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Naval Warfare at Peasholm Park

Naval Warfare at Peasholm Park

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The world-famous Peasholm Park Naval Warfare is a must see when visiting Scarborough! A unique family holiday attraction and possibly the longest running show of all time. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment in one of Europe's favourite parks.

Peasholm Park Naval Warfare is a unique holiday attraction and could be the longest running show of all time. As near as we can say, the first performance was held in about 1927. It was the brainchild of Mr George Horrocks who was the Entertainment's Manager for many years. Incidentally he was also responsible for the Open Air Theatre which is just across the road from Peasholm Park.

In the early days, the models consisted of First World War battleships which were known as Dreadnoughts; a mystery ship or two, known as Q ships, a liner bearing the name 'Orantes' and even in those days there was a submarine (U-boat). All the vessels were powered by manpower only - hard work for the operators! Although the vessels were 20ft plus, long cramped conditions inside created a host of problems. Electric power was introduced for the 1929 season.

During the 1939-45 war years all the models were kept in storage and unfortunately suffered battle damage in the form of dry rot and woodworm so that after the war the vessels made a visit to the breakers yard and were replaced with a new fleet of ships. The ships built were all scale models of the vessels which took part in the Battle of the River Plate and consisted of the following: British cruisers - HMS 'Ajax' HMS 'Achilles' and HMS 'Exeter' the latter being the flagship of the famous trio and of course the German battleship 'Graf von Spee'. The Royal Mail liner 'Asturias' was also introduced along with a submarine.

The format was changed in about 1960 when aircraft were introduced and since then we have included other vessels like the 'Jervis Bay' the tanker 'British Pride' and 'Ark Royal' in 1972.

The average life of one of these vessels is 20 to 25 years and many changes have taken place over the years. We are always trying to improve this unique attraction and the technical difficulties we encounter can be quite considerable. It is of course the smallest manned navy in the world and we are very proud of the fact that the show is known and has been reported in all parts of the world. It has been shown on both BBC and ITV networks but it must be remembered that this is a holiday show - lots of fun and a jolly good battle. Furthermore everyone lives to fight another day!

Naval Warfare Show (total 30 shows)
25 & 27 June (6pm start)
July/August - Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
August – 31
(All 3pm start)

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcome

Opening details

2019 dates: Saturday 29 June, show starts 6 pm (Armed Forces Day).
July & August - Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays until 31 August. Shows start at 3.00 pm.

The performance is subject to the weather. If heavy rain persists, the show may be cancelled.


2019 Prices:
£4.50 adult
£2.50 junior
£12 family ticket (2 adults / 2 children)


Tourism Bureau


North Bay,
North Yorkshire,
YO12 7TR



See location of Peasholm Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 035895  Lat: 54.29076 Long: -0.41036

By Road:
On entering Scarborough follow signs for the North Bay. Peasholm Park is situated opposite the roundabout leading onto the waterfront.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Scarborough station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome