From the rugged rocky headland and colourful seaside traditions of the South Bay, to the bright beach huts of the award-winning sandy North Bay, Scarborough has all the ingredients you need for a classic beachside break.
The first resort
Stunning scenery, two glorious beaches, loads to do and see - is it any wonder that people have been flocking to Scarborough, believed to be the world's first seaside resort, for nearly 400 years now?
Fun for all the family
Scarborough is the perfect place for a family holiday, whatever your budget. A day on the beach - building sandcastles, paddling, feeling the sand between your toes, ice cream and candy floss, donkey rides - it's good old-fashioned fun for all the family.
And Scarborough offers twice as much beach as most holiday resorts, with its two bays, each with its own very different character - the South Bay glitters with amusement arcades, ice cream parlours and shellfish stalls, while the quieter North Bay, just a 20-minute walk around the glorious Marine and Albert Drives, or ten-minute ride on one of the regular open-topped buses away, offers a more relaxing and nostalgic day out.
May 2015 will be a special month for Scarborough as it plays host to the Dale Power Solutions P1 Scarborough Grand Prix of the Sea. This will be a double bill of fast, furious and free-to-watch powerboat and jet ski racing taking place at South Bay, Scarborough over the weekend of 30th/31st May.
Whilst the fleet of P1 Panther race boats reach speeds of up to 70 mph, and the AquaX jet ski racers and freestyle riders provide excitement on the water, there will be a host of entertainment and stalls for the whole family on the West Pier.
Scarborough’s historic past
Scarborough has so much to offer the heritage buff or culture vulture. There's been a settlement of some sort on the natural vantage point of the Castle Headland since Roman times - and you can still explore the magnificent 12th century Scarborough Castle. The town played a key part in the development of modern geology - visit the circular Rotunda Museum to find out why. And don't miss a visit to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, described by no less than the New York Times as ‘a mecca for admirers of first-rate, frill-free acting'.