All in a day – Scarborough

Scarborough Open Air

SCARBOROUGH, ‘Queen of the Yorkshire Coast’ reputed to be Britain’s first seaside resort, welcoming visitors for over 360 years is renowned for two spectacular bays each with a unique character and enjoyed by all age groups and interests.

Scarborough offers first class attractions – Sea Life Marine Sanctuary, Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Peasholm Park, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum plus many year-round festivals.

Step back in time
Explore Scarborough’s heritage along the streets of the Old Town and Scarborough Castle sited on a rocky headland. The viewing platforms offer dramatic coastline views of the North and South Bay; follow with refreshment in the 18th-century Master Gunner’s House.

South Bay, Harbour and Lighthouse
The South Bay has a working harbour, marina for yachts and pleasure boats with boat and fishing trips around the bay and along the coast.  Walk to the Lighthouse past the imposing ‘Diving Belle’ statue to the end of Vincent’s Pier. Set the children free on the beaches – to build sandcastles, go rock-pooling and ride donkeys.

Lunch on the Seafront
Savour locally sourced fresh seafood and delicious fish & chips.  There are also traditional seaside stalls selling cockles and oysters to rock and fudge.

Victorian Spa Complex
The Spa houses the famous Spa Orchestra, the country’s last professional seaside orchestra and for the children there are summer shows at The Spa and The Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery
The Rotunda Geology Museum houses an insight into the making of Scarborough as a world famous seaside resort; explore the history of Scarborough’s Jurassic Coast.
Scarborough Art Gallery displays beautiful paintings featuring seascapes and views of Scarborough which showcase the influence of the sea and Scarborough’s history as a holiday resort.

Afternoon Tea and Shopping
Afternoon tea menus hark back to a bygone era with ‘Yorkshire Tea’ being a favourite.
The Brunswick Shopping Centre with shops catering for every need, from fashions to home-wares is located on the main pedestrianised precinct in Scarborough.

Bar Street Shopping

Bar Street is a cobbled traffic-free street set in the heart of Scarborough’s town centre with an array of specialist shops.

Market and Market Vaults

A traditional indoor market in St Helens Square dates from 1853 and in 1993 the basement was converted into the Market Vaults with a variety of traders – antiques, crafts people and artists.

It is with good reason that Scarborough is regularly listed as a top UK destination.

About the Author