My perfect weekend – Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw, who has recently had a treatment at the hotel said the following to the Telegraph.

“Jools even likes me to have my feet pedicured before I go on stage; I had a very posh treatment at the Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough recently.”

You can’t get higher praise than that.  If you want a “posh treatment” don’t hesitate in calling us on 01723 357488, or have a look at our shop.

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Top ten attractions in Scarborough

There is more to do in Scarborough then some people may think, we have chosen ten attractions that you must visit when coming here.  Don’t forget though that they’re more attractions on offer.

1. Sea Life Centre
Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary will take you on a journey beneath the waves and introduce you to many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep.  Views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks.

2. Scarborough Castle
Scarborough castle conceals over 3000 years of turbulent history dating right back to the Bronze Age. It is said that King Richard lll enjoyed the view from the battlements so much so that he still walks them today.

3. Peasholm Park
Peasholm Park is an oriental themed park offering a beautiful system of streams and waterfalls, mini bridges and mystical gardens. There is a vast array of wildlife including an abundance of tame grey squirrels. Don’t forget you peanuts!

4. Scarborough Harbour
The harbour is situated under the Castle Headland in the South Bay. It is formed by three piers, the outer harbour being set aside for leisure activities while most of the port’s communal activities take place in the main or ‘old’ harbour.

5. Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Theatre has a national and international reputation and is ‘home’ to Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the world’s most performed living playwright.

6. Rotunda Museum
The Rotunda is the 2nd oldest purpose-built museum in Britain. Built to the specifications of William Smith – the father of English geology in 1828, the museum has been a focal point for geology and local history enthusiasts ever since.

7. Spa Complex
The Spa offers a range of conference suites and entertainment venues, including a 600-seater Victorian theatre and the Grand Hall that is home to the Scarborough Spa Orchestra.

8. Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Recently redeveloped this open air theatre, originally closed in 1985, Europe’s largest open air theatre.

9. Scarborough Art Gallery
Italianate villa built in the 1840s as part of the Crescent.  It displays Scarborough’s fine art collection, which features seascapes and views of Scarborough.  Also offers temporary exhibitions.

10. North Bay Miniature Railway
Opened in 1931, the Miniature Railway is one of the few railways in the country not to be nationalised. Situated in the Northstead Manor Gardens, this 20” gauge railway is ¾’s of a mile long with all the features of a full sized railway.

Domesday Reloaded (Scarborough 1986)

“In 1986, 900 years after William the Conqueror’s original Domesday Book, the BBC published the Domesday Project. The project was probably the most ambitious attempt ever to capture the essence of life in the United Kingdom. Over a million people contributed to this digital snapshot of the country.

People were asked to record what they thought would be of interest in another 1000 years. ”

This has now been adapted and a current more up-to-date version is in the works.

For example the Open Air Theatre
Open Air Theatre

Or information on New Town Developments:
“The alteration of the main street banning traffic and paving the road is the most significant recent development. The old road was paved in the first half of 1984 by the council  workmen, and the area has been decorated with flower tubs, trees and  wooden seats leaving room for early  morning delivery vehicles. There are a wide variety of shops, supermarkets,  banks and building societies. The largest shop is Marks and Spencer which itself has been extended and  modernised. The precinct attracts a variety of buskers including a saxaphone player, a pianist and a  several bands who  perform during festivals. A recent development on the South Bay is an amusement complex,  called The Olympia, containing fast  food outlets, bumper cars, waltzers, a medieval village and a pub.”

Scarborough Hotels, Events and Attractions from the 1960's

A Hotel in Scarborough
Crown Spa in the 1960's


From time to time we all complain about how things are not as good as when we were young.

The tourism trade continues to be a major part of the local economy despite the current affordability of foreign holidays. While weekend and mid-week-break trade are tending to replace the traditional week-long family holiday, the beaches and attractions are always very busy throughout summer – and increasingly busier in the winter months when Scarborough is often seen as a peaceful bolt-hole from cities such as London, Manchester and Leeds. Confidence in the hospitality industry is high, evidenced by major refits in recent years to the likes of the Crown Spa Hotel.

To have a look at the nostalgic past have a look at the link below for the Yorkshire Film Archive.