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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. 

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
RNLI Flag Day - Date to be confirmed
We're busy working on big plans for Scarborough Seafest's 20th anniversary event. Keep checking back in the new year, and more details will be confirmed in Spring 2018. 
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

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 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.

Where to Stay

53 Cliff Street

Mount Cottage

53 Cliff Street is an 18th century cottage providing luxury accommodation, comprising of 3 bedrooms, dining room, lounge, bathrooms on each floor (3) and private yard. Exceptional views of Whitby harbour, Abbey and sea.

The Whiteley, Scarborough

The Whiteley

Small family-run hotel situated in an elevated position overlooking the North Bay and close to the town centre. 100% non-smoking.

Morningside Hotel


Located on Whitby's West Cliff with uninterrupted sea views to Sandsend and Whitby Abbey, close to all attractions.

Hillcrest Guesthouse, Whitby

Hillcrest Guest House

Seven bedroomed Victorian guest house, all en-suite, with free parking, Pets allowed. Please note a one night deposit is required on booking. This is refundable if cancelled within seven nights of your stay.

Trailside Lounge


Based in Thornton Le Dale, Trail Side is a charming house which offers a warm welcome, ideally situated for Dalby Forest and the seaside towns of Whitby & Scarborough.

Sea Heights

Sea Heights

Smart 1st floor south cliff flat in a lovely area... with a glimpse of the sea. 2 bedrooms. 2 bath/shower rooms. Your pet goes free. Adults (and children over 14) at this property.

White Lodge Hotel, Filey

White Lodge Hotel

Clifftop hotel overlooking the bay close to the town centre and golf course. An ideal location for a relaxing holiday.

Low Newbiggin House and Cottages

Low Newbiggin House & Cottages

An 18th Century 5 bedroom house and two delightful 2 bedroom cottages in private, secluded 53-acre estate on outskirts of Whitby. Panoramic views from all properties and salmon fishing.

Binton Guesthouse

Binton Guest House

Victorian building, No smoking or pets policy. Free Wi-Fi, Families welcome. Comfortable clean rooms. Our big breakfasts are really enjoyed.

Kings Head Hotel, Kirkbymoorside

The Kings Head Hotel

The Kings Head Hotel is a 16thC coaching inn. Family-owned and family-run, our priority is quality, hospitality, care and cuisine.

Sea View

Cliff View

Cliff View provides stylish and elegant high quality en-suite accommodation with panoramic sea and countryside views created to make your time here special for you.

The Mayfield, Seamer, Scarborough

The Mayfield Seamer

The Mayfield, Seamer village (just outside Scarborough), is a traditional English pub which serves an extensive range of quality food, a superb selection of real ale & wines, & offers accommodation in ten amazing en-suite bedrooms.

Dillons Of Whitby

Dillons Of Whitby

Elegant individually designed en-suite bedrooms with a wealth of extras in our 5 star, Michelin recommended boutique B&B. Locally sourced cakes and fabulous local produce breakfasts along with the very best of Yorkshire hospitality.

Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough

Crown Spa Hotel

Yorkshire, Moors and Coast Hotel of the Year 2007/8 & 2009, Scarborough’s only 4 star hotel for the discerning visitor.

Low Moor Cottages, Scalby

Low Moor Holiday Cottages

A privately owned and meticulously maintained small complex of superb holiday cottages. Situated in open countryside yet only 15 minutes from Scarborough and the beautiful North Bay beaches.

Avenue View (Apartment 3)

Avenue View Apartment

Sleeps 3-4 guests. South Cliff Scarborough. Pet-friendly (1 small dog goes free-of-charge), 1st floor, 2 bedroom property. Easy walk to the Esplanade. Cliff Lift to South Beach Foreshore. Free bed linen and WiFi (bring your own towels).

Crows Nest Caravan and Camping Park, Filey

Crows Nest Caravan Park - Static Caravan

Family-owned park with luxury caravans for hire, ideal for families and couples. Full range of facilities including heated indoor swimming pool. Only five miles from the attractions of Scarborough and two miles from tranquil Filey.

The Ivanhoe Hotel, Scarborough

The Ivanhoe

The Ivanhoe is an impressive building on a corner plot above the Scarborough Sea Life Centre. We have a large customer car park, outdoor seating and garden.

Castle by the Sea, Scarborough

The Castle by the Sea

At the Castle By The Sea all bedrooms are en-suite and offer magnificent sea views over the North Bay and onto Ravenscar Cliffs are also available within some of the bedrooms. Private parking, free Wi fi and dogs stay for free.

Dining Room

The Mountview

Mountview Private Hotel (Non-Smoking) is a happy, family run, private hotel in Scarborough with a non-smoking policy, two minutes walk from the sea front. A lovely Victorian house, situated close to the Esplanade, Spa and Italian Gardens.