Peasholm Park Naval Warfare

Peasholm Park Naval Warfare is a unique holiday and could be the longest running show of all time. As near as we can say the first performance was held about 1927. It was the brainchild of Mr George Horrocks who was the Entertainment’s Manager for many years. Incidentally he was also responsible for the Open Air Theatre which is just across the road from Peasholm Park.

In the early days, the models consisted of First World War battleships which were known as Dreadnoughts, a mystery ship or two, which were known as Q ships, a liner bearing the name ‘Orantes’ and even in those days there was a submarine (U-boat). All vessels were powered by manpower only. It was of course hard work for the operators. Although the vessels were 20ft plus long cramped conditions inside created a host of problems. Electric power was inroduced for the 1929 season. During the 1939-45 war years all the models were kept in storage. Unfortunately they suffered battle damage in the form of dry rot and woodworm so that after the war the vessels made a visit to the breakers yard and were replaced with a new fleet of ships.

The ships built being all scale models of the vessels which took part in the Battle of the River Plate consisted of the following: British cruisers – HMS ‘Ajax’ HMS ‘Achilles’ and HMS ‘Exeter’ the latter being the flagship of the famous trio and of course the German battleship ‘Graf von Spee’. The Royal Mail liner ‘Asturias’ was also introduced along with a submarine.

The format was changed in about 1960 when aircraft were introduced and since then we have included other bessels like the ‘Jervis Bay’ the tanker ‘British Pride’ and ‘Ark Royal’ in 1972. The average life of one of these vessels is 20 to 25 years. Many changes have taken place over the years. We are always trying to improve this unique attraction and the technical difficulties we encounter can be quite considerable. It is of course the smallest manned navy in the world and we are very proud of the fact that the show is known and has been reported in all parts of the world. It has been shown on both BBC and ITV networks but it must be remembered that this is a holiday show – lots of fun and a jolly good battle. Furthermore everyone lives to fight another day!

The first performance for the season takes place on Spring Bank holiday followed by shows in June, July and August.


Firework Spectacular Concert 26th June

The Legendary Scarborough Spa Orchestra kicks off Armed Forces Weekend in style. Join the last remaining professional seaside orchestra for an evening of popular music and song in tribute to the Armed Forces and those on the Home Front during Britain’s war years. This sensation evening of music will be rounded off by a sepectacular fireworks display.

Armed Forces Day 27th June

Building upon the success of last year, the 2015 Armed Forces Day event promises to be another spectacular tribute to those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Come and join us as we say thank you to our past, present and future uniformed peronnel.

In our seventh year here at Scarborough, we are paying tribute to veterans of World War Two and 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Please note that due to the 18th month RNLI rebuild site compound, housed on the pier, this area will be used for exhibitor car parking, with the majority of this year’s event activity on Foreshore and Sandside.

– Welcome by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough
– Vintage Village
– Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
– RNLI/HMCG Air to Sea Rescue
– RAF Spitfire Display
– Climbing Tower & Assault Course
– Standards & Veterans Parade (organised by Royal British Legion, Scarborough Branch)
– North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (NYFR) Pipes & Drums Band
– Cadet Forces displays (including gun-run, first aid & drumming displays)
– Yorkshire Volunteers Band
– WWI Commemoration exhibitions
– Flight Simulators – Lancaster Bomber & Red Arrows
– Military vehicles display
– Live entertainment
– Yorkshire COast Radio Road Show (live coverage all day)
– Service of Thanksgiving for the British Armed Forces, led by the Vicar of Scarborough

– A vintage fair courtesy of AdVINTAGEous – a local business that has a passion for everything VINTAGE & COLLECTABLE and it is a passion they love to share with as many people as possible through their vintage fairs.
– A range of vintage military vehicles, 1940’s atmosphere in the vintage Village we have invited vintage tribute singer, Cherie Lawrence who loves nothing more than singing a torch song from World War II which brings a tear to eyes of her audience but is equally adept at getting a crowd dancing and cheering to World War II vintage classics such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
– By popular demand we have a pipe and drum band for bagpipe enthusiasts – North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipes & Drums Band. They will be performing in the Vintage village on Sandside and marching through the crowds to entertain at the civic formal area on Foreshore.
– Visit The Coronia and The Regal Lady – original pleasure steamers berthed at Scarborough harbour, which were requistioned at the start of the Second World War and that took part in Operation Dynamo – assisting in the evacuation of Britihs troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during May and June 1940.
– The Yorkshire Volunteers Band in their 1940s battle dress with shining buttons will open the civic proceedings at 12 noon with a stirring antholog of military marches headed up by Corps of Drums and Bugles.

For daring deeds in the sky, UK based AeroSuperBatics 1940’s bi-planes and their fearless female Wingwalkers.

The wingwalkers will perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of the Boeing Stearman biplanes. The team of pilots, many former RAF fast-jet pilots, fly the aircraft through an energetic routine of dazzling aerobatics and close formation flypasts as the wingwalkers wave at the crowd. These manoeuvres include, loops, rolls, stall turns and even inverted flight!

Last year we said a fond farewell to the much loved bright yellow RAF SEAKING helicopter that has made an appearance and demonstrated their rescue skills with the RNLI lifeboat crews for the past six years. The new red and white Sikorsky S-92s search and rescue helicopter on behalf of HM Coastguard has accepted our invitation to carry out a joint demonstration with the Scarborough lifeboat crew.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will once again be taking part with a RAF Spitfire display to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It is hoped that Spitfire AB910, having undergone a complete refurbishment and a new colour scheme with full invasion stripes, will be displaying over the town’s South Bay.

The invasion stripes of fiver alternating black and white stripes painted on the body and wings of WW2 to avoid mistaken identity and reduce friendly fire incidents in the ensuring aerial battles.

Local cade forces will be at this year’s event complete with information, recruitment and demonstration stands, including:
Sea cadets – band and gun run displays
RAF cadets – survival and first aid demonstrations
Army cadets – cadet challenge

P1 Powerboat Championship

P1 will be making its first ever visit to Scarborough at the end of May to serve up a feast of marine motorsport with its SuperStock powerboat championship and AquaX jet ski race series in the Dale Power Solutions P1 Grand Prix of the Sea!

It will be a doulbe bill of fast, furious and free-to-watch racing, and you can enjoy the two days of high-speed action live at Scarborough’s South Bay.

Scarborough will host the opening event of the season, which will see the P1 racers compete for national titles at five venues around the country through to September.

Whilest the fleet of P1 Panther race boats, which reach speeds of up to 70mph, and jet ski riders will provide excitement on the water, there will also be a host of attractions and entertainment for the whole family on the West Pier, South Bay, Scarborough. There will also be opportunities to meet the powerboat teams and jet ski racers over the weekend, plus live race commentary, driver signings, giveaways and competitions. It all adds up to a great day out!


Events in May 2015

Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
Everbody likes to be beside the seaside! Come and enjoy the fabulous photography exhibition.

Aakschipper Images, Scarborough
A photographic exhibition in conjunction with the Tour de Yorkshire featuring images of bicycles, some in a distressed state, some abandoned, some very active.

Crescent Arts, Scarborough
How and Why Artist Make Prints, an exhibition curated by Northern Print based in Newcastle upon Tyne, brings together the work of seven contemporary printmakers. While printmaking may be a common thread, it is apparent that the concerns.

Discover the Tour de Yorkshire on the coast as Scarborough proudly hosts the prestigious finish line for Stage 1 of the inaugural internation cycle race.

Hairy Bob’s Cave, Scarborough
Come don and see a precession of over 100 cycles ranging from uni-cycles to special mobility bikes passing the north side of the marine drive before the Tour de Yorkshire comes through.

Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough
Come along to Oliver’s Mount race circuit and experience the excitement of the Festival of Speed Bike & Car Hill Climb.

Scarborough Spa Complex, Scarborough
Vintage Fair – 60 Stalls – Live Entertainment – Hair & Beauty – Classic Cars, Scooters & Bikes – Naafi Cafe – Dedicated Vintage Tearoom – Social Dancing Area “Tape a trip down memory lane & open up a whole new world of style”

Take advantage of the only location in England offering both crown green and indoor bowling on the same site. Compete with competitors from all over the region of all abilites. 3 competitors from all over the region of all abilities.

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough
“There’s a party going on right here” let’s celebrate the songs of Kylie! The show will include some of her Greatest hits, Latest hits & Best hits performed by a talented & versatile cast complemented by a fantastic stage set and glamorous costumes

Gallery @ Woodend, Scarborough
Lunchtime Lectures with Karen Snowden at Woodend

Have you got what it takes to get on your bike and Ride The Borough of Scarborough? Have you got the strength and endurance within you to Conquer the Elements while taking in some of the most stunning scenery in the UK?

Scarborough Spa Complex, Scarborough

Scarborough Spa Complex, Scarborough

Scarborough Spa Complex, Scarborough
Scarborough Dine and Dance began over 60 years ago to foster friendship by organising various social activities.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Scarborough
British indie band, James, will perform hits from a career spanning over 30 years, with material from their latest critically-acclaimed album, La Petite Mort.

Scarborough Castle, Scarborough
Calling all junior Knights! Join our medieval sword masters and learn the lethal art of swordsmanship. Get to grips with a range of swords and hear the crash of steel on steel in our academy for budding knights.

Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larking, must to TRacy’s mother Edna’s dismay.

P1 will be making its first ever visit with its SuperStock Powerboat Championship with AquaX Jet Ski Race Series.

Scarborough Vintage Fair

Vintage Fair -Scarborough

We have gathered the finest eclectic mix of vintage treasures on the East Coast. From fashion to homeware and everything inbetween. An amazing array of 60 stalls from the finest purveyors of vintage everything await you. Whether you are a Vintage Fair novice an occasional vintage admirer or a hard core devotee there will be something for everyone. Between 10am – 5pm be transported into the exciting world of Vintage. Delighted and enthralled by our scintillating entertainers Cherie Lawrence and Mr Brandyn Shaw. Be pampered at the Vintage Hair & Beauty Salon. Check out the Classic Cars Scooters & Bikes on display outside. The dedicated vintage tearoom and NAAFI cafe will transport you back to proper dinners the land of spotted dick and custard and an era where folk chatted over the tea cosy. Don’t forget your bucket and spade.

Adm: £2.50 / OAP’s. £2 / Under 12’s FREE

03/05/2015     10:00 – 17:00
25/10/2015     10:00 – 17:00


Festival of Speed Bike & Car Hill Climb

Come along to Oliver’s Mount Road Race circuit a experience the excitement of the Festival of Speed Bike & Car Hill Climb. Oliver’s Mount is 500ft above sea level with excellent views across the whole of Scarborough town and up towards the coast and country. The venue, with its challenging, tight and twisting 2.43 mile road track (England’s only natural ‘road’ race track) gives crowds the closest action seen at tany race venue in the UK.

For some real edge of your seat racing with drivers testing their skills to the maximum, come along to the Festival of Speed Bike & Car Hill Climb!


Upcoming events at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

King Lear (21th-25th)
SJT Auction (26th)
NT Connections Festival (27th-29th)
Emma Johnson & John Lenehan (30th)

Snake Davis Classic Sax Solos (1st)
The Ladykillers (5th-9th)
Bouncers (12th-16th)
Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy (21st-30th)
Tours of the Building (28th-24th Sept)

Ensemble 360 (2nd)
Wilde Without The Boy (4th)
A Swinging Affair (5th)
Romeo And Juliet (9th-13th)
The Woman in Black (19th-2nd Aug)
Robin Herford in Conversation with Kate Fenton (25th)

Confusions (9th-26th Sept)
Alan Ayckbourn in Conversation with Paul Allen (12th)
Tim Firth in Conversation with Kate Fenton (15th)
Susan Hill in Convesation with Paul Allen (16th)
Tea for Two (22nd-9th Sept)
Sally by the Sea (25th-22nd Aug)

Neville’s Island (6th-27th)

Hero’s Welcome (4th-3rd Oct)
Young-Choon Park (14th)

Tour de Yorkshire 1st-3rd May

Tour de Yorkshire will be making its way around Yorkshire between 1st – 3rd May. The first stage will be finishing on the Scarborough seafront.


Stage One will start in seaside town of Bridlington and 174km later finish further up the coast in Scarborough. The riders, from all over the world, will pass through spectacular coastal scenery and the iconic North York Moors landscapes. From the start line in Bridlington the riders will head along the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast before turning away from the coast into the North York Moors National Park, through Dalby Forest and towards Pickering. They’ll then take a spectacular journey back to the coast at Whitby, and then south to Robins Hood’s Bay with the ultimate race to the finish line on the seafront at Scarborough.

Stage Two will see the race start outside the imposing Selby Abbey. The route takes in much of the Yorkshire Wolds, and from Selby will take the peloton towards Market Weighton, through North Newbald and on to Beverley, where they will turn north to Malton, then on to Stamford Bridge. Spectators will have the change to see a circuit of York and organisers are hoping for a dramatic finish in the town. And as part of the legacy of the Tour de Fance to get more women cycling there will also be a dedicated women’s event on a circuit through York on day 2, the 2nd May.

Stage Three will see the peloton make a return to some of the roads raced in the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France, only with a twist, starting in Wakefield, riders will travel south to Barnsley before heading to Holmfirth where they pick up the Grand Depart route in reverse, racing to Ripponden before riding the iconic Cragg Vale – which in the Tour de France was the country’s longest continual climb and now becomes the longest continual descent. The riders will then make their way to Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and through the famous cobbled streets of Haworth, one of the most iconic images of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. After a steep climb at Goose Eye the riders will once again see Ilkley, with the famous climb up the Cow & Calf before a sprint point at Arthington and then what is expected to be a hugely popular finish line in Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2015 events

Original opened between 1932 – 1986. The Scarborough Open Air Theatre under went a major refurbishment and on 20th May 2010, the newly refurbished Scarborough Open Air Theatre, was officially opened by The Queen of the United Kingdom accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. Since it’s official re-opening the Scarborough OAT has played host to some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including Elton Joh, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Status Quo, Olly Murs, Jessie J, Boyzone and McFly to name a few. A list of 2015 events at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre is below.

James – 22nd May
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Boyzone – 13th June
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The Vamps – 20th June
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Alfie Boe – 27th June
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Jessie J – 10th July
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Elaine Paige – 11th July
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Tom Jones – 29th July
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Legends of Pop 80s – 1st August
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UB40 Reunited – 14th August
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Blue & Atomic Kitten – 29th August
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