Summer on the Yorkshire Coast

Visitors on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay paddle in the sunshine with the cliffs of Ravenscar in the distance

It's hard to be bored over the summer holidays when there's so much to do on the Yorkshire Coast. Come and have an adventure beside the seaside.

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Nature lovers can spend happy hours exploring rock pools on the shore. You can join a ranger on a Rock pool rummage at Robin Hood’s Bay, with several dates to over the holidays to choose from. Find all sorts of fascinating creatures that live between the tides – it’s amazing how many weird and wonderful species call the Yorkshire Coast home.
You can find some surprising sea creatures rock pooling on the Yorkshire Coast
A man and girl take a close look at what they've found while rock pooling
You can find some surprising sea creatures rock pooling on the Yorkshire Coast
Spot sealife on a larger scale by joining rangers on a Whale and dolphin watch from the cliff tops along the Cleveland Way. Binoculars and tips on how to tell marine mammals apart are provided.
Bugs and beetles at Ravenscar is an opportunity to get to know some fascinating mini-beasts and tick some ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ off your list too. 
If you’ve ever fancied giving geocaching ago, come along to a Geocaching taster day with the North York Moors National Park team. Top tips and equipment supplied, just bring a sense of adventure!
You can get closer to wildlife by helping rangers with a Small mammal survey to count the voles, shrews and wood mice in our coastal woodlands. 
The Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hood’s Bay is open daily with plenty to keep the whole family occupied including a hands-on display about life on the coast, rock-pool tank and regular exhibitions by local artists. 
Pop into Ravenscar Visitor Centre to discover loads of things to do in the area including nature spotting, walking, cycling and geocaching. Or take a break from your outdoor activities with a drink and a snack.
If you visit the coast on a day no events are scheduled don’t worry, you can hire a North York Moors National Park Tracker Pack from the Old Coastguard Station or Ravenscar Visitor Centre. Packed with lots of activities including rock pooling, fossil hunting, bird watching and storytelling at Robin Hood’s Bay or pond dipping and a guide to the fascinating ‘Town that Never Was’ story at Ravenscar. Please ask staff for details. 
Find out more in our what’s on section.