Scarborough | Days Out In The North Of England

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Whenever our family are together these days I’m always trying to rally them for us to have a day out. This time when everyone was home at Easter, I persuaded them that we had to have said day out in Scarborough. I don’t think we’d been since I accompanied the boys on a school trip .. when they were in primary! Such a long time ago.

We set off early but nearly didn’t. It was raining hard in Middlesbrough but I was like ‘come on, the sun could be shining in Scarborough!’ .. it wasn’t by the way.

We parked up at the North side. For those of you unfamiliar with Scarborough,  there are two bays, North and South. The North bay to me has always seemed the more chilled and sedate side of the town. The South bay is typical British seaside.

I was desperate to revisit Peasholm Park. As a child we holidayed at Scarborough and the Isle of Wight. I have very fond memories of sitting on the steps slurping on a cider ice lolly and watching the miniature naval battle that took place on the lake each day.

It was still just as lovely even though  a bit faded around the edges now. There were signs around though that council were ploughing investment with the help of the lottery fund back into the park. They should. It’s been a big part of the town since 1912 so needs to stay that way for many more families to enjoy.

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It was a grey day so my photos don’t really do it justice.

We then decided to walk right around the bay to the other side. I love this. There is an open topped bus service that runs back and forth. I always remember we walked one way and bussed the other way. I was definitely strolling down memory lane here for sure.

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About half way along we came across this fella known locally as Freddie Gilroy. He is based on a retired miner who Ray Lonsdale { the artist}  became friends with who  turned out to be one of the first soldiers to relieve the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the end of World War II.

Ray wanted Freddie to represent  all the normal people that were pulled out of an ordinary life and forced into a very extraordinary and dangerous one during the World Wars.

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The sun did come out periodically as we turned into the South side.

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This side of Scarborough is  pure, unadulterated, typical seaside entertainment.

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Scarborough-Days-Out-North-England

We decided we would have a trip up to town on the cliff lift while we were there. There are only two of these left now in Scarborough. This one is the oldest surviving in the country and has been operating since 1881 when Scarborough was the ‘in’ place as a spa town destination. What a place it must’ve been back then.

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We had a mooch. If you know anything about me by now you will know I have to do some shops, at least .. like my recent visit to Corbridge.

We were pleasantly surprised to stumble across Scarborough Market Hall. There’s some serious history to this place. 

Recently, it’s had a £2.7 million pound investment to revive it while still retaining its character. At the time we visited it seemed still like there was work to do but there are independent shops, stalls and places to eat. Definitely worth a visit.

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Scarborough-Days-Out-North-England

The let down of the day was when we got back down to the South bay. Obviously, you can’t do the seaside without the obligatory fish and chips. Everywhere seemed busy and so we went with Winking Willy’s on the front. A very clean restaurant with attentive waiting staff but unfortunately the food was a massive let down for us. Watery cod .. how does that happen when the sea is footsteps away … and bland, tasteless chips? We were starving but we all pushed it around our plates wishing it to start tasting better. It didn’t. Even Mr NN left his and it takes a lot for that to occur I can tell you. Such a shame.

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Here’s me posing with Freddie!

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Here’s me on a very rare selfie with my boys.

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All in all we had a fab family day out. The poor fish and chips didn’t put us off. It’s great for us all be together when we can.

Scarborough, as I said earlier holds a lot of memories for me. The kids went along with it. I can’t see them rushing back. It seems to be a bit of a sad place now, all peeling paint and even tackier than normal gift shops …  at least on the sea front. I suppose everything changes but whereas Whitby {a place we go to a lot} seems to have gone from strength to strength, from a visitor perspective, poor ol’ Scarborough seems to have missed the boat.

When were you last in Scarborough? What do you think?

4 Comments

    • I used to do a bit of geochacing in Newcastle as a student. It really was disappointing about the fish and chips – can’t beat what Whitby has to offer in our opinion!

  • Great blog! We went to Scarborough a couple of years ago for the Tom Jones concert at the open air theatre. We stayed for 2 nights at a lovely B&B close to Peasholm Park. We had not been for at least 10 years since the kids were little. We loved Peasholm Park and the good old Naval Warfare and were pleasantly surprised by it. We thought the park was stunning – we caught it on a beautiful sunny day in June which makes all the difference! We were also pleasantly surprised by the area around the apartments (The Sands?) overlooking the beach at North Bay – we even hired a couple of old fashioned deckchairs and spent a couple of hours on the beach which we loved!
    I totally agree with you about the South Bay though – very much in need of some investment. We did however enjoy a gorgeous Knickerbocker Glory in the gloriously retro Harbour Bar – highly recommended!
    We left our fish and chips for Whitby on our way home – never lets you down!
    Always good to visit these old places for old times sake!

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