Trips To Scarborough

If you are Primary School then this coastline provides a wide range of opportunities to improve their knowledge of nature and sealife. This combined with the rich historical scenes and stories means your days here will be packed with learning. When it comes to outdoor adventure you can choose from Go Ape and Treetop Treks, not forgetting time for fun and games on the beautiful sandy beaches.

A brilliant opportunity for geography students to examine their studies first hand, school trips to Scarborough and the Holderness Coast allow pupils to explore coastal erosion and its causes. With the area’s beaches and coastline making fantastic case study topics for coastal defence strategies and management, students can delve into why the Holderness Coastline retreats one to two metres every year. There are also a number of field study sessions your students can take part in, all of which are designed to meet the needs of the National Curriculum and can be tailored to your students’ learning objectives.

We offer the following exciting school trips to Scarborough:


Top Attractions

South Bay Beach


Scarborough’s most picturesque and often busiest beach, South Bay Beach is a must-see for students on school visits to Scarborough. Characterised by its soft sand and arched bay, there are a number of coastal defence strategies in place along the shoreline. Students can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the recurved sea walls, designed to prevent flooding and protect the surrounding cliffs from erosion, as well as study the rock armour that absorbs the energy of the waves.

North Bay Beach

A visit to North Bay Beach is a great opportunity to compare and contrast the many physical and human geographical differences between the north and south bays. Pupils on school visits to the Holderness Coast can quickly see how the land’s exposure to the sea in each area has differing effects on the rock, as well as the obvious differences in infrastructure. 

Hornsea and Mappleton Coastal Management


School trips to the Holderness Coast often include a visit to Hornsea and Mappleton, both of which are popular case studies. With the soft boulder clay cliffs annually retreating one to two meters, many of the coastal management schemes in the area have eased the rate of erosion. Students can look at the techniques used to protect the coastline and examine the impact on the local area.


We have a number of brilliant accommodation options in Scarborough to suit a range of budgets and preferences. All of our accommodation is suitable for school groups and has been visited by a member of our travel team to ensure quality and safety requirements are up to scratch.



For school trips to Scarborough, we can offer you a board basis to suit your budget and preferences. From Bed and Breakfast to Full Board, dining options are flexible on school visits. If you’d rather eat in local restaurants during your stay, we can recommend eateries popular with school groups, and book these on your behalf.

Hidden Gems

Rotunda Museum

Always popular with geography and geology school visits to Scarborough, the Rotunda Museum facilitates free self-guided tours, as well as a range of workshops for KS3-5 students. Home to a number of fascinating artefacts, the museum showcases the Gristhorpe Man, a unique Bronze Age skeleton, and a Speeton Plesiosaur, a marine reptile from the lower Cretaceous period. A ‘Dinosaur Footprint Walk’ can also be organised for students, allowing them to see the fossilised dinosaur footprints along the coast.

Flamborough Head and Lighthouse


A great location to observe weathering, erosion, mass movement and spectacular land formations, this coastal point from the Jurassic era serves as an engaging discussion point for school groups. The lighthouse is also an impressive sight, and is currently active, guiding coastal traffic heading to Scarborough and Bridlington.

Scarborough Castle

Located on the headland dividing the north and south bays, this slice of history can make a great pit stop on school visits to the Holderness Coast. Scarborough Castle spans a range of eras, including an Iron Age settlement and a 12th century enclosure castle. Students can learn about the role the castle played in various English and Scottish civil wars, sieges and conflicts throughout history.

Why WST?

At WST, we go above and beyond to ensure all our school trips to Scarborough are of the highest standard. Not only will we work closely with you to plan an itinerary which enhances your classroom studies, but we’ll also be on hand to offer you support throughout your trip. Here are just a few reasons why many teachers opt to travel with us:

  • We are the only school travel operator to hold a Government Standard Customer Service Excellence Award
  • We’ve won Best School Tour Operator four years running at the School Travel Awards, an accolade voted for by teachers
  • We’ll book and arrange all your transport, accommodation and study visits on your behalf, giving you more time to focus on your students
  • We have a 24 hour emergency response service, so that should any issues arise on your school trip to the Holderness Coast, we can solve them when you need us to

If you’d like to book a school trip to Scarborough and the Holderness Coast with us, get in touch with one of our friendly travel team today who will be happy to help.

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