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The Ultimate Guide to Peasholm Park & Surrounding Areas

Welcome to our ultimate guide to Peasholm Park. We are a team of passionate locals who love nothing more than sharing our knowledge and experience of this unique and beautiful area with visitors. As residents of the Peasholm area ourselves, we know exactly what makes this place so special and want to help you explore everything it has to offer!

Peasholm Park Cafe

On-site Facilities

Find out what facilities are inside the park - cafe, toilets, kiosk and activities.

Activities around Peasholm

What else is there to do nearby?

Check out our favourite nearby attractions - including Northstead Manor Gardens, the OAT and North Bay Railway

Peasholm FAQs


We answer common questions we get asked by visitors - like when is the Naval Warfare show? Is the park dog-friendly? How much does it cost? Where should we park?

Learn about the nature in Peasholm Park

Learn about the wildlife in the park

What types of ducks and birds call Peasholm their home? And what special visitors do we get?

We have some avid local birders - and they've caught some rare birds on camera.

Peasholm Park History

Learn about the history of the park

We have a full page packed with info on how and when the park was built, and why it was even more popular in the 1920s to 1960s than it is today.

What's on this year in Peasholm Park

What's on in 2024

What events are on nearby for the 2024 season?


And of course, don't forget to check out our

Peasholm Park Nature Trail

Peasholm Park Nature Trail

On-Site Facilities in Peasholm Park

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Peasholm Park Dog Friendly?

Absolutely! In fact it is one of our favourite places to walk our own dogs. There are so many paths and different routes up and down the Glen, you'll find something different to discover each time.

Although dogs must be kept on their lead around the main lake and duck ponds, they are actually allowed off lead in the Glen area (although if your dog has a high prey drive, its best to keep them on a lead - some of our ducks nest further up the beck, and we get a lot of small furries).

We're working on an in-depth guide for walking your dog around the Peasholm area, including all the different paths and trails you can take right up to the cinder track and down to the beach - we want to share our local knowledge as much as possible.

Dog Friendly Scarborough

How much does it cost?

Peasholm Park is completely FREE!

There are paid events on throughout the year (such as the Naval Warfare show, and Scarborough Lights) which close off part of the park unless you have a ticket, but the rest of the time the entire park is open and free to everyone.

Other activities in the park such as the rowing boats, pedaloes and mini golf have a fee. You can find out more details at the relative kiosks (or check the tripadvisor reviews).

Where is the nearest car park?

Northstead Manor Drive/Burniston Road is the closest car park, literally over the road from the North entrance. The entrance is accessed from Northstead Manor Drive.

The car park is free in the winter months - so make the most of the low season.

Are there Picnic Areas?

There are plenty of places where you can lay out a picnic blanket, but there aren't any tables or eating areas around the main lake and duck ponds (unless you buy something from the cafe and use their seating area - you might not be allowed to eat your own food there though!).

There are some lovely grassy areas near the South entrance to the park (around the boating pier).

If you head up into the glen, there are a couple of wooden picnic benches and seats - however the seats have seen better days so may not be too comfortable, but go have a look and decide for yourself.

We wouldn't advise having a BBQ though - there aren't any designated BBQ spaces in Peasholm Park, and causing grass fires or scorch marks can land you in trouble (and could even result in a hefty fine). Disposable BBQs are due to be outlawed in the UK as they cause so many fires and destruction to habitats - make some sarnies instead!

A small favour...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you put all of your rubbish in a bin. There are plenty around the park, and in the glen.

We spend a lot of time clearing up litter left by visitors, and see first hand the destruction it causes to the local wildlife. Most rubbish is plastic, which degrades and ends up in the sea. Aluminium cans end up breaking and can cut dogs' paws, and we've seen ducks and birds trying to eat litter thinking it is food. Plus it looks ugly!

Our park is so beautiful, and we'd like you to help us keep it that way. Thank you.

What are the opening times?

Peasholm Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

However, when there are ticketed events, or the Naval Warfare display is on parts of the park will be closed unless you've paid. Ticketed events are usually held near the bandstand and cafe, so if you're planning on using these facilities, check there isn't an event on. The Naval Warfare show usually runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 3pm throughout the summer months - so plan your visit around these times. 

The glen and duck pond areas are usually open even when there are events on.

The boats, cafe and kiosks are only open throughout the summer months, and most close at around 4pm.

Funny you should ask!

We've written a whole blog post about all the great attractions in the Peasholm area, most of which are within walking distance away.

Click here to read it >>

If you have any questions we haven't managed to answer here, get in touch - and if we don't know the answer we'll do our best to point you in the right direction

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