For the past few years my sister and I (along with her pug Harriet and sometimes Mum too) have been away for a girls holiday over the summer. We have been glamping a couple of times and to Spain too, but with me being pregnant this year and not wanting to travel far, or sleep in a tent, we decided to rent an Airbnb and explore some of the British seaside.
We originally decided we wanted to visit Whitby but because we left it last minute to book as usual there wasn’t anywhere suitable left so we searched further afield and found the perfect place in Scarborough – The Cow Shed which is one minute’s walk from the seafront and dog friendly too.
We had thought we’d head up to Whitby first to spend the day there on the Monday before driving over to Scarborough for the evening. However we received a call from the owner mid-morning to say the room was ready when we were so decided to change our plans round and visit Scarborough first, especially since we were stuck in traffic and due to arrive later than planned.
There’s a carpark on the same road as The Cow Shed which was perfect since my poor sister had to do all of the heavy bag carrying herself! We were really impressed when we made it up to the room, it was much bigger than it had looked on the photos with a huge feature four-poster bed, wardrobe, dressing table area and tea and coffee making facilities too. The seating in the bay window was a nice added touch and we were pleased that there was somewhere to sit other than the bed. The room was finished with an en-suite shower room so literally suited all of our needs. I loved all of the themed details around the room! The only disappointment was that vegan café that the room sits above was shut on the days we were there (although we knew this before booking) as my gluten-free-vegetarian sister would have loved to try it, especially as it was dog-friendly too!
We headed out for some lunch, luckily finding somewhere gluten-free and dog friendly across the road then walked along the seafront stopping off at the arcade to take this photo, how was Harriet the only one who knew how the photo booth worked?!?
Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach at South Bay during the summer months so we hopped aboard an open top bus to travel up to North Bay where there is a stretch of beach that Harriet could play on, only to find the tide would be in until the morning! We walked along the promenade anyway as far as the Sea Life Centre at Scalby. We found cute little steam train here that we rode back to Peasholm park. We obviously thought we hadn’t covered enough modes of transport in one day yet as we then hired a dragon pedalow for half an hour on the lake. I couldn’t pedal without kneeing myself in the bump so Zöe had to do all the hard work.
We managed to find our way back to the seafront to catch the bus back and went to chill out in the room for a little while before leaving Harriet there and heading out again. Everywhere had a huge wait for a table (which we weren’t expecting on random Monday evening) so we spent some time (and lots of 2ps) at the arcade before heading to Ask for dinner. Zöe has an NUS extra card which gave us 40% off so we somehow felt like we needed to eat three courses… As if that wasn’t enough food for one evening we then bought some candyfloss and had a last stroll along the sea front.
The next morning we went out for some breakfast at another dog-friendly gluten-free café before packing up to head over to Whitby. We didn’t get far before spotting that the tide was out on the beach where dog’s were allowed so parked up for an hour so that Harriet could have a good run around off the lead. She loves the beach but could not be persuaded to paddle in the sea, despite Zöe going in!
Minutes after leaving the car in Whitby we could not believe our luck when we came across a sign for a dog-friendly café serving gluten-free fish n chips (although Zöe is also a vegetarian so it was only the chips she was interested in!). We had planned to visit the famous Magpie restaurant but it was a slightly damp and misty day so we were more than happy to shelter from the weather (and seagulls) inside.
After discovering a shower in the public toilets me made the rather random decision to shower Harriet to get rid of all of the sand! It was a pretty funny experience but thanks to Zöe packing her dog shampoo and conditioner she came out of it smelling lovely! We then explored the streets and harbour of Whitby, stopping for the essentials of fudge, rock and ice cream of course. It was super busy and the streets are narrow so Zöe ended up carrying Harriet to stop her getting trampled on or tripping anyone else over!
Then it was sadly time to head home. We had such a lovely time and managed to fit quite a lot into our two days!
Where are your favourite UK seaside resorts?
Thanks for popping by,