Free entertainment at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Free afternoon entertainment will be staged at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre throughout the summer holidays, it has been announced.

In what is being billed as family-orientated music and variety, NAP Music Productions will present Sunshine Showtime with James Aconley and Friends – an afternoon show of music, song and dance on Mondays and Thursdays from 23 July until 30 August; with all-round entertainer Gary T Davies taking the limelight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the same period with his show, Family Funtime With Gary T, which will also feature the Hatton School of Performing Arts. All the shows will begin at 2pm and no admission will be charged.

Scarborough Borough Council Strategic Director, David Archer, said: “This is another example of this council’s commitment to entertainment at the Open Air Theatre and gives residents and visitors an extra reason to enjoy Scarborough.

“We have said for some time that we wanted to see the Open Air Theatre used more in the summer months and I’m delighted we have been able to bring James and Gary on board. “This is also a great opportunity for local singers and dancers to get involved and enjoy some big-stage experience which could lead to other opportunities for them in the future.”

Gary, who will perform a routine of character-based comedy, song and impressions, learned his trade in holiday centres. He worked his way up to become a highly respected performer and entertainment manager for Haven Holidays before returning to the cabaret world.

His characterisations of  Elvis Presley, Shrek, Bob the Builder, The Blues Brothers, Ali G, Lady Gone GaGa, Jedward and Freddie Mercury have been dubbed “a side splitting laughter experience which few acts can achieve and is sure to have any audience talking about The Gary T Davies Experience long after the final curtain”.

He said: “It will be a buzz to perform at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre. It’s a venue with a proud history of variety and summer shows and I’m delighted to be involved.”

James, who has sung in theatres across the region and has his own cabaret show which he performs in hotels and restaurants, will be singing – along with his cast – songs from Glee, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Michael Buble, Take That, One Direction and Olly Murs, with numbers from British pop legends and children’s music also included. The show will feature a selection from community and youth groups and will be backed up by dancers from the Scarborough Dance Centre.

James says he is particularly looking forward to the relaxed format, where visitors can “just walk into the open air theatre at any time” to watch the shows. “I’m particularly excited about the community element of the show and the opportunity that’s available to local groups to perform in a venue of this size,” he added. “We will be using local performers and we are also planning a segment in the middle of the show where the very best talent from local schools and dance groups will be able to perform. Local schools who would like to put forward their best singers and dancers for consideration can email me at”

Acoustic Gathering 2012

Now in its seventh year, Acoustic Gathering is back and bigger than ever.

Only costing £15 on Saturday and £5 on Sunday, you will be hard pressed to find a cheaper event with this calibre of musicians.

The Lighting Seeds, Chris Helme, Mark Stanley and the Field Notes will be performing from 6PM on Saturday 8th September.

On Sunday you can enjoy the likes of 3 Daft Monkeys, John Hutchinson & The Sultans of Thwing, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts and many more. It only costs £5 for an all-day ticket. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free.

Tickets can be bought via, or in-store at Mojo’s Café.

Art Summer Holiday Workshops for Children this August

Lisa Riley is running arts and craft workshops on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings 10am-12 noon during August at a cost of £15 per child to include all materials and in the case of the clay workshops will include the firing of their work. The workshops are for children aged 6-12 years and spaces are limited to 8 children per session.

Week One
Wed 1st – Creative Clay (1) hand building techniques, coil and pinch pots
Thur 2nd – Traditional Weaving & Braiding Workshop
Fri 3rd – Paper Making / Paper Pulp

Week Two
Wed 8th – Creative Clay (2) decoration methods
Thur 9th – Felting Fun
Fri 10th – Bead & Wire Creations

Week Three
Wed 15th – Creative Clay (3) models
Thur 16th – Modroc Sculptures
Friday 17th – Printing Workshop

Week Four
Wed 22nd – Creative Clay (1) hand building techniques, coil & pinch pots
Thur 23rd – Traditional Weaving and Braiding Workshop
Fri 24th – Felting Fun

Week Five
Wed 29th – Creative Clay (2) decoration methods
Thur 30th – Bead & Wire Workshop
Fri 31st – Paper Making / Paper Pulp

There is more information about the workshops and what they entail on my website:

A qualified teacher with a BA QTS in art and design, C.R.B. checked and have public liability insurance with SSA (The Society for All Artists)
The workshops run from her home studio on Stepney Road in Scarborough.

I also run after-school classes in art and also a clay club.

Call: 07547 348814
Website is

Fairies in art at Scarborough Art Gallery

A leading Oxford academic, writer and broadcaster takes the stage at Scarborough Art Gallery later this month to discuss the history of fairies in art.

Diane Purkiss is an English faculty member at Keble College, Oxford, and a published historian. She is the author of Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History, described by The Times as ‘enchanting… witty… full of surprises and delights’. She is currently working on a project on Shakespeare, the supernatural, and Elizabethan magic.

Diane reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Telegraph, The Telegraph and The Guardian, and appears frequently on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and on BBC TV. She also writes children’s books with her teenage son, Michael Dowling, under the pseudonym Tobias Druitt.

Her talk is part of the Friday Lates series of events at Scarborough Art Gallery, and will take place at 7pm on Friday 29 June. The Gallery will be open from 6pm to 10pm for anyone who wants to see the current exhibition Fears, Foes & Faeries, and the talk is included in the standard admission fee of £2 (concessions £1.80 – or free to Open Return Ticket holders).

Record Breaker to carry the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on the NYMR

With less than a week to go until the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is pleased to announce that they plan to run two engines during the time the Torch is carried on the railway.

Philip Benham, General Manager explains that “We hope to use the streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley – itself a world record holder as the fastest steam engine since the Second World War, at a speed of 112mph in 1959 and the locomotive Green Knight, 75029 as the torch works its way through the heart of the national park on its journey from Whitby to Pickering”

It departs Whitby Station at 10:09 and is due to arrive at 11:34 in Pickering Station. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is extremely privileged to be given the opportunity not only to carry the Olympic Torch from Whitby to Pickering; it is the only Heritage Railway that is lucky enough to be carrying the torch on the footplate. “The community is very much at the heart of the event and we have invited 220 school children from along the line on-board the “Torchbearer” to help us celebrate this fantastic day” said Phillip Benham.

Amongst the invited party will be Rooney Masara a former 1972 British Olympian and his Wife who run Beech Farm Cottages just outside Pickering. Rooney Masara explains “My father took me to the 1948 Olympics when I was 5 years old, I was lucky enough to be in the British Team for the Munich Olympics in 1972 and so as you can imagine I am excited about London 2012 and having the Torch Relay on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.”

The “Torchbearer” train and Whitby Station are not open to the public, and there is limited access to the platform at Pickering Station. Danielle Bradley, Marketing Manager for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway explains “there is no better place to see the Torch in Whitby or Pickering. In Whitby the route runs through the town before entering the station and once it arrives in Pickering it leaves the railway and onto Park Street before passing The Ropery and onto the A170 towards Scarborough where it is in torchbearer mode until the 40mph sign. Anywhere along both routes would be an ideal place to see this monumental event.”

The NYMR will be running to a special timetable on Monday 18th June 2012 between Pickering and Whitby.  The 10.09 service from Whitby and the 12.00 service from Pickering will not be available to the public. Other services are still in operation throughout the day, please check before you set off on your journey.

Fares are £22.50 for adults, £19.50 for seniors and £11.30 for children for a day rover ticket allowing unlimited travel between Pickering and Whitby.  A family ticket (two adults and up to four children) is available for just £45.00. Children under five ride free.

For more information, please call 01751 472508, visit or follow us on Twitter @NYMR or Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Every effort is made to run to the timetable and to operate all trains with steam unless otherwise advertised. NYMR reserves the right to alter, cancel or suspend services, special events and advertised attractions. NYMR accept no liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay thereby caused.

PLEASE NOTE: In exceptionally severe weather, please check the latest local travel updates and information on our website , Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway and twitter @NYMR


18th June Timetable

Pickering dep. 0900 1030 1300 1500
Levisham dep. 0920 1120 1320 1520
Newtondale Halt dep. 1129 1329 1529
Goathland arr. 0945 1146 1346 1546
dep. 0947 1150 1350 1550 1610
Grosmont arr. 1005 1205 1405 1605 1625
dep. 1035 1635
Whitby arr. 1055 1700
Whitby dep. 1100 1400 1730
Grosmont arr. 1120 1422 1750
dep. 1130 1330 1430 1510 1630 1800
Goathland dep. 1150 1350 1450 1525 1650 1815
Newtondale Halt dep. 1203 1403 1503 1703
Levisham dep. 1220 1420 1520 1720 1840
Pickering arr. 1240 1440 1540 1740 1900

Trains run daily until Sunday 4th November 2012

Information regarding parking in Pickering

  • A park and ride service will be operating from Pickering Showground on the A169, to Eastgate Square Car Park. There will be a small charge for this service.
  • The North Yorkshire Moors Railway pay and display car park (£4 all day) is open to the public but with restricted use, please arrive early.
  • On street parking along the route or in parking bays will not be available on the day. The market will be operational and Market Place will also be closed to traffic.
  • A temporary car park is available at Pickering Recreation Club. Follow the signs on Recreation Road, as you enter Pickering on A169. Charges will apply.
  • Pay and Display car parks are available at Vivis Lane, Eastgate Square Car Parks. However, part of these car parks will be restricted use only.

Upcoming events at the Futurist Theatre 2012

Sat 5th May 7:30pm
The ELO Experience 2012
A “Tribute to Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra” The ELO Experience perform their greatest hits, taking audiences back to the days when these amazing songs were first heard. Two hours of nostalgia with this amazing 7 piece band.
All seats £17.00


Sat 12th May 7:30pm
‘Jive Talkin’ perform The Bee Gees
Accompanied by a live String Section the three leading men, with stunningly convincing vocals, are bringing the Bee Gees Greatest Hits to life. An emotional musical journey in this truly amazing concert!
Seats £17 OAP £15 Child £10


Thurs 17th May 7:30pm
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Replicating perfectly timeless classics, taking you on a nostalgic evening of breathtakingly outstanding musicianship, and all performed in the context where the songs work best – a live stage.
All seats £22.50


Sun 27th May 7:30pm
Gerard Kenny
Novella award winning Singer/Songwriter Gerard Kenny endows this glorious body of songs with his own inimitable warmth and joy. You will never hear them better performed than in The Great American Songbook.
All seats £17.50


Tues 5 June 7:30pm
Stewart Francis: ‘Outstanding in his field’
The star of ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’, embarks on a tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! “A brilliant comic brain… this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard” Guardian.
All seats £17.50 (16 years and over)


Thurs 6th Sept 7:30pm
Gary Mullen & The Works
Perform ‘One Night of Queen’. When Gary won the Grand Final of ‘Stars in their eyes’ back in 2000 as the legendary Freddie Mercury, his show, with fantastic lighting, staging and sound, has rocked Queen fans everywhere!
Seats £18 Child £10 Family £52


Thurs 18th Oct 8:00pm
The Hairy Bikes Larger Than Live
“This time it’s going to be bigger, bolder, funnier, and packed with more food and laughs than ever before. We’re not just giving you a show, we’re giving you a real night out. Filled with plenty of surprises, expect the unexpected…”
All seats £25


Thurs 29th Nov 7:30pm
Peter Andre
In the ‘Up Close and Personal’ tour Peter performs live with his band all of his hits including ‘Mysterious Girl’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’. He promises that this will be his best tour yet with a few surprises in store!
Seats £28.50, £45, £55, £65, £75


26th July, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Aug at 7pm
Chuckle Brothers (The return of Pirates of the River Rother 2)
Child £14, Adult £15, Family £52


11th Aug 7:30pm
An Evening of Dirty Dancing (The tribute show)
Seats £18, OAP £16,  Child £10


18th, 19th, 28th, 29th Aug 7.30pm
Cirque Du Ciel’s ‘Shanghi’
The internationally acclaimed production with over 30 amazingly multi-talented and skilled performers, over 500 superb costumes and intricate scenery and lighting will enthral audiences of all ages.
Seats £22.50, £20, £17, Child £12, Family £60


8th & 15th Aug 8:00pm
The Cannon & Ball show
Seats £17, Child £8, Family £42


25th Aug 7:00pm
Ken Dodd ‘Happiness Show’
Seats £19, Child £17


26th Aug 7:30pm
Joe Longthorne
Seats £20, £22.50, Child £5


Mon 10th – Sat 15th Sept
Little Voice
The Olivier award-winning comedy, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a sparkling night of music, divas and romance, written and directed by Jim Cartwright. Starring Beverley Callard (Coronation Street), Ray Quinn (Dirty Dancing, X Factor, Dancing On Ice Winner), Joe McGann (Calendar Girls, Upper Hand, The Hanging Gales) and introducing the sensational Jess Robinson as Little Voice.

In this heart-warming tale, shy Little Voice spends most of her time hidden away with her late father’s record collection, perfecting her astonishing impersonations. Her extraordinary talent remains a secret until she is overheard by local talent scout Ray Say. Determined to hit the big time, Ray sets about creating the show of the century with Little Voice as his star. When the big night arrives, Ray is convinced that this is his last chance for fame and fortune. But has anyone asked Little Voice what she wants?

Eves 7:30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2:00pm
Mon all seats £19.50
Wed mat all seats 17.00
Tues – Fri eve £14, £19, £24, £27
Sat mat & eve £17.50, £23.50, £27.50, £29.50

Parties buy 10 get 1 free!


2nd Oct – 6th Oct
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Time Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ANY DREAM WILL DO, CLOSE EVERY DOOR TO ME, and ONE MORE ANGEL.

Evenings 7:30pm / Sat 8:00pm
Matinees Wed 2:00pm / Sat 2:00pm & 5:00pm

Tuesday all seats £20.00, Wed Mat all seats £18.00
Wed-Fri Eves £15, 17.50, £22, £25
Sat Mats & Eve £17.50, £21.50, £25.50, £27.50

Children* £5 OFF any seat! (Except Tues)
(*Under 16 yrs / 1 child per adult)
Parties Buy 10 Get 1 Free! (Cheapest ticket Free)
School Parties: Wed Mat Pupils £9.00. Teacher 1 in 10 Free!

Future of Music – Oliver's Mount Festival 2012

The Future of Music Festival at Oliver’s Mount is hoping to be a laid back, affordable, family friendly music festival

It will begin from the 16th June 2012 and will run over 2 days, from 12 noon to midnight on the Saturday and 11am to 8pm on the Sunday.  There will on-site camping if you wish, but we recommend staying at the Crown Spa Hotel and enjoying a relaxing night after the days events.  The acts will consist of the local bands and artists, many from the local region.  This music festival is what fans have been waiting for, hopefully if it proves popular it will expand to become even more sucessful next year.

Music will consist of acoustic, blues, rock, pop and folk music. While enjoying the music you can enjoy the surrounded areas of the countryside as well as breathtaking views over Scarborough.

Tickets are £20 for the weekend if bought in advance or £25 on the gate.

Olympic torch relay route (Scarborough and the surrounding areas)

The below information is provided by Yorkshire Coast Radio:

We have the full dates of the route on June 18th below:

9.01am – Hinderwell

Hinderwell Lane (from junction with West End Close) onto High Street, then Station Road (as far as the junction with Browns Terrace)

9.13am – Lythe

High Street (from Lythe town signs), Lythe Bank, Sandsend Road (as far as junction with Meadow Field)

9.40am – Whitby

Sandsend Road (from junction with Love Lane), Upgang Lane, Chubb Hill, Bagdale, Langborne Road to Whitby Railway Station where the Olympic Flame will then be carried on a North Yorkshire Moors Railway train to Pickering

12.28pm – Scarborough

Columbus Ravine (from junction with Victoria Park Avenue), Peasholm Gap, to North Bay Promenade (junction with Open Air Theatre back access road)

There will then be a lunchtime stop at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre

1.29pm – Scarborough

Burniston Road (from Open Air Theatre exit), Peasholm Gap, Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive, Sandside, Foreshore Road, Valley Road, Ramshill Road, Filey Road (to junction with Queens Margarets Road, 2.14pm)

2.24pm – Filey

Scarborough Road (from Filey town signs), Station Avenue, Muston Road (to Filey School)

3.00pm – Bridlington

Scarborough Road (A1038), passing Baylegate on the left and South Back Lane on the right, before heading along St John’s Street, with the High School for Girls on the right and Queensgate on the left.

The route then goes on to Quay Road, passing St John’s Avenue on the right, the torchbearer will then turn right on Station Avenue and right again onto Hilderthorpe Road before bearing left onto A165 Kingsgate.

The route will then go down Kingsgate, passing George Street and Shaftesbury Road on the right and Kingston Road on the left before leaving the Yorkshire Coast at around 3.22pm.

Stephen Joseph Theatre – Upcoming events for 2012

JT Productions

Geordie Sinatra
16 May – 2 June

Absurd Person Singular
8 June – 13 October

Lost & Found (double bill)
29 June – 1 September

3 July – 31 August

4 July – 31 August

12 July – 13 October

Soul Man
3 August – 1 September


Playing Burton
10 March

Love’s Labour’s Lost
12 – 17 March

20 – 31 March

2 April

Your Last Breath
25 – 26 April

30 April – 2 May

12 May

18 – 19 June

Dickens’ Women
5 – 6 September


Girls Night
3 – 7 April

Barry Cryer in Butterfly Brain
5 May


Ludwig String Trio
8 March

The Manfreds
14 April

The Townsend Blues Band
20 April

Adam & Greaves Band
27 April

Doric String Quartet
28 April

An Evening with Tom Townsend
4 May

An Intimate Evening with The Unthanks
11 May

Ensemble 360
14 June

Alan Price
21 June

The Cole Porter Songbook
8 September

Children’s Productions

Tiny Time Tales – At Home With The Grimms
22 October – 31 March

Tim and Light
13 – 14 April

The Feather Boy
1 – 2 June

Tiny Time Tales – Jeffrey the Janitor and his Journey through Picture Land
21 July – 25 August

Youth Theatre

Young People’s Theatre Festival too!
9 May

Other Events

Poetry Cabaret
21 April

Two for Tea: John Godber & Jane Thornton
4 July

Two for Tea: Alan Ayckbourn
19 July

Michael Parkinson
26 August

Two for Tea: Miriam Margoyles
6 September

Upcoming events at the Scarborough Spa 2012


The Stones
Saturday 10th March 2012, Grand Hall 7:30pm

Leeds United on the Road 2012
Thursday 15th March 2012, 7pm

90’s Skool Disco Night
Saturday 17th March, 7:30pm-1am

Boyes Celebrity Concert with The Steve Waterman Sextet
Saturday 17th March 2012, 7pm

Over the Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story
Sunday 18th March 2012: 7:30pm

Northern Magic Circle: Sooty & Guests
Saturday 31st March, 2pm

Northern Magic Circle: The Best of British Gala Show
Saturday 31st March, 7.30pm


Vienna Festival Ballet present Swan Lake
Friday 6th April, 7.30pm

One Night Only – The Ultimate Easter Variety Spectacular
Saturday 7th April: 7:30pm

A Feast of Gilbert & Sullivan
Sunday 8th April at 7.30pm

ECG Conference
10th-15th April 2012

Broadway and Beyond
Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm

Robin Ince: Happiness Through Science
Sunday 22nd April: 7.30pm

20-22 April 2012 THIS Amazing Love

Sessions: The Big One 2012
Saturday 28th April (8pm-1am)


The Antiques Roadshow
Thursday 3rd May

Vintage Fair
Sunday 6th May, 10am – 5pm

An Evening With Caring Clairvoyant – JEANNETTE DUPONT
Sunday May 6th 2012 Spa Sea View – 8pm (Doors open 7.30 pm) £12.50

Clairvoyant Fair… Featuring top UK Psychics!
May 6th 2012 Spa Sea View – Open £2 per person

Rory Bremner and Friends
Monday 7th May at 7.30pm

The Pigeon Detectives
Monday 14th May at 7.30pm


Blake: The Love Lifts Us Up Tour
Saturday 9th June at 7.30pm T

Scarborough Spa Orchestra, 2012 Centenary Summer Season
Sunday 3rd June-Thursday 13th September

Howard Beaumont: King of the Keyboards
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays – 2.30pm  Tuesday 5th June-Thursday 13th September