Naval Warfare – in Scarborough?

Peasholm Park is a haven of tranquillity in Scarborough’s North Bay – unless the battle ships are taking pot shots at one another! during the summer season, war breaks out on the lake when 20ft replica warships recreate the tensions of a battle at sea. The “Battle of Peasholm” has been played out for more than 80 years, delighting audiences with a dramatic pyrotechnic display. Until 1929, all the boats were man powered, but then electricity was introduced and now only the larger boats need to be steered by Council employees.

In the early days the models were First World War Dreadnoughts,  but after the Second World War the fleet was replaced with new vessels and the display recreated  the Battle of the River Plate. Around 1960 new ships were added and aircraft were introduced, altering the play of the ships but adding to the excitement for audiences, who could not seem to get enough of the battles!

The shows begin around the last weekend of May and continue until September 1st. In June the shows are on Saturdays only, in July they are on Thursdays and Saturdays, and during August they are on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Performances start at 3pm but they are very popular so it is best to arrive early! You can find more details on the Peasholm Park website.

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