Coastal Yorkshire - You’re guaranteed a great time in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey

PUBLISHED: 00:18 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 01:19 24 October 2015

Beach Hut 5

Beach Hut 5


You’re guaranteed a great time in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey, as Jo Haywood discovers

They say good things come in threes, and North Yorkshire’s coastal triumvirate of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey are no exception.

Each has its own distinct personality – one is the original, family fun seaside resort, the next an atmospheric harbour town and the last a quiet beach retreat – but together they make a force to be reckoned with, offering pretty much everything you could want, whether you’re a fully paid-up member of the bucket and spade brigade or not.

Scarborough, with its rocky South Bay and sandy North Bay, was Britain’s first seaside resort and is, arguably, still up there with the best. It’s the perfect spot for a family holiday with an abundance of child-thrilling treats like speed boat trips, the Sea Life & Marine Centre, Scarborough Castle, a permanent fun fair, amusement arcades and safe beaches.

A short drive up the coast, Whitby provides fun of an often slightly darker hue, making the most of its Dracula connections and smuggling history with its towering abbey, whale bone arch (and whale watching), Captain Cook Museum, alternative walking tours and regular Goth weekends.

And, to the south, Filey caters for those in search of a gentler pace, where a walk along the seafront sculpture trail, sandcastle-building in the beautiful sweeping bay and a visit to Filey Museum, Filey Dams Nature Reserve or the Bird Garden & Animal Park promote feelings of pleasurable nostalgia.

But these are not just seasonal holiday destinations, they’re also places of work, rest and play for the local population.

Scarborough was recently revealed as one of the top areas in Yorkshire for jobs growth, beating the likes of Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Harrogate with a 19 per cent rise in two years.

And even more jobs are on their way this summer with the opening of the resort’s new £14 million water park, which will boast a wave pool, a lazy river, an infinity pool overlooking the sea and the biggest flume of its kind in the country. The attraction – one of the biggest construction projects ever to hit the town – will be near the Open Air Theatre, forming part of a £150 million leisure village which is expected to attract up to half a million visitors a year.

There could be even more development on the way along the North Yorkshire coast if towns take advantage of the second round of cash available through the government’s Coastal Communities Fund, which amounts to a shade over £27 million.

Scarborough Council benefited to the tune of £2.6 million last year, earmarking the cash for the development of Whitby Business Park, a new potash mine near Sneaton, Europe’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank and 200 apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing throughout the district.

‘The potash mine and offshore wind industry have the potential to completely transform the area and bring a new dimension to the local economy which for so long has relied heavily on tourism,’ said Councillor Derek Bastiman. ‘Investing in the business park and its infrastructure, as well as people and their skills, will help ensure we are in the best possible position to capitalise for the benefit of our residents.’

Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund is currently being used to restore South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough to its former Victorian splendour.

‘The grant (of £49,800) should make a big and lasting difference to this much loved part of Scarborough for the benefit of residents and visitors for many years to come,’ said Chris Perry of Friends of South Cliff Gardens.

Meanwhile, over in Filey, a £396,000 Environment Agency grant is being put to good use, bolstering the town’s £5 million Flood Alleviation Scheme.

‘This is a significant milestone in our campaign to protect business and homes,’ said Councillor Mike Cockerill, chairman of Filey Flood Working Group.

But let’s have no more talk of flooding when there’s so much fun to be had. Grab your bucket and spade, your loose change for the amusements, your biggest appetite for the fantastic fish and chips and your bunch of carrots for the donkeys and head eastward-ho.

Good weather is never a given, but Scarborough, Whitby and Filey are waiting with the warmest of Yorkshire welcomes for you.

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