Open day as new hostel owners get the keys to building

131407a Elise Armitage and Rob Fletcher who have bought Scarborough Youth Hostel. Rob was brought up on Scholes Park Road, Elise in Guernsey, the couple met working at an international school in Costa Rica, and will take over the hostel on June 3rd, then get married there at the end of June.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013
131407a Elise Armitage and Rob Fletcher who have bought Scarborough Youth Hostel. Rob was brought up on Scholes Park Road, Elise in Guernsey, the couple met working at an international school in Costa Rica, and will take over the hostel on June 3rd, then get married there at the end of June. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

The new owners of Scarborough Youth Hostel, off Burniston Road, are welcoming visitors to an open day on Saturday June 8, 10am to 4pm.

Rob Fletcher and Elise Armitage will take over the hostel on June 3 and will run it under the YHA Enterprise Scheme, providing affordable accommodation for schools and activity groups, families and individual hostellers.

The pair, who are both experienced teachers, are also very keen to develop the hostel as a centre for field studies and would like to talk to anyone with expertise or experience in leading field work in: history, geography, geology, biology or environmental science who might be interested in working with them at the hostel.

Elise said: “We have 48 beds, professional catering facilities and a perfect location, right on the banks of Scalby Beck and only 15 minutes walk from Scalby Mills and Jackson’s Bay.

“With Scarborough Castle, Star Carr, the Sea Life Centre, the Rotunda Museum, Filey Brigg and Bempton Cliffs, the opportunities for field studies are limitless.

“Rob and I are both very keen to use or skills and experience to provide engaging learning outside of the classroom and we would like to build a team of like-minded people who can lead field work courses in and around Scarborough.”

Everyone is more than welcome to attend.