Holiday by the BBC: Scarborough

Adam Tomlinson does a breakfast OB on beach in Scarborough Beach is best for OBs, as breakfast presenter Adam Tomlinson will testify

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All the signs into Scarborough welcome you to Britain's First Resort - thanks to the Victorians. Come by train or road - it's about 45 miles east of York.

What should I see?

It's all about the views in Scarborough; find a bench above the Spa or the South Bay and relax. If the sun is in the sky and the sea is blue there is nowhere better.

Sit with the mammoth steel statue, Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, which is based on the former miner who was one of the first Allied soldiers to enter the Belsen concentration camp on its liberation in World War II. It overlooks the sea on North Marine Drive.

Scarborough Bay It's all about the views, especially if skies are blue

What should I do?

Take in a concert by the Scarborough Spa orchestra. The only remaining professional seaside orchestra left in the UK, you can find them in the Spa court on weekdays.

Or pop along to Peasholm Park to watch Naval Warfare. It's a unique holiday attraction and possibly the longest running show of all time. First held in 1927, 20ft replica boats recreate sea battles - it has to be seen to be believed.

Or get a ticket to a Sir Alan Ayckbourn play at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. This is where ALL his plays are premiered before going to London.

Where should I stay?

The Crown Spa hotel overlooking the South bay is a true gem if you want to spend a little more. If you fancy one of the B&Bs, for which Scarborough is famous, try Sunningdale, 106 Peasholme Drive, with 5* ratings all the way. Tall Storeys on Longwestgate is a small boutique hotel, while Beiderbecke's Hotel has lovely staff.

What local delicacies should I eat or drink?

The Harbour Bar is legendary; it's a 1950s ice-cream parlour which still has the same interior 60 years on. It's mentioned in many tourist guides - the Knickerbocker Glories are glorious.

Alan Ayckbourn All Alan Ayckbourn's plays premiere in Scarborough

The Curry Leaf is amazing for authentic south Indian and Sri Lankan curries - to die for. Try the Daisy Tearooms in Scalby near Scarborough, run by a former banker who has turned to baking. Buy fresh seafood from the stalls near West Pier and try Eat Me Café - gastro, fun and unlicensed, so take your own plonk.

What would be the best night out?

A night out at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. This summer they've got a new play by John Godber on called Muddy Cows. It's all about the trials and tribulations of a women's rugby union team - hilarious, moving, poignant etc and on until 31 August. There is also a casino, if you're into that sort of thing, and this summer might be your last chance to go to the 1920s Futurist Theatre at the seafront.

What's the best local secret?

The beach is great for outside broadcasts - almost doesn't feel like work. For visitors, some of the best views of Scarborough are from the Mount Café which is near the Oliver's Mount radio transmitter.

Scarborough is fantastic and unique - we like to call it the Venice of the North!

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