Discover Yorkshire Coast - Animals & Nature

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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    Animals & Nature

    Filey Bird & Animal Park - Meet and feed a variety of friendly animals in their spacious paddocks - from giant rabbits to woolly alpaca’s spotty pigs and miniature ponies. Watch the ducks and geese splashing in the ponds or 'talk' to the turkeys and hear them gobble back to you!  Visit the Worm-world and Mini-beast Mansion, get in touch with your senses and dare to put your hands in the feely boxes. Learn some amazing wildlife facts at the pond, wild-flower meadow and other habitats or take part in our treasure hunt. See how quickly you can complete the adventure trail and how far you can see from the top of the fort. When you want to relax you can wander around the formal gardens and sit in the shady arbours or gazebo where you can watch the colourful birds. See the fish in the garden ponds or go through the door into the Secret Garden and get great views of the wildlife pond and its inhabitants.

    Filey Dams Nature Reserve
    - The last remaining freshwater marsh of any size in the region. It covers about 6 hectares, has interesting botanical specimens and is home to a number of mammal, insect and amphibian species.
    Permits not required but, to minimise disturbance visitors are restricted to the hides near car park and at the east pool (Image courtesy of Filey Brigg Ornithological Group).
    Playdale Farm, Scarborough – This attraction is a must for everyone come rain or shine. Get to know all our animals up close and personal. We have rare and unusual breeds including pigs, alpacas, chinchillas, hens, ducks, geese, cows, rabbits and Guinea pigs.
    For the wet days there are plenty of undercover areas; there is an undercover picnic area and undercover straw barn, where all the family can run around and play amongst the bales! There is a huge indoor play area with a ball pool and tractor zone adventure trail, a toddler area, and a gift shop and café. There is a large sandpit with buckets, spades and sit-on diggers, which are also undercover, so will protect you from the sun or the rain.

    Kennel Visits and Husky Walks at Pesky Husky Trekking - Situated between Scarborough and Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, Pesky Husky is a unique experience for any visitor. A family-run business with over 30 years of experience of the breed, Pesky Husky was set up in 2007, when our aims were to provide a centre where people could learn about the amazing qualities of the oldest breed on the planet, and how they are simply like no other dog. We also aim to provide a loving home for our dogs throughout their whole lives (having rescued about a third of our pack from unsuitable homes), by giving them the opportunity to do what Huskies are supposed to do- run! With 30 sled dogs for you to meet, we provide a range of exciting experiences, including Husky Trekking; a sport which gives you the opportunity to drive your own team of dogs on a two wheeled scooter around our purpose built trekking course, with its two exciting down-hills. For those who want a more relaxed session we can tailor your session to suit your individual abilities.

    The Moors National Park Centre - Located on the outskirts of the village of Danby, The Moors National Park Centre is at the very heart of the beautiful North York Moors and is the perfect place to start any visit to the National Park. Find out about the people, places and wildlife of the North York Moors with the interactive exhibits and take a look at the acclaimed Inspired by… gallery, with its changing exhibitions of work by accomplished artists.  For kids, there’s an outdoor adventure play area and indoor climbing wall, children’s trails and a lively events programme.

    The Children's Zoo at Sewerby Hall and Gardens – Be introduced to an exciting world of mammals and birds at Sewerby Zoo. Come and meet a wealth of domestic and wild animals from various countries such as pygmy goats from Africa and llamas from South America.
    Our newest additions, four ring-tailed lemurs can often be found sunbathing in their  fabulous new enclosure.
    Firm favourites are our Humboldt penguins who are fed every day at 3pm.

    National Centre for Birds of Prey - During your visit you will see a large collection of exotic and spectacular birds of prey. There will be three flying demonstrations every day and very often, there will be opportunities to see the birds being trained on the flying field.  The Fountain Tearoom offers wonderful home cooked food with a range of daily specials on the blackboard. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available with seating in the flying ground and picnic tables are situated in the Hawk Walk and the flying ground.

    Visitor Centre & Animal Farm at Betton Farm - This Animal Farm in East Ayton is a great place for your children to play and learn. You'll have a great time exploring the farm and paddocks and getting to know all the animals. Meet Henry the goat and pet our donkeys Shetland ponies and horses. Play hands-on with our rabbits and Guinee pigs. We have a large selection of toy tractors a sand-pit and play equipment for both younger and older children. Our Farm Shop sells traditional farmhouse produce cakes and pastries freshly made in our Farm Bakery.

    Scarborough Sealife Sanctuary - Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rock-pool experience. Don't miss our outdoor exhibits - penguins, seals and otters!

    Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo - One price family adventure park with over 100 rides and attractions including the UK's only motorbike launch rollercoaster, the free falling cliff hanger and Kamali the suspended looping rollercoaster. There are also 5 family shows plus the UK's largest privately owned zoo home to many exotic species including giraffes, lions, rhinoceros and tigers.

    Discover Yorkshire Coast

    A Coastline of Contrasts. It has a Glorious Coast, Delicious Cuisine, Rich Culture & History, Beautiful Countryside, Outdoor Adventure, Creative Events, Spectacular Views - The Yorkshire Coast it 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.
    Join the racing elite for the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 kicking off on the 3 May. 2018 sees the Tour extended to four days, with the Stage Three finish at Scarborough’s striking North Bay.

    Say ‘Thank you’ to our British Armed Forces at the ever popular Armed Forces Day on 30 June – with vintage stalls, marching bands, air displays and music; it’s a memorable day where we show support for our brave men and women, past, present and future.

    The 20th annual Scarborough Maritime Festival takes place on 20 to 22 July. 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 craft and food stalls.

    On 28 & 29July Filey hosts the Festival of Filey – 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 on 11 to 13 August, the regatta is a full weekend of entertainment - embracing yacht and rowing races plus much more; finishing 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 18 to 24 August.

    On 8 September, as the darker nights roll in, we welcome the Goldwing Light Parade to Scarborough’s South Bay; this popular event is one of the UK’s most glitzy Goldwing charity events!

    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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    9.30am-5pm - Wednesday


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

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