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.

    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 selection of donated toy tractors and ride on toys as well as a grassed area with swings. Our Farm Shop sells traditional farmhouse produce cakes and pastries freshly made in our Farm Bakery.

    Scarborough Sealife Sanctuary - Taking 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

    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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    Please check with individual establishments for details

    Opening Times

    9.00am-5pm Monday to Sunday (April-Oct)
    10.30am-4pm Monday to Sunday (Nov-March)


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

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    • Disabled Toilets
    • On Site Parking
    • Cycle Storage
    • Dogs Welcome on Leads
    • Disabled Access
    • Guide Dogs Welcome
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    • Restaurant
    • Cafe
    • Shop
    • Picnic Site
    • Toilets
    • Cater for Educational Groups
    • Events Venue
    • Risk Assessment Available
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Wedding Venue
    • Conference Facilities
    • Pre visit Available


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