In the centre
Eat: The unassuming and quaint Times Gone By Café, which looks like your grandma’s living room, is a local favourite, and The Funny Onion steakhouse’s unpretentious menu of locally sourced grilled meat and fish is good too.
Drink: Marine Bar’s terrace beside the Promenade looks out toward the sea, and has a tidy real ale selection.
See: There’s nothing more British summertime-y than a model village, and Bondville’s 1:12 scale miniature metropolis and its individually handmade populace is an absorbing example. It’s the only example we’ve come across which works in the cast of Last Of The Summer Wine, at any rate. Hit the old town and enter a Second World War timewarp, minus the less fun bits (threat of Nazi invasion, rationing, George Formby).
Do: Sewerby Hall’s gardens – which feature monkey puzzle trees which are purportedly some of the oldest trees in the country – are pretty stellar, as is the hall itself, furnished as it would have been in 1900, and the impressive zoo.
10 minutes away
Eat: The North Star Hotel in Flamborough’s only about 500 yards from the sea, and the seafood and fish are as good as you’d expect.
Drink: Flamborough’s pubs tend to be of the type which stick horseshoes and other brass gubbins on the walls – the Royal Dog and Duck is dog friendly and the kind of place you can slump into.
See: It’s a bit obvious, we know, but Flamborough Lighthouse, the oldest surviving complete lighthouse in England, and the white cliffs around it are still very much worth a visit. The cliffs aren’t just geologically rich either: roughly 200,000 seabirds nest there, and it’s home to one of just two mainland British gannetries.
Do: There’s a lot to explore at Danes Dyke (it’s actually prehistoric, misnomer fans) on the edge of Sewerby Park, not least the steep woodland path to the white stone beach below. Go rockpooling, throw seaweed at your children, poke a dead jellyfish with a stick. Textbook family beach day.
30 minutes away
Eat: Try some modern British refinement at 1881 at Wrea Head Hall, or catch the late afternoon sun on the decking at the Michelin-recommended Jeremy’s.
Drink: It’s pretty tough to beat The Old Scalby Mill’s seafront views, which look back toward the headland of Scarborough proper.
See: Scarborough Castle’s 2,500-year history’s been as chequered as you could hope for, having been besieged by Parliamentarians twice in the Civil War and bombarded by sea during the First World War.
Do: Staring at a lot of old rocks might not sound like laugh, but the Rotunda Museum of Geology will soon be home to a facial reconstruction of the Gristhorpe Man, a Bronze Age skeleton found in the nearby coastal village, and which will talk. Scarborough cricket ground’s one of the most atmospheric in the county, too.
45 minutes away
Eat: Head inland to Malton for this one – it’s not for nothing that it’s spent the last few years repositioning itself as a foodie hotspot. There are so many producers here – Bluebird Bakery, Groovy Moo ice cream, Aldo’s fresh pasta and more – that you’re duty-bound to eat until you have difficulty breathing.
Drink: Elegant 18th century inn The New Malton has the double-whammy of being listed in both the 2016 Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide and Camra’s Good Beer Guide. Grab a bag of locally roasted Roost coffee too.
See: The ruins of the 12th century Kirkham Priory are as satisfyingly spooky and Gothic as you could hope for, and the area nearby was used to test D-Day landing vehicles in 1944, with Churchill and King George VI visiting to see how they were coming along.
Do: The free Malton Museum’s full of ancient artefacts from prehistoric and Roman Malton, including two Iron Age figures whittled from chalk found at the nearby Lady Spring.