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Scarborough
North Yorkshire
Scarborough is known as the “Queen of the Yorkshire Coast” as it became a fashionable place to visit to take the spa waters in the 18th century. This led to the gentrification of the town. That air still persists today around the Spa complex where in the summer you can sit and listen to an orchestra play. The castle headland dominates the town and the harbour in the South Bay. Clustered underneath is the old town. The North Bay is quieter, with many visitors heading to Peasholm Park and the Sea Life Centre.

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Population
50,000
Must See
South Bay, Spa, Peasholm Park, Harbour
Attractions
Art Gallery , Scarborough Castle , Peasholm Park , Rotunda Museum , St Mary's Church , Sea Life Centre , Scarborough Spa Complex
Market Day
Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Shops
Variety of national chains and independent stores
Live!
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Futurist Theatre, Spa Complex
Sport
Football, Cricket
Tourist Info Centres
Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PP / Brunswick Shopping Centre, Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1UE
Direct Access
Rail Station. Bus / Coach station. Central car parking.
1hr Old Town Walk
Overview
A walk that takes you from the harbour up the steep lanes through the Old Town to St Mary's Church, along to the castle and back down to the harbour.
Video Features
See exclusive content of harbour events.

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Diary

January
New Year's Day Dip
New Year's Day Dip

A charity event organised by Scarborough Lions. Get into fancy dress (or not) and race into the sea (whatever the weather!). Entry on day. Race at 11:00am.

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February
Pancake Races and Skipping Festival
Pancake Races and Skipping Festival

Held on Shrove Tuesday (date variable from early Feb to mid March). 12 noon pancake races in town centre followed by skipping (long line) on Foreshore Road. Enter a team for Pancake Races or bring a skipping rope to South Bay event.

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Coastival
Coastival

Week long arts festival held in February half term holiday. Includes live music, art workshops, parades, film. comedy and performance. Many free events. For all the family.

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September
Scarborough Jazz Festival
Scarborough Jazz Festival

Usually held last weekend in September. Live bands.

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December
Fishermen Football / Raft Race
Fishermen Football / Raft Race

Held on Boxing Day at 11:00am with a football match on the beach of the South Bay with Fishermen Vs Firemen. After a raft race is held in the harbour.

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