Driffield - Capital of the Wolds


Driffield offers excellent shopping opportunities without the hassle of travelling into the cities of York or Hull: there are a varied range of shops, including national and regional retailers together with some high quality independent shops. All are located within easy reach of the town’s car parks, bus stops, and the railway station.

General Information

Driffield is the jewel in the crown of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds – a busy, thriving market town with much to offer for the people who call it home and for the thousands of visitors welcomed here each year.

Driffield, also known as Great Driffield, is a market town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The civil parish is formed by the town of Driffield and the village of Little Driffield. By road, it is located 70.4 miles (113.3 km) to the north-east of Sheffield, 52.8 miles (85.0 km) to the east of Leeds, 29.4 miles (47.3 km) to the east of York, 22.8 miles (36.7 km) to the north of Hull, 72.0 miles (115.9 km) south-west of Middlesbrough & 218.3 miles (351.3 km) to the north of London.

According to the 2011 UK census, Driffield parish had a population of 13,080

Driffield lies in the Yorkshire Wolds, on the Driffield Navigation (canal), and near the source of the River Hull. Driffield lies on the A614, A166 and B1249, and on the Yorkshire Coast rail line from Scarborough to Hull. It is situated next to Little Driffield, where King Aldfrith of Northumbria was reputedly buried, and is also very close to Nafferton, Hutton Cranswick and Wansford. Driffield is named the Capital of the Wolds, mainly through virtue of its favourable location between Bridlington, Beverley and York.

The town is served by Driffield railway station on the Yorkshire Coast Line.

More information about the town can be found on this excellent website: http://www.welcometodriffield.co.uk/


Driffield contains a small community hospital, small fire station, police and ambulance stations, several churches - the largest being All Saints' Parish Church, whose bells were restored for the millennium - and a fairly small high street. There is also an area of parkland close to the parish church alongside the stream (Driffield Beck) that runs roughly parallel to the high street.

Driffield is a major part of the Driffield and Rural electoral ward. This ward stretches north west to Sledmere with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 15,199

Local Economy

The local cattle market, despite former glories, closed after the 2001 UK foot and mouth crisis.

Public houses include the Original Keys (formerly the Ferret and Sprout, previously the Cross Keys), the Buck, the Full Measure, the Middle pub (formerly the old falcon), and the Mariner's Arms. More recently an excellent micro-pub "The Butcher's Dog" has opened, serving a regularly changing selection of local (and sometimes not so local) craft beers and ciders Old standbys to the town's catering services include the Water Margin, Marco Polo and Mario's. There are numerous other hot food takeaway establishments including a recently opened Domino's pizza takeaway and a Subway.

The town's main hotel is the Bell Hotel, an old coaching inn in the centre of the town, which has a substantial selection of whiskies. Its many facilities include the former town hall, which was bought by the hotel's owner and is now a function suite and gym/leisure centre. Recent additions to the town's night-time scene include Georgie's, Hotel Forty One and the London Bar. More recently, the former Norseman pub and Mavericks night club have been converted into a single premises which is being operated by J D Wetherspoon.

The town is home to the country's largest one-day annual agricultural show, as well as the Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally - an event showcasing historical vehicles including traction engines, fairground organs, tractors and vintage cars. A particular focus is placed upon agricultural history, with demonstrations of ploughing and threshing often taking place. The rally is particularly known for the Saturday evening road-run of the steam engines and other vehicles into Driffield town centre, an event which invariably attracts large crowds of spectators.


There are two infant schools, one larger primary school (Driffield Junior School) and a large secondary school, known simply as Driffield School. Driffield School contains a sixth form, and so offers education up to A level standard. The nearest independent school is Pocklington School.


The town has a Cricket Club in which its first team play in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North. First class cricketers Andrew Gale, Richard Pyrah, Steven Patterson, Jonny Bairstow and Ishara Amerasinghe have all played for the club.

Driffield RUFC is a member of the RFU and Yorkshire RFU, playing its senior fixtures in North One East. The club field four senior teams, a colts team and mini/juniors (at every age group from under 7's to under 17's).

Driffield Hockey Club play their home matches at Driffield Sports Centre and currently field three men's teams and four ladies' teams, as well as juniors and vets sections.For a catchment area the size of Driffield, the club is relatively successful, with both the men's and ladies first XIs being promoted from their respective YHA Yorkshire Premier Divisions at the end of the 2013/14 season (6th tier of English Hockey) to the North League Division 2 East and North League Division 2 South East respectively (5th tier of English Hockey).

Driffield has an 18-hole golf club that has been at its present location since 1934.

Driffield boasts a state-of-the-art sports centre located on Bridlington Road, replacing the old sports centre (now owned by Driffield School.) The new sports centre includes a main pool and learner pool, sports hall, a 50-piece gym, in line with the successful East Riding Leisure Tone Zone brand and a studio/multi-use room.

The Driffield Lawn Tennis Club (DLTC) is one of the oldest tennis club in England. Its courts are located just off Bridlington Road.

Information provided on this page is believed to be correct at the time of publication. It has been gathered using our knowledge of the local area and with the assistance of information provided by other useful websites. If you are aware of any inaccuracies then please let us know by emailing info@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk and we will endeavour to correct the information.

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