Tate Hill Sands
When we moved here in 1996 our two youngest children where 8 and 6 and as you would expect, the sea and sand were their first priority. Many happy hours where spent exploring the beaches, particularly amongst the rock pools at low tide just beyond the Pavilion Spa complex.
As they got a little older the area beyond the East Pier became favourite, with its rocky shoreline and spectacular waves. There are lots of fossils to see in the surface of the rocks and lots of pools containing various creatures, which my kids found fascinating. Unfortunately the caves just beyond the Pier are now gone following a major landslide into the sea.
On the bright side, however, it prompted major
works giving much easier access and the reopening of the East Pier after
many years of neglect. The Bridge linking the pier to its extension has
not yet been replaced but it will be in due course.
Tate Hill Sands:
Inside the lower harbour on the East side, below
Henrietta Street is this small beach. Its a bit steeper than the main
beach so the sand dries out more quickly and the waves tend not to be
as big, and the youngest kids seem to play happily there for hours.
There are always kids fishing at Kiddies Corner, which is adjacent to the swing bridge on the west side. You'll be surprised at just how many fish are caught using the simplest line and reel.
If your kids enjoy the amusements and everything to do with being at the seaside, try a walk down Pier Road. Once you get past Woolworth's kids really are at the seaside. On one side the harbour with seagulls, fishing boats, and boat trips out to sea, and on the other side, shops, amusements, rides, buckets and spades, candy floss, ice cream and of course fish and chips. Beyond the Dracula experience and the stalls selling all manner of seafood, burgers, and mementos, are the amusements and an assortment of gift shops. When you get to the old Lifeboat station its decision time. Will it be the west pier or the beach?
Pavilion Spa Complex:
Make some inquiries at the ticket office up on West Cliff for the entertainment provided at the Pavilion Spa, for children and adults alike. The place has a pleasant atmosphere and there's always something going on.
With a boating lake, paddling pool, go-cart track, crazy golf course and various other entertainment facilities, your kids are likely to want to stay all day.
Captain Cook stands looking out over the harbour next to the whales jaw bones erected to form an arch. It's from here that you can join one of Harry Collets evening ghost walks and learn a little about Whitby's spooky past.
If you fancy a short walk, set off along the
Cleveland Way which can be accessed behind the Abbey, on the East side.
Enjoy the walk along the very edge of the Cliff (its fenced so its safe
for kids), you can look down at the sea below and see the remains of wooden
shipwrecks but a mile or so further on and you will come to the outcrop
of land known as Saltwick Nab. Its quite an amazing place. My children
likened the bare parts to a Moonscape. The green area has waterfalls,
rocks and a little lake. Its a great place to take in the sea air.
Local residents organized the creation of this
excellent facility for Kids. Its located opposite Airy Hill Primary School
and is just at the West end of the new bridge.
Up on the West Cliff the Leisure Centre provides
lots of facilities to entertain both Kids and Adults. The pool is rather
pleasant and has a viewing area for those adults who don't want to get
wet, but who want to watch their kids!