One of our favourite things to do as a family is to visit the beach, be that on sunny days or during the depths of Winter, and, with Britains beautiful coastline, we are spoilt for choice. And whilst the South of England is well-noted for its sandy bays and clear blue waters, living in the North we have many hidden treasures of our own.
Recently we have been working with Parkdean Resorts on their Coastal Adventures campaign to showcase our beautiful British coastline and to share some of the amazing places to visit near their resorts. Last weekend we travelled to Scarborough where we spent two blissful days exploring the coast, just a short drive from the Cayton Bay Holiday Park .
We have had countless family holidays in Yorkshire over the years, enjoying days in and around Scarborough and taking in the most breathtaking views, and so we were so excited to return with the children to find some new adventures and create some lasting memories.
Scarborough is a resort town on England’s North Sea coast, and it’s one of our favourite places to visit. With two bays, split by a heading bearing the 12th-century Scarborough Castle, it features a busy harbour, a bustling seaside town, and a whole lot of fun.
The North Bay is, in my opinion, the more beautiful of the two beaches, with rainbow coloured beach huts set back behind the Esplanade. It has a distinctly wilder feel than the more commercialised South Bay area but still boasts Blue Flag status and the perfect location to explore.
My favourite thing about North Bay is that it is far less crowded than the South Bay, even throughout the Summer months. After so much beautiful weather last month we were quite unlucky with the weather as, although it was dry, it definitely felt a little cooler than it has done! I guess the great thing about the beach is that the children are happy, regardless of the weather, as long as there is sand to play in and pebbles to skim!
Located just behind North Bay, Peasholm Park is an oriental themed municipal park which is both historic and uniquely beautiful.
Although it’s a stunning park to wander around, the children’s favourite thing to do is to hire a boat on the lake, even more so when it’s in the form of a dragon!
Peasholm Park has such a calming feel, despite its popularity, and you could easily spend an entire day enjoying a picnic and a game of football, and in previous years we have!
We love to walk from North Bay to South Bay, along the public footpaths winding in and around the cliff tops, which takes around twenty minutes. You can walk right by the castle, stopping off at a fun playground in the castle walls, coming out at the harbour right by the South Bay and minutes from the town centre.
South Bay is very much a typical seaside town with everything you would expect from a day at the seaside. There’s fish and chip shops on every corner, donkeys and ice creams, a fun fair, amusement arcades and indoor bowling, fronted by a beautiful sandy beach.
According to my children, a good day at the beach is never complete without a donkey ride, and you will always find the donkeys at South Bay!
And according to me, a good day at the beach is never complete without an ice cream!! It was the perfect ending to our day in Scarborough and, having walked a whopping ten miles on our first day, we were all ready for an early night ready for a new adventure the following day.
After an amazing day in Scarborough we decided to travel up to Whitby the following day. Whitby is a seaside town over looking the North Sea, with Whitby Abbey (inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula!), the Church of St.Mary, The Captain Cook Memorial Museum and the most beautiful beaches. Plus it has to be said, there is nowhere else in the UK that makes fish and chips quite as good as Whitby!!
Whitby Town Centre
No matter what the weather, Whitby is always busy! Although the town itself isn’t overly large, there is always so much to see and do within the town, as well as countless amazing places to eat or have a few drinks.
Be warned, Whitby is swarming with seagulls and they really are sneaky! You need eyes in the back of your head if you decide to eat outdoors, although the children thought it was hilarious seeing them swoop down and steal someone’s dinner!
Whitby Beach is very popular, especially during the summer months, and although you will find donkeys and ice creams, and countless fish and chip shops surrounding the area, it still feels less commercial than Scarborough. With views out to sea, right beside the piers, it’s a gorgeous place to set up camp for the day!
The children love sitting watching the boats go by, leaving or coming into the harbour, and waving at the passengers who take day trips out to sea.
Whitby beach is also great for exploring, with rock pools galore and hidden caves in and around the cliffs.
There is also lots of open space for a game of football and, even on a busy day, if you walk a little further away from the piers, you can have a huge section of the beach to yourself to play.
Whitby has two piers (East and West) and can be found at the mouth of the River Esk. The piers are hugely popular by locals and visitors, from across the UK and even worldwide. Dating back to the 1300’s, the piers hold such historic value and are a real central point for Whitby, and a hub of activity as a result.
At the end of the piers are the light houses, dating back to the 1800’s, that you can pay to go up and look out at the top.
Past the light houses are the pier extensions which go further out into the sea and although we started to walk out to the end, Megan got a little nervous as the cracks between the floorboards are really quite wide, and we quickly hurried back!
After two amazing days in Yorkshire we finished off our weekend with another ice cream, sat in the sunshine by the harbour, and the looks of happiness on the children faces spoke volumes.
We had the best time creating our own coastal adventures, and making memories together as a family. I consider ourselves so lucky to live just two hours from the Yorkshire coast, and indeed to be surrounded by such beautiful coastlines throughout the UK, and I can’t wait to see where our next adventure takes us!
** This is a collaborative post with Parkdean Resorts. All words and opinions are my own **