Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle is a former medieval Royal Fortress situated overlooking the North Sea and Scarborough.  The site of the castle, encompassing the Iron Age settlement, Roman signal station, an Anglo-Scandinavian settlement and chapel, the 12 century enclosure castle and 18th century battery, is a scheduled monument of national importance.

Fortifications for a wooden castle were built in the 1130s, but the present stone castle dates from the 1150s. Over the centuries, several other structures were added, with medieval monarchs investing heavily in what was then an important fortress that guarded the Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough’s port trade, and the north of England from Scottish or continental invasion. It was fortified and defended during various civil wars, sieges and conflicts, as kings fought with rival barons, faced rebellion and clashed with republican forces, though peace with Scotland the conclusion of civil and continental wars in the 17th century led to its decline in importance.

Once occupied by garrisons and govenors who often meanced the town, the castle has been in ruin since the sieges of the English Civil War, but attracts many visitors to climb the battlements, take in the views and enjoy the accompanying interactive exhibition and special events run by Englsih Heritage.

The castle is host to various events, usually in summertime, such as pirate and Robin Hood-themed activities. The castle grounds are reported to be haunted – by three ghosts, among them a Roman soldier. The 18th-century Master Gunner’s House, now a museum has an exhibition whose centrepiece is a Bronze Age sword discovered in 1980. English Heritage invested £250,000 in making the site a tourist attraction. A visitor centre provides admission to all extant remains, and has an exhibition of artefacts from the site and viewing platforms.


Health & Fitness in the news – 29/07/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. UK couriers likely to deliver more fitness games?    My Hermes
Parcels containing fitness video games could be an increasingly commonplace item for UK couriers to deal with in light of recent comments by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA).

My Hermes

2. Trust to operate Wolverhampton facilities
Leisure Management

Wolverhampton City Council (WCC) has paved the way for the establishment of a new in-house leisure trust, which will take over the operation of the council-run facilities.

Leisure Management


1. Seven-fold rise in anti-obesity drugs spending
The Telegraph

NHS spending on weight-loss drugs has risen seven-fold in less than a decade, official figures show. In 2009 it spent £46.8 million on anti-obesity drugs such as orlistat, which prevents the absorption of some fat in the intestine, up from £6.6 million in 2000

The Telegraph

2. Figures show NHS cuts are too deep
The Independent

Spending on the NHS fell by more than £700m last year, despite more resources being available to the service. Official Treasury figures show spending was cut from £102,751m in 2009-10 to £101,985m in the year ending in April. It suggests the NHS may be making deeper cuts than are necessary to meet the tight spending settlement, with a potential to affect patient care.

The Independent
3. Rise in pregnancy-related strokes may be obesity related
The Telegraph

More and more women are suffering from a stroke as a result of pregnancy, a study indicates. The increases could be because of rises in obesity among women, the fact that more mothers-to-be are older, and more are having multiple births due to the rise in IVF.

The Telegraph

Days out tested by us! – Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre opened in 1955, on the first floor of the Public Library. After some moving about, the theatre finally settled in the old Odeon cinema located across from Scarborough train station.  They gained the lease in 1990 and officially opened in 1996.  All of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s plays have their world premieres at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, before heading off to the West End or New York.  You could be one of the first to see a world renowned play at the fraction of the cost.

Health & Fitness in the news – 28/07/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Get the kids up and out
    The Mirror

Never tell children you are going for a walk. It’s guaranteed to turn them off. Instead make it interesting and disguise it as a treasure hunt, make bows and arrows to use along the route, or find a spot to build a den.

The Mirror

2. The Standard makes a splash in £269m Olympic pool
London Evening Standard

It’s cold, really cold. It’s deep. It’s 50 metres to the other end and I’m all alone. But I’m in no rush to get out. As I head up the middle lane, the water is clear and the only ripples on the surface have been made by me. You wouldn’t get this kind of luxury at your local swimming baths.

London Evening Standard

3. Would you wear shapewear to work out? Spanx launches range for the gym
Daily Mail

It’s become an eveningwear essential for women the world over not to mention countless celebrities. Now Spanx looks set to become de rigueur at the gym too. The much loved shapewear brand, which has already expanded its offering to include swimwear and lingerie, now offers leggings, tanks and even socks as part of its new Active range.

Daily Mail


Health and Lifestyle

1. Are hot dogs as bad for you as cigarettes? They are judging by new warning signs
Daily Mail

They’re as American as apple pie you’ll find them at virtually every cook out in the land and every sporting event. But now a medical group in Washington D.C. is taking aim at the gold old hot dog. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has just unveiled a billboard in Indianapolis with a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack.

Daily Mail

2. Pill pushing GPs dish out 18million drugs every week
Sunday Express

Millions are now reliant on powerful drugs, with GP orders for treatments soaring by nearly 70 per cent in just a decade. And this only accounts for a fraction of the tablets and medicines we are taking.

Sunday Express
3. Take a holiday in America and you’ll come back 8lbs heavier
Daily Mail

Holidaymakers pile on more weight during a trip to America than anywhere else in the world, a study reveals. Researchers found the average tourist piles on 8lb during a typical two week trip to the U.S. thanks to huge portions, all you can eat buffets and constant snacking.

Daily Mail

4. Growing up on a farm linked to increased cancer risk
The Telegraph

Those who had spent their early life on poultry farms were found to be three times as likely to develop blood cancers as those who had not, as did those who grew up on beef cattle farms.

The Telegraph

This weeks events (26/07/11 – 01/07/11)

Howard Beaumont: King of The Keyboards – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Organ Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Classical Favourites’ – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air‘ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Small Prints – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 16:00
Spooky Tuesday – Rotunda Museum – 11:00 to 16:00
Summer Spectacular 2011 – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00
Take a Peek – Woodend – 14:00, 15:00

DinoDay – Rotunda Museum – 11:00 to 16:00
Howard Beaumont: King of The Keyboards – Scarborough Spa – 14:30 to 16:00
Organ Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Printastic – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 13:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Summer Serenade’ – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Stand Up at the Spa : Tom Craine – Scarborough Spa – 19:00
Summer Spectacular 2011 – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Chuckle Bros – Barry Potty 2 – Futurist Theatre – 19:00
Good Luck – Rotunda William Smith Museum of Geology – 11:00 to 16:00
Howard Beaumont: King of The Keyboards – Scarborough Spa – 14:30 to 16:00
Kite Running – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 16:00
Naval Warfare – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Gala Night’ – Scarborough Spa – 19:45
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Thoroughly Modern Musicals – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Jungle Time – Scarborough Art Gallery – 11:00 to 13:00
Organ Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Pink Tribute Concert – Downe Arms – 19:00
Plesiosaur Party – Rotunda
Rockwath Festival – The Falcon Inn – 19:00
Scarborough Lifeboat Fund Raising Weekend –    Scarborough Lifeboat House – 09:45 to 16:00
Thoroughly Modern Musicals – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

Ayton Art Club Annual Exhibition 2011 – Ayton Village Hall – 11:00 to 20:00
Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Marky and the Mad Dogs Magical Mystery Tour – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 09:30 10:30
Naval Warfare – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Sea Cadet Saturdays – Sea Cadet Hall – 12:00 to 16:00
Summer Spectacular 2011 – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00
Swashbuckling Pirates – Scarborough Castle – 11:00 to 17:00

Ayton Art Club Annual Exhibition 2011 – Ayton Village Hall – 10:00 to 20:00
Bruce Jones Summer Spectacular Show – Futurist Theatre – 20:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts – Peasholm Park – 15:00

Carmen – Stephen Joseph Theatre – 19:30
Naval Warfare – Peasholm Park – 15:00
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Melodies for You’ – Scarborough Spa  – 19:45
Scarborough Spa Orchestra: ‘Music in the Air’ – Scarborough Spa – 11:00
Summer Activities – Snainton Riding Centre
Thoroughly Modern Musicals – Scarborough Spa – 20:00 to 22:00

Top 10 free things to do in Scarborough (Voted by us!)

Top 10 free things to do in Scarborough

They usually say there isn’t a free lunch, but we have managed to come up with a list of 10 free things to do in Scarborough:

10.Scarborough Art Gallery
Scarborough Art Gallery has free exhibits throughout the year, just simply walk in.  The best way to get to it from the Crown Spa Hotel is to go across the Spa Bridge, carry on until you get to Bar Street, turn left before you go up it. Then continue on to the roundabout and take the second exit on the left and follow the path around.




9. Italian Gardens
Enjoy the Italian Gardens, just over the road from the Crown Spa Hotel, and then take a gentle walk down to the seafront.




8. Walk around the Marine / Royal Albert Drive
Not a very long walk, but you get to enjoy the sights and sounds of both bays, while taking a leisurely stroll around.





7. Events throughout the year
Scarborough plays hosts to several paid events that have free events within them including Coastival, Peasholm Park events and music events.  Your best bet is to look ahead and see what you maybe interested in and plan accordingly.  We recommend our Facebook Page which we will be posting events for the coming week every Monday.




6. Peasholm Park
Peasholm Park has a tranquil lake, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy it. There is an island in the centre of the lake and a bridge leading across to it allows the visitor to explore the island with a path leading round it or by climbing up to the top with its impressive pagoda. The park has been designed with an oriental theme and there is much evidence of this as you wander through its pathways.  It is open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year.



5. Scarborough Mere / Oliver’s Mount
Not to be confused with Throxenby Mere. It is now part of the Oliver’s Mount Country Park, and is managed by the Scarborough Mere Angling Club as a fishing lake, with the southern end used by water-skiers.  Just a short drive up Oliver’s Mount and near the war memorial will give you a full view of Scarborough, which cannot be seen anywhere else.



4. Raincliffe Woods
Dalby Forest would of made it on the list for obvious reason but as you have to pay £5 to enter, Raincliffe Woods made the grade instead.
Situated about 2 minutes from Scalby Road, and with Throxenby Mere right next to it, you can enjoy a walk around, without spending a penny.



3. Hairy Bob’s Skate Park

More for the younger generation.  Hairy Bob’s Skate Park, was built from the ground up from local bikers and skaters having full involvement in the development of the park.  Getting exactly what they wanted from it.



2. Cinder Track

The Scarborough Cinder Track, starting from Scarborough to Whitby, is enjoyed by walkers and cyclists throughout the year.  Stretching for 23 miles, it was the old train link, that was removed as it was thought not to be of use anymore, due to the ever increasing number of cars being bought.



1. Scarborough North or South beach

Pretty obvious one, but one which you don’t have to spend a penny enjoying.  With recent blue flag awards for clean water, either beach is perfect for a family.
However we cannot guarantee that you won’t spend money on ice cream or fish & chips. 🙂




We hope this guide of free stuff to do in Scarborough is of use.
Don’t forget we also did our top ten attractions, which is located also in our blog.

Agree or disagree tell us on our facebook page.

Days out tested by us! – Raincliffe woods

Raincliffe WoodsRaincliffe woods are situated to the north west of Scarborough. They form an “L” shape with Forge Valley Woods and the River Derwent.

The area is a mixed woodland area designated as Planted Ancient Woodland, and combined with Forge Valley Woods is a site of special scientific interest.

There are many paths, tracks and bridleways through the small woods which many residents of Scarborough use for mountain biking, dog walking and Sunday strolls. Throxenby Mere a popular place for fisherman is located at the foot of the woods.

Deer, badgers, squirrels, frogs, toads, foxes and all kinds of birds can be seen in the woods.

Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Art Gallery

Price of admission – FREE / Donation box near door
Time to look around – 20mins – 2 hours dependent on activities

Taken from the Scarborough Art Gallery website:

Scarborough Art Gallery has had a fascinating history; this Italianate villa is the finest building situated in Scarborough’s beautiful Crescent gardens. The Crescent was designed in 1823 as part of the massive building programme in Victorian Scarborough. The Art Gallery was built in the late 1840s by the Uppleby family; neighbours included Lord and Lady Londesborough at Londesborough Lodge and Sir George Sitwell and family at Woodend who used these houses as holiday homes. Later it was known as ‘Broxholme’ and had a number of owners. When solicitor Henry Donner bought it in 1924 he renamed it ‘Crescent House’. Scarborough Corporation acquired the building after his death in 1942, and in 1947 it opened as the Art Gallery.

The gallery houses our permanent collection which has been built up over sixty years through gifts, bequests and purchases to reflect the eclectic mix of the community and the cultural heritage of Scarborough.

The Scarborough Art Gallery is a relevantly small Gallery compared to larger cities, but still has a few exhibits on rotation throughout the year.  Including events aimed at children to help expanded their artistic abilities.  It’s in close proximity to the Rotunda Museum, so if you’re down that way you may aswell pop into the Scarborough Art Gallery.  They even have an area that you can sit down in and have a drink and read a book. 

Crown Spa Hotel White Rose Award Finalist

SCARBOROUGH’S tourism industry is shining once again as a selection of the town’s businesses are named as finalists for this year’s White Rose Awards.  The awards, dubbed the “Oscars of the tourism industry”, recognise quality tourism across Yorkshire.  The Crown Spa Hotel, in the Esplanade, which also made the finals last year, is once again in the running, this time competing in both the Large Hotel of the Year category and for the Sustainable Tourism Award.  Also finalists for the second year running are the Sands seafront apartments which have made the shortlist for the Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments award.  The Copper Horse, in Seamer, will be battling it out for the Yorkshire Pub of the Year title.

The roll of honour for October’s ceremony also features a number of business from across Ryedale and the Yorkshire Coast.  The Bed & Breakfast/Guest accommodation of the Year category features All Seasons Guest House in Filey, 17 Burgate in Pickering, and Moorlands Country House in Levisham.  Jasmine Park, in Snainton, will be battling it out against three other parks in the Caravan Holiday Park or Village award, while the White Swan Inn, in Pickering, is shortlisted for Small Hotel of the Year.  Whitby is also represented as The Leeway is shortlisted alongside Scarborough’s Crown Spa Hotel in the Sustainable Tourism Award.

Pickering could be in line for more awards with Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Cafe in the Taste of Yorkshire Award, and Pickering Tourist Information making the finals.  Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire area director for North Yorkshire, said: “It is fantastic news that so many businesses in our area have been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards.  “These awards really showcase the superb standard of the tourism offer in Yorkshire and being shortlisted is a superb achievement.  “We will now keep our fingers crossed and hope that many if not all those on the shortlist, walk away with an award later in the year.”  The winners will be crowned at a ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse on Monday October 10.

Via Scarborough Evening News

Health & Fitness in the news – 12/07/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Let’s get children moving – The Independent

Children are physically active for barely half of the 60 minutes a day the Government says they need to keep them fit and healthy, according to new research from the University of Worcester’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science. Yet parents believe they average 271 active minutes a day – more than eight times the amount they actually achieve.
The Independent

2. Office work-outs! How to exercise at your desk to stay healthy – Daily Mail

And it recommends that desk-bound staff carry out ‘office work-outs’ to increase activity, fight obesity and improve health. This could include taking the stairs rather than waiting for the lift and cycling or walking to work. Staff are also advised to stand up every 30 to 40 minutes when talking on the phone to break up the amount of time they spend sitting down.
Daily Mail

Health and Lifestyle

1. Never mind fillings! Not brushing your teeth can give you heart disease and arthritis – Daily Mail

As well as bad breath and problems with your teeth, emerging research is now linking it to conditions ranging from heart disease to miscarriage and erectile dysfunction. Earlier this month it was revealed gum disease can even make it harder for women to conceive.
Daily Mail

2. Ask the doctor: What can I do about my whiplash – Daily Mail

This injury can affect all structures of the neck — the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles and critical nerves. Symptoms include pain, muscle spasm, loss of the range of movement in the neck, and even headache. These symptoms may persist even when there is no obvious bone or nerve damage seen on X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Daily Mail

3. Staying fit helped me ace cancer – The Express

Doctors told her she had a non-invasive form of the cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS. This means the cancer is confined to the milk ducts and not spread to the surrounding tissue. A mastectomy used to be the recommended treatment but recent research by the British Journal of Cancer found that in the UK more than 60 per cent of women who have DCIS do not require one.
The Express