"My home town!" Top 5 Page for this destination Scarborough by suzwa

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It's a funny old town...

I was born in Scarborough, and lived here all my life until I went away to study... and I HATED it here! Everything I did was in an attempt to get away from my home town, from studying hard to get to uni (and working countless jobs to pay for it), to passing my driving test.

So why is it that I moved back? That is the big question about Scarborough and yet no-one seems to be able to answer it. Scarborough kids - at least the ones I grew up with - tend to be desperate to get away... but many of us seem to have come back, as if we were on a piece of elastic, and most of us stay the second time round.

As an adult, I have fallen in love with my home town in a way I couldn't as a child - many of the reasons for Scarborough's attraction to me now are the reasons I hated it when I was young:

*It's so remote (40 miles from the nearest city, and no motorways)! It was a problem as a kid, but now I can drive, and public transport is far better than it used to be.
*There's nothing surrounding the town but trees and fields! The moors are beautiful if you are used to the urban jungle, but as a kid I lived in the countryside and there was nothing to do. Now, there is more to do and part of the attraction is the remote greenness of the area
*The weather's weird! Scarborough has a weird micro-climate which makes it hard to predict what to wear each day, even if you watch the TV weather report, but as a local you kind of get used to it and can tell what it will be like each day by instinct (or is it luck?)

So maybe in some ways Scarborough has stayed the same and I have changed? Perhaps! But the town is changing too. The seafront has undergone a regeneration programme, starting with the harbour and the South Bay, and it's going well. Shopping has improved, so there isn't as much of a need to drive to Hull or York (or even further), although it's still nice to go from time to time. There is more investment in jobs and infrastructure, and the future of the town looks good. But while we are looking to the future, Scarborough has remained a traditional seaside resort, with donkey rides, candy floss, fish & chips and fry-ups, and I think that is the biggest part of its charm.

Scarborough Harbour

Scarborough's harbour area was one of the first to undergo restoration as part of the Yorkshire Forward programme of repairs - the Scarborough bit is called 'waking sleeping beauty', which sounds a bit stupid to me, but there you go. The upshot of it is that a lot of money is being invested around this part of the town, and I think it's looking quite nice.

Peace and Quiet

One of the nice things about Scarborough is that it can be really busy - if that's what you like there are lots of amusements etc and more than the town's fair share of pubs - but it's sprawling enough (and not over-developed) to allow for lots of open spaces. When I went out to take these photos yesterday I only saw 2 other people in around an hour and a half. The bit of the South Bay on this picture is near the spot where a hotel fell into the sea in 1993 - the soft cliffs stop people building but they weren't too good for the hotel owners that day! If you Google 'Holbeck Hall' there are lots of pictures of it. It is a bit bleak out there in winter but lovely for some peace and quiet. See my tips pages for other things to do out here!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful views, the Castle & North Bay beach. The best fish & chips ever!
  • Cons:Variable weather, and no motorway links means it takes ages to get here (or away!)
  • In a nutshell:A diamond in the rough
  • Last visit to Scarborough: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Apr 30, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    The Scarborough curse!!!! thats what me and my friends called it! lol though I did notice last time i went back i had a lot of fun showning my b/f around :)!

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    Jul 16, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Excellent tips Suzanne. Anyone who can write wistfully of 'Tuppenny Nudgers' is okay by me! I remember seeing an actor friend perform many times in the 80s at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round and meeting the great Alan Ayckbourn!

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    Jul 10, 2008 at 5:13 AM

    ahh scarborough. havn't been there in years. Now i know why.

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