image for Waterside Event item typeNaval Warfare at Peasholm Park

    Waterside Event, Mon 1 Jun - Sun 30 Aug 2015, £2.20-£4

    Naval Battles

    Naval Battles

    Naval Warfare Battle

    Naval Warfare Battle

    Naval Warfare ships

    Naval Warfare ships


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    North Bay,
    North Yorkshire,
    YO12 7TR

    Events at this Venue

    date event
    Mon 1 Jun - Sun 30 Aug Naval Warfare


    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.

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    Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

    Children welcomeDisabled access

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Mon 1 Jun - Sun 30 Aug 2015
    Exact Dates and Times for 2015 TBA

    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 charged.

    At all other times the park is free to enter.

    The performance starts at 15.00.

    The performance is subject to the weather. If heavy rain persists, please contact the tourist office to confirm the performance will go ahead.


    Adults £4
    Children (under 16) £2.20


    See location of Peasholm Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: TA 038893  Lat: 54.28880 Long: -0.40688

    By Road:
    On entering Scarborough follow signs for the North Bay. Peasholm Park is situated opposite the roundabout leading onto the waterfront.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Scarborough station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
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