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!

(Photo credit: Reddit)

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!

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Scarborough Hotel

Did you know we have our own Film Club? Or that we serve cake for FREE? There’s lots of reasons why you’re in for a one-of-a-kind stay at our sea front hotel! In this blog, we’re revealing five things you probably didn’t know about our Scarborough hotel, so you can make the most of your stay with us.

You can have free coffee & cake in the Retreat

For a little down time away from your room, why not chillax in the Retreat? You’ll feel right at home in the cosy setting, especially with the family arguments brought on by our selection board games. Uno anyone?

If that’s not enough to persuade you to unwind in the Retreat, we’re going bottomless. Keep your pants on! We mean we’re serving unlimited hot drinks, of course. Like a werewolf at a full moon, you can reveal your inner Bruce Bogtrotter around 4pm daily, and tackle our free cake. Hurry while it lasts!

We love doggos!

Here in Scarborough, we just love dogs! With so many dog friendly attractions, we were recently voted the second top doggo staycation location in the UK. Here at Bike & Boot, we are so proud to be at the top of the food chain for dog friendly hotels in Scarborough.

Dogs are our VIPs! We will welcome your companion with a lovely toy lobster, which they can keep, cuddle and play with to their little heart’s content.

As much as we all adore them, on all dog holidays in Scarborough, that dirty dog smell is a potent pet peeve. We have facilities to scrub your hound and perm them with a blow dry, so they’re bedroom ready. If dogs aren’t for you (WHY not?!) we also have Dog Free Rooms available!

Our Wadobi facilities are a helping hand for bikers and hikers

Being a seafront hotel in Scarborough, we’re the perfect central destination for your outdoor activities. That’s why we’ve introduced Wadobi, with free facilities that fulfil all your needs!

Start those wetter days off right with your pick of raincoats and umbrellas. Pump up those bike tyres, or stick your wetsuit on in the changing rooms. Forgot your bike? Hire one of our top of the range Trek electric bikes, perfect for touring the coast and moors. And, when you arrive back to us after your down and dirty day, the Wadobi will be ready to greet you.

Our washing stations are here to service your surfboards, bikes and muddy boots and leave them prepared for their next adventure. You can clean your mucky pup too at the grooming parlour. When you’re done, lock your boards, boots & bikes away for a safe, sound and secure night’s sleep.

We have our own in-house Film Club

Fancy a free trip to the cinema? All our guests are invited to the Film Club, right here at our Scarborough hotel. Whether it’s sci-fi, family films or romance you desire, with movies showings three times a day, there’s something for everyone. Swap your pic n’ mix for a pint and snacks, which you can grab from your room or the bar. No need to book, just turn up!

Our rooms have amazing features

Wake up and smell the coffee! All our rooms, great and small, come complete with a Barista-style coffee machine. So, you can ease yourself into the day in the best hotel rooms in Scarborough. If you fancy something stronger, the well-stocked minibars are full to bursting with tinnies and tipples, fresh milk & snacks. We also provide ice machines so you can chill that drink, free water, a hair dryer, iron and board.

Unlike other hotels in Scarborough, your TV won’t be limited to the odd few news channels. Oh no, our TVs can link with your phone, laptop or tablet, allowing you to stream your own movies and binge your favourite tv shows on a bigger screen. So, you can kick back and chill out with some quality viewing before bed.

Is this not the greatest hotel you’ve ever seen? Our unique hotel is as charming as the town we sit in, and will be sure to make your stay unforgettable. We hope these features have persuaded you to pay us a visit on your Scarborough holidays!

Scarborough’s Top 5 Outdoor Attractions

Scarborough is one of the greatest destinations for walking holidays in Yorkshire, so stretch those legs and get outdoors! If walking through empty fields just isn’t for you, don’t worry – there’s plenty of places for you to visit on your travels. In this blog, we’ve listed five top outdoor attractions for you to visit on your next stay at our Scarborough hotel.

Oliver’s Mount

Forget Mount Everest! Formerly known as Weaponness, this large wooded hill rises a mighty 500 feet above sea level. You’ve probably heard of this place due to its motorbike racing reputation, so it’s hard to believe that for most of the year, Oliver’s Mount is a tranquil local beauty spot! You can stuff your face with sausage rolls whilst overlooking panoramic views of South Scarbados at this perfect picnic destination, but most importantly, don’t forget to pay your respects to the 241 individuals who fought for our country at the Scarborough War Memorial, which towers at the top of the hill.

Scarborough Castle

Look up as you stroll along Marine Drive and take in the beautiful Scarborough Castle. Just watch out for an unwanted surprise from the seagulls! The safer option is to climb up the hill for some close-up action. With over 3000 years of turbulent history, this castle has survived Romans, Vikings, sieges from medieval Kings and German naval bombardment. And now, it is inundated with visits from guests of our seafront hotel in Scarborough on our recommendation – the poor thing, I bet it preferred the Vikings!

Peasholm Park

This peaceful, oriental-themed park is home to a tranquil lake, where you can glide along on a rowing boat, canoe or dragon headed pedalo – we know which one we’d choose! Its beautiful bridges, mysterious gardens and wondrous waterfalls make for a truly unique experience, so there’s no wonder it’s one of the UK’s top 10 parks, especially with its champion trees – which are the tallest, widest and best example of species in the country! Also, the Golden Elms here were thought to be globally extinct, but then two of them popped up right here in Scarborough! Magical happenings at Peasholm park. You’re welcome for the tree education, by the way.

Hairy Bob’s Cave

At the foot of Scarborough Castle lies a tiny rock with carved out windows and doors. Legend has it that it was once the seaside escape of a gnome on his Scarborough holidays. The gnome was said to have a faithful pet seagull, who brought him fresh fish every day, which could be true – no one actually knows the origins of this cave. Another local story is that it was built to store workmen’s tools, but we like the first one better. Also, if you fancy a wheel about, Bob has his own skate park just below the cave – what a daredevil! Steady on, Bob.

St Mary’s Church

Built in 1150, this historic church stands proud above the old town, just below Scarborough Castle. This magnificent much-loved building has always been well looked after by locals, having been rebuilt and restored after the English Civil War. You can easily see why Agnes Grey writer, Anne Brontë, selected her final resting place here. Her grave still stands in the graveyard, with an accompanying correctional plaque because the original engraving supplies her wrongful age!

All of these attractions are in close proximity to our hotel in Scarborough, so you can easily walk, bike, or stroll with your dog to them. With our central seafront destination, our hotel is the best accommodation in Scarborough, and we look forward to having you stay with us!