Life’s a Beach

in Scarborough

Discover some of the finest beaches in the UK and more than 100 miles of stunning coastline, just waiting to be explored.

Buckets of fun

The coast has something for everyone, with all kinds of attractions waiting for you to visit. Discover The Deep in Hull, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, home to a whopping 3,500 fish including Europe’s only pair of green sawfish, spectacular sharks and rays.

Visit the Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary and take a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through twelve themed zones. With a 25 metre six-lane swimming pool as well as a Splash Zone pool with fun slides and waterplay features, there will be plenty of fun to be had when the new East Riding Leisure Bridlington opens in time for the summer season.

Or head to Scarborough and discover a gigantic wave pool, four state-of-the-art long water rides, 35 degrees of heat and 14,400 seconds of the best fun you’ll ever have at the brand new Alpamare water park, due to open this summer. Or if you’re feelingbrave, get out on the water with Saltburn Surf School and have a go riding some waves along this spectacular stretch of coast.

A splash of history

Yorkshire’s coastline is steeped in history, from the magnificent ruins of Whitby Abbey set high on the cliffs above Whitby, to the medieval fortress of Scarborough Castle, entrenched with 2,500 years of turbulent history. Take a ride on one of the most historic seaside miniature railways in the UK at North Bay Railway or soak up some history at The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, home to a superb collection of original exhibits about one of Yorkshire’s most famous sons. Full of fascinating architecture and cultural history, take a trip to Bridlington Old Town, a charming pocket of Yorkshire and the real star of the recent 2016 Dad’s Army film.

Back to nature

Watch as 250,000 birds bring the coastline alive at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. See all the action from specially created cliff-top viewpoints and on a calm day, you might even spot a grey seal just off shore. Flamborough’s fantastic Living Seas Centre is packed with information about the North Sea’s amazing marine wildlife, with arts and crafts activities on offer to keep younger ones amused.

In between Scarborough and Whitby you’ll find The Grainary, the perfect place to eat, sleep and explore. Come and visit a vast array of farm animals including micro pigs, goats, ducks and rabbits. 

Summer nights

Visit the seaside this summer and enjoy some fantastic events happening up and down the coast. Head to Peasholm Park in Scarborough on 26th August and hear the Scarborough Spa Orchestra perform classics from the movies with a spectacular firework finale. At Scarborough Open Air Theatre, the legendary Bryan Adams will take to the stage on 8th August and the Vienna Festival Ballet will perform Swan Lake at The Spa, Bridlington on 5th June.

This feature was part of our 2016 Summer Guide.

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