Scarborough Beaches & Quality Scarborough Holidays & More(2023)

Scarborough beaches: – North Bay Beach is the wildest – ideal for surfing. South Bay Beach – a large sandy bay with great facilities, child-friendly amenities and is very popular with families.

Scarborough Beaches

There’s a selection of quality accommodation and plenty of attractions to be found in Scarborough – to suit your particular niche needs. From spas to surfing, bikes to craft beers – and everything in between.

Best hotels in Scarborough include:

Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough

Address: Crown Spa Hotel, 7-11 Esplanade, Scarborough YO11 2AG

Telephone 01723 357400

Crown Spa Hotel Therapists 01723 357488 

The Crown Spa Hotel has a luxury leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, luxury spa treatment suite, a modern fitness centre and a European restaurant. very close to the sandy beach at Scarborough South Bay.

Grand Hotel Scarborough

Address: Grand Hotel, St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough YO11 2ET

Telephone 0871 222 0047

The Grand Hotel Scarborough has a landmark town centre location -instantly recognisable on the skyline – overlooking harbour and South Bay. Live entertainment every night with cabaret shows – professional dancers and entertainers dressed in stunning costumes.

The Sands Scarborough

 Address: The Sands, Peasholm Gap, Scarborough YO12 7TN

Telephone 01723 364714

Overlooking Scarborough North Bay and near to Scarborough beaches – a 2-minute walk from the North Bay beach, The Sands Scarborough is a 1-to 3-bedroom unit apartment hotel and is a 6-minute walk from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre (OAT) – they regularly attract world-class acts such as Blondie Elton John, Lionel Richie, Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Jones, and Kylie-it’s Europe’s largest open-air theatre.  

Some lower floor apartments have sea views and hot tubs – as do all the penthouse units, which have sitting areas. There is a casual diner, ice cream parlour, fitness centre, rooftop terrace and free parking.

Palm Court Hotel Scarborough

Address: Palm Court Hotel, St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough YO11 2ES

Telephone 01723 368161

Independently owned with 40 en suite bedrooms and guaranteed free parking – near to Scarborough Beaches – located a short walk away from South Bay Beach, Spa Conference Centre, Scarborough Cricket Ground, SJT Theatre, Railway Station. Palm Court hotel has a conveniently located 130 space long multi-storey car park that open to non-residents.

Cumberland Hotel Scarborough

Address: Cumberland Hotel, Belmont Rd, South Cliff, Scarborough YO11 2AB

Telephone 01723 361826

Located on South Cliff near Scarborough beaches, town centre and Spa Complex -excellent views of the town from the north-facing rooms. Recently extensively refurbished with 86 bedrooms. Entertainment most evenings in the ballroom.

Bike and Boot Scarborough

Address:  Bike and Boot, Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough YO11 2HA

Telephone 01723 655555 

Bike and Boot Hotel Scarborough
Scarborough’s Bike and Boot Hotel – Dog Friendly

Located very close to Scarborough beaches, Bike and Boot is a welcome and unique 65 room addition to the hotel scene in Scarborough. A dog-friendly hotel in Scarborough with 21st-century facilities.

Bike and Boot hotel has every base covered for an active holiday on Scarborough beaches or North Yorkshire Moors – wash areas for dogs with professional lifting and bathing equipment, surf and bodyboard store, secure bike storage, bike service stations, electric bike hire and a boot wash.

Bike and Boot Scarborough - wash areas for dogs with professional lifting and bathing equipment, surf and bodyboard store, secure bike storage, bike service stations, electric bike hire and a boot wash.
Bike and Boot Hotel – Sports Equipment and Dog Facilities

Bike and Boot has a dog grooming area complete with a professional bath and grooming table. 

Bike and Boot Hotel has quality electric bikes for hire and cleaning and maintenance equipment for your own bikes

Scarborough, on the Yorkshire coast, is one of the UK’s best surfing destinations. With its world-class waves, two stunning bays and many surf schools, Scarborough is a great place for beginners and experts alike.

Scarborough beaches surfing  - Bike and Boot

Hotel changing facilities include shower rooms and equipment washing and drying stations. For walkers, there are route maps to the best walks on the coast and the North Yorkshire Moors, plus raincoats and umbrellas, lockers and storage and a boot washing station.

Bareca Bar - Bike and Boot Hotel Scarborough, Yorkshire Coast
Bike and Boot’s Bareca Bar, Restaurant and Cafe

Bike and Boot Scarborough is ideally located in close proximity to Scarborough beaches, so you can get straight onto your board – and you can have free coffee and cake in the Retreat and/or watch films in the in-house cinema room 3 times per day!

The Bike and Boot really is a place for quiet relaxation… or as a base for beach, bike and walking activities on the coast or nearby North York Moors.

Bike and Boot offer Mediterranean classics – pizzas, pasta & grills – plus cool craft beers, wines, spirits, iced cocktails, coffees and smoothies.

Rachel McLane the renowned Yorkshire interior designer, won the Best Hotel Interior Design of the Year at the Northern Design Awards 2020, for her work at Scarborough’s Bike and Boot hotel. The panel included Linda Barker, the English interior designer and television presenter.

If you’re into surfing or kite surfing also check out our Cayton Bay post. Cayton Bay is great, especially if you’ve got a caravan or motorhome. Cayton Bay is only 3.5 miles down the Yorkshire Coast from Bike and Boot. Also, check out the Scarborough beach hut details further elsewhere in this post below.

Esplanade Hotel Scarborough

Address: Esplanade Hotel, Belmont Rd, Scarborough YO11 2AA

Telephone: 01723 360382

Pet-friendly landmark hotel on cliffs overlooking Scarborough beaches and Scarborough South Bay, Most rooms have bay views. There is free parking and is 1.6 miles from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Beach Chalet Scarborough – South Bay

The huts in Scarborough’s South Bay were left leaning at a 45-degree angle after the retaining wall collapsed in March 2018 during a storm and later landslip.

Work to stabilise the retaining wall at the site, near the Clock Cafe was completed in 2021 and actions are underway with £400,000 fund to rebuild the chalets at Scarborough’s South Bay. New chalets, a considerable upgrade to the original Grade 2 buildings, carefully designed to meet conservation requirements and complement the area around the Clock Café.

Similar in design, but with installed electricity, modern water and drainage offering improved facilities.

To enquire about future South Bay Scarborough Beach Chalet rentals or purchases telephone 01723 367659 or email

Imagine your exclusive use sublime Beach Chalet – Scarborough style – your perfect base at the beach!

In addition to chalets at Scarborough beaches, beach chalets are also available at Whitby’s West Cliff Promenade and on Filey Royal Parade Promenade.

Weekly reservations start on Saturday after 2.00pm and end at 10.00am on the following Saturday. The chalets can be used from 7.00am to 10.30pm.

Beach Chalet Scarborough – North Bay

Traditional colourful Scarborough beach huts are located at the promenade on Scarborough’s magnificent North Bay. There are 150 Scarborough beach huts at North Bay, Scarborough – of varying sizes.

The North Bay beach has been awarded the European Blue Flag status for several years – an award for clean beaches with facilities with lifeguards, showers and paid toilets. Scarborough’s North Bay Beach is deservedly popular with surfers.

Scarborough Beaches - North Bay Beach Chalet -  Standard Beach Hut

Each beach chalet comes complete with deckchairs, kettle, toaster, fridge, microwave, crockery & cutlery. Water and electric are also included. Each North Bay beach chalet has a sunbathing / BBQ area. A North Bay accessible beach chalet is also available. Prices start at around £40 per day.

To book your North Bay beach chalet, or enquire about Scarborough beach huts for sale (North Bay) telephone 01723 367659 or email

All-day parking is available around Marine Drive and the Peasholm car park is only a short walk away from the North Bay Beach Chalets. For car parking in Scarborough parking see our Scarborough Car Park Table.

Waterpark – Alpamare Scarborough

Address – Alpamare Waterpark, 28 Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PH

Telephone 01723 861431

Alpamare pay & display car park – 300 car capacity Sat nav YO12 6PH

Alpamare – Scarborough’s year-round, weather-proof ‘beach destination’ the size of five soccer pitches!

Scarborough Alpamare Waterpark Wellness & Thermal Spa Attractions site Plan
Alpamare Waterpark, Wellness & Thermal Spa – Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast – the size of 5 soccer pitches

Scarborough’s waterslides are named on a downhill ski and bobsleigh racing theme – Cresta Run, Black Run etc. – the alpine-themed Alpamare Waterpark, Wellness & Thermal Spa (you get the ‘Alp’amare name now?!?) matches the very best in Europe and Florida.

Cresta Run1.1m and age 6+
Olympic Run1.2m and age 6+
Black Run1.2m and age 8+
Snowstorm1.2m and age 8+
Alpamare Scarborough – Water Slide height and age restrictions

Staycation heaven’s in Yorkshire – for families and couples alike, there’s something for everyone.

Outdoors, there are two heated pools, to a welcoming 35˚C/95˚F – an infinity pool and the other has healing iodine mineral water – both pools have uninterrupted stunning views of the sea.

Wellness at Alpamare provides beautiful, calm surroundings in an Alpine-style Spa and Wellness – centre unlike any other in the UK. £10, £20 and £50 Alpamare Gift vouchers are available and are valid for 3 years.

Alpamare is open from 10am until 10pm and due to being physically close to Scarborough Open Air Theatre (Scaroborogh OAT) it’s very possible to spend an evening enjoying cold beers in the outdoor pool listening to world-class live music drifting through the air…….magical!

Who is playing at Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2023

Scarborough is Europe’s largest open-air theatre with a capacity of 8,000 and here is the list of acts in date order appearing in 2023 at Scarborough Open Air Theatre…

  • STING SUNDAY 25TH JUNE 2023. 6:00 PM
  • PULP SUNDAY 9TH JULY 2023. 6:00 PM
  • N-DUBZ THURSDAY 20TH JULY 2023. 6:00 PM

Scarborough Open Air Theatre Telephone 01723 818111 10am to 4pm (Closed Wednesday)

Piece Hall Live lineup 2023: Click here to see who is playing summer of 2023 at the Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

2023 Road Racing Scarborough at Oliver’s Mount Date List

  • Spring Cup 15th-16th April 2023
  • Cock O’The North 1st-2nd July 2023 (last took place in 2017!)
  • Barry Sheene Classic 22nd-23rd 2023
  • Michelin Steve Henshaw Gold Cup 23rd-24th of September 2023

Road Racing Scarborough Circuit location: Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2YW England

Oliver’s Mount’s undulating track is just five minutes from Scarborough’s beachfront. You’re allowed close to the action so you see, smell and feel the breathtaking racing duels.

Many fans say it’s an Isle of Man TT by the Yorkshire coast, providing close racing, which delivers excitement no other track in England can equal. Day and weekend passes are available and there are camping and motorhome pitches on Olivers Mount Events Ticket Line Tel:01723333322

Road Racing Scarborough email

Olivers Mount General Enquiries 01723 333321

Scarborough Cricket Festival

Address: 118 North Marine Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7TJ

Phone: 01723 365625

Guide prices: Major match days – adults £18-£15, concessions and juniors £10.00, accompanied children 12 and under are free. Match tickets are available for North Marine Road. Please contact the club directly on 01723 365625 or 

The Scarborough Cricket Festival has been an annual summer event since 1876 and is a glorious end of season series of cricket matches featuring Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The Scarborough Cricket Festival one of the most historic sporting events in the world.

The four-day Scarborough Cricket Festival is run in August, plus another 4 days earlier in the summer.

Scarborough has played host to some of the world’s greatest cricketers. The stands are next to the boundary edge, so the venue offers exceptional views and a unique atmosphere.

Lazenby’s Scarborough Restaurant

Address: Lazenby’s on York Place,11 York Pl, Scarborough YO11 2NP

Reservations Telephone 01723 373 836

Away from Scarborough beaches and to unwind even more – if you fancy doing something special on a Sunday whilst in Scarborough, perhaps consider taking your significant other(s) to Lazenby’s York Place for Sunday Brunch or Lazy Sunday Lunch with a difference from 11.30 am.

For this, reservations are essential, as according to many customers, is champagne or at least a glass of prosecco with brunch! Cheers!! Lazenby’s:Telephone 01723 373 836

Sons of Neptune – Film Released in 2022

A uniquely British comedy-drama film about the small guys taking on the big man. This is an unbelievable-but-true story set in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in the 1980s.

The Sons of Neptune film, directed and written by Niall Johnson (White Noise, Keeping Mum) – of what happened when the might of Yorkshire Water and the UK government was challenged by the Sons Of Neptune, a group of six middle-aged swimmers of Scarborough – when they convinced the world’s experts to join their campaign to stop the dumping of raw untreated sewage into our seas.

The battle waged 40 years ago in the 1980s between Yorkshire Water and six swimmers of Scarborough: a solicitor, a chiropodist, an accountant, a bookie, a teacher and a marketing man – Sons of Neptune.

In essence, it was a fairly simple debate. Yorkshire Water needed to deal with Scarborough’s sewage effluent and it argued that, given a long enough outfall, any harmful solid sewage dumped into the sea would not wash back up on the shore – and, even if it did so, bacteria would not survive hours in the cold water and would therefore be harmless.

The Sons of Neptune argued that it would be washed back to shore and that it would not just be dormant, but waiting only for a little warmth to revive its virulence.

The Sons of Neptune began organising publicity stunts to highlight their cause.  At first, they thought they were merely taking on the mandarins of the local town council and the stubborn bureaucrats of Yorkshire Water.

Soon, though, they were at war with Maggie Thatcher’s Conservative Government and the might of the Establishment itself, along with dissenters amid the local population who thought the publicity was bad for business.

40 years later the Sons of Neptune are “Friends with Yorkshire Water” as a new wastewater treatment plant just off the A165 north of Scarborough was built in the 1990s to treat sewage from Scarborough.

Explore all Michelin Star Restaurants in Yorkshire

Also, If you’re into fine dining, just curious or dreaming, check out our post about 8 Michelin Star Restaurants in Yorkshire – we take you through all their locations and facilities – most have rooms! ………Historic York…… Vibrant Leeds… charming Yorkshire Dales and Moors country pub hideaways plus a magnificent country house spa, we detail them all. Enjoy!!