Scarborough is about 15 miles from Pickering and is lively seaside town which has improved greatly over recent years, certainly there is now some good shopping and eateries as well as lovely beaches. The town can be divided into north and south bays, with the castle ruins on the headland separating the two. Both have excellent beaches.
South Bay is lively and lined with countless amusement arcades, fish and chip restaurants, crab and whelk stalls and gift shops. If you are on the seafront do try a ‘lemon top’ ice cream, may sound strange but its a Scarborough speciality and really lovely!!! There is plenty of traditional seaside entertainment is on offer from rides on merry-go-rounds, donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows for small children to a tour of the film sets of the thriller movies at Terror Tower.
Visit the famous Harbour Bar its almost American Diner style but most importantly its an ice cream parlour with a warm welcome which does great hot chocolate perfect after a walk on the beach on a winters day. There is ten-pin bowling at Olympia a little further along the promenade.
Luna Park is a small funfair on the edge of Scarborough’s central promenade. It has a ferris wheel with impressive views out to sea, as well as other rides.
At the end of the bay, just a short walk across the impressive Spa bridge, is the famous Scarborough Spa Complex with theatre, conference rooms, and black and white paved Sun Court.
The Stephen Joseph Theatre is a real treasure with Sir Alan Ayckbourn the famous playwright and son of Scarborough staging many of his plays at the theatre before they hit the west end. It has a very varied program throughout the year and is well worth checking out.
North Bay has a wide variety of attractions. At one end is Scarborough Castle – the infamous Richard III was said to have slept there.
At the other end, a short distance past North Cliff Golf Club, is the Sea Life Centre. The attraction is a great place to learn about the sea and wildlife and plays a vital part in helping to conserve the creatures of the sea.
A short walk from there is Peasholm Park, which has a popular bandstand area plus boating on the lake, pitch and putt and regular events such as naval warfare and water ski shows. Nearby are the Alexandra Bowls Centre and the Hollywood Plaza cinema.
There ia a Crazy golf course, which is always fun.The younger ones will enjoy the skateboard area in Clarence Gardens.
SCARBOROUGH completely overhauled its parking system. It is advisable to check carefully which regulations apply before parking. There is a mixture of free disc parking, on-street pay-and-display parking, and council-run and private car parks.