Welcome to Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

HU7: Kingswood, Sutton, and Bransholme Local Area Guide

Overview

Lying adjacent to the River Hull, Kingswood, Sutton, and Bransholme each present a captivating charm and tenacity that has seen each area develop from humble beginnings to the animated, winning locations of today. 

The Kingswood Retail Park has a Cineworld Cinema and, like the North Point Shopping Centre, has a plethora of retail outlets, restaurants, and necessities. 

The whole area is rich in history, from its Scandinavian influence, agricultural prosperity to more modern history.

The Wawne View and Meauz Rise housing projects have created modern, affordable housing for first-time buyers, and two local primary schools have been rated outstanding. 

The Noddle Hill Nature Reserve is 118 acres of land, lake, and wildlife, and with a David Lloyd Hull and the Sutton Park Golf Club, it has never been more desirable to relocate to such an irresistible slice of Hull.

History of Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

The Parish of Sutton-on-Hull was described in 1700 as placed 'upon a hill of about a thousand acres.' In the 19th century, High Gate was the host of Sutton Feast held on St. James's Day and a throwback of two fairs mentioned in Sutton that took place in the 16th century. 

The Hull and Hornsea Railway line opened in 1864 and passed through Sutton, where large houses and terraces were built on Salts House Lane. Today, nearly the entire route is traceable as a public footpath called the Hornsea Rail Trail. In 1910 Sutton was overhauled and industrialised with mills lining the riverfront and workers homes in new streets.

Kingswood, until the late 20th century, was primarily used for farming. In the 1770s, the Holderness Drain improved the swamp-like land for agricultural and later urbanisation purposes. 

Bransholme's name is Scandinavian in origin and means 'Brand's meadow,' with 'brand' meaning wild boar. There is evidence of Romans and Saxons occupying the area at one time and later the Lords of the Manor. In 1939, a barrage balloon defence station was built and due to enemy bombing during the Second World War, the Bransholme Estate was founded to rehouse on a grand scale.

Property Types in Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

The most popular property sold in the HU7 postcode district area of Hull recently were terraced properties. Although, there are many different housing types in progress, such as Wawne View, which will be an extension between Kingswood and North Bransholme. 

664 new homes will feature a charging point for electric vehicles, and once finalised, just over 1,400 homes will be complete, some with 5 bedrooms. 

There are 4 and 5 bedroom detached, modern family homes in Kingswood, near the Cineworld Cinema and Hollywood Bowl. On Pioneer Way, Kingswood, the Meaux Rise is a fantastic collection of new detached, end-terrace, mid-terrace, and semi-detached homes of 2,3, and 4 bedrooms. Each has unique architecture including big windows, spacious gardens and are ideal for first-time buyers. 

In the Lowgate area of Sutton, there are 3 bedroom detached bungalows, and Grizedale has some traditional dormer bungalows to suit growing families. Tweendykes Road, Sutton, also has some semi-detached homes for families, and Marsdale, has 3 bedroom terrace and end terraces in this popular location next to Sutton Park Golf Course. 

Bransholme has mostly prefabricated terraced housing and is the most affordable property in the area, with a good standard of primary and secondary schools nearby.

Schools and Colleges in Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

Local primaries like Biggin Hill have outperformed the national average at Key Stage 2 level and, alongside Highlands Primary School, has been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Kingswood Academy is a relatively new school built as part of the ‘Building Schools For The Future’ Programme, and just ten minutes away is the University of Hull. 

Nursery and Pre-schools

  • Bright Horizons Hull Kingswood Day Nursery and Preschool - Outstanding
  • Jst 4 Kidz/Totz - Outstanding
  • The Lemon Tree Day Nurseries Ltd - Outstanding
  • Sutton Tots Day Nursery - Good
  • Bright Start @ Bransholme - Good

Primary Schools

  • Biggin Hill Primary School - Outstanding
  • Highlands Primary School - Outstanding
  • Kingswood Parks Primary School - Good
  • Wawne Primary School - Good
  • Cleeve Primary School - Good

Secondary Schools

  • Kingswood Academy - Good
  • Northcott School - Good
  • Tweendykes School and Sixth Form - Good
  • Winifred Holtby Academy - Requires Improvement

Independent Schools

  • Horton House School

Local Universities and Colleges

  • Wilberforce College
  • East Riding College
  • University of Hull

Things to do in Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

Sutton and Wawne Old School Museum and Family History Centre

On Church Street is a Grade II listed building that once was a Victorian school in 1859. This charming, small museum is well worth a visit and specialises in Victorian and Edwardian local artefacts and educates visitors about the war and its implications in the Sutton area. The museum is open to the public, run by volunteers, and they have a tearoom serving light refreshments.

Bude Park

Lying between Bransholme and Kingswood is Bude Park, which is one of the largest parks of its kind in Hull. There is a play area with equipment for the children to enjoy and water play for the spring and summer months. It has an open basketball court and sports pitches to book for football, rugby, and rounders games. The park has an outdoor public gym, open for use 24/7 and has a treadmill, rowing machine, cross trainer, bike, strengthening equipment, and much more.

St James Church

In Sutton lies St James Church, a Grade I building with a large churchyard whose origins date to 1349. The church has a historical legacy, being part of the Old Town of Hull and has passed through generations of residents here. The nave and aisle of the church were joined in 1400 by the west tower and an aisle extension. Inside the church, you can expect to find a chest tomb dating from 1349 and a baptismal font from the 13th century. The church is active, hosting regular events like flower festivals, garden parties and Christmas fairs.

Noddle Hill Nature Reserve

The Noddle Hill Nature Reserve is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The reserve has a picturesque fishing lake and walking routes that are stunning through all seasons. There is various wildlife to spot on the 118-acre land, and the wetland can attract all sorts of rare creatures like the Great Crested Newt and grass snakes. As well as being a nature reserve, there is a Noddle Hill Play Area that is fantastic for kids with a football pitch, bike park, a giant slide and picnic tables.

Meaux Abbey

A ten-minute drive will take you to the fascinating site of the Meaux Abbey, first built in 1151. The Meaux Abbey is positioned on a slight tilt in the valley of the River Hull, and its name means 'lake with a sandy shore', which shows just how watery the area used to be! The abbey was closed by Henry VIII and later demolished, but the earthwork remains visible across the region, indicating its exact position. Meaux Abbey is one of the most significant Yorkshire monasteries and is well worth exploring for its historical significance.

Top 3 Things to do With Kids in Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

Monkey Bizness Hull

This delightful soft play centre is perfect for the children to have a fun day out and let off some steam with the centre catering for children up to 12 years old. The toddler's area is separate from the older children to allow them a gentler play experience. There is a fantastic range of equipment for the kids to play with, with towering climbing frames, ball pits, slides, and games, all in a clean, vibrant, and safe environment. The Amazonian Café opposite has fresh food and free WiFi for the adults.

Rebound Trampoline Park

On Stockholm Road is Rebound Trampoline Park, an opportunity to exercise while jumping on 60 connected trampolines as you jump in time to the music. The Ninja Assault course lets you compete against friends and family as you manoeuvre around slack ropes, trapeze rings, monkey bars and the balancing beam with a super soft foam pit beneath. The 16-bed trampoline dodgeball court can also bring out your competitive side with teams competing to see who's the last one standing. Not forgetting the younger children, Rebound Trampoline Park also caters for toddlers to bounce in a safe environment.

Pennine Play Area and North Bransholme Skate Park

North Bransholme Skatepark is a concrete skatepark situated next to the Pennine Park play area. There is all manner of layouts that skateboarders will appreciate, including edges that angle down sets of stairs, rails, large double dips, and a volcano shape. The concrete design features a curved bank that runs around half of its perimeter. Next to the skatepark, and for the younger children, is the Pennine Park Play area with swings, slides, and climbing frames. 

Local Beaches in Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

Mappleton Beach

Mappleton Beach length runs for three miles and is near Hornsea seaside town. The beach is sandy, flat, and suitable for children and adults to swim in the warmer months. There are plenty of fossils to discover, and once you've built up an appetite, nearby is The Old Post Office Tea Room with homemade food, tea, and cakes.

Withernsea Beach

Withernsea has Blue Flag status, which means the beach meets all the criteria in terms of cleanliness, safety, facilities, and water quality, making it an excellent choice for a visit. The promenade has recently had a makeover, and various attractions are nearby such as the Withernsea Lighthouse, where you can climb the steps and look at views of the Humber Bridge and beyond.

Hornsea Beach

This fine golden sandy beach marks the end of the Trans-Pennine Trail, great for walkers and cyclists and which passes close to the Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire's largest freshwater lake. There is a newly developed promenade and cafés, fish and chip shops and restaurants all around.

Shopping and Leisure in Kingswood, Sutton and Bransholme

Shopping

On Goodhart Road, Bransholme you'll find Heron and Fulton's Foods and an Iceland Supermarket. Kingswood has a Co-op food, Marks and Spencer, and Asda Superstore plus an Aldi and two Sainsbury locals. The Flooring Superstore Hull has the largest selection of flooring from carpets to artificial grass, and there is Missy's Boutique, Shop By Style accessories, and Toy Shelf children's store. The North Point Shopping Centre has a selection of stores such as Wilko Hardware Shop, Crawshaws Butchers, Aspect of Flowers florist and New Look Clothing. In Kingswood, you'll find the Boots supply store, Hammonds Furniture Store and Paperchase Stationery Shop.

Restaurants

There are some delectable places for food lovers in the area, such as Arabisc Parmo for delicious Arabic takeaway and Big T's Restaurant and Takeaway for recently added burgers and sandwiches alongside its decades of finest fish and chips. On Goodhart Road, M.J.S Seafood has your daily locally caught fish delivery service. Papa's Fish and Chips Kingswood offers the ideal restaurant retreat for the whole family with a bar, restaurant, and children's play area in one, and The Kingswood Beefeater has one of the best Sunday dinners in north Hull! The Gino D'Acampo Hull captures the Italian spirit with a restaurant that has a Prosecco bar, wood-fired pizzas, and an alfresco terrace.

Pubs 

There are two friendly pubs on Church Street in Sutton with a great atmosphere. The Duke of York pub with its diverse selection of drinks and beer garden, and The Ship Inn, which is under new management with excellent reasonably priced food. The Whistling Goose is a traditional pub complete with TV spots, grills and comfort food, and The Drake has familiar locals, which make any new visitor welcome. The Sutton Arms has been newly refurbished, Sutton Fields has fantastic vegan options on its menu, and The Meadows Public House is one of the best pubs in Bransholme.

Cinema and Theatre

At Kingswood Retail Park is the family friendly Cineworld Cinema to bring the latest movie successes to the big screen in 2D and 3D formats. The seats have been revamped and are spacious and reclinable, and there is plenty of parking with familiar and much-loved takeaway shops next door. There is also the Magic Carpet Theatre Company Hull, a professional, creative touring theatre for children. The theatre was founded in 1982, and they have toured worldwide from Singapore to Italy, producing work that resonates and engages with children.

Gym and Health

The David Lloyd Hull gym is suitable for all age groups with over 85 classes a week, a swimming pool, and a kids club. Globo Gym North Point, located in Northpoint Shopping Centre, is spread over two floors, and has free weights, cardio equipment and two studios. The Gym of Sutton is the most affordable in the area. CrossFit Hull Gym has great coaches, excellent facilities within an outstanding community that offers encouragement and support. There is a local sports club too - the Kingswood United football sports club is based in the heart of Kingswood's community. The Paul Ingle Boxing Academy and Sutton Village Gymnastics are also available to join.

Golf Clubs

There are two incredible courses to choose from in the area, including the Sutton Park Golf Club and the Ganstead Park Golf Club. Sutton Park has one of the finest, first-class courses set in mature woodland. There is an on-site restaurant, The Lodge, for freshly prepared local food and alcoholic drinks, and once a member, you have many benefits including 10% off food and drink. Ganstead Park is an 18-hole course, first opened in 1976 and has matured and grown over the years into an appealing, challenging course. Once a member, there are additional benefits, such as playing in select club competitions.

Other Entertainment 

In Bransholme, the Atra Youth Centre is an excellent place for children and teenagers with rave reviews from the local community. There are creative activities in art and music and table football, snooker, games consoles, and computers. The East Hull Cycle Squad is a fantastic group of cyclers that venture on varied routes all around the Humber in a helpful and supportive environment. In Kingswood Retail Park, Hollywood Bowl Hull has contemporary bowling alleys, delicious food and drinks, and arcades to entertain all age groups.

Travel Connections

The area has frequent local buses that can take you all around north and north east Hull and to the Hull Paragon Interchange for travelling or commuting to nearby towns and cities. The A roads are easily accessible and can route you to other northern cities. There are several nearby airports to choose from and a ferry service to Europe!

Train

An 18-minute drive to the Hull Paragon interchange is where you'll find a host of train companies to take you to nearby towns like Doncaster, Scarborough, Beverley, and cities like Sheffield, York, and Manchester. Trains to York can take just over 1hr with no changes.

Road

In under 10 minutes, you can be on the A1079 road, taking you to the nearby villages of Beverley, Pocklington, and the city of York. In 11 minutes, you can be on the A63 that lies between Leeds and Hull, and once in Leeds, you can access major motorways like the M62 and M1.

Air 

The nearest airport is Humberside Airport, taking less than 45 minutes by car. Doncaster Sheffield Airport takes just over 1 hour, and Leeds Bradford Airport takes just over 1 hour 30 minutes via the A1079.

Ferry

In south Hull, less than a 20-minute drive away, you can travel by ferry from Hull to Holland.

Bus

The 5 Kingswood bus, the 2X North Bransholme, and the 12 and 12A Hull through Sutton are frequent buses to take you around north and north east Hull. The 8 bus is one of the many buses that can take you to the Hull Paragon Interchange for coach and train services.

Fun, interesting, quirky facts

  1. In 2021, everyone playing in the HU7 postcode lottery scooped the £3 million prize.
  2. Paradise Produce Farm Shop sells handmade sheepskins from their own Jacob and Lleyn lambs from the farm.
  3. During the 80s, locals raised £10,000 to restore the 17th-century bells of the Paris Church of St Peter's.
  4. In the past, you would find water mills alongside the streams of the River Hull
  5. Bransholme Fishing Lake has 14 species of dragonflies recorded.

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