Set on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast with stunning scenery and glorious beaches, Scarborough is a destination that has attracted visitors from near and far for over 400 years.
Scarborough is overlooked by a hilltop medieval castle dated from the 1150’s, and became well known as a spa town and Britain’s first seaside resort in the 17th Century. During the 1800’s it was home to the author Anne Bronte and saw the construction of The Crown and the Grand Hotel.
Despite its rich history, Scarborough doesn’t live in the past and is the ideal place to live and study today. The town is constantly innovating and was judged to be the ‘most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe’ at the European Enterprise Awards (2009).
Alongside the launch of CUS’s new campus and many start-up businesses, 2016 saw the opening of Alpamare’s new £15 million waterpark as part of the continuing redevelopment of North Bay.
There’s a lively local music scene and the Open Air Theatre attracts worldwide musicians from Olly Murs to James Bay, Jessie J to Jess Glynne and even Elton John. Outstanding drama is housed at the renowned Stephen Joseph Theatre – noted for hosting world premieres of Alan Ayckbourn’s award-winning plays.
Arts and Culture
As the largest town on the Yorkshire coast, Scarborough acts as a cultural hub for the area.
There’s a lively local music scene and the Open Air Theatre attracts worldwide musicians from Noel Gallagher to James Bay, Jessie J to Busted and even Elton John. Outstanding drama is housed at the renowned Stephen Joseph Theatre – noted for hosting world premieres of Alan Ayckbourn’s award-winning plays.
Food and drink wise, the town is packed with independent restaurants, brewpubs, bars and delis. Whether you like real ale, cream teas or cocktails, the range of great eateries satisfy everybody’s taste, including quirky coffee houses ‘Yay Coffee’ and the 2013 UK’s Best Café ‘Eat Me’.
The biggest names in comedy such as Noel Fielding, Bill Bailey and Jimmy Carr can be seen at the Spa Complex, and the 3-day arts and music event ‘Coastival’ is a highlight in Scarborough each February.
For those in need of retail therapy, they will find everything from high street favourites to independent retailers, who are the real hidden gems of the town centre.
Scarborough has a strong sporting heritage, showcased with a world-famous annual cricket festival that been taking place 1876. The town also plays host to:
- UK Pro Surfing tour
- Scarborough Surf Festival
- Barry Sheene Road Race Festival
- Powerboat Racing Grand Prix
- Tour de Yorkshire
For those wanting to get active, surfing lessons are very popular and the National Park and Dalby Forest offer a range of hiking and mountain bike trails, as well as Go Ape.
The new Scarborough Leisure Village is home to an eight-lane Olympic Legacy swimming pool, a four-court sports hall, 60-station fitness suite and more. It's also home to a new ground for Scarborough Athletic Football Club, which opened in 2017 – right next door to CUS!