There’s nothing better than summertime in Scarborough – it’s a bold claim but we’re willing to stand by it! There’s tons of stuff to do in the great outdoors during your trip, so you can enjoy the sunshine in all its glory. 

We’ve picked our top summer activities to get stuck into this season, which in our opinion are the best things to do in Scarborough whatever the weather (we all know how unpredictable the British summertime is, don’t we). 

 

North Bay Railway

A mini railway that’s packed with fun! The North Bay Railway is a cracking seaside attraction that’s fun for all the family (and your furry friends too – they’re dog friendly!). Take a ride on the heritage railway to take in all the scenery and history it has to offer. It’s also a more exciting form of public transport to get you from A to B without the kids complaining ‘are we there yet?’. There’s a picnic area with a cafe too, so you can stay fuelled up during your visit, all while enjoying a lovely al fresco lunch.

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Peasholm Park

For a leisurely stroll, why not visit Peasholm Park? It’s the perfect setting for a picky bits picnic in the sun, with lots of space to set up camp for the day and do a spot of sunbathing, or let the kids run around. You can even hire rowing boats and pedalos to take a relaxing ride around the lake, or just to let Dad row in circles for a bit before he admits defeat. 

There is lots going on during the summer months. There are free music concerts to enjoy on the bandstand, as well as a couple of cafes to purchase a wide range of refreshments from. If you’re lucky you’ll even be able to see a range of wildlife on your walks.

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Scarborough Castle

Soak up the sun and the culture at Scarborough Castle. Set on the beautiful Scarborough coastline, you’ll be able to take in the views while you explore the castle’s grounds. It’s the only place where you can get a view of both the North and South Bay, so it’s well worth a visit! Get a big lung full of fresh Yorkshire air as you venture through the historic ruins – there’s plenty to see, so you’ll keep yourself and the kids occupied for hours.

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Hairy Bob’s Cave

What the heck is Hairy Bob’s Cave you may ask, the answer is – nobody knows! The origins of the ‘cave’ on the seafront by Scarborough castle are unknown. However, it has been the source of legend and folklore in Scarborough for over a century. There are many mysterious stories about Hairy Bob’s Cave – go explore it yourself for a fun adventure, you never know you might make a new discovery!

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Luna Park

Fun for little kids, and big kids, Luna Park is a visit you need to tick off your Scarborough bucket list. No trip to the seaside is complete without a fairground, get yourself on all the rides and stuff your face with freshly made candy floss and doughnuts.. The atmosphere is always full of life, and there’s plenty of things to get stuck into that’ll keep the kids happy for the whole day – parents win! Even better, our hotel is just a 15 minute walk away, so don’t worry, you won’t have to lug your fairground prizes too far.

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Coastal Boat Trips

Feel the sea breeze in your hair on a relaxing coastal boat trip. Not only is it a great way to kick back and relax, there’s also so much to SEE at SEA (did you see what we did there…). Scarborough’s coast is home to some much loved marine life, such as dolphins and seals, which makes a boat tour a lovely scenic trip out. You’ll also get some great piccies to add to your holiday photo album, or to splash on your socials to make your friends jealous. There’s a wide range of different tours you can choose from so you’ll have plenty of options for a great summer activity!

 

That’s our round up of all things Scarborough in the sunny outdoors. Get slapping that sun cream on and head out for some fun filled adventures.

When it comes to dog walks in Scarborough, there’s lots more options than just the beaches! If you’re looking to avoid the sticky sand and salty sea, you can venture to one of our local parks and woods, or go further afield to the North York Moors and beyond.

In this blog, our dog-friendly hotel has listed the best local dog walks in Scarborough that avoid the beaches.

Peasholm Park

This park is great for those looking for a peaceful walk with their pooch. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to trek around the vast lake, natural glen and little ponds. Just please don’t let your dog pee on the very pretty and very rare trees. And maybe don’t take your pooch on a dragon boat.

Raincliffe Woods

Just a couple of miles out of the town centre, Raincliffe Woods has three trails for you to follow with your pup: Rowntree, Graham and Wallis – you can bet we love these names! The Wallis route is the most strenuous, so might be best avoided if you have a small dog that loves to be carried. We’re looking at you, chihuahuas.

The Mere

If you ask any of the locals what the best dog walk in Scarborough is, you can bet that they’ll send you on your way here. The famous Mere is the Lakeland that you can find down at the Weaponness Valley. We promise this location isn’t as threatening as the name implies.

Dalby Forest

Drive a little further out of Scarbs to Dalby Forest – it’s well worth it! There are a whopping 12 walking trails to choose from, including some easy access routes for the laziest of pooches. The Crosscliff View trail is one of their shortest walks, but you’re rewarded with stunning scenery to have a gander at!

Broxa Forest

Looking to make the most of the North Yorkshire Moors? Broxa Forest is the place for you! Follow the wooded walk to discover stunning views – and even look out for the Northern Lights! Let your dog be at one with the wind, as you investigate whether that glint you thought was an aeroplane is, in fact, one of nature’s best wonders. Will you ever know?

Our dog-friendly hotel in Scarborough is in the prime spot for you to access all the best walks of North Yorkshire. Even better? After a day of wild adventures, you can clean your smelly pooch down in our Wadobi. Find out more about how our hotel caters to your four-legged-friend: https://bikeandboot.com/scarborough/dog/

As a bike hotel in Scarborough, we know a thing or two about how to get the most out of your cycling holiday. We’re full of wheely good advice when it comes to getting out and about, and our seaside town is famous for its routes, trails and location.

Not to mention we offer our very own cycle hire service, so if you fancy putting the fun between your legs, we’ve got you covered!

Getting on your bike isn’t just a bit of fun where you can feel the wind in your hair (or lack of, we won’t judge). There’s many body bits that cycling can help with, including your brain, lungs, and even helping you sleep. So, you can crash into our super comfy beds after your day of biking, and sleep like a baby with ease.

Here’s the stuff worth knowing about the bike trails in Scarborough, so you can plan your cycling to-do list:

 

Cinder Track

Starting off with the big one! This route should be at the tip top of your bucket list of things to do in Scarborough. Go off road and venture through the North York Moors National Park, cycling from Scarborough to Whitby. Here you’ll take in epic views as you journey along our famous coastline, feeling the salty spray in your face (we mean from the sea, you mucky pup). 

It’s a great, gentle ride, perfect for families with kids who want a safe, easy to navigate cycle path. Alternatively, if you’re an eager beaver and want more of a challenge, the entire 21.5-mile cycle from Scarborough to Whitby on Cinder Track can be completed in a day, with plenty of time for refreshment stops along the way. So, pack up your snacks and hit the road for a day of adventure!

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The Sea Front

For a shorter ride with all the fun of a long one, trek by Scarborough’s South Bay. This place is best enjoyed when it’s quiet and no one is trailing around with their amusement pennies and grabber wins. It’s ideal for a laid-back evening ride along the coastline. With plenty of shops and restaurants on route, you can stop for a bite to eat, or to pick up some Scarborough souvenirs to remember the best place on Earth (and us most importantly, of course). For the best Instagram piccies, time your journey to catch the sunrise or sunset, to see the best view in the whole of the UK – in our opinion, but we are biased.

 

Dalby Forest

Okay so this one isn’t in Scarborough, but dedicated cyclists will want to give this location a shot. Here there are loads of different trails for bikers of different abilities, from easy to moderate. So, there really is something for everyone, whether you’re an adrenaline junkie wanting to tackle the trails head on, or families looking for a relaxing day out (or just a place to drag the kids to get them out of your hair). There’s also a bike shop in the grounds, if you need anything at all to make your ride even better. With Dalby Forest Cycle Hub situated less than a 40-minute drive away from our hotel, it’s the ideal bike lover’s location for a day out. Being a forest, there’s lots of trees so make sure you don’t crash into any.

(Image credit: Forestry England)

 

Oliver’s Mount

If you want a spot that’s got loads to see, head up to Oliver’s Mount. Even though it’s a spot most well-known for motorbike racing, it’s still a great track for cycling if you prefer a gentler pair of wheels. The track is 2.41 miles in total, with lots of twists and turns, making it a tough but enjoyable ride if you fancy more of a challenge. There’s also a rather nice picnic area and cafe, so you can call by for a pit stop to refresh before you head back out there. Plus, you get to see great views of Scarborough along the way – what a treat for the eyes! 

(Image source: Discover Yorkshire Coast)

 

Bike & Boot

Of course, we have to blow our own trumpet. We’re THE best place to visit on a cycling holiday in Scarborough. Okay so that might be a self-awarded title, but it still counts! We’re a bike friendly hotel and ready to wheel you in with our charm. Our on-site Wadobi facilities have secure bike storage, a service tower, tyre pumps, a washing station PLUS electric bikes to rent out. You lucky thing.

 

Bike Friendly Cafes

This is perhaps the most important section of this blog post – where to find the good food! There’s such a wide range of cafes in Scarborough that you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, we’ve narrowed down our top recommendations to taste test on your trip, some which can be found on your bike trail route!

Ravenscar Tea Rooms is just off Cinder Track, which makes it a popular spot for cyclists who need feeding and watering on their journey. From tasty pastries and filling sandwiches to a good old cuppa, they’ve got lots of stuff to keep you satisfied on your ride.

The Waterfront Cafe located near the harbour has plenty of outdoor seating for you to park up, chill out and rest your legs after a long ride. They have lots of choice for you to tuck into, all with a lovely sea view – what more could you want on a sunny Scarbados day?

Another one for the views, Sunrise Cafe, below the hill leading up to Scarborough Castle, gives you both sea views and castle views – you jammy thing! There’s a large outdoor seating area and a terrace so you can soak up the sun while you enjoy a post bike ride beverage.

You didn’t think we’d forget about our very own Bareca did you? Park your bike up in our secure bike storage, then fill your belly over at the Bareca, with our large selection of tasty dishes. You can’t forget a cheeky drink as your post-cycle reward either. Go on, you deserve it.

 

 

To find out more about our hotel facilities for cyclists, visit our dedicated webpage: https://bikeandboot.com/scarborough/bike/

It just snow happens that there are lots of things to do in Scarborough at Christmas in 2022. Whether you’re venturing out or just lazing about at our hotel in Scarborough, our seaside town has some great bits and bobs to make sure you have your ‘elf a merry Christmas.

What is There to Do in Scarborough at Christmas?

There is tonnes to get up to in Scarborough this Christmas, whether you’re wanting to meet Santa Claus, visit a Christmas market or enjoy something very different. It would be rude-olf not to explore Scarborough at this time of year!

Where Can I See Santa in Scarborough?

Santa will be making lots of appearances in Scarborough this Christmas – he’s even visiting our seafront hotel! As the most dog-friendly hotel in the UK and possibly the world, we’ve got to make a fuss of our furry friends this festive season. Eat at our Bareca restaurant (where you can get the best food and drink in Scarborough!) on the 11th of December, and your pup can get a pressie and a photo opp from the big man.

When he’s not at our hotel, Santa can be spotted on the Scarborough North Bay Railway Santa Specials! Jump on the Christmas Express which will take you straight to Santa’s Grotto. While you wait, you can even ride on Santa’s sleigh – what a treat.

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Does Scarborough Have a Christmas Market?

Yes! Head on down to Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s Scarborough Sparkle event between the 25th and 27th of November. Wrap up in your fave scarf and a woolly jumper, browse the festive stalls and scream your heart out on the fairground rides. Do you reckon you can out-squark our seagulls?

Is Scarborough Nice in Winter?

If Scarborough was a person, she’d defo be on Santa’s nice list. We’re encouraging all our guests to turn their traditions upside down and experience Christmas by the seaside this winter! Dogs are allowed on the beaches this time of year, it feels like summer and there’s loads going on. What’s naughty about that?

Dog Walks in Scarborough

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions

Did you know Scarborough is home to loads of barmy Boxing Day traditions that boot-loads of people turn up to see every year? Just when we thought we couldn’t love this place anymore…

First up is the Fishermen and Firemen Football Match, which started way back in 1893 – gosh! The tradition has been going on ever since, fundraising for the Fishermen and Firemen’s Charity fund – the fishermen wear white and the firemen wear red. The firemen aren’t the emergency services, but people that stoke the boilers of steam-powered engines. Our fave rule is that each team must wear wacky hats – if one falls off, the other team gets a free kick. Kick-off is usually at 10:30 after the teams march through town with a local band.

Next, there’s a ritual building of a Mile of Pennies along the seafront, again to raise money for charity. It begins on the curb outside the Lifeboat House if you’re looking to spend a penny or so.

If that isn’t enough, Boxing Day is traditionally Ladies’ Day in Scarborough. This originates from fishermen’s wives going for a drink after the pubs opened on Boxing Day. These days, men and women alike don their best frocks and head to the pubs on the seafront for a pint or two…or three or more.

Lastly, the Scarborough Raft Race! This is usually set up by the Sub Aqua Club and happens in the Harbour around midday. Teams build their rafts then things get messy at the start line, where both opponents and the audience pelt eggs and flour at the rafts. We bet that’s a smelly affair.

Food and Drink in Scarborough

Bin the boring Christmas dinners and enjoy a roast on the coast in our Scarborough restaurant. Alongside our usual menu, we’ll be serving up turkey pizzas, mince pie affogato and more.

Throughout the festivities, the Bareca will be taking bookings for groups of four people or more. G’warn, treat your ‘elf and enjoy a festive cocktail or five with your mates, family and pooches. Disclaimer: please don’t give your dog booze, obviously.

Restaurant in Scarborough

Whitby Krampus Run

We have the same council as Whitby, so it’s basically Scarborough – right? As a place known for its weird traditions, there’s loads of things to do in Whitby at Christmas time. Our personal fave is the Krampus Run. This tradition started in 2013 when a lone Christmas monster prowled the streets. Now the parade has grown in size, becoming a bizarre celebration where creatures take over the town. This event will take place at 3:30 pm on the 3rd of December, starting at Whitby Bandstand, and is all to raise money for Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary and St. Catherine’s Hospice.

The grizzly event is followed by a fire performance at Dock End at 5:30 pm and a Krampus Ball. Tickets for the ball can be bought online and the doors open at 8 pm, so get ready for a chaotic and crazy evening of music, performances and entertainment. This event probably isn’t for those that would prefer to be sat in our cosy Retreat with an Agatha Christie eating free tea time cake and drinking unlimited coffee. Although, you can always leave that family member (cough, grannie, cough) in our care.

Things to do in Scarborough

Films and Theatre

Our hotel in Scarborough’s Film Club will be playing the best Christmas movies, three times a day. Exclusively available to hotel guests, this feature can be enjoyed by dogs, adults and kids alike – and you can even take food and drink down there! You’re spoilt, you are.

If you fancy seeing some live-action entertainment, take a trip to see a pantomime this Christmas. The Stephen Joseph Theatre will be showcasing Cinderella as you’ve never seen her before – Cinders is in Yorkshire! The Yorkshire accent alone makes us certain this will be the best panto ever.

Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend

Another place with a Scarborough postcode is Robin Hood’s Bay. Their famous Victorian Weekend will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December. Pop on your fave top hat and Victorian clothing (which of course, is a wardrobe staple) to join in with the celebrations. You’re defo in for a memorable weekend!

Things in Do in Scarborough

Scarborough Ice Rink

Scarborough Ice Rink is back and better than ever! Whether you’re grabbing onto the side for dear life or releasing your inner Torvill and Dean, the rink is open to everyone daily from 11 am until 8 pm. If sliding around the ice isn’t enough, there’s also a bar (hurrah!) and stalls selling gifts and snacks. We’d recommend visiting the bar AFTER you’ve been on the ice to avoid ending up sprawled out in the middle of the rink.

Winter Walks

The best thing about our hotel in Scarborough is that it’s in a central location for you to set off on your wild, wintery walks. Feel the salty spray on your face and go for a stroll from the South Bay to the North Bay, grabbing a hot choccy on your way. Or, wrap up warm and venture further afield down the cinder track. Whatever your preference, there are enough walking and cycling routes in Scarborough to get your boots stomping.

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We hope we’ve given you enough things to do in Scarborough at Christmas to convince you to escape to our hotel.

To find out more about the festivities taking place in our hotel in Scarborough this winter, check out our webpage here.

It’s back to school season and that means lots more time without little people to worry about (yay!). It’s been lovely having the kids about in the summer hols, but now it’s time for the parents to have a break.

Here at Bike & Boot we’re all about enjoying yourself in the wildest ways, and we’ve picked out our top ideas for couples activities whilst on holiday in Scarborough.

1. Make friends with alpacas at Thorny Beck

What better way to soak in the glorious views of the North Yorkshire Coast than with an alpaca by your side? Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle with a calming walk along the forestry and pastures, accompanied by a new furry friend you handpicked yourself. Thorny Beck is open all year round so if it rains, al-pac-a coat (get it?!). Ps. dogs are still our fave.

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2. Walk (or fall) on water at North Bay Railway

Ever wanted to roll around on water in a giant plastic ball? At the North Bay Railway you have the chance – lucky you. If you’re really feeling brave then try the skytrail adventure- a two level rope bridge and beam course that’ll be sure to get your heart-rate up. Just try to avoid activities too soon after your fish and chips!

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3. Take a tour in Terror Tower

We promise our showers aren’t as scary as the one in the Bate’s Motel, but if you want to double-check then you can. Reignite your fear of the dark on this tour of genuine famous film sets from thriller movies. If you’ve got the guts to take the walk then be our guest (and don’t worry, we wont turn off ALL the lights at night…).

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4. Watch a live performance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Our seaside town is full of artistic culture and we love this vintage theatre. Soak up the magic of the arts and visit the lovely Eat Me Cafe. The Stephen Joseph Theatre was established in 1955 on the first floor of the public library, and was the home of the FIRST theatre-in-the-round company in England. Shakespeare who?

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5. Relax onboard the Regal Lady

You might not expect much excitement from an ex-war boat but this Dunkirk Little Ship has history and fun inside, with the chance to explore the Dunkirk memorabilia or even visit the cinema room. This pimped-out boat also has a bar so you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Scarborough Harbour with a pint in-hand. And if you really want to get into the spirit, you can take a ride on their smaller passenger boat, the Spirit of Dunkirk, which makes trips into the bay. Sorted!

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6. Stumble out of the Stumble Inn

It wouldn’t be a holiday without a few drinks, and if you love that small pub vibe then you’ll love it here in Scarborough’s first micropub. The cosy atmosphere at the Stumble Inn makes it a great place to finish a long day (after visiting the Bareca, of course), with the chance to sample one of their five real ales or 10 ciders and perries before you buy. Just like us, they’re very dog friendly so bring your pooch along too!

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7. Visit Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre

We know what you’re thinking- another theatre? Yes…but hear us out, this one is actually a music venue. Originally built in 1930, the Open Air Theatre is the biggest in Europe. The Queen herself relaunched it in 2010 and since it’s revamp it’s seen artists from the likes of Boyzone to Elton John on it’s stage. If Scarborough’s good enough for Elton, what more do you need to know?

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So there’s our top picks for things to do in Scarborough as a couple. It’s time to leave the kids at home and come and see what all the fuss is about!

Most people would agree that there’s nothing better than a good old bike ride. The feeling of soaking in the crisp air whilst pedalling along – it’s truly unmatched.

However, do you feel like the ride is over all too quickly? Or generally underwhelming? Missing a little spark? Well have no fear, as Fat Lad at the Back is here to share some of our top tips to have the best ride of your life.

Explore nature’s backyard

Some people cycle to achieve PB, lose weight or simply to get from A to B. It sounds a bit boring, doesn’t it? And it’s those types of rides that you end up forgetting about your surroundings. If you really think about it, it’s incredible to find out what’s lurking beyond the towns and city centres. Fields full of flowers, breath-taking views, friendly animals and so much more. So, why not turn off the Strava for a day and go out and explore. Just see where a single path might take you, as you never know what you might discover.

Dress to the max! 

Comfort is key – especially when you’re cycling. No one wants to bear the continuous ache of sore plums or end up catching a chill from the British breeze. Our solution? Easy. Getting yourself kitted out in the best gear, of course!

The perfect way to start off with a strong outfit is to start with a good jersey. Using top quality, Italian technical fabrics with unique designs, our cycling jerseys are longer in length and have more room across the shoulders, chest and around the middle for a perfect fit, that will leave you looking and feeling great. If you’re a sleek style rider, we recommend our Incognito or Horizon jerseys. Or if you want something with a bit more character, then our Pie and Cake jerseys are perfect for you (and these are available in long sleeves if you want to be extra warm in the colder months!).

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Now for the bottom half. We don’t want to toot our own horn, but this is where we really shine. Our padded bib shorts are known for their top-quality comfort as the foam moulds to the body of the rider, to provide the best support where needed (and they look pretty stylish too).

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Next up is a jacket! By using the latest fabrics, our jackets give you the best protection from all of the elements whilst still being breathable. Perfect for layering up!

And finally, you can’t go wrong with a few accessories! Like our socks, caps and neck doo dahs, they’re the ultimate finishing touches to any look. Then you’re raring to go! And not only will you feel comfortable, but you’ll look FLABulous too!

Have a cheeky catch up

Riding with friends instantly makes the experience better. It makes you feel less lonely, is great support and moral when you need it – with enough laughs to supply you throughout the week ahead. So why not use your rides for a good old catch up!

If you’re in the market for some cycling pals, then check out our FLAB social rides. Ran by volunteers of the Fat Lad At The Back community, it’s a place where like-minded people meet and ride together. Everyone is welcome, whatever your ability.

Happy tummy, happy people

If your ride doesn’t have a scheduled cake or pie stop then you’re cycling wrong! It’s almost criminal! By having an end destination or little stop along the way, you can muster more motivation to keep going when it gets tough. It makes you want to pedal faster as you’ll be one step closer to tasting a sweet treat. Plus it’s always good to give yourself breaks to make sure you don’t burn yourself out. Did you know it’s rumoured the more cake stops there is, the happier you’ll become.

Have fun! 

It sounds cheesy but go and have fun! And with our top tips your rides will be far from boring. So go out and get cycling!

To find out more about us at Fat Lad at the Back, visit our website: https://fatladattheback.com/

7 Weird & Wonderful Things to Do in Scarborough

Yipee, lockdown is almost over, which means you can start planning your weird & wonderful trip to Scarbs. And we can’t flippin’ wait to see your smiling faces.

At our Scarborough hotel, we love anything weird & wonderful – it’s kinda our thing. So to celebrate our reopening and give you some inspo, we’ve picked out our favourite weird & wonderful things to do.

1.Discover the legend of Hairy Bob’s Cave

At the foot of the cliffs, near Scarborough Castle, you’ll find the mysterious Hairy Bob’s Cave. No one is sure how this man-made cave came to be, but there are many weird and wonderful tales. Some say Bob was a door-to-door salesman of ‘Yellowstone, harvesting materials from the Castle Cliffs, and others say he was a meek man who created the cave as a hideaway from his spouse! We don’t know what’s true, but we are living for the legends.

2. Watch films in a secret theatre inside a hotel

There is a really amazing dog-friendly hotel that has a secret movie theatre. All guests have free access to daily film screenings – pretty cool right? The hotel is called Bike & Boot, and we’ve heard that it’s the best place to stay in Scarborough. You can also have a big fat slice of FREE cake every afternoon, so you can kick back, relax and stuff your face – we won’t judge!

3. Sit on the WORLD’s longest bench at Scarborough Railway

Yep, you heard us, Scarborough is home to the world’s longest railway bench. The bench is 139 metres long, which is the equivalent to 12 double-decker buses! We know what you’re thinking, why on earth is it so long? It’s thought that the bench dates back to 1883, when the Grade II station was built and was crafted to accommodate the high number of tourists visiting Scarborough. Well, we suppose there’s no need to fight for the best seat!

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4. Witness the “Battle of Peasholm”

Every summer, war (don’t worry it’s not real) breaks out on the lake in Peasholm Park, as replica ships recreate battle at sea. For more than 80 years, “The Battle of Peasholm” has been played out three times a week in the height of summer. It’s also one of the oldest continuously simulated battles in the world. If only we knew who was going to win every time…

5. Ride the Victorian Tramway

Feeling mega lazy, or aren’t up for the climb down to the beach? Don’t sweat it, just hop on the tram and you’ll be down on the seafront in next to no time. The tramway itself has been running since 1881 and is a classic Scarborough landmark. It’s an absolute lifesaver in summer! After all, who wants to trek up a hill when the sun is blazing? Not us.

(Photo credit: Discover Yorkshire Coast)

6. Take a selfie with Freddie Gilroy

Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s a giant sculpture. The Freddie Gilroy statue is one of the most iconic in Scarborough, and it’s gigantic. Created by Ray Lonsdale, the piece is based on a real-life former miner who was among the first soldiers to enter the Belsen concentration camp on its day of liberation in WW2. Join Freddie on his bench and stop for a selfie as you walk along the seafront.

7. Take a trip down memory lane at Scarborough Fair Collection

Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Reminisce of days gone by in Scarborough, at this nostalgic museum, which is certainly a true love of ours. With a large vintage car collection, old steam engines and of course, classic fairground rides. Better yet, you can ride the Golden Galloping Horses Carousel every hour. If you’ve been pigging out on our hotel on all the free cake, just take it easy on the Merry-Go-Round…

And there you have it, 7 more reasons to visit our lovely little seaside town. If the secret cinema and free cake don’t tempt you to book with our hotel in Scarborough, we don’t know what will.

Plan your Post-Lockdown Winter Escape

When the time is right, the time is, erm, right.. So now is a better time than ever to start planning your post-lockdown winter escape to Scarborough! Read on to find out some of the bits and bobs you can hopefully get up to when we re-open our dog-friendly doors.

Get outdoors!

Brave the winter chill with a trip out to one of our local outdoor attractions. Grab your dog, bike or just yourself and discover what pleasures Scarbados has to offer. From Peasholm Park to our beautiful beach, from a cliff top walk to a meander along the nearby moors, there is plenty to do. However, if you can’t be bothered to move, you can always just sit and watch the waves crash from the comfort of your sea view room.

With no lounging sunbathers to cause havoc upon, the seasonal beach dog bans are lifted throughout the winter months. So, your doggo can have full reign across the North and South Bay. Just make sure you wash those sandy paws down at our Wadobi, before they trample all over your bed – no one likes those gritty sheets!

Also, with the seafront a lot quieter, there’s no better time for a tranquil pedal across the edge of Yorkshire. Bliss!

Hang-out at the hotel

If you’re searching for some delicious grub, look no further than a few steps outside your hotel room door. Winter is the time for overindulgence, and the Bareca’s festive menu allows you to do just that. Tantalise your taste buds with a host of new flavours and even sample our Christmas Pizza – topped with turkey, bacon and cranberries. Oi, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

Not hungry enough for a full meal? Head down to the Retreat, where you can pull up a chair and watch the day go by – whilst stuffing your face with free hot drinks and cake. Ooh, we do treat you.

Go to the Movies

Again, we’ve got ya back, so you don’t have to leave our hotel to watch a festive film on the big screen. If you’ve not been forced to watch 20 Santa movies already by the kids, we’re presenting the 12 films of Christmas – you’re welcome! Here you can be tortured into watching your least festive favourite films, from Love Actually to Miracle on 34th Street.

If it makes you feel any better, you can crack open a few beers at your seat, to help you settle down to fall asleep and miss the entire film. Sounds like a faultless plan, until the kids start jumping on your head. You tried.

Do some retail therapy

We love local, and you should too! Kickstart your Christmas shopping and pick up some presents for all the family members you can tolerate – and those you can’t. It’s been a really hard year for independent businesses, and they could do with your helping hand.

You’ll make their day just by popping your head round the door, having a mooch around and stuffing some wares into your basket. Scarborough has loads of indie shops to visit, so you can grab anything from books to choccies. And, for that one person you don’t like, the Scarborough Joke and Magic Shop can help you set up the perfect prank. Do let us know what you get up to…

Meander to the theatre

Bored of listening to Elsa from Frozen belt ‘Let it Go’ out for the hundredth time? The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough has created a brand spanking new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Snow Queen’, showing this December. Finally, a character with a heart of ice you can relate to.

Theatres have really struggled recently, and they’d very much appreciate your bum in one of their socially distanced seats. Also, when you book your tickets, you are automatically entered into a draw for prizes donated by Scarborough’s local businesses – including an overnight stay with brekkie on us! You can’t argue with that.

We can’t wait to have you visit again soon.. our Scarborough hotel isn’t the same without you. In the meantime, keep safe!