Scarborough is the original seaside resort, with stunning scenery, glorious beaches and Europe’s largest Open Air Theatre!

Beaches & Coastline

In 1626 when Elizabeth Farrow discovered a stream of acidic water running from one of the cliffs to the south of the town, Scarborough Spa was born and visitors flocked to the seaside town. Scarborough became Britain’s original seaside resort and has been popular with visitors ever since.

Boasting two large sandy bays overlooked by the 11th century ruins of Scarborough Castle and a dramatic coastline nicknamed the ‘Dinosaur Coast’ it’s easy to see why it’s still as popular today as ever.

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Museums & Attractions

The Rotunda Museum is home to ‘Scarborough’s Lost Dinosaurs’ – an exhibition which brings together all the fossilised evidence for dinosaurs in the area throughout the Jurassic period.

The Sealife Centre on Scarborough’s North Bay is home to 20 Humbolt penguins and Yorkshire’s seal hospital alongside an ocean walkthrough and interactive rockpools.

Alpamere – boasting an Alpine style spa and wellness centre, wave pool, garden pool AND an infinity pool with stunning views over Scarborough’s North Bay, alongside a childrens splash area and exhilarating slides and flumes its a waterpark like no other.

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Theatre & Music

Scarborough Open Air Theatre is Europe’s largest and boasts a capacity of 8,000. Concerts in 2019 include Cliff Richard, Lewis Capaldi and Kylie Minogue.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is home to truly great theatre productions and has seen the premieres of more than 80 of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays. Ayckbourn resides in Scarborough and was a protégé of Stephen Joseph. Joseph was a theatre pioneer who established the country first ‘theatre-in-the-round’ in Scarborough.

Spa Complex The Spa is a Grade II listed building in the South Bay. It has a Grand Hall, which seats nearly 2,000 and hosts live entertainment including the Scarborough Spa Orchestra and the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival. The Spa Theatre, a 600-seat Victorian theatre, is home to summer season shows and Christmas pantomimes. The Spa Ocean Room is used for dances, conferences and other events including Coastival.

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The Great Outdoors

Peasholm Park

Peasholm Park is a Grade II listed Japanese style garden with boating lake. Here you can hire canoes, rowing boats and pedaloes and in the summer months is home to fireworks displays, silver and brass band concerts, party in the park, proms in the park and lantern displays alongside mock naval battles.

Dalby Forest

With running routes, bike trails, adventure play areas, a dry stone maze and Go Ape, Dalby Forest can be explored on foot, on wheels or from above. Hosting Forest Live concerts from Paul Weller and Jess Glynne this year and home to the Nissen Hut sculpture from Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread, there’s something to discover for everyone here in this magical forest.

Ganton Golf Course

Previously home to the Ryder Cup, Curtis Cup and Waller Cup, Ganton is classed as one of the world’s top 80 courses and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

North Yorkshire Moors

With over 550 square miles of moorland, woodland, forest and coast, this National Park is truly breathtaking.

Wykenham Estate

Shooting and Fishing – Partridge & Pheasant
The Abbey Shoot on the Wykeham Estate is a traditional driven partridge and pheasant shoot. There are up to twelve partridge days early in the season (mid September – end October) for parties of 9-10 guns. The pheasant shooting during the main season (November – 31 January) is available for parties of 8-9 guns.

Grouse Shooting

Shooting – Grouse
The 11,000 acre moors at Danby (near Whitby) in the North Yorkshire Moors represent some of the finest driven grouse shooting in the UK.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Shooting – Clay Pigeon
The Big Shoot’s 55 acre site has first rate facilities and plenty of thrills that are expertly designed to challenge and excite new and experienced shooters alike.


Fishing – Trout & Course
North Yorkshire Water Park have a trout lake, a coarse lake and predator lake which are all well stocked with a large variety of fish.


4th – 7th July 2019

Scarborough Cycling Festival
6th – 7th July 2019

Barry Sheene Motorcycle Festival
Olivers Mount 27th – 28th July 2019

Scarborough Cricket Festival
18th – 21st August 2019

Scarborough Fossil Festival
13th – 15th September 2019

Scarborough Jazz Festival
20th – 22nd September 2019

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Further afield

Robin Hoods Bay – 15 miles

Whitby – Whitby Abbey – home of Dracula, the Endeavour – 18 miles

Pickering – Home to North Yorkshire Moors Heritage Railway – 18 miles

Malton – Castle Howard, Yorkshires Food Capital, Flamingo Land – 23 miles

York – York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre – 41 miles

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Eating & Drinking

Scarborough has an excellent selection of restaurants and can cater for all tastes whether you want day boat fresh fish and chips, an ice cream from the world famous Harbour Bar or Michelin rated fine dining. Please ask us if you need help with a restaurant recommendation or reservation.

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