WELCOME TO THE YORKSHIRE COAST
Clockwise from top left: Some of the best surfing in the country. Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. The view from Ravenscar towards Robin Hood’s Bay. Filey Bay.
The traditional seaside towns that make up Yorkshire’s shoreline are a characterful collective of everything that makes a trip to the coast so rewarding. Come rain or shine, there’s something for everyone in these spectacular spots. More British holidaymakers have visited the Yorkshire coast in recent years than any other part of the country outside of London and it’s easy to see why. Filey is home to Britain’s Best Beach (The Times, 2018) a 5-mile stretch of glorious golden sands, quirky beach huts and rousing rock pools. It’s not uncommon to see a snoozing seal in early spring and porpoises regularly hug the shoreline when the summer sun comes out.
than a scaler, Alpamare is the place for you. Their state of the art chutes will keep adrenalin junkies happy and with an assortment of pools and a new spa on site, it won’t be difficult to keep everyone amused.
Head up the coast to Scarborough and take your pick of adventures and activities. Go fossil hunting with the Hidden Horizons team and maybe see a dinosaur footprint or two. Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is full of family-friendly exhibits and marine displays, plenty to keep the little ones interested in finding out more about life under the sea.
Landlubbers will enjoy a trip up the Central Tramway, a Victorian tramway that will take you from the beach to the town, where you will find shops and restaurants aplenty. Look out for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, home of notable playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE, which has a variety of productions on all year round to keep everyone in the family entertained. The Open Air Theatre is the largest of its kind in Europe and, having hosted big names like Britney Spears and Lionel Richie, it’s definitely worth checking to see which superstars are queuing up to play there next.
Learn to surf, paddleboard, or master the art of ‘coasteering’ with Scarborough Surf School, or visit the North Yorkshire Water Park, a floating inflatable obstacle course, guaranteed to provide a ‘total wipeout’ style experience! If you’re more of a slider
North of Scarborough is the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, a stunning seaside resort brimming with activity. Beautiful in its own right, the Bay is a great place to visit if you’re looking for somewhere new to walk, cycle or horse ride including
Farsyde Riding Centre. It’s also full of charming eateries and hotels like the resplendent Victoria Hotel, located in a prime spot with striking panoramic views of the captivating coastline. History buffs will find the Bay’s smuggling past of interest and can follow the trail to learn more about the sort of contraband that used to illegally make its way into Yorkshire. Even further north is the iconic town of Whitby. Dracula, Goth, Steampunk, whatever you envisage when you think of this famed harbour town, there’s something on offer for all interests and pursuits. Climb the 199 steps to the English Heritage site of Whitby Abbey, or visit the new Endeavour Experience, a life-size replica of Captain Cook’s time-honoured ship. With two decks of interactive features and displays you can step back in time and see what life was like for the crew members who sailed aboard this distinguished vessel. You can also head to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum if you’d like to find out more about the man himself and see where he spent his formative years. Why not follow in his footsteps (so to speak!) and head for the sea with a Whitby Whale Watching trip? Or get creative at The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre, where you can learn all about the town’s most notable gemstone (loved by Queen Victoria) and even have a go at making your own jewellery. Fish & chip connoisseurs should head to Fusco’s Royal Fisheries who celebrated their 50th year of business in 2018. The Fusco family also own the traditional Quayside restaurant, as well Fish Box, who have a second shop on the clifftop in Robin Hood’s Bay. If you’re just looking to relax after all that activity, treat yourself to a round of golf and a comfy stay at the quirky Pinewood Park for a luxury glamping lodge with hot tubs, tipis and more.