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Scarborough Seafest Maritime Festival - 20th to 22nd July

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 20th 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 during the event. 

The Seafest Food Theatre - West Pier

The Seafest Food Theatre Sponsored by Scarborough Hospitality Association

A mouth-watering line up of top regional chefs will be cooking up a fishy feast for visitors to this year’s Seafest. The Food Theatre will be hosting two days of FREE cookery demonstrations with the chance to sample the mouth-watering recipes after each demonstration. No booking is required but we advise to get there early to take your seat.


Saturday 21st July

10.30 - Steph Moon

11.30 - Christian Taylor

12.30 - Rob Green

1.30 - Martyn Hyde

2.30 - Harrison Barraclough

3.30 - Luke Danies

Sunday 22nd July

10.30 - Christian Taylor

11.30 - Capt Mal Nicholson

12.30 - Rob Green

1.30 - Martyn Hyde & SJT

2.30 - Rob Clark

3.30 - Dan Hargreaves

Chef Profiles

Christian Taylor – Christian is a Chef turned Mobile Caterer ! Recently seen In and around the Yorkshire coast in his own American style food truck, aptly named The Taylor Made Kitchen, serving culinary delights ranging from Buffalo burgers, Vietnamese chicken curry right down to homemade ice cream. You are sure to find some great tasting food served up by this Scarborough Chef.
Martyn Hyde - Martyn grew up in Sheffield, but has always had close connections to the Yorkshire coast. For many years, he ran a successful restaurant in Thailand, The Drunken Monkey. His time there and his travels around the Far East and the States, plus partner Stephen Dinardo’s Shetland heritage, have all been major influences on the style of food at Eat Me Café which the couple run in Scarborough. Eat Me Café has won many awards, most recently Local Gem 2018 in The Good Food Guide and Best Place to Eat in the 2017 Toast of the Coast Awards.
Dan Hargreaves - Dan is a self confessed foodie and after working in some of Scarborough’s best restaurants in a career of over 15 years, has decided to hang up his chef’s jacket (almost). Dan created Hedgehogger Cider with business partner Elaine 5 years ago. It’s a community apple press making, award winning scrumpy and fruity ciders made from people’s surplus apples. 2016 saw their busiest season yet, as they produced over 10000 litres of cider and bagged the prestigious 'best northern cider' award at Manchester beer festival.
Rob Clark - Rob was born in Scarborough, attended Yorkshire Coast College and was trained by Chef Lecturer Ken Allison. Rob went on to work at The Star Inn, Harome to work alongside Andrew Pern on the main course section, and The Box Tree, Ilkley. Both awarded Michelin Stars and a host of other accolades and awards. Rob went on to join Yorkshire Coast College as a Chef Lecturer for 7 years, to training the Hospitality chefs of the future, to then finally establish Clarks Restaurant in Scarborough 2016.
Captain Mal Nicholson – Owner and Captain of HMS Pickle - Tall Ships Captain Mal Nicholson is a 4th generation engineer, who bought HMS Pickle in 2014. It was a recreation of the vessel that brought the news of the Battle of Trafalgar. HMS Pickle was previously a spy ship for Lord Nelson, and was rescued in Gibraltar as a wreck. Mal took her to Portugal and rebuilt her over a two year period, then sailed from Portugal to Portsmouth, and then onto its home berth in Hull.

Harrison Barraclough – Executive Chef, Plum & Partridge, Husthwaite

Yorkshire born and bred Harrison is a passionate and award-winning chef based at the Plum and Partridge in Husthwaite. Harrison was one of the youngest chefs in the UK to win an AA rosette at the ripe old age of 19 and has continued to collect accolades for almost a decade since. He strongly believes that no matter where you are, you should exploit the seasonal produce on your doorstep and work closely with local suppliers.

Steph Moon - Stephanie Moon is having an exciting year in 2018 she is Chef Consultant to Rudding Park and gets to cook with some of the finest produce from their extensive kitchen gardens. Steph was crowned 'Yorkshire Food Hero' at the Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards 2017. Steph has travelled the world with her job, also been on BBC 2 Great British Menu and BBC1 Chefs Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is.
Luke Daniels - Luke is a self taught chef, and has recently been promoted to head chef at the Weston hotel, Scarborough, where their focus is on locality and seasonality. He has worked at several well-known places around Scarborough, such as Ox Pasture Hall and The Green Room.

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 a piece of paper for your child to keep in their pocket. 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.