Summer on the Yorkshire Coast

Children building a sandcastle

It's hard to be bored over the summer holidays when there's so much to do on the Yorkshire Coast.

Nature lovers can explore rock pools at Saltburn and Robin Hood’s Bay. You can join a ranger on a Rock Pool Rummage to 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.
Sign up for a Junior Rangers event at Ravenscar to discover what it’s like to look after the coast and countryside, caring for its landscape and wildlife. The perfect chance to learn new skills and tick some ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ off your list. 
We’re celebrating the summer and the good old British seaside with an afternoon of family fun on the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay at our Buckets and Spades event in August. There’s something for all ages including games, craft activities and a sandcastle competition complete with prizes. 
If you’ve ever fancied giving geocaching ago, come along to a 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. Or witness bird ringing experts in action at a special demonstration, a rare chance to see our feathered friends at close quarters.
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.