Scarborough Seafest

Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1PD. 01723 383636


Scarborough Seafest sets sail Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015 with a raft of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Scarborough's 17th Annual Seafest Maritime Festival will once again host another weekend full of free live music, free cooking demonstrations and entertainment for all to enjoy, organised by Scarborough Borough Council in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire and cultural development agency, Create.

Highlights of this year’s event will include workshops and a performance by Leeds band Hope and Social, headliners at last year’s Yorkshire Festival; ukulele band Some Like it Ossett; poetry from A Firm of Poets; street theatre from Artizani Theatre Company, Artemis Lion Fish and Talking Birds, and a brand new arts marquee, with free drop-in arts sessions and story-telling.

There’ll also be rock-pooling and fossil-hunting walks from Hidden Horizons, a line-up of top chefs from around the region giving cookery demonstrations, a full programme of music headed by DJ Tooley, and the traditional blessing of the boats.

Plans for this year's festival are still underway, so make sure you bookmark this page to keep up-to-date with all of our latest news.


A line-up of top chefs from around the region will be giving free cookery demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday in the Seafest Kitchen Marquee, located on the West Pier on South Bay.

Great British Masterchef, and Michelin Bib plus AA Rosettes Chef Darren Curson, from Raithwaite Estates will start the event with the first cooking session.


10.30 - Darren Curson - Head Chef, Raithwaite Hall, Sandsend

11.30 - Martyn Hyde - Eat Me Café, Scarborough

12.30 - Steph Moon - Rudding Park

1.30 - Rob Green - Green’s Restaurant, Whitby

2.30 - Jason Moore - Gisborough Hall

3.30 - TBA


10.30 - Paul Jackson - Hare Inn Restaurant, Scawton

11.30 - Martyn Hyde - Eat Me Café, Scarborough

12.30 - James Mackenzie - The Pipe and Glass , Beverley

1.30 – Rob Green – Green’s restaurant, Whitby

2.30 – Jason Moore - Head Chef – Gisborough Hall Hotel

3.30 - TBA


Ahoy there shipmates! The Whale is coming to town, and beneath its gleaming, silvery surface there be surprises for intrepid sailors! Fun for all ages and fully accessible for wheelchair users. Brought to you by acclaimed theatrical inventors Talking Birds. Prepare to dive!


There will be free live music over the whole weekend on the Music tent located on West Pier.

Headline acts include - Hope & social, Grand Theft Audio and The Shamrockers.

There's also free activities all weekend for the whole family on West Pier and North Wharf, South Bay Scarborough.


10am - 12 noon Marquee 1 North Wharf South Bay - Art drop in – Children’s Workshop.

10am / 12 noon Marquee 1 North Wharf then onto the Beach - Hidden Horizons – Rock Pooling Session- Sign up at 10.00am.

10am - 4pm North Wharf - The Whale - A giant metal Whale which swallows audience’s whole, to enjoy a charming, playful and submersive theatre experience inside.

11am/1pm/3 pm - Walkabout Animated Objects.

11.30/1pm/3pm - Walkabout - Lobster - Giant lobsters take over! As evolutionists predicted, the new masters of the planet have arisen from the seas.

A surreal and endearing walkabout with huge impact riding in a cart pulled by a charismatic character; the inflatable lobsters are a sight to behold.

12 noon - 2pm Marquee 1 North Wharf - Sea themed Storytelling.

2 - 4pm Marquee 1 North Wharf - Art drop in–Children’s Workshop.

2- 4 pm Marquee 1 North Wharf / Beach Hidden Horizons – Rock Pooling Session sign up at 2pm.

2 – 4pm Marquee 2 Hope and Social – Musical Workshop. Bring along your instruments to get involved. Book your space by calling 01723 384545.


10am - 12 noon Marquee 1 North wharf - Art drop in Children's workshop.

10am / 12 noon Marquee 1 / Beach - Hidden Horizons - Rock pooling session - Sign up at 10am.

10am - 12 noon Marquee 2 North wharf - The Cloud Collector

10am - 4pm North Wharf - The Whale - A giant metal Whale which swallows audience’s whole, to enjoy a charming, playful and submersive theatre experience inside.

11/1/3pm - Walkabout - Animated objects Lionfish - -Normally found lurking in the depths of the ocean, Lionel and Leona the Lion Fish have surfaced to entertain us all.

Watch in awe as these two brightly-coloured sea creatures on stilts wander through the crowds, like fish out of water!

12 noon - 2pm Marquee 1 North Wharf - Sea themed storytelling.

1pm - 4pm Marquee 2 - Jewels of the Sea - Jewelery making for adults.

2pm - 4pm Marquee 1 North Wharf - Art drop in - Children's workshop.

2pm - 4pm Marquee 1 / Beach - Hidden Horizons - Dinosaur footprint walk - Sign up at 2pm.


Interested in exhibiting at Seafest 2015?

We have a number of opportunities available, ideal for local businesses selling local produce, including hot and cold food outlets and independent craft stalls. 

For further information or to reserve your space at Seafest 2015, call our events team on 01723 383577 or email us at

If you missed last year's event, here are some of the highlights from Seafest 2015:

  • Seafest Food Theatre - free seafood cooking demos by leading Yorkshire Chefs
  • Maritime & heritage displays
  • Mouth-watering food stalls
  • Craft & market stalls
  • Great Yorkshire Brewery's real ale & beer festival
  • Live music - run by the organisers of Scarborough's popular Acoustic Gathering
  • Lots of children's and adults workshops
  • Grand fireworks display (9:45pm)
  • Scarborough Seafest Sunday Service

Dates & times for Scarborough Seafest, Scarborough

24/07/2015 to 26/07/2015

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Scarborough about 1 mile(s) away.

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