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Ravenscar

Ravenscar is one of the most intriguing places on the Yorkshire coast for those interested in history. Its dramatic clifftop location made it ideal as a site for one of a string of Roman signal stations along this part of the Yorkshire coast.

The Raven Hall Hotel, perched broodingly on the clifftop, was once a home owned by King George III’s physician, Dr Francis Willis: it’s rumoured that the king may have stayed there during his treatment.

A stone’s throw away is the alum works, once an important part of this country’s fabric dyeing industry, and now a fascinating National Trust site.

In the late Victorian period, big plans were made for Ravenscar to become a holiday resort to rival Scarborough and Whitby. Roads were laid out, a handful of fine houses were built and sewers laid. But Peak – as it would have been named – never really caught on, perhaps because of the steep path down to the beach – and the development company went bankrupt. But remnants of the resort that never was remain.

And – like the rest of this fabulous Jurassic coast – the beach at Ravenscar is a wonderful place to find fossils.

 

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What's On

Event Table

Events from
date event
Mon 1 Jan - Mon 31 Dec Curious About Scarborough at Scarborough Town, Scarborough
Mon 1 Jan - Mon 31 Dec Star Carr Display at Rotunda Museum, Scarborough
Sat 24 Mar - Sun 4 Nov Whitby in the Time of Cook at Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Whitby
Mon 26 Mar - Tue 4 Dec Tea Dances with Ray Kirk at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Mon 26 Mar - Mon 25 Mar 6 a side football league at Bridlington, Bridlington
Wed 28 Mar - Sun 28 Oct Wurlitzer Afternoon Tea Dances at The Scarborough Fair Collection, Scarborough
Sat 7 Apr - Sun 2 Sep "They will not dream of us poor lads..." at Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough

Discover Events in the Coastal Villages

Star Carr Display

Star Carr Display

Scarborough

Mon 1 Jan - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Star Carr is one of the most important Early Middle Stone Age sites ever found and it is right on our doorstep; only a few miles south of Scarborough.

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Exhibition: 'Whitby in the Time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman' 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific in 1768. As he weighed anchor at Plymouth, what did he take from Whitby?

Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby

Mon 26 Mar - Tue 4 Dec 2018

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away on one of Yorkshire's largest dance floors in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Win the cup!

6 a side football league

Bridlington

Mon 26 Mar 2018 - Mon 25 Mar 2019

Kick of World Cup Year in Style with a brand new football league

Wilfred Owen

"They will not dream of us poor lads..."

Scarborough

Sat 7 Apr - Sun 2 Sep 2018

This exhibition will focus on the final year of Wilfred Owen’s life between 1917 and 1918, much of which was spent in Scarborough.

Winifred's War

Winifred's War

Scarborough

Sat 7 Apr - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Curated by Photojournalist, Lee Karen Stow, this exhibition explores the life and work of novelist and journalist, Winifred Holtby, who used her literary talents to campaign and advocate for peace before her untimely death, aged only 37.

The Feast of the Vineyard by Rossetti

Tour of the Pre-Raphaelite Windows and Decorations

Scarborough

Tue 1 May - Tue 2 Oct 2018

A free weekly Guided Tour to view the Pre-Raphaelite stained glass and decorations of the Church. Tours take place at 10.30am every Tuesday from 1st May - 2nd October

Rides and Stalls For Children.

Children's rides and activities

Withernsea

Thu 10 May - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Children's rides and activities each weekend and during all school holidays.

The 39 Steps

39 Steps

Scarborough

Thu 21 Jun - Thu 23 Aug 2018

A gripping, hilarious, brilliant, fast-moving whodunnit based on the Hitchcock classic.

39 STEPS

THE 39 STEPS

Scarborough

Thu 21 Jun - Thu 23 Aug 2018

THE 39 STEPS - THE ROUND • THEATRE A gripping, hilarious, brilliant, fast-moving whodunnit based on the Hitchcock classic.

Bridlington Old Town Gallery

Visiting artist Carol Davidson

Bridlington

Sun 1 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018

Carol Davidson is the next artist to hold an exhibition at Bridlington Old Town Gallery. The exhibition opens on the 1st July 2018 and runs throughout July and August at the gallery in Bridlington Old Town.

Captain Cook at Whitby Abbey

Captain Cook

Whitby

Sat 7 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first expedition to the South Seas by visiting the great man’s home port of Whitby. It's here he learnt his seafaring skills and set sail on his famous voyage into the unknown.

Image © Derek Gauld

Derek Gauld

Scarborough

Tue 10 Jul - Sun 5 Aug 2018

Scarborough Art Gallery are pleased to be hosting this new Cafe Gallery exhibition on behalf of Derek Gauld.

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2

Scarborough

Fri 20 - Thu 26 Jul 2018

Mamma Mia 2

Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again!

Scarborough

Fri 20 Jul - Thu 2 Aug 2018

Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast

Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast

Scarborough

Sat 21 Jul 2018 - Sun 21 Jul 2019

A story through time from Whitby to Flamborough Head

Hands on History at Scarborough Castle

Hands on History: Knights and Princesses

Scarborough

Sat 21 Jul - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Join the Hands on History Crew at Scarborough Castle this summer holiday and enjoy family-friendly knights and princesses activities every day.

Spa Orchestra Morning

Scarborough Spa Orchestra 2018 - Morning Concerts

Scarborough

Sun 22 - Thu 26 Jul 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Scarborough Spa Orchestra's 106th year will take place 4 June-13 September 2018.

Tony Hogan

Tony Hogan - Painting

Scarborough

Mon 23 - Fri 27 Jul 2018

Join us at Cober Hill for a Painting holiday!

Hands on History at Whitby Abbey

Hands on History

Whitby

Mon 23 Jul - Mon 3 Sep 2018

Join the Hands on History Crew at Whitby Abbey this summer holiday and enjoy hands on sea themed activities every day.

Zoo

Zoo

Whitby

Mon 23 Jul 2018

A 12-year old boy and his misfit friends enlist an older woman in their fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941.

Naval Warfare

Naval Warfare

Scarborough

Mon 23 Jul 2018

If you're visiting Scarborough, the world-famous Peasholm Park Naval Warfare is a must see. A unique family holiday attraction and possibly the longest running show of all time!

Magic Mike Summer Show

Magic Mike: Summer Show

Whitby

Mon 23 Jul 2018

The Magic Mike Summer Show returns to Whitby Pavilion this Summer for brand new magic tricks and entertainment for all.

Spa Orchestra Evening

Scarborough Spa Orchestra 2018 - Evening Concert

Scarborough

Mon 23 Jul 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Scarborough Spa Orchestra's 106th year will take place 4 June-13 September 2018.