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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.


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.

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!


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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Pete Firman @ The Stephen Joseph Theatre

“The UK’s leading comedy magician” according to Time Out. PEter Firman who is the current star of the BBC1 programme The Magicians will be performing his trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. After the interval Pete will be hold a special 60th A&A session. He might even touch on his experiences of perfecting his close up magic on SJT customers when he worked in the bar!

Tickets range from £6 to £15.
£6 tickets for under 30s available.
(09/04/2015 – 19:45)

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Sci-fi Scarborough

Sci-fi Scarborough

After last years highly success event, SFS is promising once again to bring you more of what made the first event so popular. There will be something for all fans of Comic Books, Cosplay, Manga, Anime, Fan Films, Props, Guest Signers, Guest Panels, Authors, Artists and a whole host of things that will make you geek out. A weekend away at SFS will bring all your geeky dreams to reality.

Guests include:

A list of all the Sci-Fi Scarborough 2015 guests include:

David Prowse
Femi Taylor
Andrew Lawden
Mike Edmonds
Pam Rose
Paul Blake
Shane Rimmer
Virginia Hey
Alan Harris
David Graham
Dean Ormston
P J Holden
Richard Piers-Rayner
Fiona Stephenson
David Hine
Jamie Anderson
Lee Carter
Sophie Aldred
Terry Molloy

Scarborough Open Air Theatre Acts 2014

Saturday 25th June 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Brit Award winning global singing sensation. Jessie J, will be bringing her explosive performance to Scarborough Open Air. Fans will be wowed by one of Jessie’s legendary performances as part of her 2014 touring schedule when she takes to the stage in the beautiful surroundings of Europe’s largest open air theatre, Jessie will perform many of her hit songs, including recent material from her second album, ‘Alive’.


Saturday 27th June 2014

£39 per ticket (on sale now)

Scarborough Borough Council in association with National Holidays is delighted to announce that poop supergroup, McBusted will take to the stage of Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Fans can expect a shamelessly nostalgic set full of everyone’s favourite Busted and McFly hits, with a few surprise gems thrown into the mix.


Saturday 28th June 2014

£28 per ticket (on sale now)

On Saturday 28 June 2014 Welsh singer and television and radio broadcaster Aled Jones will cost and perform in a spectacular Last Night of the Proms concert, featuring the beautiful and harmonious voices of the Military Wives Choirs York, Britain’s most exciting young mezzo soprano Laura Wright and Welsh male choral group Only Men Aloud.  Musical accompaniment will be provided by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and the concert will finish with a grand firework finale.


Saturday 24th July 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Since being crowned winners of The X Factor at the end of 2011, the first group to do so in the competition’s eight year history, Little Mix has sold more than three million singles and two million albums worldwide.  A second UK Number 1 in September 2012 with first single proper, Wings, was followed in June 2013 by the band’s album, DNA.  DNA became the highest debut ever for a British female group’s first album, entering at Number 4 and eclipsing a sixteen-year-old record previously held by the Spice Girls ‘Spice’ album.


Saturday 12th July 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Following a sell out concert this summer at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Scarborough Borough Council in association with National Holidays are delighted to announce that the truly legendary Status Quo, one of the world’s greatest ever rock bands, will perform at the venue again during the 2014 season.


Saturday 26th July 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Join Ronan, Mikey, Keith and Shane and be a part of Boyzone’s BZ20 – The Anniversary Tour live at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.


Saturday 2nd August 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

‘Legends of Pop’ starring Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Sonia, Hazell Dean, Brother Beyond’s Nathan Moore and Undercover, is set to transport the audience bak in time to the dizzy heights of the electric pop era.

Be a part of Orpheus the Mariner with Scarborough Museums Trust this half-term

Family activities at Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum this half-term revolve around Orpheus the Mariner, the spectacular community puppet performance from Scarborough theatre company Animated Objects which will take place in the town next February 14th and 15thOrpheus the Mariner will feature giant puppets, live music and over 750 local performers (

From Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November, you can take part in a variety of free, fun workshops at both venues:

Lantern-making at Scarborough Art Gallery
Lanterns will be a major part of Orpheus the Mariner, and audience members are encouraged to bring their own to join the celebration.

Why not come along to one of our lantern-making sessions at the Art Gallery and make your own lantern that you can bring along to the performance.

Drop-in sessions each day from 10am to 12 noon – please  bring your own pop bottle!

Giant construction at Scarborough Art Gallery
Orpheus the Mariner will feature a world record attempt to make the tallest puppet ever seen. Have a go at making part of this colossal construction with artist Dawn Dyson-Threadgold, using lightweight materials and a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced makers.

Drop-in sessions each day from 1pm to 4pm.

Giant ammonite sculpting at the Rotunda Museum
Join us at the Rotunda Museum for a drop-in session on a truly giant scale with artist Lee Threadgold, working towards the construction of a larger-than-life ammonite that will feature as part of the Orpheus the Mariner community project. Using a number of different sculptural techniques and materials, this is a great opportunity to get involved with art on a large scale among the inspiring fossils on display, and is suitable for both beginners and more experienced artists.

Drop-in sessions each day from 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm.