celebrations, fEAsting, mEAndering, weekend away

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…

in Scarborough

 

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Last weekend we stayed in Scarborough to celebrate my better half’s 60th birthday.  I cannot believe he has reached that number it does not seem real and worse still I won’t be far behind!  We went with both daughters and their partners and stayed at the Shorehouse Luxury B&B on the South Shore.

We spent many years in Scarborough when our girls were little – so it was a bit of a trip down memory lane for us.  We used to stay in a little self catering flat belonging to a friend but wanted the luxury of having everything done for us this time and I can certainly recommend this tiny boutique style Bed and Breakfast – our host Zoe could not have done any more for us to make our stay a relaxing and pleasant experience.  On the Saturday night we arrived back from the Theatre to find the cake we had brought, together with cake knife, plates and champagne glasses waiting in our room and a box of chocolates from Zoe as a birthday gift.

Early on the Saturday morning after a mammoth breakfast provided by Zoe we all walked across the Valley Bridge and into town winding our way down one of the narrow streets to the South Bay to catch the  open top tour bus round to the North Bay for a walk around Peasholme Park and a look at the renovated outdoor theatre.  Sadly I think I personally preferred the old style one with the banks of grassy seats and the more theatrical feel of the stage across the lake.

After stopping for a hot chocolate we caught the bus back into town browsed a few shops then had the most wonderful lunch at Taylors Bookshop Cafe.  We had a Ploughmans  with 3 different cheeses and celery sticks, coleslaw and homemade chutney and freshly baked rolls.  After lunch we went back down to the Harbour for a wander along the pier and after doing all the usual seaside things including a quick gamble in the Amusement Arcade we walked up to the castle on the hill above the bay, stopping on the way to look at the grave of Anne Bronte in St Mary’s churchyard.  Anne died here in 1849 aged 29 of TB and she now boasts a new headstone correcting the mistake on the original one after 164 years!

Tired and hungry we then headed back down to the harbour, (thank goodness it was all downhill at this point) and dived into one of the local cafes for fish and chips, bread and butter and a large pot of steaming hot tea before dragging ourselves back up the hill again for the last time to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the round to see Time of My Life by Alan Ayckbourn.  It was a very pleasant way to end the day.

We all had a great time and must remember to treat ourselves again soon and not wait until a major birthday.

 

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15 thoughts on “Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…”

    1. Scarborough is about 2 hours away (90 miles). Many people often go for a day trip from here. It is a proper English seaside resort which began back in Victorian times as a Spa where people went to ‘take the waters’ which meant drinking from the natural spring water at the Spa building. It is said to have healing properties as it is so pure. Other Spa towns are Buxton, Harrogate, Cheltenham, Bath and many others but not always by the sea.

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  1. What a great destination. Looks like there’s lots to do there. I thought the little rambled garden was super cute too. I wonder if that’s the Scarborough Fair Simon & Garfunkel were singing about? I’m not looking forward to that birthday really either, but I guess it beats the alternative.

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  2. Belated birthday wishes to your husband. I enjoyed looking through your lovely photos of Scarborough, it must have been a wonderful way to celebrate and alos take a trip down memory lane too.
    Sarah x

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    1. A lot of things had changed but mostly it was still the same Scarborough we remembered and it will always be a special place for us. I am sure if or when we have grandchildren it will be a place we will take them too!

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  3. It looks like you all had a lovely time and a well deserved break. I have never been to Scarborough but have heard good things about it! I love looking at all the little fishing boats but would hate to go on one!!! x

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  4. Sounds like a perfect way to relax. I have a soft spot for Scarborough, it’s one of those places that actually manages to exceed expectations. Glad you had a good time.

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    1. I think just like the Grand Hotel it is a bit run down in places but still manages to have a nice atmosphere and I like the difference between the North and South bay although the North Bay certainly needs a bit of attention especially the old Lido – what a shame that couldn’t be re-instated and the old cliff lifts have gone altogether on the North Bay but luckily still operating on the South side.

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