Many thanks to Cllr Mark Vesey and Scarborough and Whitby Green Party for providing most of the info below!
Map of Scarborough

History of the town

Scarborough is Britain’s first seaside resort and had the first bathing machines and cliff lift. It was also once a big shipbuilding port and the fifth largest herring port in the country. The song ‘Scarborough Fair’ sung by Simon & Garfunkel was about the herring fair. It is now the second largest shellfish port in the UK and the second most visited day trip destination.  It is home to the playwright Alan Ayckbourn who has written over 75 plays. The Sitwell family lived here and Charles Laughton.  Edward Harland, owner of the shipyard that built the Titanic grew up here.
Read more here! 

Things to do

Scarborough Castle English Heritage have offered conference attendees free entry during conference! You will need to show your lanyard. 

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, 45 Eastborough, YO11 1NH, open 11am to 4pm,Wed to Sun. Free entry.

The Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road, YO11 2PW, open 10am to 5pm, Tue to Sun. £3 entry. 
Good for anyone interested in the history of geology and local finds, including dinosaur footprints!

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, YO11 2PS, open 10am to 5pm, Tue to Sun. £3 entry

@ScarboroughPorpoise Watch porpoises play in the sea! Check the Scarborough Porpoise facebook page for more info about best times and viewing points.

Join one of the special guided walks offered to conference goers by the Scarborough & District Civic Society on Sat 1.30pm and Sat 3pm.

Recommended Real Ale Pubs within one mile of the venue

Cellars Bar– four real ales, music Saturday nights. 35-37 Valley Road, YO11 2LX 
Valley Bar – four real ales, ciders and bottled Belgium beers. 51 Valley Road, YO11 2LX 
Hole in the Wall – four real ales, 26 Vernon Rd, YO11 2PS
Highlander – Tartan carpet and huge Whiskey collection, 5-16 Esplanade, YO11 2AF. Also has budget rooms.
Lord Rosebery – Weatherspoons pub, 85–87 Westborough, YO11 1JW (near the railway station). Remainers beware!
Golden Ball – Samuel Smiths pub, low prices and seaview. 31 Sandside, YO11 1PG (seafront opposite the harbour)
The Merchant – Irish pub with live music, 27-29 Eastborough, Scarborough YO11 1NG (road running up from the harbour) @themerchantbar
Stumble Inn – micropub with four real ales and ciders, 59 Westborough, YO11 1TS (near the railway station) 

Where to eat

Calf Café - vegan café with quirky holiday rental accommodation above. Opening hours not known.
62 Eastborough, YO11 1NJ, Tel Sharon 07919310839. 15 min walk.

Eat Me Cafe and Social - diverse menu and cocktails with vegan options. Thu-Sat 9am-7.30pm (last orders). Bookings taken from 4pm. 2 Hanover Road, YO11 1LS, Tel. 07445475328. 20 min walk.

Mojos Music Cafe - popular longstanding cafe with vegan and vegetarian options. Open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm.
55 Victoria Road, YO11 1SH. 20min walk. 

Fish & Chips – there are many fish and chip shops along the seafront and all are fine. 5-10 min walk.

Vegan fish and chips available at Capplemans 3 Raleigh St, Scarborough YO12 7LG, Tel. 01723 361004. 25 min walk.
Note: chips are usually fried in dripping in Yorkshire, so remember to ask for oil if you don't want that!

Pizza – Both ASK and Pizza Express have branches at the further end of the Esplanade beyond the West Pier. 15 min walk.
Or try Florio's family run pizzeria in the town centre, booking recommended. 35-37 Aberdeen Walk, YO11 1BD, Tel. 01723 351124. Closes 9pm. 15 min walk.

Indian Eastern Paradise 5 St Helen's Square, Y11 1EU, 01723 375 227, 15 min walk;
Scarborough Tandoori 50 St Thomas St, YO11 1DR, 01723 352 393 (has a 30 seat private room for groups) 15 min walk

Thai
Saba 10-12 St Thomas St, YO11 1DR, 01723 355272, plus several smaller ones nearby. 15 min walk.

Chinese
– Kam Sang, 1-3 N Marine Rd, YO12 7EY,  01723 501718, 20 min walk.

Ice cream - Gelateria Crema Cioccolato has highly recommended vegan and dairy ice creams. 43 Newborough, Scarborough YO11 1NF, 01723 658867. Closes 7pm. 15 min walk.

Note: Check Happycow.net for advice on where to get vegan food in Scarborough.

LGBT Scarborough

L'amour Cabaret Live entertainment five nights a week for all ages (over 18) in a safe friendly environment. Rock, gay, retro, karaoke. 10pm-3am.

Also on while we are there...

Robin Hoods Bay Folk Weekend 7-9 June - a free festival of Concerts, Music Sessions, Dance and Singarounds in and around beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay. 

Filey International Food Festival 8-9 June - artisan pates, homemade cakes, gluten free food, fresh seafood, artisan chocolates, Yorkshire gin and vodka, real ale, prosecco bars. Free entry.