Peasholm Park Naval Warfare (Battle of Peasholm Park)
Peasholm Park Naval Warfare is a
unique holiday attraction and could be the longest running show of
As near as we can say the first
performance was held in about 1927. It was the brainchild of Mr
George Horrocks who was the Entertainment’s Manager for many years.
Incidentally he was also responsible for the Open Air Theatre which
is just across the road from Peasholm Park and has now been
re-opened after a £3.5 million refurbishment.
In the early days the models consisted
of First World War battleships which were known as Dreadnoughts, a
mystery ship or two which were known as Q ships, a liner bearing
the name 'Orantes' and even in those days there was a submarine
All the vessels were powered by
manpower only. It was, of course, hard work for the operators.
Although the vessels were 20ft plus long, cramped conditions inside
created a host of problems.
Electric power was introduced for the
1929 season. During the 1939-45 war years all the models were kept
in storage. Unfortunately they suffered battle damage in the form
of dry rot and woodworm so that after the war the vessels made a
visit to the breaker’s yard and were replaced with a new fleet of
The ships built. being all scale
models of the vessels which took part in the Battle of the River
Plate, consisted of the following: British cruisers - HMS ‘Ajax',
HMS ‘Achilles’ and HMS ‘Exeter’, the latter being the flagship of
the famous trio, and of course the German battleship ‘Graf von
The Royal Mail liner ‘Asturias’ was
also introduced along with a submarine. The format was changed in
about 1960 when aircraft were introduced and since then we have
included other vessels, like the ‘Jervis Bay’, the tanker ‘British
Pride’ and 'Ark Royal' in 1972. The average life of one of these
vessels is 20 to 25 years.
Many changes have taken place over the
years. We are always trying to improve this unique attraction and
the technical difficulties we encounter can be quite
It is, of course, the smallest manned
navy in the world and we are very proud of the fact that the show
is known and has been reported in all parts of the world. It has
been shown on both BBC and ITV networks but it must be remembered
that this is a holiday show - lots of fun and a jolly good battle.
Furthermore everyone lives to fight another day!
Further information about Peasholm
Park can be found on the Peasholm
Park Friends website
Dates for 2011 (3pm
May: Sat 28 and Bank Holiday Monday 30
June: Saturdays 4,11,18 and 25
July: Thursdays 7,14,21 and 28 &
Saturdays 2,9,16, 23 and 30
August: Mondays 1,8,15,23 and Bank Holiday 29 and
Thursdays 4,11,18 and 25
Sep: Thursday 1 and Saturday 3
Prices : Adult £3.70 - Child £2.10
For further information, please contact the Scarborough Tourism
Bureau on 01723 383636