popularity is the excellent road and rail links. The town is an easy place for visitors to get to, and it is very well connected to the rest of the region for those who live here and/or have businesses here.
Things To Do In the Town
Driffield’s attractive high street includes a varied mix of independent shops and national retailers, interspersed with cafes, restaurants and public houses. Take a look at our Eat, Drink & Shop page to find out more!
The town’s three picturesque becks (streams) present lovely opportunities for a relaxing stroll, as does the historic River Head canal which also hosts pleasure boats and sailing. A mile-long stretch of the canal towpath from Whinhill Lock to Wansford is now a pretty nature trail. You can view and download the Driffield Town Trail here, and there is also a historical trail celebrating the life of the famous archaeologist John Mortimer which you can follow by downloading the Mortimer Trail map.
Driffield has a great range of leisure and sports facilities: the Leisure Centre offers swimming, fitness classes, and fun activities for all ages, and the town’s many clubs include rugby union, golf, football, cricket, lawn tennis, and martial arts (visit our Sports Facilities page for more information). In addition there are also a wide variety of societies for all manner of hobbies and interests, including musical theatre, photography, art and film.
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For more information on the great things there are to do in our local area, visit our Places to Visit page.