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Things to See & Do

This page is regularly updated below to list current and forthcoming attractions in the area – so check back regularly to see what’s happening!

The Yorkshire Coast has everything – beaches, castles, coastlines, Dracula, history, lighthouses, and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do on the Yorkshire coastline that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. When you book a stay with Anchor Bay Holidays, you don’t just get award-winning facilities (The Bay Filey) and luxurious properties, you also get to make use of our extensive local knowledge of the very best things to do on a day out in the area. We love Yorkshire and we’re happy to show you why. Check out some of our favourite recommendations of the best things to do on a day out on the Yorkshire Coast. From National Parks to local museums, golf courses to petting zoos, distilleries to stately homes, the area around Filey is full of fun activities and days out for the whole family. Whether you’re visiting Yorkshire for the first time or the hundredth, discover something new to do on a day out near Filey.

The Bay Filey – A unique Holiday Village

In and Around the Village

Within the village there is always lots to do – check out our guide to the village and things nearby here

Swimming and Leisure

There is a swimming pool and leisure complex on the village and our guests get free access – check out the page all about this!

Food and Drink

We have a page about the fabulous eateries on site and nearby here – or just cook in your property as all of our properties have fully fitted kitchen. Our food and drink pages showcases local attractions and eateries too.

Yorkshire Coast

The Bay has direct access to miles of sandy beach – you wont believe how good this beach is!

Local Events and Attractions

There is always something to do around the Coast – Check out these for a starter and the links you may need!

York Christmas Markets

Enjoy the Christmas cheer on offer in one of the UK’s most festive cities as York’s restaurantsshops and attractions are beautifully decorated and provide a wonderful winter experience, with an incredible range of festive events!

Scarborough Lights

Illuminated art installations will mark the launch of a new festival in Scarborough, organisers have said.

Scarborough Lights is the first event in The Scarborough Fair programme and will see the whole town sparkle and shine from 15 November through to 23 December, with many free light displays to enjoy.

Across Scarborough, illuminations will sparkle and light up some of Scarborough most loved places to visit. From 4pm through till 10pm each day between 15 November – 23 December, explore Scarborough and the beautiful illuminations at St Mary’s ChurchScarborough Town HallRotunda MuseumScarborough Spa and Scarborough Castle.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

As Europe’s largest open air theatre, this iconic venue was re-opened in grand style back in the summer of 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen!

This historic site, situated on the Yorkshire Coast in the beautiful town of Scarborough, is proud to host some of the finest national and international acts.

With the likes of Elton John, Lionel Richie, Little Mix, James, Jesse J, Tom Jones, Elaine Paige, Kylie and UB40 having already performed to thousands of adoring fans, the stage is now set for many more years of entertainment at the Open Air Theatre!

For further information regarding tickets, box office opening times and accommodation availability, please click the button

Filey Food & Drink Festival – 2024

Eat Yorkshire and the Filey Evron Centre present Filey International Food Festival.

A foodies delight with the likes of artisan pates, homemade cakes, gluten free food, fresh seafood, artisan chocolates, Yorkshire gin and vodka, real ale, Prosecco bars and many more!

Around 70 stalls including: Award-winning Yorkshire food, Artisan food, International food, Street food, Seafood, Prosecco bar, Real ale & Cider bar

2024 Dates TBC:

  • (spring)
  • (summer)
  • (autumn)

Scarborough Fair Collection

One of the best kept secrets just down the coast and an ideal family bad weather friendly day out. Featuring:

  • Steam Engines
  • Vintage Penny Arcade Machines
  • Fairground Organs
  • Mechanical Organs
  • Vintage Cars, Vehicles and Motorbike Collection
  • Indoor Fairground – Running on the hour, every hour, you can twirl on the Tidman Golden Galloping Horses and enjoy times gone by. They were originally built in 1893 and have had several previous owners before finding their home at the Scarborough Fair Collection. The collection also has a rare caterpillar ride, a ghost train, an mini Austin car ride, The Cake Walk, Dodgems and 20th Century Thriller Noah’s Ark. All that nostalgia set alongside classic fairground games such the Coconut Shy, a Strength Tester and ring throwing games.


Once voted ‘the best place to live in the UK’ by the Sunday Times, York is a much-loved city by locals and visitors. Although known as quite a small city, there’s lots of exciting things to see and do during in your visit! From museums and historic buildings to shopping and theatre, you’ll find there is something to suit everyone.

A popular place amongst those who love food and drink, York is home to a wide selection of bars and restaurants. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a meal with the family or indulge in a romantic meal for two, York has everything you need!

Alpamere Water Park

Check our Alpamere – an amazing indoor and outdoor water park in Scarborough……

“All the way from the Alps, Alpamare Scarborough is a waterpark like no other. If you love adventure, it’s time to experience the biggest, the fastest, the wettest, the warmest, the cleanest, the waviest, the newest, the funnest, the most unlike-any-waterpark-you’ve-seen before waterpark. Choose from our gigantic wave pool, warm outdoor garden pool, Splash and Play area or stunning outdoor infinity pool. Four exhilarating state-of-the-art long water rides will take your breath away and give you the adrenaline ride of your life. Our Alpine-style wellness centre and spa is perfect for relaxing and pampering yourself, whatever the weather”

Sea Life (Centre)

Scarborough hosts the Sea Life Centre – a short drive away on North Bay In Scarborough (or catch the train from Piesholme Park)

“Dive into our amazing underwater world at SEA LIFE Scarborough! Waddle with our adorable Humboldt penguins in their walk-through home at Penguin island- this specialist enclosure was designed to let our guests get closer than ever before to our incredible feathered friends and they’re not shy about saying hello! Stop by our specialist Seal Hospital and meet seal pup patients our teams have saved from our local coastal waters. Follow their journey through rescue, rehabilitation and release. Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is a unique indoor and outdoor attraction ideal for a family day out as well as an unforgettable entertaining and educational experience!”

North Yorkshire Water Park

Check out North Yorkshire Water Park

“North Yorkshire Water Park, at Wykeham Lakes near Scarborough, is home to one of the largest natural watersport lakes in North Yorkshire. The Water Park, spanning 250 hectares, offers a range of fun filled activities suitable for the whole family! Create unforgettable adventures and experience the thrills of Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming and Fishing. Whether you are looking to develop your watersport skills, challenge yourself to learn something new, or simply want to take in the beautiful lakeside views, there’s an activity to suit everyone! Take a leisurely stroll, jog, or cycle along our new 2.5km all-terrain gravelled track with views of the beautiful natural landscape, or hop on a pedalo to enjoy the views from the water! The Water Park is dog friendly, but make sure to keep them on a lead so wildlife and nesting birds aren’t disturbed.”

Wet Weather Days / Indoor Activities

We know we don’t always get sunshine but we can help! We have a guide to making the most of our wet weather when on holiday including:

  • John Bull Rock Centre
  • North York Moors Railway
  • Rotunda Museum
  • Olympia Leisure and Bowling

Simply click the button to find out more and link to their websites.

If you are thinking of popping out for a bite to eat then visit our food and drink section too!

Action, Adventure and Amazing Forest!

The Bay village is ideally located for young (and not so young) adventures.

Flamingo Land

Less than an hour away from The Village and featuring many roller coasters, a zoo and family attractions. this family friendly theme park is ideal for all the family.

Dalby Forest

Home to over 8,500 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures, a great day out awaits at Dalby Forest. A visit to Dalby will uncover many magical things such as The Gruffalo orienteering courseZog trail, some of the very best mountain biking trails and endless stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest, get the adrenaline pumping at Dalby Activity Centre or test your nerve and swing amongst the trees on our Go Ape courses.

Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magicof seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye.

Get your skates on…….

Did you know that Filey now boasts a state of the art floodlit skate park?

The £360,000 venue in Filey has been designed for skateboard, BMX bike, scooter and wheelchair motocross users.

The park on West Avenue, next to the multi-use games area, opened recently and features low-energy movement-activated floodlighting that switches off at 10pm.

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