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Scarborough Seafest Maritime Festival 2017

Ahoy there shipmates! And all aboard for the Scarborough Seafest Maritime Festival.

Come and join us and celebrate the Yorkshire Coast's amazing Maritime Heritage, in this our 19th year, on West Pier, South Bay Scarborough. This popular event is one of the key events that take place during the summer along the coast and is attended by over 20,000 people over the weekend 21st – 23rd July. This year we are proud to give a hearty Seafest Ahoy to our main sponsor, Keepmoat Homes - community regeneration and housing developer – welcome aboard!

Alongside mouth-watering street food stalls showcasing food from around the region and the world, we have the ever popular Scarborough Hospitality Food Theatre featuring live cookery demonstrations by celebrated Yorkshire chefs, including Debbie Raw from BBC2 Series ‘Further Back in Time for Dinner’, Steph Moon, Seafood Chef of the Year Rob Green and Eat Me Café’s Martin Hyde – with a little help from Stephen Joseph Theatre's Little Voice Actors!
On top of this we are delighted to welcome new head chef from the Star Inn the Harbour, Wayne Gildroy and the Director of Operations form the Star Inn the City, Matt Hunter!
During Seafest there's also a chance to see artists at work in West Pier Studios along the balcony on West Pier. These former fishing offices are now home to a range of artists, many of whom open to the public all year round.
Alongside mouth-watering street stalls showcasing food from around the region and the world, we have the popular Scarborough Hospitality Food Theatre featuring live cookery demonstrations by celebrated Yorkshire chefs. For more information click here.
Scarborough Hospitality Food Theatre
Enjoy delicious locally brewed ales from The Great Yorkshire Brewery Ale tent, soundtracked by fantastic live music from local bands, groups and singers, all whilst soaking up the amazing views of our coastline and town. For more information click here.
Great Yorkshire Brewery Ale Tent
This year’s Seafest runs in tandem with the RNLI Flag Day on Saturday 22nd July with the station and boat open to the public together with a fabulous coastguard display. For more information click here.
Photo Credit Karl Johnson
SEAFEST 2017 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England enabling us to present exciting Street theatre acts and music such as the Hard Times Orchestra, Jelly Rolls Band and Suitcase Circus, alongside Comedienne Justine Sless, and close-up magic displays, all adding to the lively atmosphere. Watch out for ‘Wayfarer’ the giant puppet from Animated Objects Theatre Co, and ‘The Trawlers’ with their giant yellow wellies! For more information click here.
Street Theater Acts and Music
There’s always plenty for the kids to do at Seafest! Join Responsible Fishing with their beach doodling and stone balancing sculptures. Explore the natural world around us with the Hidden Horizons team and learn about dinosaurs and rockpools, be captivated by lunchtime storytelling with Adrian Spendlow, drop in on art workshops but watch out for the Fairly Fresh Fish Co! – all is not what it seems when you meet these two fishmongers! For more information click here.
Kids Activities

Seaside Walks

Explore South Bay on two guided coastal walks brought to you by the Family Holiday Association and Hidden Horizons.

Prepare to meet all sorts of creatures that live along the foreshore, then try rock pooling, fossil hunting and discover 165 million year old dinosaur footprints in the Jurassic rocks.

After the walk, dive into an underwater adventure with free out-of-hours access to Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary included in the ticket price!

Other Activities

Travel Information

Bus Information

Buses should be running as normal on the day and Seafest will not affect the the bus timetables.

For other bus information please visit:

Car Park Information

The only car park closed for the event will be West Pier Car Park, (From Thursday 20th July at 6pm till Sunday 23rd till late and operating as normal on Monday).

To find alternative car parks please visit:

Train Information

For any train times or services please visit

Lost Children

We want everyone to have a great time over the weekend, but sometimes children can become separated from adults. Below are a few simple rules and pieces of information to avoid getting separated and what to do it it happens:

  • You may wish to write your mobile number on your child's arm or wrist, telling them not to rub it off under any circumstances. This may help with quick contact, should you become separated.
  • At most events, most instances of children becoming separated from their parents happens during a display, as people get distracted, please ensure your children are with you at all times. 
  • If a lost child has not been claimed by a parent, relative or carer within 20 minuites of being found by a staff member, the police will be called.

Event Safety

There will be a first aid point located on West Pier. If you or someone you are with suffers an injury or is feeling unwell, please notify an event steward immediately, who will arrange for medical assistance.

Please check expected weather conditions before travelling, bringing appropriate suncream and fluids with you if warm temperatures are expected. There will be many outlets along the seafront area also selling drinks to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Listen for safety announcements from the PA system located along the main seafront area, and follow the safety advice given by events stewards or security.

Please do not bring glass bottles or glasses to the event and please help keep our beautiful seafront tidy by using the bins provided.


Our Sponsors

Discover Yorkshire Coast
Keepmoat Homes
Scarborough Hospitality Association
Arts Council England