Yeehah! Camp Pinewood goes one better than other tipi sites, offering cowboy shacks and Wild West wagons, too. It’s easy to see why it’s a favourite spot for kids, who generally arrive in a great state of excitement, cowboy hats at the ready. But over the years it’s seen a curious transformation. Not just the Westernification of its glamping getup, but they've also introduced a host of other camping options, so that folk who want a quieter, low key stay are also welcomed along.
As well as a number of pitches for your own tent, there are around a dozen pre-pitched tipis, equipped with futons, rugs, outside picnic benches, and the luxury of electricity (so not exactly the cowboy lifestyle), while there are also shacks, cabins and chuck wagons that come with additional cooking facilities and heating. A number of the glamping lodges and a couple of the tipis also have their own private wood-fired hot tubs, a particular treat when you return from a cold beach swim in the North Sea. For families, it's a perfect escape. Kids disappear off into the wooded area at the bottom of the site, which has paths weaving around the trees, perfect for hide-and-seek, while a great little gift shop at reception sells Wild West toys for little and big kids too.
While the many quirks of Pinewood lend it an appeal all of its own, the reality is that even a rubbish glamping site would be elevated by this place's handy location. On the outskirts of Scarborough there's a whole host of classic attractions within a two-mile walk or two-minute drive – from Scarborough Spa and the Sealife Centre to the two curved sandy beaches and the grassy ruins of the town's old castle. To the north and west of Pinewood Park, meanwhile, the great rolls of the North York Moors await, with Dalby Forest – an adventure playground full of mountain biking trails and marked hiking routes – just a half-hour drive away. Cowboy or not, for those looking for a holiday on the Yorkshire coast, there are few more well-appointed spots.
All grass camping pitches and hard-standings come with the option of an electric hook-up. The single grass pitches can accommodate a regular tent for around four people, while the larger ‘double’ pitches are suitable for eight-person tents. Tipis, western wagons and camping shacks all have futon-style beds (a double and two singles in each), plus heating, electricity and lighting. You’ll need to bring your own bedding. The western wagons and camping shacks also have mini kitchen areas with a kettle, fridge, toaster and microwave, though you still need to bring your own cutlery, crockery and cook wares. Campfires are not allowed but BBQs are fine, though they must be raised off the grass (bricks available to borrow if needed). A couple of the tipis have wood-fired hot tubs, while there is also the ‘Tipi Lodge’, which has similar furnishings but is a wooden structure rather than canvas. For maximum comfort, The Ranch Retreat has proper beds (bring your own bedding) and a hot tub, while the Couples Glamping Cabin has a king-sized bed with all bedding included (and a hot tub, of course).
Everyone! Campers, glampers, dogs (though not in all of the glamping accommodation), tents, campervans, caravans...
There's a two-mile footpath from Pinewood into Scarborough. The coastal town has two sandy beaches – North and South Bay, split by the castle headland – but it's South Bay that most people mean if they say they're going to the beach. With the Spa (01723 821888; magnificently restored Victorian concert hall and entertainment complex) at one end and the harbour at the other, and the castle (01723 372451; great for kids) an iconic landmark on the skyline, South Bay is home to all the beach business you'd expect, from amusement arcades and fish-and-chip shops to donkey rides and souvenir stalls. It's also backed by a refined series of restored Victorian and Edwardian terraced gardens, whose benches, paths and recreation areas offer tantalising beach and sea views. The other antique survivor is the cliff funicular that clanks up to town from near the end of the amusement arcades, saving you the punishing uphill walk.
There’s ample information both at Pinewood Park and in Scarborough’s visitor centre for those who want to explore the North York Moors. The OS map you want for the area is Explorer OL27 but for those wanting a quicker fix with less navigating, drive the 30 minutes to Dalby Forest. Billed as 'The Great Yorkshire Forest', Dalby packs a punch when it comes to hiking, biking and outdoor activities. Mountain-bikers especially love it – it's become a world-class biking centre, with a tricksy World Cup route to negotiate alongside several other well-marked trails. A dozen other waymarked routes are for family walks as well as more challenging outings, including a walk to the spectacular, weather-sculpted sandstone outcrops known as the Bridestones. Best place to start is the Visitor Centre (01751 460295), which has a good café with an outdoor deck. There are exhibitions downstairs, plus a shop where you can buy trail guides and get hold of a useful forest map. In the nearby courtyard you'll find bike rental and craft workshops, while the forest also has a Go Ape! (01603 895500) and a dedicated activity centre (01751 460590).
Food & Drink
For fish and chips or breakfast with local fishermen, head for the Harbour View Café (01723 351000) on Scarborough’s West Pier. There are plenty of other little cafés and delis in town too. Eat Me (01723 373 256) is the sort of fab, foodie-friendly café that every town should have. The owners have stamped their personality on the thirty-seater space around the back of the town's theatre, combining local sourcing and global tastes – expect an enticing menu that runs from giant fishfinger sandwiches and a daily quiche to a spicy bowl of ramen noodles. Three nights a week Eat Me stays open for dinner, when the menu goes a bit more pan-Asian and Mediterranean – Thai noodles and curries to seasonal pot-pies and handmade burgers – but prices remain very good value (and you can bring your own wine). LoveBrew (01723 374 482) on Eastborough Street is great for coffee, teas, cakes and afternoon tea – it’s super relaxed and the nice light vintage decor gives a real lift to this more traditional seasidey end of Scarborough. For a more serious meal out, The Green Room (01723 501 801) does a superb six-course tasting (alongside its regular menu) in a cosy, wood-panelled space with two beautiful bay windows, while for a local pint outside of Scarbrough (and huge portions of pub grub), there’s the Denison Arms (01723 862131) in nearby East Ayton. It’s only a couple of miles beyond that (four miles from Pinewood Park) that you’ll also find one of the best farmers’ markets on the eastern side of the North York Moors, held every Friday morning in the large car park of the Downe Arms hotel. There's usually a decent turn-out of stallholders whatever the weather, from local farmers and bakers to chocolatiers and cheese-makers. You can park right at the site, and there are meals and drinks either at the hotel and its public bar or at the arty tea-rooms just a hundred yards away down the main road, past the village primary school.
April–November (though motorhomes with their own washroom facilities are welcome all year round).
The Owner Says
Pinewood is an award winning family owned and run site, situated just 2 miles from Scarborough town centre and open all year round. The site has 3 separate areas; a camping field to pitch you own tent, an area to bring your own touring caravan or camper van, and a Wild West themed area; complete with Tipis, Wagons, Shacks & Cabins.
Pinewood has a 4 star Visit England star rating and has won several awards, including a Northern Rail Hidden Gems Award.
Prices remain the same reasonable rate all year round, with NO price increases during peak times.
Pinewood can be exclusively hired for group events such as weddings, team building, Birthdays, corporate, photo shoots and family reunions.
The site is pet friendly, with no charge for pets, although dogs do have to be kept on a lead at all times while on site and walked off site.
Pinewood is superb base for visiting all the brilliant nearby attrcations.
Contact Pinewood Park, Racecourse Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 5TG
Located on the main Scarborough to Pickering Road (A170), Pinewood is easy to find and there are no hidden little farm lanes or side roads to go down.
From York and the A64: Go through Staxton and leave the A64 at the next round about, taking the first exit (signed to Seamer). After one-and-a-half miles, in Seamer, take the first exit (straight on). Then take the first right (half a mile later) on to Irton Moor Lane. Follow the road to its end (where it meets the A127), then turn right. After half a mile, where the speed limit change to 40 miles per hour, Pinewood Park is on the left-hand side.
From Filey, the coast and the A165, leave the A165 next to the Pets & Aquatics Centre (signed Muston and Malton A64). Follow this road to the A64 then turn right at the roundabout on to it and follow the directions as above.
Generally speaking, using the postcode for the SatNav is fine until you're half a mile from Pinewood. If it instructs you to turn into a road signed "Irton Caravan Site" then do not turn, but carry on towards Scarborough on the A170. As you see the speed limit change to 40 miles per hour look for Pinewood Park on your left-hand side.
Take the train or bus to Scarborough town centre. From there a taxi is usually just less than £10 to Pinewood Park. Once unpacked/unloaded it is easy to walk there and back in the daytime, although it is uphill coming back!
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Rated ★★★★☆ over 1 reviews
We spent a brilliant weekend at Pinewood Park just outside Scarborough in one of the fab Tipi tents. The tent was spacious with foam beds to sleep on and plenty of room for four. It was May so the heater was appreciated and heated up the tent perfectly. The kids had a great time playing in the surrounding woods and making friends with our fellow campers. The site has a fun cowboy and indian theme and we will definitely be returning.
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