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The event is near Scarborough town centre with many hotels and restaurants available.
We recommend that you plan your journey in advance and where possible avoid travelling on Saturday 25 June.
As the original seaside resort, we know a thing or two about hospitality and making our visitors feel comfortable. So, wherever you pick you are in for a treat.
From a four-star spa hotel with unrivalled views of the South Bay to a cosy B&B or a practical self-catering apartment to make your home from home, we have all types of accommodation available.
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Getting to and from the event
Prior to the event, press releases will be issued to the media who will provide information on travelling to the event.
On the day of the event, information will be given live to Greatest Hits Radio (Yorkshire Coast) from the car parks to broadcast on the regular traffic line bulletins.
On the day of the event, all veterans can use the Central Tramway funicular free of charge. Central Tramway is a Victorian cliff lift built in 1881 and is one of the oldest cliff railways still operating in the UK.
Arriving from the north
If travelling from the north of the country, then take the A171 from Middlesbrough via Guisborough and Whitby to arrive in Scarborough. Traffic arriving from along the A171 from Whitby direction will be able to drive and park on to part of the Royal Albert Drive but there will be no through route or access beyond Albert Road.
Motorists will be advised in advance of the closures of Marine Drive, Royal Albert Drive, Foreshore Road and Sandside and will be directed to the main arterial routes A64 – York, A165 – Bridlington and Hull.
Arriving from the south
Traffic arriving from the south along the A165 from Bridlington/Hull direction will be advised in advance of the closures of Marine Drive, Royal Albert Drive, Foreshore Road and Sandside and will be directed to the main arterial routes A64 – York, A170 – Whitby.
Arriving from the west
Traffic arriving from the west will be able to do so via the A170 from Thirsk passing through Helmsley, Pickering, and Thornton Dale before arriving into the town centre via Falsgrave.
Park and Ride
There are three park and ride sites operating in Scarborough on Armed Forces Day that will allow you to park up and get a bus into the centre of town.
North Yorkshire County Council will be operating sites in Filey Road and Seamer Road.
A new, FREE temporary park and ride site will be opened on the day at playing fields between St Leonard’s Crescent and the old Scarborough to Whitby railway track, off Barrowcliff Road (Postcode for sat navs – YO12 6SR)
It will provide space for approximately 2,000 cars with buses to take people down to the seafront (Royal Albert Drive/Albert Road) operated by East Yorkshire Buses. It will then be an approximately 15 minute walk to the event.
The park and ride will be open between 9am and 8pm and will be signposted from Scalby Road.
Buses will run from Maple Drive every 15 minutes from 9am until 7.45pm with return buses leaving from Royal Albert Drive every 15 minutes from 9.20am until 8pm.
Arriving By Bus
To check routes in and out of Scarborough on Armed Forces Day see the websites of the following bus companies.
- Arriva buses between Scarborough and Middlesbrough via Whitby and Guisborough
- Coastliner buses to and from Scarborough, Whitby and Filey via Malton, York and Leeds
- East Yorkshire Busses between Scarborough and Hull via Filey, Bridlington, Driffield and Beverley
Due to planned industrial action on Saturday 25 June there will be no trains running in or out of Scarborough on the day.
Journeys on the days following the industrial action, which is also taking place on 21 and 23 June, may also be affected so please check before travelling.
For the latest situation see the Network Rail website.
Leaving the event
Event activities are scheduled to finish at 6pm.
After this time, exhibits and displays will be dismantled, and gradually removed from the site. Road closures will remain in place.
We expect most of the removals to be completed by the end of the day on Saturday but in some areas, they may remain in place until Sunday.
Exit routes will be clearly sign posted throughout the town.
Please visit our road closures page for full information.
If you’re travelling by car, take care to plan your journey and allow sufficient time, ideally arrive the day before – 24 June.
|CAR PARK||ADDRESS||POST CODE|
|CASTLE ROAD||Castle Road, Scarborough||YO11 1BH|
|FALCONERS ROAD||Falconers Road, Scarborough||YO11 2EN|
|FRIARSWAY||Friarsway, Scarborough||YO11 1HN|
|NORTH STREET||North Street, Scarborough||YO11 1DE|
|NORTH TERRACE||North Terrace, Scarborough||YO11 1HU|
|NORTHSTEAD LOWER||Burniston Road, Scarborough||YO12 6AF|
|NORTHSTEAD UPPER||Ryndle Crescent, Scarborough||YO12 6AQ|
|SCALBY MILLS||Scalby Mills, Scarborough||YO12 6RP|
|SEA CLIFF||Sea Cliff Road, Scarborough||YO11 2XU|
|ST NICHOLAS PARADE||Falconers Road, Scarborough||YO11 2EN|
|ST THOMAS ST||St Thomas Street, Scarborough||YO11 1DY|
|VICTORIA PARK||Victoria Park, Scarborough||YO12 7TS|
|VICTORIA ROAD||70 Victoria Road, Scarborough||YO11 1SF|
|WESTWOOD||Westwood, Scarborough||YO11 2JD|
|WILLIAM ST||Wrea Lane, Scarborough||YO12 7PL|
To complement these spaces there are 445 pay and display spaces on Royal Albert Drive. In addition, there are over 650 on street charging spaces operated by North Yorkshire County Council all of which are located within easy walking distance of the event.
There are over 6,000 free time clock-controlled spaces around the town centre, with free parking ranging from 1-3 hours.
There are a further 1,300+ town centre spaces operated at:
Coach parking is available at Esplanade, William Street and Scalby Mills (more than 40 spaces) and coach drop-off/pickup facilities are available on Valley Road.
There will be limited disabled parking along Valley Road, it will be on a first come first served basis. You must show your blue badge within your car.
Plan your day
Here are some ideas for when you arrive at the event.
Best viewing areas
There are a variety of good viewing areas if you don’t want to venture down to Armed Forces Day event. You could take a walk up to the South Cliff gardens, down to the site of the old swimming pool on South Bay or even up to Scarborough Castle (admission prices apply).
Make sure you keep yourselves safe during the event, making sure you have packed enough sun cream and plenty of water. There will be several welfare tents throughout the event in the case of an emergency.
The flying of Drones, Kites, Model Aircraft is illegal at this event as it poses a risk to flight and public safety. It is also advised that you do not release helium balloons as this poses a risk to flight and public safety. In the event of these activities taking place, the flying display director may cancel the flying display.
Please be mindful of the moving tides during the day, high tide is expected during the event so there may not be enough beach for everyone.
There is a maritime exclusion zone in operation for the event, this will be clearly visible to all vessels operating. Maritime Police will be in operation at Armed Forces Day, if you enter the exclusion zone, you will be escorted out as you pose a risk to both flight and public safety. In the event of these activities taking place, the flying display director may cancel the flying display.
Scarborough Borough Council is pleased to be working in partnership with North Yorkshire Police to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience as Scarborough Armed Forces Day. Throughout the event our security teams and the Police will have a range of security measure in place, some more visible than others, to keep you safe. You can play a vital role by being vigilant and reporting anything suspicious. Call 101, speak to a Police Officer or a member of security.
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