Is this the most beautiful Public Park in any British town? We certainly think so. Peasholm Park is an absolute gem! A central island with Japanese Pagoda ornately sitting on top, is surrounded by a lake. A waterfall cascades from the top of the island. Here you can circumnavigate the island on the Dragon or Swan themed pedalos.
And make sure you watch the world famous 'Naval Warfare' every Monday and Thursday. This is one of the world's oldest shows and features model ships manned by people inside reinacting a famous wartime battle, complete with firing planes, explosions and sinking ships!
And don't miss Peasholm Park's most beautiful secret: Peasholm Glen. A stream flows down numerous little waterfalls into lush pools surrounded by some of the biggest variety of trees and foliage found anywhere in Britain with examples from all over the world. The narrow valley creates shelter for these exotic species and the Japanese themed furniture, weeping willow trees, nature trails, picnic benches and ornaments create a true paradise within the town boundary.
South Cliff Gardens
The South Cliff Gardens cover an area from The Spa Bridge south to the Holbeck Landslip. As well as the flowerbeds on The Esplanade, highlights include the Rose Garden, Italian Gardens and Shuttleworth Gardens and the maze of wooded paths that wind their way up and down the dramatic cliffs. Also of note is the elogant Victorian Esplanade including the building used in ITV's The Royal and the Clock Tower (pictured right). From the Esplanade you can take a ride of Britain's oldest and Cliff lift opened in 1875 and 284ft long (or high)!
The Gardens have been cleverly designed, with huge trees acting both as a stabiliser for the clay cliffs and as a shelter from the cold North Easterly winds in winter, enabling a huge variety of plants to prosper. The Gardens are also on the Register of Historic Gardens meaning there is a duty to maintain them and allocate resources.
The Gardens, which originate from the 1850's are totally free to explore.
Royal Albert Park
Royal Albert Park has undergone a complete renovation and links Marine Drive & the promenade of the North Bay to the castle. Paths wind their way up and down or take the steps for a more direct ascent or disent.
A brand new skate park and bike park has been created which is floodlit at night and offers a first class, clean and safe place for skating and biking, without taking away from the incredible natural beauty of the area. It's a wonderful way to walk up to the castle or down to the north bay with picnic benches and find views of the sweeping north bay.
The Mere & Olivers Mount Country Park
The Mere is a natural lake in a valley fringed by Olivers Mount Country Park on one side and the railway track & A64 Seamera Road on the other. Once 40 acres in area, the creation of the railway and landscaping, it now measures 16 acres.
In the 20th century, the Mere was a popular tourist attraction owned by Scarborough Corporation, with rowing boats, a cafe and putting green. There was also a miniature Spanish galleon - the Hispaniola - which made trips across to 'Treasure Island' where holidaymakers could dig for Doubloons. Unfortunately dredging and maintenance of the lake decreased, and the increased silt & weed meant that waterborne activities stopped. The Hispaniola now carries pasengers around Scarborough's South Bay from the harbour.
The Mere is now part of the Olivers Mount Country Park and is managed by the Scarborough Mere Angling Club as a fishing lake, with the southern end used by waterskiers and is a very peaceful place to escape to.
The Crescent Gardens
The Crescent was designed in 1823 as part of a huge building programme by the Victorians in Scarborough. The gardens offer a quiet refuge right in the heart of the town centre and are also home to Scarborough Art Gallery and Woodend Creative Workspace.