Big Ideas by the Sea - Scarborough


Big Ideas By The Sea offers an ambitious festival programme starting on the 19th of May

Big Ideas by the Sea is a new cultural festival that will bring to Scarborough some of the best speakers locally and from across the UK to talk about the big issues related to the environment, climate change and history.  We set out to explore, debate and champion positive change related to the big environmental issues that concern us all on a personal, local, global and intergenerational level.

Artist Kane Cunningham and former City of York archaeologist John Oxley MBE will focus on concerns facing local communities and people from across the globe.

We have 36 events this year programmed from 19th May to 2nd June. 

Highlights include:

A unique Study Day with Professor Joann Fletcher, Dr Katarina Zinn and Marie Woods; 

David Sillito BBC Arts Correspondent; 

Rick Buckler, ex-Jam; 

The Big Day Out at Scarborough Castle - dance, sculpture workshop, storytelling, mini-digs;

The Big Dig 3 our hands-on community archaeology project;

Dr Stephen Buckley, expert on Egyptian mummification;

Dr Sean Paling, leading expert on the search for Dark Matter;

Allson Watt on screen and playwriting;

Stuart Baines, Scarborough's world-famous cetacean expert;

Dance the night away with Skandals in the Market Hall;

A Martin Parr exhibition where you wouldnt expect to find one!

and much much more!


Many of our events are free; most others are Pay as you Feel.

Have a look at the programme and make sure you get your tickets booked and also come along to our free family-friendly events!

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We would like to thank our wonderful Sponsors and Collaborators: 

Yorkshire Coast BID; Community Lottery Fund; National Heritage Lottery Fund; English Heritage; Wildeye; Invisible Dust; National Literacy Trust; Artecology; St Mary's Church; Old Parcels Office; Scarborough Market Hall; Seagrown; Scarborough Harbourmaster; North Yorkshire Council; Scarborough Orchestra; Not Forever Yone.

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Most of the events are free, or pay as you feel but require booking, however you can turn up on the day for some events.

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Big Ideas by the Sea


Woodend Creative Workspace & other venues, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW
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Opening Times

Event runs from (19 May 2024 - 2 June 2024)

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