“ Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK „
I have been visiting Scarborough virtually every year since I was a child and one place I usually end up during my visit is Peasholm Park, with this year being no exception.
The park is located in Scarborough's North Bay, not far from the beach. The park is well signposted as you head towards the North Bay, but should you wish to do the modern thing and use Sat Nav, enter postcode YO12 7TS.
There is parking close to the park, but as with most parking in Scarborough it is pay and display, and is not cheap. I asked my boyfriend how much we paid and he thinks it was £3 for 2 hours, although how accurate that is I can't be sure. There is a park and ride service in Scarborough, which we would have used at the time had we known about it, so I would recommend checking that out if you can.
~About the park~
The park was actually opened in 1912, making it 100 years old next year. What makes it stand out from other parks is the fact it has a Japanese theme. Yes, you did read that right, a Japanese themed park in North Yorkshire! Perhaps not exactly what you would expect to find, but it certainly makes the park stand out from any other I've been to.
As mentioned, I have been visiting this park for many years, mainly in the spring/summer months. This year I visited in late May. The park is free to enter and open 24hours a day. Dogs are welcome and in fact when we went the park was packed with dog walkers...we even saw one dog having a bit of a paddle in the lake!
If mobility is an issue, it should not stop you from enjoying most of the park, however some of the wooded areas can be a little bit steep and involve climbing steps, but certainly the area around the lake should be manageable for most people as it's mainly flat.
As you enter the park, you are greeted by the lake, which the park was built around. The most spectacular part of the lake is the pagoda, which is on top of a hill. This has a waterfall effect cascading down the front, although the last few years I've visited it has not been switched on. There are also pedalos shaped with dragon's heads on the lakes, and again I don't recall having seen them in use for a number of years now.
There are little rivers running through the park with red and yellow bridges over them in keeping with the oriental theme. The rivers actually have little lights and Chinese style lanterns over them, which I assume must light up at night, and there are various little oriental style sculptures dotted around on small islands in the water.The plants also follow an oriental theme, I am no expert when it comes to plants but there are a few pretty little flowerbeds dotted around the place.
As you continue your journey around the park you end up in a more wooded area with lots of little twists and turns, you can literally spend hours exploring. One of the things I enjoy about the park is that wherever you go, there always seems to be something to see. There are lots of sculptures and carvings throughout the park, as well as little features such as wishing wells - we of course threw a penny in and made a wish, just as as I remember doing 15-20 years ago as a child. Some of the wooden sculptures are particularly impressive, we saw a dragons head, an owl, and a fish amongst others. I think the most striking of the sculptures was a Japanese warrior (at least that's what I assume it was) carved from the trunk of a tree still rooted into the ground.
The park is also home to lots of wildlife. There are lots of ducks, swans and geese around the lake, I must admit I'm not overly keen on geese (I find them slightly scary!), but we did see a mother with lots of little baby geese which were quite sweet. There are also a huge amount of squirrels in the park, and you can get reasonably close to them as they are obviously used to people, and I have seen people feeding them in the past.
Everything seems to cost a fortune these days whether you are holidaying in the UK or abroad, so it's nice to go somewhere that you can have an enjoyable day out without having to spend any money (expect that penny in the wishing well!). The park is suitable for all ages, and should provide a few hours of entertainment as you look around and explore. If you're in the Scarborough area, I would certainly recommend Peasholm Park as somewhere worth checking out.
Peasholm Park is a lovely park area located in the North Bay of Scarborough. I used to love going there as a kid and now returning as an adult, it's undoubtedly the best part of Scarborough for me.
Peasholm Park is set around a medium-sized lake that is home to an array of wildlife including fish, ducks, geese and swans - the duck are always hungry so make sure you take a loaf of bread with you to feed them! You can hire boats (in the shape of swans and dragons) to ride on the lake if you wish - just watch out for the duckies!
As a child I loved the battleships - this is a show put-on in the park on various days throughout the summer (mainly Saturdays and Thursdays, I think). The show consists of a fleet of model radio-controlled battleships which take to the lake and entertain the crowds with large explosions and music. I was in awe of the show as a little boy, but I haven't returned to see it as a adult for 2 reasons: 1) I don't want to spoil my childhood memories by thinking it's rubbish now and 2) it's £3.30 each to watch it, which seemed a little steep to me!
We now spend most of our time in Peasholm Park on the pitch and putt golf course. 18 holes costs £2.80 per adult which I think is an absolute bargain! They'll provide you with a pitching wedge, a putter and a ball so you don't have to carry your own around town - there is a £2 deposit for this, but you get it back at the end... providing you don't lose your ball! The course itself is relatively challenging for non-golfers, although I managed to go round in a quite respectable 3 over par. The course has some shallow bunkers and a few trees, but no water or anything too difficult.
After your round of golf, you might need some refreshments - luckily Peasholm Park has this covered in the form of a cafe. The cafe serves everything from soft drinks to teas and coffee as well as snacks such as ice creams and chocolates. I'm not 100% sure if they do donuts though - you might have to wander down onto the sea front for them. Next to the cafe are some toilets, which I believe are free to use.
Peasholm Park is now my favourite part of Scarborough, it's a great place to get away from the crowds on the sea front and spend a couple of hours relaxing. The whole area is clean and well-kept - a credit to Scarborough.
More information can be found on the website: www.peasholmpark.com
Peasholm Park is a large public park located in the North Bay area of the East Yorkshire resort of Scarborough. It is not just the largest park in the town it is also the oldest public recreation area and over the years it has become a major tourist attraction, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Peasholm Park is clearly sign-posted from almost everywhere within Scarborough so it is never hard to find no matter whereabouts you are.
Despite dozens of visits to Scarborough over the years I visited here for the very first time only recently. The first thing that I noted was that this is effectively two different parks, separated by a main road, the A165 known locally as Burniston Road. The park to the east of this road that extends to the coast is the smaller of the two halves and the first part of Peasholm Park that I discovered. The other half of the park I did not discover until a little later that same day.
The eastern side of the park features a large pond but this is full of pondweed and algae so it is certainly not the sort of place that you would take a swim. The main feature of this area is Peasholm Park Station, which is the train station for the North Bay light railway line which terminates here. The highlight of my visit here however in August 2008 was a Kingfisher that I watched at very close range fishing in the pond whilst the crowds walked by oblivious.
One thing that puzzled me a little was the rows and rows of steep steps dug into the grassy banking overlooking the pond. These are now overgrown with grass and look somewhat odd. I was to discover when I read an information sign in the park that when the park was created before the First World War it was a popular venue for shows and firework displays. In these days there was no pond and the shows took place where the pond is now located. These shows and displays proved so popular that terraced seating was constructed into the banks of the park to accommodate the huge crowds.
The other half of the park which I discovered during the afternoon of the same day that I visited the other part of the park is larger and more commercialised. The whole park has an Oriental theme and was quite a surprise. There is another pond and a large boating lake where the pedalos are in the shape of dragons whilst the buildings inside the park are all shaped like pagodas and there are fancy Chinese bridges. These pedalos can be hired out and are extremely popular. Apparently, twice a week during the summer months a naval battle is re-enacted in this part of the park which is based on the Battle of the River Plate. Whilst on a Sunday a big brass band plays in the bandstand.
The Oriental theme to Peasholm Park was the brainchild of a man called Harry W H Smith who was a local councillor back in 1911 when the council acquired an area of wasteland known as "Tuckers Field" He had the vision of creating a Japanese Garden although these days it has a more Chinese rather than Japanese feel to it. The council purchased a number of authentic Japanese statues and others were brought here from nearby Killerby Hall, which is now the location of Flamingo Land theme park. To compliment these statues exotic flowers were purchased and wonderful flower beds were created. The result certainly works and does not come across in the least bit tacky.
I certainly enjoyed my visit to Peasholm Park and therefore I would recommend it to others.
Amoung the beauty of flowers tress and the offerings of mother nature there is a lovely boating lake and bridge that should not go amiss.