Read about our enjoyable visit. What you can see and do there, and the interesting story of the park. Well worth a visit in Scarborough North Bay...
We paid a wonderful evening visit to beautiful Peasholm Park in Scarborough - ideal for a relaxing evening stroll for all the family!
Brief History of the Park
The park has only quite recently been re-opened again, after a major restoration project.
The park originally opened in 1912, when it fast became one of the major attractions of Scarborough, for tourists and residents alike.
Unfortunately, during the 1980's, visitor numbers fell, and the park went into decline. The park was closed for good in 1999, following a disastrous fire at the pagoda, started by vandals.
Luckily, heritage lottery funding has allowed the restoration of the pagoda itself, the Half-Moon Bridge and the beautiful gardens.
Read on to find out what awaits you at Peasholm Park these days....
Visiting the Park
Peasholm Park is a wonderful place to visit, by daytime or evening...
During the daytime, enjoy the boating lake in the sunshine... Hire a rowing boat, canoe, or one of those fantastic dragon-headed pedalos.
Enjoy refreshments, ice-creams, hot and cold drinks and even full meals at one of the 2 cafes in the park.
Experience the excitement of Naval Warfare - 'A Sea Battle in Miniature', with model boats on the lake.
This spectacle occurs frequently in the Summer months, in the afternoons, and is certainly well worth a visit.
Ian still has vivid memories of when he used to watch these as a kid.
(A small charge is payable).
Enjoy the 'Tree Trail' as you wander around the gardens. The park has several 'Champion Trees' in its collection - these are the biggest, widest, tallest, best etc of their particular species.
There are also 2 very rare 'Dickinson's Golden Elm' trees, which were previously believed to be extinct!
There is another tree so rare that it has not yet been positively identified!
There are plenty of friendly ducks to feed, and 2 beautiful black swans, who were very vocal, and far from the serene gliding of the more usual white swan, these 2 seemed tubo-charged, and zoomed about as if motorised!
The beautifully restored pagoda
Walk up the hill to the beautiful restored pagoda, and the tranquil, oriental zen garden - exquisite!
Oriental garden in the moonlight
On an evening the park is lit with hundreds of beautiful, multi-coloured fairylights - a spectacle in itself - quite magical!
Daytime and evening concerts, events, and silver and brass band performances are put on in the park - a wonderful location to just sit back, relax and enjoy the music.
The lake bandstand where many concerts are performed
Peasholm Park is at Scarborough north bay, on the north side of town, close to:
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