Grade II listing for shelter

We are delighted to see that shelter 2 in South Cliff Gardens has been awarded Grade II status by Historic England.

This official recognition of the importance of this structure adds to other  listings in this area i.e. Cliff Lift, Clock Café and the Holbeck Clock Tower; again confirming that Scarborough is very lucky to have inherited so many beautiful buildings which need to be preserved as part of the heritage of Scarborough.


Beat the bug: Scarborough 's South Cliff Gardens team's idea to keep us all busy as we stay indoors

Members of the South Cliff Gardens team have come up with ways to keep Scarborough residents of all ages busy as they stay indoors.

The activities have been pulled together as part of Inter-generational Week and include things you can do with your family for the project during physical distancing and while in self- isolation.

Knit a square for the South Cliff Gardens Blanket

People urged to knit or crochet a square for the South Cliff Gardens Community blanket. When the New Community Building is built we’d like to have a blanket on hand for people who are using the space. We’d like it to be a thing of beauty that celebrates the heritage of the gardens and the diversity of the people who use them.

Square must be 10x10ins, can be any colour and can include accessories such as beads. Knitting or crocheting should be done on the theme of the South Cliff Gardens, but feel free to be as creative and as inventive as you like.

Write a story

As part of our activity programme we are developing an oral history project to collect the hidden stories about the South Cliff Gardens. Do you have an interesting story to tell, or any fond stories about the gardens, or are you interested in researching other people’s stories? If so then why not have a go at writing down and sharing your thoughts and musings with us.

Drawings and paintings

Any budding artists out there? Why not take this opportunity to waft those arms about and throw some broad brushstrokes onto canvas. We are looking for creations based on the South Cliff Gardens that fit within the following themed categories:

1) Historical Habitats

2) Wistful Wanderings

3) Connecting Conservation

Digital entries also allowed and short runners will be included in a calendar available for sale.

Write a poem

Are there any poets out there? Always fancied giving poetry a try? Why not start now and send us your poems about the gardens. We’d like to hear poems that express why the South Cliff Gardens are important to you and how they make you feel as you walk through them.


As part of the activity programme we are going to hold an annual art calendar competition. This will include images both photograph and art focussed on the South Cliff Gardens, short runners for which will be included in a calendar available for sale.

We are looking for creations based on the South Cliff Gardens that fit within the following themed categories:

4) Historical Habitats

5) Wistful Wanderings

6) Connecting Conservation

Letter Writing

For all you children who are staying at home why don’t you write a letter about your experience of the South Cliff Gardens or draw a picture of your favourite part of the gardens so that we can send this on to the local care homes.

Please send all digital entries or photographs of hard entries such as knitting to:  or

For hard entries such as paintings, knitting, crochet etc the team might not be able to access these until the virus has passed and it can return to the Town Hall so please hold on to them until then.

 Story by Sue Wilkinson. Published in the Scarborough News 26 March 2020

Scarborough Review article February 2020

Trees and shrubs in Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens to be removed ahead of £7m improvement scheme

A £90,000 plan to remove trees and shrubs to improve access and views ahead of a multi-million improvement scheme for Scarborough’s South Cliff Gardens is to get underway.

By Carl Gavaghan, The Scarborough News  Local Democracy Reporting Service Thursday, 14th November 2019

Scarborough Council today approved the spend as part of a £7milllion scheme to bring the historic gardens back to their best. The removal of the trees will give access to contractors to start the works for the Heritage Lottery funded scheme. The removal will start later this month and run through until February so it takes place outside of the birdnesting season.

A report prepared for cabinet member Cllr Janet Jefferson (Ind) stated the work would “reinstate key historic views within the park and across the park, from the Esplanade to South Bay”. It added: “Where trees will have to be removed, new compensation tree planting will take place as part of the following main contract works in 2020-21. “The new trees planted within the south cliff gardens will be restricted to smaller and more ornamental varieties to ensure succession but also make it easier to maintain the historic views in the future. “Elsewhere, an offset policy of planting two trees for every one cut down in south cliff gardens will be implemented across a number of planting schemes elsewhere in the borough.”

The report added that diseased and dangerous trees would be removed to allow the remaining trees to thrive. The trees had been identified following an independent and impartial arboricultural survey and the South Cliff Community Group has given its backing to the work. Cllr Jefferson approved the council entering into a contract with Rennison Tree Specialists for the sum of £91,285 to carry out the removal, with the funds coming from the project budget.

The South Cliff Gardens project is being funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund grant of £4,665,700. Scarborough Council is contributing £1.5 million with the rest coming from other contributions, including Section 106 money and £100,000 raised by the South Cliff Gardens Group. Once at the heart of Scarborough’s seaside resort; the South Cliff Gardens were the place to go to improve health and wellbeing, socialise, explore and enjoy the extensive sea views. The gardens include 14 timber and concrete shelters, believed to be the largest number of historic shelters in any public garden in the country and feature 19th Century Egyptian gates, Italian steps designed by Joseph Paxton, iconic Italian gardens, the first funicular railway in the country, Holbeck Clock Tower, the world’s first beach chalets, rose garden and the much-loved Clock Café.


Scarborough News June 2019

Scarborough News

14 March 2019.

Help us raise funds for Saving South Cliff Gardens

In order to help raise funds for the 'Friends', the wife of one of our volunteers has made available copies of her novel 'Didn't We Almost Have It All' for sale. An offbeat romantic comedy with an 80's twist, copies are available at a discounted price of £6, and can be obtained by emailing . Copies can be hand delivered by arrangement.

Scarborough News 7 December 2017

The story above appeared 25 October 2017