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Peasholm Park

  • Peasholm Park, Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough YO12 7QZ
  • 01723 500954
  • Family & Seaside, Nature & Gardens,
  • Open All Hours
    Restriction in place for Naval Warfare

Peasholm Park Scarborough, North Yorkshire is open for everyone to enjoy all year round, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Entrance to the Park, which is never closed, is FREE.

This historic and uniquely beautiful park is a key feature of the North Bay experience of Scarborough.

What do I see as I enter the park?

Peasholm Park has a tranquil lake and in the summer month’s people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water at close quarters. Boats include traditional rowing boats and canoes but pedaloes with dragon heads are available too and these prove to be very popular with summer visitors and locals alike. If you don't fancy pedalling then go for a sail in the Swan launch where you can relax on the water and let someone else steer the boat. There is a bandstand in the middle of the lake and music concerts which are free of charge can often be heard during the summer season. During the tourist season there are two cafes where hot and cold drinks can be purchased and, of course, ice cream, plus sandwiches and full meals if wanted. What a beautiful place to sit sipping your coffee, looking at the lake whilst listening to the music. If you prefer, you can bring your own picnic. 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.

What else does the park have to offer?

Peasholm Park has been designed within a natural glen with a stream running through it which culminates in the lake at the bottom. As you walk up the glen there are many choices of paths to take. You may wish to follow the stream with its gentle little waterfalls and small ponds, one of which is often used for sailing model boats. Even in the busy summer season the glen is quiet and peaceful, the perfect place to walk or sit and enjoy the natural features all around. The oriental theme can be seen in the design of bridges and the layout of many areas of the park. There are lots of rare and unusual trees and flowers, both naturally wild and deliberately planted. At the top of the glen is a lily pond surrounded by a garden area. Even the tourist attractions have not taken away the natural simplicity of the park so it is an ideal breeding ground for much wildlife. Wild geese, swans and ducks swim around on the lake and squirrels are seen every day within the woodlands. As time has gone on and some of the original trees have died, parts of their stumps have been specially carved into figures. Look out for the squirrel and the dragon!

Naval Warfare

“The smallest manned navy in the world!”

Peasholm Park is a haven of tranquillity in our North Bay – unless the battle ships are taking pot shots at one another!

At times during the summer season, war breaks out on the Lake when 20ft replica boats recreate the tensions of a battle at sea.

For more than 80 years the “Battle of Peasholm” has been played out for 30 minutes three times every week during the summer season, delighting audiences who still find it hard to believe that these boats are mostly manpowered. Until 1929, all the boats were manpowered, but then electricity was introduced and now only the larger boats need to be steered by Council employees.

Dates for 2015

Commentary and Music by David Hale (Peasholm Park's resident organist)

3pm start

June: Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (6pm start for Armed Forces Day) July : Thursdays 16th, 23rd and 30th & Saturdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August : Mondays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, Thursdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th & Saturdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22th and 29th. Sept : Thursday 3rd, Saturday 5th.

Prices : Adult £4.00 - Child £2.20