YorkshireNet Guide to Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast
Yorkshire’s traditional seaside resort
and conference centre
the 17th century Scarborough has been catering for family visitors to the Yorkshire
Its sandy North Beach has been awarded a Blue Flag award for high environmental
standards and safety facilities, whilst the golden South Beach attracts visitors with
its backdrop of shops, entertainment venues and amusements.
Between the town’s two beaches is the Scarborough fishing harbour, bustling
with boating activity. Above it on the headland is Scarborough Castle, now maintained
by English Heritage.
Victorian times Scarborough became a favoured resort, leading to the creation
of superb parks and gardens, the Esplanade and the Spa complex. The cliff lift
was built for easy access from beach to town, and the shopping centre developed
to meet the demand.
Scarborough has all the attractions of the traditional English seaside - donkey
rides, Punch and Judy shows, amusements, the Sea Life Marine Sanctuary, and
evening theatre events with leading entertainers and comedies at Scarborough
Spa, home of the unique Spa Orchestra. The famous Stephen Joseph Theatre is
noted for its Alan Ayckbourn premieres.
The Scarborough area hosts many attractions - visit the Staintondale Shire Horse
Farm or the villages, museums and heritage centres along the Yorkshire Coast
and inland in the North York Moors.
For those seeking an active holiday there is sailing, surfing, river or sea
fishing, even llama trekking.
Various Festivals are held throughout the year, including the Scarborough Cricket
Festival and the national Student Drama Festival. Motor cycle racing is held
at Oliver’s Mount.