Discover Yorkshire Coast - Activities & Tours

Discover Yorkshire Coast is the official Tourism Board for the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors. For accommodation, what’s on and where to go  is the definitive website. We have a team of local experts on hand 7 days a week to help you plan your next holiday, day trip or business visit to the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors. 

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    Activities & Tours 

    We have a wealth of activities on the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors. Check out for a full list of activities but to whet your appetite here are a few ideas.

    •    Cycling - We love our cycling here in Yorkshire! We even have our own equivalent of the Tour de France - the Tour de Yorkshire. Imagine cycling along a rugged coastline, inhaling the fresh sea air whilst taking in some of the UK's finest views, or biking through thrilling forests, along challenging country lanes and on high open moorland surrounded by rolling's all possible in North Yorkshire.

    •    Walking - So wrote Alfred Wainwright acknowledging that on his famous Coast-to-Coast walk the finest section outside Lakeland lay between Ingleby Cross and Clay Bank Top over the North York Moors.

    Something Lakeland and the Yorkshire Dales don't have is dramatic coastal walking. The Cleveland Way National Trail (110 miles/177km) combines both beautiful moorland and coastal walking in one continuous well way-marked route between Helmsley and Filey. To go full circle and extend your holiday, head inland from the outskirts of Scarborough and follow the 48 miles (77km) Tabular Hills route back to Helmsley.

    Alternatively you can just dip in for a day and do a Try a Trail walk. There's 6 mile (9.7km) Ravenscar round and the 4.8 mile (7.8km) Osmotherley Ramble, or have a go at the Roseberry Topping trek.

    A whole stretch of the Yorkshire Coast around 35 mile long between Staithes and Flamborough Head to the south, is known as the Dinosaur Coast with fossils going back an impressive 120 million years! From the National Trust Coastal Centre at Ravenscar, follow a trail pointing out the sites of interest to fossil hunters. Check out the organised fossil hunting trips from Whitby, and Scarborough's Rotunda Museum also has exhibitions and Dinosaur Coast events.

    •    Surfing - The Yorkshire Coast is one of the best areas for surf in England. This stretch of coastline boasts some of the UKs finest beaches and with its natural geology creating spectacular surfing conditions; it makes the East Coast a perfect place to stay for a surfing holiday.

    The popular surfing resorts like Cayton Bay, Scarborough, Saltburn, Bridlington and Whitby have some great accommodation on offer, from camp sites, glamping and caravan parks, to self-catering and B&Bs by the sea, use our search tool below to help find and book your base.

    And, if the surf decides not to play ball, and you're not one for sitting around twiddling your thumbs, take a day trip out to the North York Moors. A quick 10 - 20 minute drive and you'll find yourself surrounded by some of the most picturesque places to go for a walk or long-distance hike. There's some brand-new bike trails too, with routes on offer for all abilities. You should also consider checking out the guys at Pesky Husky - great fun!

    Coasting along...

    We Brits clearly love our coasts - thousands of us flock to the seaside each year to enjoy wide open spaces, bracing air and fantastic seafood. The Yorkshire Coast offers some of the best coastal resorts and attractions in the country, from the towering cliffs of the north to the gentle beaches further south, the Yorkshire Coast has something for everyone, whether you're wanting to relax, challenge yourself, take in Art, Culture and History, try an exciting new sport, or just laze on a beach with the sand between your toes? Whatever your ideal holiday, you'll find it on the Yorkshire Coast!

    Cayton Bay

    With its magnificent wide sweeping bay, dog-friendly beach, affordable parking and great facilities. Cayton Bay is a magnet for holidaymakers and is a beautiful place to explore, no matter what time of the year you decide to visit. A favourite with surfers, bird watchers, fun-seekers and fossil hunters, or those who just want to relax and unwind.


    A beautiful stretch of beach, one of the longest in the UK - its never crowded, however busy it is. Take a walk, paddle in the sea, build a sandcastle, or look out for migatory birds on the famous Filey Brigg - no wonder the locals say 'Filey makes you Smiley'! With its glorious sweep of soft golden sand, Filey beach is one of the best in the country for families!


    One of the most intriguing places on the Yorkshire Coast for those interested in history, the spectacular clifftop. Ravenscar was once an important part of the British dyeing industry: the peak alum works is now a National Trust site. Like many of the other towns and villages on the Jurassic Coast, it's a magnet for fossil hunters.

    Robin Hood's Bay

    Once the perfect haven for smugglers - believed to have been the busiest smuggling community on the coast in the 18th century - this historic fishing village is known worldwide for its steep main street leading visitors down through a tangle of alleyways and side streets packed with quirky shops, cafes and pubs to a family-friendly beach complete with rock pools.

    Runswick Bay

    Voted the location of one of the best 50 beaches in the world by readers of The Guardian in 2016, Runswick Bay is picturesque and photogenic, its red-roofed cottages clinging impossibly to the cliff above the bay, The golden beach is just made for nostalgic seaside trips - rock pooling, fossil hunting, sandcastle building and walking are favourite pastimes.


    One of Yorkshire’s gems: a centre of the thriving ironstone industry on the coast, with a huge array of Victorian architecture. The town has  thriving arts and food scene, gorgeous gardens, and a popular and recently renovated miniature railway. Also boasting a glorious Victorian  pier and one of the world's oldest water-powered funiculars.


    A charming village stretched along a sweep of fine beach, divided by a stream running into the sea, Sandsend is great for families, surfers and fossil hunters, or those looking for a nostalgic break. It has some great places to eat from beach shacks serving crab sandwiches to fine food restaurants, a gallery and luxury hotel, with not just one but two spas!


    Holidaymakers have loved Scarborough since probably becoming the world's first seaside resort as far back as the 1600s, hardly surprising, with its stunning scenery and glorious beaches and the history of the Spa waters were discovered and the wealthy began to flock to the town to improve their health.


    Let's leave it to Staithes most famous 'resident' Old Jack - or rather the actor who plays him in Old Jack's Boat, Bernard Cribbins - to  sum up the village: "I've filmed in a lot of locations throughout my career, but there's something about the sea air, the beauty and the friendliness in Staithes that makes it a special place to be."


    Whitby offers year round for its Blue Flag beaches and myriad attractions, including the world-famous steam-powered North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Whitby is steeped in history: fishing, whaling, the jet industry, Captain Cook, the glorious Abbey, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was inspired by the town and Goth Festival that draws visitors from around the globe.

    Discover Yorkshire Coast 

    Glorious Coast, Delicious Cuisine, Rich Culture & History, Beautiful Countryside, Outdoor Adventure, Creative Events, Spectacular Views - The Yorkshire Coast has it all.

    Stretching from Spurn Point to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, this unique stretch of coastline boasts a string of gorgeous and very different seaside towns and villages, from traditional resorts such as Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, to picture-perfect fishing communities like Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes. Many of which are in the stunning North York Moors National Park.

    It’s a coastline of many contrasts, whether you’re a family looking for a welcoming beach, a food lover in search of the best and the freshest, or the outdoor type in search of walks and wildlife, the Yorkshire Coast offers the perfect holiday.

    You won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to lay your head after a busy day having fun. From traditional bed & breakfasts, pubs & Inns, 4 star hotels, luxury boutique boltholes, country estates, manor houses and self-catering cottages & apartments; to working farms with wigwams, wagons and tree top lodges – the accommodation on the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors is as varied as the landscape.

    Whether you’re a gourmet connoisseur, a budding Sir Bradley Wiggins, a land lubber or a salty sea dog – we’ve got an event for you.

    Having fast become an annual event the Tour de Yorkshire causes a flurry of excitement as it rushes through the country roads of Yorkshire in early May. Scarborough has been lucky enough to host a stage finish each year so far, on the beautiful North bay.

    Celebrate Whitby’s Fishing Heritage at Whitby’s new ‘Fish and Ships’ festival. Explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s magnificent maritime culture, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants. Choose from an endless choice of activities at this jaunty weekend, with so much to enjoy for all the family.

    Say ‘Thank you’ to our British Armed Forces – And 2020 will see Scarborough have the special privilege of hosting the National Armed Forces Day right here on the coast! – with vintage stalls, marching bands, breath-taking air displays and music to the max; it’s a memorable day where we show support for our brave men and women, past, present and future.

    Scarborough’s Maritime Festival -  Seafest welcomes budding pirates and land lubbers alike, with live music from dawn to dusk, foods from around the world, demonstrations in the cooking theatre by top local chefs  and over 30 food and craft stalls.

    Filey hosts their annual Festival – ‘Return of the Dragon’.  With live bands, musicals, motorcycle stunts and riding shows; go along and enjoy a weekend of free entertainment and family fun!

    Whitby Regatta sails in during August featuring yacht and rowing races alongside a full weekend of entertainment – culminating with a spectacular firework display. For those who prefer their entertainment on dry land of the musical variety then stay on for the Whitby Folk week kicking off in and around the local bars.

    As the darker nights roll in, September, welcomes the Goldwing Light Parade to Scarborough’s South Bay; this popular event is one of the UK’s most glitzy Goldwing charity events!

    In October see Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations. Have your camera at the ready as you explore the gothic splendour of the ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow.

    So what are you waiting for? Visit to find out about all the events and make some memories on the Yorkshire Coast.

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    Sunday - 9am-5pm (April – Sept) 10.30am – 4pm (Oct-Mar)


    Tourism Services, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicolas Street, Scarborough , YO11 2HG

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