Peasholm Park is a hive of activity. There's some Japanese style gardens, a boating lake, bandstand, cafe, and an Island in the middle of the lake that used to be an illuminated "wonderland" when I was a kid. Dunno what it is now, because it only opens at night (hence "illuminated") so we didn't see it on this visit.
The boats on the boating lake are a bit different - Swans!
There's like two bits to Peasholm Park - the Japanese garden part with the boating lake and the island in the middle (this is all over the road from Atlantis outdoor swimming pool). Then there's the bit with Kinderland, the miniature railway, another boating lake, the "open air theatre" and the nice walk to Scalby (this is all on the same side as Atlantis, go past it and turn right).
The worlds "smallest" navy is based on Peasholm boating lake. The ships are all scale replicas of WWII ships, including freight ships, submarines, aircraft carriers and so on. There's even a dockyard. I don't remember if the battles are actual recrations of real events (I doubt it) but it's great fun to watch for young and old alike. It was always a highlight of my visit to Scarborough. Unfortunately there was no display the day we went, so I didn't see one taking place :-((
This is now in disrepair, the seats are crumbling and I'm surprised it's not cordoned off as being dangerous. Which is a real pity - as a kid we used to come here one day of the week to see "It's A Knockout" ("Jeux Sans Frontiers" as the Europeans call it). It wasn't the "real" thing, but it was along the same lines, and it was fun. I think other things took place here too, but we didn't go to see those.
At the far North of the North Bay is Scalby or Scalby Mills as it's also known. Here there's now the Sealife Centre - a kind of Aquarium. That's not the attraction for me - for me it's the rockpools and the access to the countryside, and the fact that the beach is often quieter down here - and also the fact there is a good pub with good real ale ;-)
Scarborough’s lighthouse stands on Vincent’s Pier, built in the 18th century and named after its engineer, William Vincent. Defining a date of initial construction for the lighthouse itself is difficult due to the lack of archive material, but research suggests that building commenced sometime between 1801 and 1806, after which a permanent brick structure existed, paid for by many of the vessels entering the harbour. No doubt there were alterations to the lighthouse during the late 19th century, but sadly very little archival evidence exists from this period that would allow an accurate description of any changes.
At around 8 a.m. on December 16, 1914 the town was bombarded by a German ship and the lighthouse (and town) damaged and the tower had to be demolished. It was rebuilt in 1931.
The lighthouse is no longer a 24 hour manned lighthouse but it remains a great landmark and makes for an interesting walk around it perimeter when visiting Vincents Pier.
The most famous and finest of Scarborough's churches which is full of history and beauty. Anne Brontes grave can be seen in the grounds.
Also inside this beautiful church is a Bronte corner where you can see a copy of a death certificate of Anne Bronte.
Tea and coffee and some small snacks are available on Mondays to Fridays through the day from 11.00 to 16.00.
The Harbour Bar is a Scarborough landmark - it has been there for as long as anyone I know can remember (apparently it opened in 1945), and has always been run by the same family. It's an award-winning ice-cream parlour, which has hardly changed since it was built but is in immaculate original condition. From the milky coffees to the knickerbocker glories, you can't go wrong in this place. You can sit in, but if you just want an ice-cream it's quicker to queue at the booth outside. It's busy all summer, but is also a bit of a Boxing Day tradition - it's always busy between Christmas and New Year, when ex-locals return to see their families it's the place they all seem to meet up.
Peasholme Park is 100 years old this year (2011) and remains one of Englands best municipal parks. Set around a large lake it has a Japanese theme and a pagoda stands high on the hill in the middle of the lake.
There is a cafe and plenty of seating , and a variety of boats can be hired on the lake.
In the evenings the park is illuminated and provides a wonderful night-time walk.
Peashome Glen leaves the main park and stretches up a hill - there is a brook running along the pathway and a tree lined main path has many paths off which can be explored.
Entrance to the park is free and it is open 24 hours a day and every day of the year.
Scarborough first had an open air theatre built in 1932 but by the 1980s this had fallen in to disrepair but in May 2010 the Queen opened the towns new open air theatre which will open to the public in July 2010. When it opens it will be Europe's largest open air theatre.
The 2010 season starts with the first ever concert with Jose Carreas and Kiri Te Kanawa appearing together and after that Doves, 80s revival tour with Nik Kershaw, T'Pau, Heaven 17 etc and Justin from CBBC.
I saw the theatre for the first time shortly after the Queen opened it and construction is continuing but there appears to be no roof over the large seating area.
Photo to follow.
The first tip in what will be a seperate series on historical Scarborough in a dedicated album but posted as a tip for now. Scarborough was home to the man known as "The father of aviation". His house stands near St Marys Church high above the harbour in a street that is actually called Paradise. In late August 2009 when the photo below was taken it was actually for sale and it does seem a quite distinctive house. There is certainly a lot of history here - George set the concept of a modern aeroplane as early as 1799 here in this house and he also designed the very first glider that could carry a man aloft - today modern aircraft design is based on those early designs including his idea for cambered wings.
He was also a Whig MP for Scarborough and helped found the University of Westminster in London. He also had ideas for caterpillar tractors, automatic signals for railway crossings, seat belts (!), theatre architecture and land reclamation amongst other ideas.
A quite remarkable man and you can see his house in Scarborough and at Brompton on Swale near to Scarborough the hall he lived in in later life and where he died.
This is the only children's animal farm I am aware of in the Scarborough area. Situated at East Ayton this is a farm where children can meet goats , pigs, ponys, donkeys , rabbits and guinea pigs. There is a large selection of toy tractors and play equipment. There is a tea room, farm shop and a honey bee exhibition.
Here is my son riding a donkey circa 1993 - an old photo that with the donkeys stands the test of time. The donkeys are part of Scarborough that will always be there. Their home seems to be somewhere in the Burniston Road area , right on the northern edge of town. Its a great sight to see the donkeys wending their way through the town to and from the beach.
On the south shore bay this restaurant is part of a 14th century house where King Richard lll is said to have stayed when visiting the town on naval business. Today its a great place to have tea in historical building.
Scalby village lies to the north of the town and here are details of a walk you can make mainly on high banks that climb in part to 400 feet but there are good views of the castle , moors and sea. It is not suitable for disabled people and is quite challenging.
It will take 3 hours and is 6 miles long.
From St Lawrences church walk 100 yards to the green and turn left on the road marked Scarborough. Before the bridge take the signposted route on your right and follow this track for 2 miles. Near the farm yard gates turn right uphill on the grass track. Near the wood take the path to the left between the fields up to the wood following the marker posts. Take the sunken path through the wood before joining the filed edge path and then skirt the house/garden by keeping to the way marked path on the right. On entering the drive turn right and at the left bend take the track on your right to the stone stile. Follow the grassy track to the gate in the right hand corner of the field and turn left to field head. At the stile go forwards for 100 yards before crossing right at the fingerpost. Cross the grass to the stile and continue downhill at an angle. Pass between the two houses and left onto the private road. Turn right to the main road and back in to Scalby.
Look out for a wide range of seabirds and occasionally red kites and yellow hammers.
This is the oldest surviving tramway in the UK. It was built in 1881 by the Central Tramway Company, the same company that owns and runs the tram today.
The tram runs each day at the South Shore between Marine Parade at the top of the hill and the beach.
The tram operates between February and October each year with three months off for maintenance.
It opens from 9am until 5pm daily. The cost is 75p each way.