Since our very first camping trip to shell island in May we have been wanting to explore more of England and what our country has to offer. The boys are all on their summer holidays and Mark and I sat down to discuss where to go. Scarborough was on one of our places to visit. I had never been before and heard great things. We booked into Scarborough Camping and Caravanning club site and then that was that. The Scarborough Camping and Caravanning club site is part of a large network of club sites called The Camping and Caravanning Club which has a membership scheme. You don’t need to join to enjoy some of the club sites but as a member, you get offers, discounts and a whole host of knowledge at your fingertips.
Scarborough Camping and Caravanning Club Site
We were advised that we wouldn’t be able to book into the site until 1 pm which was fine for us. Although used to set off on our holidays in the early hours, it just meant that we had a little lie in. Our journey from Peterborough was really easy and smooth and took around 3.5 hours. At 1 pm I went into reception to introduce myself and book in. The lady behind the desk was really lovely, her name was Jools. She booked us in and gave us some useful leaflets. She explained about the club site and their rules. Such as quiet times between 11pm-7am and BBQ’s to be raised off the ground. She also advised us of the barrier code which allowed us uninterrupted movement outside of the quiet time. The barrier code is changed weekly so the site remains secure.
She also showed us the information room which housed pretty much all the leaflets of nature trails, bus timetables, places to explore and visit. It is worth a look in and spending a few minutes looking at the vast amount of things to do that is available in Scarborough, or neighbouring Whitby (well worth a visit too!)
Finding our pitch
We were given a little slip which we were to hand to one of the workers waiting outside. Their job was to direct you to your pitch. Jools advised that we would probably like to be near the play park for the kids so we took her advice. We advised the waiting worker we would like a pitch near the park and off he went. The speed limits around the site are restricted to 5mph and as far as I could tell it wasn’t one way. At least we were not advised any different. We quickly pulled up in front of the wooden play park and we had the choice of 2 pitches. We chose one which was between a camper van and tent.
We pitched up on a Grass only pitch. Other types are available such as ones with electric hook ups and ones suitable for caravans. But we like basic and no frills and this suited us perfectly. The pitches are marked out in the ground with 4 corners. As long as your tent stays within that guide it’s all good. There are 6ft between pitches (not including guide ropes) so although there isn’t lots of room, you don’t feel crowded. We were able to fit our 6.2m X 3.8m tent within the pitch and still able to put up some windbreaks.
If setting up and putting away isn’t your thing it is probably worth mentioning that Scarborough Camping and Caravanning Club also have a number of Ready Camps available. Everything you need (bar you own clothes, food and entertainment) is included. It is all set up and ready to use. They looked awesome from the outside and each one seemed booked hence why i couldn’t really get any photos.
Around the site are several toilet blocks, washing up points, water collection points, waste disposal units plus lots more. When you book in you are given a map of the site which shows the pitch numbers, different facilities as well as the addresses of local supermarkets, pharmacy, hospital and Vets. There are 4 family rooms on the site which are fab! Each family room has a shower, baby bath, stool, Mop and Bucket, toilet, child’s toilet seat and basin. As a family of 5, we found it a little snug, doable but snug.
The Toilets also have 3/4 shower cubicles as well as a couple of wash basin cubicles. The women’s have a hairdryer (Which costs 20p a go). Each toilet block is cleaned at alternate times meaning that there is always somewhere to go not too far away. We found the family rooms got busy first thing in the morning and around 4-6pm.
Water points and Grey Water Waste points are located at several toilet blocks as well as stand alone sites around the site.
There is also a washing up facilities at each toilet block too! With food waste bin and plenty of hot water and sink basins!
There are also laundry machines aswell as an outdoor hanging area. There are costs associated with the machines but the use of the washing line area is free.
On site there are 2 waste disposal sites, one by the main entrance and the other by the main toilet block.
What I loved about Scarborough Camping and Caravanning Club Site was being pitched so close the play park! The boys loved playing whilst Mark and I cooked dinner.
Not only is there a play park but there is also a secure area for children to play ball games, fly a kite, or generally want to play in an open space!
There is also an indoor recreational room which has a football table, pool table, table tennis, Television and badminton bats and shuttlecocks. There are additional costs to using these. The Pool table costs £1, Football table 50p, and you can buy the bats and balls for £3.50 from the onsite shop.
Chip shop and Onsite Shop
There is an onsite chippy which sells more than your fish and chips. Meals such as Lasagne, pie and Jacket potatoes are offered! It is open 5-8pm daily and it gets busy!
The onsite shops sell anything you may have forgotten you needed, ran out of or want to treat yourselves with. The prices seem pretty decent too.
We would totally recommend the site! Especially if you have children and love exploring the local areas. There are literally so many places to explore in Scarborough and the Scarborough Camping and Caravanning Club Site makes a pretty decent base camp. We found everything clean and the staff really warm and friendly.
* We were given our stay for free in return for an honest review. All photos and opinions are my own*