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Coastal Adventures: Exploring the Stunning Yorkshire Coast

Old Fashioned Family Fun on the Yorkshire Coast

Would I like to share my favourite parts of the Yorkshire coast and show the best of what this stunning coastline has to offer to families?

What an awesome question!

Thanks Parkdean Resorts for asking me, I’m a Yorkshire lass* at heart and I absolutely would!

*I snuck into Yorkshire from Nottinghamshire to be born in Doncaster Royal Infirmary, so Yorkshire will always have a piece of my heart!

Memory Making on the Yorkshire Coast

The Yorkshire Coast holds lots of fond memories for me, I went to Uni in Hull so we’d sometimes escape the stress to enjoy Scarborough for the day – eating chips, drinking cold beers and running screaming out of the Terror Tower. Other times would be more chilled, my parents would visit and take me to Bempton Cliffs or Flamborough Head to walk and birdwatch.

Best of both worlds

Since I’ve had my own kids we’ve had quite a few caravan trips to this part of the coast, to Bridlington and Whitby, but Cayton Bay where one of Parkdean Resorts’ Yorkshire holiday parks can be found, was a new discovery to me. I love this strip of coast, it’s the most unspoilt, old school beach I’ve found on this coast so far, and it’s slap bang right in the middle of some of my favourite bits.  All the fun of Scarborough 3 miles north and a few miles South and you’re into the most wild and unspoilt parts of the Yorkshire coastline at Bempton and Flamborough Head.

Our day out on the Yorkshire Coast

Old Fashioned Family Fun on the Yorkshire Coast

My kids had been working really hard at school my eldest was in the midst of SATs preparation, and my youngest had overcome some big challenges so it felt like a day of letting our hair down, spending some quality time together and indulging in all our favourite seaside treats.

The sun was shining, we bundled dogs, kids and ourselves in the car.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, although I love the Yorkshire coast whatever the weather.

Here we go jump in!

Yorkshire beaches

We love the variety of the North Yorkshire coast. Scarborough has all the fun of the fair and everything you would expect from the UK seaside, with rides, arcades, souvenir shops and miles of sandy beach. There is also a pretty harbour with boat trips and a lighthouse and castle.

Cayton Bay is the perfect beach to play all day, loosing hours finding fossils, building sandcastles and rockpooling. Bempton Cliffs is an RSPB reserve where you can follow the cliff path to a number of platforms specially designed to bring you closer to gannets, puffins and the sea birds,  in complete safety. Filey has lovely shops and cafes and a pretty beach where my two had their first donkey rides many years ago.

Cayton Bay –  a Secret Yorkshire Gem of a Beach 

Old Fashioned Family Fun on the Yorkshire Coast

Cayton Bay was new to us, and what a find!

It’s different to the other beaches in the area. So unspoilt.

It feels like going back in time, to the seaside beach days of my childhood. No distractions or amusements, but everything you need for the perfect family day at the beach.

Old Fashioned Family Fun on the Yorkshire Coast

There’s Lucy’s beach shack, which sells buckets, spades, snacks and ice creams, some toilets and a life guard station. That’s it! It’s a wonderful beach for playing on, with waterfalls, rock pools whether the tide is in or out, and streams down to the sea to play in and build sand castles around. So much space and peace and stunning unspoilt views of the coast.

Cayton Bay forced us all to slow right down.

Coastal activities

While we were out for the day we saw para gliders, kayakers and surfers, the North Yorkshire coast is a watersport lover’s paradise. Cycling also is huge in Yorkshire, with loads of family friendly routes along the coast and around the moors and forest. We were lucky to catch the Tour De Yorkshire sailing through Scarborough.

Scarborough has all sorts of themed boat trips, from fishing to speed boats to pirate boats.

For less adrenalin fuelled adventure, the coast has stunning walks taking you into breathtaking scenery and close to nature. Head out to Bempton and further on to Flamborough Head, a beautiful, wild coastal walk I remember tackling with family when I was at Uni in Hull. See the untamed Yorkshire coast here.

Of course no trip to the coast for us is complete without some old fashioned British seaside fun, wandering along the seafront at Scarborough, playing on the penny slot machines, fair ground rides, paddling in the sea and all our favourite seaside treats.

Places of interest

Scarborough Lighthouse is a lovely place for a wander as the day cools, but watch out, it is rumoured to be haunted by a former harbour master! Watch the fishermen at work on the pier and take in the harbour, the pretty fishing boats, lobster cages and of course the gulls. English Heritage’s 3000 year old Scarborough Castle – seen below to the right –  gives you amazing panoramic views over the coast, if you have the energy to climb it.


Cayton Bay is the perfect spot to dabble in some rock pooling, the surf shack sells fishing nets so all you need is your suncream and swimsuit.

Bempton Cliffs is a magical place, the sound of thousands of sea birds swarming in, the sight of little puffins bobbing along on the breeze. You might even see seals or porpoise. The views are stunning and there is something mesmerising about the sight and sound of so many birds sailing in and out. There is a visitor’s centre with a cafe and shop where you can hire binoculars or explorer backpacks to get the kids engaged in nature.


We love to make a guilty pleasures food pilgrimage to Scarborough, working our way along the sea front, indulging in bubblegum ice creams in chocolate cones dipped in sprinkles, melt in the mouth candy floss, sugary sticks of stripy minty rock, warm sugar sprinkled just baked donuts, fish and chips fried to a perfect golden crisp with mushy peas and, if you’re into seafood, like Mr A, little pots of cockles and crab sticks bought by the harbour.

Old Fashioned Family Fun on the Yorkshire Coast

What a Perfect Day!

And we even got a picture of me and him, me and the kids, and both dogs! Sign of a perfect family day out!

I’ve shared our wonderful #CoastalAdventures on facebook, twitter and instragram, and I would love to see your #CoastalAdventures and top tips for the Yorkshire coastline too!

If you are looking for more inspiration for coastal adventures check out Parkdean Resorts’ coastal blog post.

Post in Collaboration with Parkdean Resorts, ideas and opinions remain my own.



  1. midlifesinglemum
    25/05/2018 / 2:02 pm

    Stunning scenery. The Northern beaches are often unjustly neglected when it comes to UK beauty spots.

    • Penny Alexander
      06/06/2018 / 8:25 pm

      Oh I agree! And so much space to yourself and peace to be found 🙂

  2. 29/05/2018 / 9:00 pm

    I am a Yorkshire lass though I only lived there for 3 years from when I was born. But Yorkshire still has a special place in my heart. I adore Filey and Scarborough as that is where we had our first family holiday when my son was 9 months old. Lovely pictures Penny x

    • Penny Alexander
      06/06/2018 / 8:26 pm

      Such lovely places to make memories, from one Yorkshire lass at heart to another!

  3. 31/05/2018 / 3:06 pm

    I love the Yorkshire coast and often visit Scarborough and Filey, such lovely beaches for a family day out x

    • Penny Alexander
      06/06/2018 / 8:27 pm

      We ran out of time for Filey, but do remember the kids loving it a few years back!

  4. 12/06/2018 / 1:26 pm

    Yorkshire has some of the best beaches in Europe!

  5. pigeonpairandme
    16/07/2018 / 1:47 pm

    This looks gorgeous – not least the description of the food. I’d love some sugar sprinkled doughnuts right now – yum!

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