If I ever ask my children what they would like to do it’s always park first then the beach. Pannet Park is only a 2 min walk from our house and has a brilliant adventurous park for children of all ages plus Whitby Museum is also next to the park – changing displays every month and a permanent display of fossils which older children enjoy. There are toilets in the Whitby museum at Pannet Park but I always use children needing the toilet with an excuse to pop for a quick coffee. Only a 3 minute walk down through the park (where we always carry a few nuts for the squirrels that run past). I either choose Whitby Deli or Rusty Shears, both make lovely coffee and homemade cake and also have baby change facilities if you have much younger children.
So once I’ve had a quick coffee and my children have had a hot chocolate, its only a 10 minute walk along Silver Street or Skinner Street towards West Cliff, depending on how energetic they are we either take the path behind Claras (nice ice-cream spot for later on), which is the most gentle of all the paths down to the beach, if you have a buggy, you need to go right at Claras then left at the end down towards the Pavillion. Alternatively there is a lift down to the beach (2019 prices are 70p one way and children under 5 are free) , turn left at Claras and walk along the West Cliff promenade for about 5 mins until you reach the lift.
So once down at the beach, hopefully the tide is out (I do write the low and high tides on my blackboard every morning so they are worth checking as when it is high tide there is normally practically no beach to play on). We can happily spend the whole afternoon at the beach with buckets, spades and a net. Rarely do we catch anything in the rock pools but we do have fun exploring. Whitby has just been awarded the Blue flag award again for its beach and this is part to do with the water quality but also the facilities and the lack of litter. My children have been encouraged by school day trips to the beach to collect 3 pieces of litter every time they head to the beach so this does help with keeping our beach nice and tidy. Also there are good facilities in regards to toilets (which are free at the beach) and water taps to wash your feet off at the end of the day.
So heading home, we always stop at Claras for an ice cream and a run round the small garden chasing seagulls away from stealing our ice-creams.
This is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination and please feel free to add in the comments section of any child friendly things to do that you have enjoyed in Whitby.
Other changing facilities for Babies/toddlers in Whitby:-
Costa Coffee – on Baxtergate. Wetherspoons – Angel. Whitby town library – near train station – also has decent childrens library section.
There are about 5 public toilets in Whitby – 40 p charge to get in though.