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Trip Report Day out in Scarborough

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Every so often Mrs Bilbo does a day business trip and I go along to see the odd UK city/town that I've never been to before. This June I went to Scarborough.

Scarborough is a town on the east coast north of Hull, you can get there by car from York or by Train. Scarborough has far too many tattoo parlours, fish and chip shops, golden beeches and doughnut stalls. But there some high spots, a castle, museum, art gallery etc.

Gardens, this small town has lot of hidden formal gardens, not especially well planted (the times of Scarborough's money and glory are long gone) but there is a lot of grass to sit down or let the kids go running around on.

Geology Museum, the Rotunda is a very early museum in world wide terms and has recently been upgraded but is frankly publicity for two sponsoring companies and some impressive fossils (but only if you are really into rocks), you can visit this along with the next site for £3 over the 24 hours

Art Gallery, very well positioned with some fine views onto the bay. Most of the works are the sort of Victorian pieces that the wealthy would bequeath to an art gallery but there are a couple of nice paintings and some very good WW1 charcoals. http://www.scarboroughmuseumstrust.com/

The Woodend, a slightly unusual Victorian villa developed by the Sittwell family as their third favourite house. It now houses some developing businesses (incl the BBC) and the Association of Illustrators (original book art for sale!). Free to visit. Www.woodendcreative.co.uk

The Front, what can I say about the beech front that has not been said about other tacky towns? Still with not a cloud in the sky, 18C and the cleanest golden sand I've seen for a long time.

The Castle, well for £5.20 this is a steal http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/scarborough-castle/ you can look down on south and north bays from up here and imagine you are deep in a castle.

The bombardment, it turns out that the German Imperial Navy decided to bombard the town in 1914 destroying churches, schools and hotels, you get reminded about the occasion in lots of the official buildings. It did not go down well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Scarborough,_Hartlepool_and_Whitby

Shopping, is actually pretty good with the better mid-range shops all over.

Alan Ayckbourn's tried out all his works in this theatre https://www.sjt.uk.com/

Would I come and stay here, probably not but would I spend a day here and possibly combine it with Robin Hood's Bay https://www.robin-hoods-bay.co.uk/, oh yes..

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