Visiting Peasholm Park, Scarborough

‘Rated #6 in the UK’s Top Ten Parks by Trip Advisor Travellers Choice 2013 & 2014’

In 1911, land was purchased by the borough with the intention of building a park around a lake. Statues were brought in from Killerby Hall, which is now known as Flamingo Land and plants were sourced and brought from the French Riviera.

 It first opened it’s gates to the general public in June 1912 and has been popular ever since. Many fetes and galas were initially held at the park, so terraced seating was added to accommodate more visitors.

 One question I hear from most people new to Peasholm Park and one, admittedly that I’ve asked, is ‘What’s with the Japanese theme?‘ So, when I decided to write about the park, I was hopeful that my research would answer that question. However, I am sad to report that I’m actually none the wiser on the actual reason why. Only that it was the brainchild of a very forward-thinking engineer.

 There’s quite a bit more to the park than the lake and Japanese features. Upon walking halfway around the park you’re met by a valley and sea of greenery. Trees line the part of the park that is known as Peasholm Glen. The Glen has a real peaceful feel to it. Shaded by the trees it’s cooling. It features many shallow ponds and waterfalls. I have many a childhood memory of visiting with my grandfather in particular and sailing his homemade remote-controlled ship in the pools.

 As you walk around you’ll be sure to be greeted by many a grey squirrel and don’t be fooled, they’re tamer than you’d expect.

The park has much to offer its visitors. There’s a small round of golf, boat rides around the lake in either a pedal-powered dragon or a more daring rowboat. If you wish to sit and enjoy the setting, the park has two cafes that offer light snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams.

Summer season sees the return of the famous Navel Warfare events at the park, held every Saturday through July to the end of August. Brass and silver bands also take over the smaller island in the lake to play concerts to visitors throughout the season. I recommend visiting for both events, there’s nothing else like them around.


Peasholm Park

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  1. New Girl in Toon
    15th July 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Oooh! I went there many many moons ago. We stumbled across it during a day trip when we were on holiday! I'd forgotten all about it xx

    • Caroline
      1st August 2015 / 8:58 am

      It's a lovely place to visit. A hidden gem, if you wish. 🙂 x

  2. 15th July 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I used to go here as a kid! Not alone obvs, my parents took me. I can remember screaming at the loud bangs during one of the events! X

    • Caroline
      1st August 2015 / 9:00 am

      Haha! That would be the Navel Warfare show! We took our little boy at the weekend and he screamed a 🙂 x

  3. 18th July 2015 / 11:59 am

    I really like Peasholme park, it's such a pretty place!

    • Caroline
      1st August 2015 / 9:01 am

      It is isn't it. I think with living near it, sometimes you don't appreciate it. But it is a favourite place to visit at the moment. 🙂 x

  4. 23rd July 2015 / 2:28 pm

    I love this place! I love getting in the little peddle boats aha, we always went when we were little cause we'd always go on holiday to Scarborough! Aha.
    Kloe xx

    • Caroline
      1st August 2015 / 9:02 am

      Haha! I haven't dared man the boats yet.. one year, x

  5. 23rd July 2015 / 2:29 pm

    I love this place! I love getting in the little peddle boats aha, we always went when we were little cause we'd always go on holiday to Scarborough! Aha.
    Kloe xx

  6. Emma Wilcox
    1st September 2015 / 7:12 pm

    I had 2 holidays to Scarborough this year and never managed to get round to going here. I love it, tranquility at its best

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