Four Cheap or Free Things to Keep Toddlers Happy in Scarborough!
If you are a regular reader you might have read that we were on our holidays recently. We were holidaying at Haven, just near Filey on the East Yorkshire Coast. We like Haven! Mostly. The last stay was disappointing from a caravan perspective. The weather wasn’t great either. We were lucky in the sense that each time we got in the car to drive somewhere, it rained. And when we rocked up at our destination, the sun popped out. Yay! Lucky us.
This is exactly what happened when we popped to Scarborough for the afternoon. We even enjoyed a couple of hours lazing on the beach, making sandcastles and digging for treasure.
If you haven’t been to Scarborough and are up that way, I recommend it 🙂 I’d always bypassed Scarborough, preferring Whitby for its cobbled streets and gothic charm. That was a mistake because I find Scarborough equally charming. Now we have little b, Scarborough is perfect for whiling away a few hours, or even the whole day! And you don’t need to spend an awful lot either.
Here are the things we enjoyed in Scarborough for little or no cost:
The beach and seafront
Scarborough has a lovely beach and my first impression was that the sand was super clean. Or at least it was where we were sitting 🙂 We asked b if he wanted to ride a donkey and to our delight he DID!
He is a bit fussy about these things but once he got on and got going, he loved it 🙂 You also have the regular seaside arcades just behind the beach. To be honest I was arcaded-out each evening at Haven, so we avoided the area this time!
The tram way
To get down to the seafront, you can take a walk through some really lovely gardens. There is a path which you can push the pram down – otherwise you have a lot of steps! Coming back up though is a different story and if you’ve had a long day, consider the little tram way to take you back up. It costs 90p per person for a single ride. B was free in the pram. The trip isn’t far and doesn’t take long but it is a novelty for b and it saves us pushing the pram back up the hill. For more info, you can check out the tram way here.
Peasholm Park is super lovely and certainly worth a visit if you are in Scarborough for a while. What I love about the park is that it has an Oriental theme with a pagoda, slap-bang in the middle!
It completely reminds me of being back in Japan and China. The parks over there are so clean and beautiful. There is lots to explore here for little ones with curious minds. For more info, there is a nice write up on good old Wikipedia.
The North Bay Railway
If you visit Peasholm, you may as well cross the road and go on the North Bay Railway. Costs are similar to other railways we have been on like this – child return £2.70 and adult return £3.50. Not super super cheap but worth it if you have a little one that loves trains. And as you can see here, b is Thomas mad. Yep, Harold Sandwiches!
The train runs from Peaseholm Park up to the North Bay – about ¾ of a mile. We didn’t get off at North Bay, we just enjoyed the ride there and back.
Have you been to Scarborough? What are your favourite things to do in the area?!