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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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Ravenscar Coastline 
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What's On

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date event
Sat 1 Jul - Sun 7 Jan A Day at the Seaside at Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
Sat 21 Oct - Sun 7 Jan A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough at Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
Sun 22 Oct All Ride at Bridlington North Promenade, Bridlington
Sun 1 - Tue 31 Oct Artist Phil Hargreaves at Old Town Gallery, Bridlington
Sun 1 - Tue 31 Oct Bempton Cliffs Nature Trail at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Bridlington
Sat 21 Oct - Mon 13 Nov Bridlington Contemporary Art at Bridlington, Bridlington
Wed 18 - Sun 22 Oct Bridlington Fun Fair at Bridlington, Bridlington

Discover Events in the Coastal Villages

A Day at the Seaside

A Day at the Seaside

Scarborough

Sat 1 Jul 2017 - Sun 7 Jan 2018

Extended until 7 Jan 2018 Scarborough Art Gallery Sun, sand and spades, or wet, windy weekends - what has a seaside holiday meant over the centuries?

A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough

A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough

Scarborough

Sat 21 Oct 2017 - Sun 7 Jan 2018

The A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough exhibition explores the fascinating proposals of architect Stanley Davenport Adshead with his plans and photographs of the period.

All Ride

All Ride

Bridlington

Sun 22 Oct 2017

The scheme offers people with additional needs and mobility issues as well as their parents, carers the opportunity to take part in cycling. The designed route is predominately flat and takes in stunning views along the East Riding coast.

Where Did It All Go Wrong

Bridlington Contemporary Art

Bridlington

Sat 21 Oct - Mon 13 Nov 2017

"Revolution" An exhibition, of Submitted postcards, exploring the reality & idealism of the Russian Revolution 100 years on. Open Sat, Sun & Mondays

Halloween Special Event

Half Term Halloween

Filey

Sat 21 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017

Don't miss our Halloween special event

Halloween Trail

Halloween Trail

Bridlington

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Come and have fun with our spooky house and garden trails and earn a chocolate treat once complete.

Joan Murray

Joan Murray - With Great Pleasure

Scarborough

Mon 9 Oct - Thu 30 Nov 2017

Fashion - knitting, weaving, drawing, monoprints and collage

Captain Cook Museum

Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia

Whitby

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov 2017

It is not often realised that Captain Cook's ships sailed the length of the Asian coast from the icy coasts and smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka in Eastern Siberia, to the sleeping giant of Krakatoa in modern Indonesia.

McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k Road Race & Fun Run

McCain 10k Race

Scarborough

Sun 22 Oct 2017

The McCain 10km Road Race & Family Fun Run along the stunning Yorkshire Coast starting at Scarborough Spa.

Musicport

Musicport 2017

Whitby

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Musicport

Photography Exhibition

Photography Exhibition

Filey

Sun 22 Oct 2017

A collection of photographs by local photographers from Yorkshire & Around Photographic Group, in association with Filey Tourism Association.

Redcliffe Farm Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival

Scarborough

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

From giant pumpkins to a bouncy farm - this Halloween half term visit the Redcliffe Farm.

Ryedale Book Festival

Ryedale Book Festival

Scarborough

Sat 1 Apr - Thu 9 Nov 2017

This year our festival is a bit different because we are celebrating reading and all things book related all year. Yes, it is a big party, but we decided there was too many amazing events to squish into one weekend or even one week!

Car Boot

Skirlington Sunday Market and car Boot

Hornsea

Sun 5 Feb - Sun 17 Dec 2017

East Yorkshire's biggest Sunday market and car boot sales.

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Spooky Abbey

Whitby

Sun 22 - Mon 30 Oct 2017

Join us to mark Halloween at the atmospheric abbey that inspired Bram Stoker's gothic story, Dracula. Meet our Victorian storyteller for scary tales and explore the ruins with our spooky trail.

Spooky Half Term

Spooky Half Term

Whitby

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Join us for spooky storytelling and a creepy trail this October half term.

Car Boot

Strawberry Fields Car Boot & Market

Bridlington

Thu 30 Mar - Thu 26 Oct 2017

Bridlington's biggest weekly car boot sale. Open every Thursday from 30th March to the end of October 2017. Also open Bank Holiday Mondays and Tuesdays during the summer season, 6am-2pm, 100's of stalls, demo's, rides & attractions.

Rat Pack with Anita Harris

The Rat Pack with Anita Harris

Scarborough

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay Fossil Hunt

Scarborough

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Join us for a 3 hour fossil hunting trip along Runswick Bay. Each trip is different, but we should find a wide range of fossils from the Jurassic, around 160 million years ago.

All Ride

All Ride

Bridlington

Tue 24 Oct 2017

The scheme offers people with additional needs and mobility issues as well as their parents, carers the opportunity to take part in cycling. The designed route is predominately flat and takes in stunning views along the East Riding coast.

Fossil Hunting

Boggle Hole Fossil Hunt

Scarborough

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Join us for a fossil hunting trip along the southern part of Robin Hoods Bay. Each trip is different, but we should find a wide range of fossils from the Jurassic, around 160 million years ago.

Fossil Handling

Fossil Handling

Scarborough

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Explore prehistoric times and find out about dinosaur footprints in hands-on sessions with our fossil experts.

Sewerby Hall Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Storytime for under 5's

Bridlington

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Listen to a story about a friendly, but foolish, witch.

All Ride

All Ride

Bridlington

Wed 25 Oct 2017

The scheme offers people with additional needs and mobility issues as well as their parents, carers the opportunity to take part in cycling. The designed route is predominately flat and takes in stunning views along the East Riding coast.