The Battle of Peasholm Park
Peasholm Park Naval Warfare is a unique holiday attraction and could be the longest running show of all time. As near as we can say the first performance was held about 1927. It was the brainchild of Mr George Horrocks who was the Entertainment's Manager for many years. Incidentally he was also responsible for the Open Air Theatre which is just across the road from Peasholm Park.
In the early days the models consisted of First World War battleships which were known as Dreadnoughts, a mystery ship or two which were known as Q ships, a liner bearing the name 'Orantes' and even in those days there was a submarine (U-boat). All the vessels were powered by manpower only. It was, of course, hard work for the operators. Although the vessels were 20ft plus long, cramped conditions inside created a host of problems. Electric power was introduced for the 1929 season. During the 1939-45 war years all the models were kept in storage. Unfortunately they suffered battle damage in the form of dry rot and woodworm so that after the war the vessels made a visit to the breaker's yard and were replaced with a new fleet of ships. The ships built.being all scale models of the vessels which took part in the Battle of the River Plate, consisted of the following: British cruisers - HMS 'Ajax', HMS 'Achilles' and HMS 'Exeter', the latter being the flagship of the famous trio, and of course the German battleship 'Graf von Spee'. The Royal Mail liner 'Asturias' was also introduced along with a submarine. The format was changed in about 1960 when aircraft were introduced and since then we have included other vessels, like the 'Jervis Bay', the tanker 'British Pride' and 'Ark Royal' in 1972. The average life of one of these vessels is 20 to 25 years.
Many changes have taken place over the years. We are always trying to improve this unique attraction and the technical difficulties we encounter can be quite considerable. It is, of course, the smallest manned navy in the world and we are very proud of the fact that the show is known and has been reported in all parts of the world. It has been shown on both BBC and ITV networks but it must be remembered that this is a holiday show - lots of fun and a jolly good battle. Furthermore everyone lives to fight another day!
The first performance for the season takes place on Spring Bank Holiday, followed by shows in June, July and August. All shows lasting around half an hour.
|Sat 25 May 2013||15:00|
|Sat 1 Jun 2013||15:00|
|Sat 8 Jun 2013||15:00|
|Sat 15 Jun 2013||15:00|
|Sat 22 Jun 2013||15:00|
|Sat 29 Jun 2013||15:00|
|Thu 4 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Sat 6 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Thu 11 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Sat 13 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Thu 18 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Sat 20 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Thu 25 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Sat 27 Jul 2013||15:00|
|Thu 1 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Sat 3 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Mon 5 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Thu 8 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Sat 10 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Mon 12 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Thu 15 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Sat 17 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Mon 19 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Thu 22 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Sat 24 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Mon 26 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Thu 29 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Sat 31 Aug 2013||15:00|
|Mon 2 Sep 2013||15:00|
|Notes||The park will close approx. 13.15 so that it can be cleared before the performance. The gates will then re-open at approx. 13.45 -14.00 and entry will be chargable.
At all other times the park is free to enter.
The performance starts at 15.00.
The performace is subject to the weather. If heavy rain persists, please contact the tourist office to confirm the performance will go ahead.
North Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7TR
Map reference: TA 038893 Lat: 54.28880 Long: -0.40688
Accessible by Public Transport : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Scarborough station
|Mon 3 Jun 2013||Big Lunch|
|Sun 23 Jun 2013||Party in the Park|
|Sun 23 Jun 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Fri 28 Jun 2013||Scarborough Spa Orchestra Concerts|
|Mon 1 Jul 2013 - Fri 30 Aug 2013||Dave Hale Electric Organ Concerts|
|Sun 7 Jul 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Sun 14 Jul 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Sun 21 Jul 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Fri 26 Jul 2013||Scarborough Spa Orchestra Concerts|
|Sun 28 Jul 2013||Knit and Natter|
|Sun 28 Jul 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Sun 4 Aug 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Sun 11 Aug 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Fri 16 Aug 2013||Scarborough Spa Orchestra Concerts|
|Sun 18 Aug 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Sun 25 Aug 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|
|Sun 1 Sep 2013||Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts|