Bring your rug and sandwiches - picnics welcome at Scarborough Castle

National Picnic Week is still four weeks away (18 – 24 June), but staff at Scarborough Castle are urging people to dust off their hampers and shake off their rugs to enjoy al fresco dining within the castle’s walls whilst the sun is shining!

“The terrible weather of the last few weeks is a perfect reminder of how temperamental the British summer can be,” comments English Heritage’s marketing manager, Caroline Sinclair. “Most visitor attractions are keeping their fingers crossed that the weather will hold out for the extra long Jubilee bank holiday weekend, but we would urge visitors not to wait and to make sandwiches whilst the sun shines this weekend, as there is an excellent forecast across the region!”

Scarborough Castle is one of English Heritage’s top picnic sites in the country, with spectacular sea views, a tea room supplying sandwiches and ice-cold drinks, and the option of picking spots in the sun or in the shade of the mighty walls making it ideal for families!

“We often get families up here who are taking a midday break from the beach – a lot of people prefer their sandwiches without any sand in them, so the lawns here at the castle are an ideal option, whilst still keeping a cooling sea breeze even on the hottest of days!” adds Caroline.

However, picnicking is not confined to the mid-day snack – enjoying afternoon tea on one of the picnic benches outside is also hugely popular whenever the sun comes out! The exhibitions inside Scarborough Castle’s Master Gunner’s House can provide welcome relief if the sun gets to hot – or in case of the almost-inevitable summer shower!

Scarborough Castle is open daily throughout the summer from 10.00am to 6.00pm. Admission prices are £4.90 for adults, £4.40 for concessions and £2.90 for children or £12.70 for a family ticket. English Heritage members get in free.

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Jay Commins – PRO English Heritage (Yorkshire)

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