We are exceptionally lucky in Scarborough to have, not just one, but two sweeping bays of gorgeous sand. North Bay is the more rugged of the two and a walk along marine drive always delivers something new, wether it's watching the peregrine falcons on the cliffs above or a pod of porpoises playing close to the sea wall. With great cafes, the Watermark and Oasis, providing refreshement you can also while away an hour or two watching surfers riding the waves.
Where you can get up close and personal with so many marine creatures, even feeding sharks and rays? It is home to Yorkshire's only seal hospital and it really is great to see the fantastic work the Sea Life Centre does to promote the protection of the marine environment and educate visitors on what we can all do to help.
At this end of North Bay is Europe's largest open air theatre which, after a huge facelift in 2010, can now boast a capacity of upto 8000 with international stars such as Status Quo, Olly Murs, Leona Lewis, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Russell Watson and Sir Elton John all playing there. For 2015 we've got Elaine Paige, James, Atomic Kitten and Blue , UB40, Alfie Boe and Legends of 80's pop featuring Undercover, Five Star, Go West, ABC, Sinitta and the legendary Rick Atley. Tickets sell fast so get yours now!
Just over the road from the fabulous Open Air Theatre is Peasholm Park, a great place to spend an afternoon with its beautiful Japanese themed gardens featuring a pagoda said to be based on the Willow Pattern pottery design. The Naval Warfare event, Battle of Peasholm, has been played out for half an hour three times a week during the summer season for over 80 years. Some of the ships are electric but some of the larger ones need steering and are captained by real people lying down in them!
South Bay is a wealth of everything that's great about a top quality seaside resort. A beautiful sweeping crescent of clean sandy beach sloping gently into the sea (great for sandcastle building!), historic buildings, working fishing harbour and marina, boat trips, fish and chip shops, ice cream parlours, RNLI station and lots of little independent shops, cafes and other eateries.
This complex is situated at the southern end of South Bay and hosts many touring shows. 2015 will see the likes of comedian and musician Bill Bailey, the internationally acclaimed Black Dyke Band, funnymen Omid Djalili and Alan Carr, 70's classic group Showaddywaddy and the amazing Russell Watson all in Scarborough to entertain us. Above the Spa you can meander up the cliffside and discover the award winning Italian gardens and colourful floral displays. This area is known as South Cliff is also the setting of ITV's 'The Royal', situated just opposite the clock tower.
The North and South Bays are separated by the headland, on top of which sits spectacular Scarborough Castle. With its 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, it is the perfect place for a good chunk of historic exploration.
Winding up the streets from Sandside are a myriad of shops and cafes catering for every taste. From perusing a new artwork, eating a roast dinner or getting a fancy dress outfit for that upcoming party, this ecclectic mix of shops is great.
Our Market Vaults are tucked away but well worth a visit. This traditional indoor market houses stalls selling a wide choice of goods and provides personal, friendly service. Underneath the main market you'll love exploring the market vaults shopping centre. A labyrinth of treasure troves selling antiques, art, crafts, specialist goods and lots more.
Scarborough doesn't have an out of town shopping centre and as a result our town centre is very much alive with scores of local traders sitting alongside big high street names. Many events also take place in the town centre itself from Christmas to Continental markets, arts festivals and entertainment.
Situated in the architecturally classic Regency Crescent just off the town centre, Scarborough Art Gallery houses the Borough’s fine art collection telling the story of the town and its various influences over the years through the wonderful paintings which feature seascapes and views of Scarborough.
Woodend Museum hosts a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year and their gallery collections offer a range of original art works which comprise a unique assortment of hand made products including fine art, craft, jewellery, ceramics and textiles.
Near to the station is the internationally renowned and iconic Stephen Joseph Theatre. Their 404 seater theatre in The Round gets you right in amongst the action at every performance. Alan Aykbourn was artistic director for 37 years and maintained the legacy of his mentor, Stephen Joseph, by continuing to encourage new writing, with premiers of 239 plays by 87 writers during his time at the helm. Most of Alan's plays were themselves premiered at the SJT with over half of them going on to the West End or the National Theatre. Under the new directorship of Chris Monks the theatre continues to go from strength to strength.
So in summary.......
........Scarborough really does have something for everyone, wether you're into the arts, shopping, festivals, food and drink or adventure (get that surfing lesson booked!), just enjoy!