- Credit: duchyoflancaster.co.uk
A regal touch near Scarborough
If you like a holiday that’s fit for the Queen - and this is certainly the time of year for one – ever thought of Scalby?
Scalby Lodge on the coast north of Scarborough is a made up of a cluster of cottages and renovated farm buildings owned by The Queen, as part of the Duchy of Lancaster. Scalby Lodge was the first of the Duchy of Lancaster’s holiday cottage developments, created with the aim of providing high quality accommodation in areas of outstanding natural beauty on the Duchy estates.
The cliff-top setting is stunning and hugs the Cleveland Way so it’s brilliant if you love big coastal walks and a good sunrise. A number of properties of all shapes and sizes make up the development, among them Castle View is a beautiful barn conversion sleeping eight with a large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. The living area has a wood burning stove nd quality furnishings. Castle View has its own garden area with garden furniture and a barbecue and enjoys unrestricted views over the wild flower meadow, the coast and Scarborough Castle in the distance. The location is great for a break that feel away from it all but you’re handy for seaside fun stuff too, such as Scarborough Open Air Theatre - Europe’s largest - which this summer plays host to Tears for Fears, Tom Jones and Sam Fener amongst many others!
In the know: Scalby
This little village north of Scarborough certainly packs a big punch with a lively community, good pubs and loads of activities.
June 12 marks the start of Scalby Fair, one of the few remaining Village Fairs in the North of England; a brilliant week-long festival of entertainment and fun culminating in a large village street fair with over 50 stalls, music, dancing, and children-specific attractions.
Scalby Fair is non-profit making, and is run entirely by volunteers and the charming aim of the Fair is to foster a community spirit by encouraging participation in many varied activities and events, and to support local business. Since its beginning Scalby Fair has donated a total of over £30,000 to various local community organizations.
This year the events include fun runs, treasure hunting, wine-tasting with the big fair day on June 18. The event was started after the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 when the village had a huge street party and loved it so much it became an annual affair. And Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited the area themselves in 1975.
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According to artist and Scalby writer, Jessica Cathcart, the royal couple headed to Scalby Lodge Farm on July 2, 1975. ‘They drove along Station Road to the cliff top farm, then occupied by the late Arthur Johnson, where a marquee had been erected. All the Duchy tenants from the area were invited to the reception, where the Royal guests, following a strict timetable, arrived at 10.25am, and left at 11.00am. After a visit to a tenant’s home in Cloughton, they drove back along Scalby Road and out to Home Farm at Brompton for their next engagement.’
Discover more about the fair at scalbyfair.org.uk