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!

Events this weekend (28th-29th April)

Date Event Location Time
Sat/Sun Fears Foes & Faeries Exhibition Scarborough Art Gallery 10:00 – 17:00
Sat/Sun Festival of Speed Hill Climb Oliver’s Mount Check www.auto66.com
Sat/Sun Titanic – A Centenary Exhibition Scarborough Maritime Centre 11:00-16:00
Sat/Sun Marc Chagall Exhibition Woodend Creative Workspace 09:00-17:00
Sat Guinness Book Record attempts North Bay Miniature Railway 16:30
Sat The Olympic Games YMCA Theatre 19:30
Sat Miles Cain reading and music Taylors Café & Books 20:00-22:00
Sat Sessions: The Big One 2012 Scarborough Spa Complex 20:00-01:00
Sat Dino Club Rotunda Museum 10:00-12:00
Sat Billy Fury Story – Halfway to Paradise Futurist Theatre 19:30
Sat Soric String Quartet Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
Sun Murder Mystery Dinner The Glass House Café and Bistro TBC

Planning permission granted for 5 wind turbines at Crown Spa Hotel



Planning permission has been granted for the creation of 5 wind turbines to be erected on the Crown Spa Hotel roof.  Recently plans were thrown out due to the non-atheistically pleasing design, after a few design modifications the new turbine design has now been passed.

Scarborough Borough Council planning representative J. King stated, “We are quite happy with the re-design and feel it matches with what we believe to be quintessentially Scarborough, we think everyone else will be happy with the results also.” However some locals have hit back stating the meeting shouldn’t have been held behind closed doors Mr J.R. Hartley said “This is going to affect hundreds of people, and they had the brilliant idea of not involving the residents. It’s just mind boggling”

The design mock-up below should hopefully be started in the next two weeks, with work due to finish in a month.

For more information and reaction read the paper tomorrow.

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.

Scarborough Rock Pooling

The rock pools located in the southern end of the South Bay and the northern end of North Bay will be of interest to any young David Attenborough. All different types of crustaceans, echinoderms, chordates and other species can be found in Scarborough and the surrounding areas. We recommend taking a net and bucket to inspect them closer.

However please check the tide times before adventuring so it doesn’t catch you by surprise.



Scarborough Shrove Tuesday traditions

Scarborough has had a long running tradtion on Shrove Tuesday which has been running at least since 1903. It has been thought that local fisherman who were getting rid of the ropes and nets not fit for fishing to children who would then use the ropes to skip.

Since at least 1853 a person has run a bell at noon on Shrove Tuesday, which is though to signal to people they should begin pancake making when the tradition began. Nowadays it is run to tell people to start skipping.  The area used for skipping is closed (foreshore) for traffic for the event these days.

Crown Spa Hotel refused planning permission for wind turbines

Today (12th January 2012) the Crown Spa Hotel’s dream of installing 16 wind turbines on the roof of a Grade II listed building, was refused at a Planning and Development Committee Meeting held at Westborough Methodist Church, Westborough, Scarborough, even though 24 individuals publically supported the application, while only 10 individuals were against it.

David Frank Director said “Though we disagree with the judgement, we will accept and respect the planning officers’ and the democratically elected Councillors’ independent opinion. This is merely a setback in our quest to have greater energy efficiency, thereby reducing energy costs and our impact on the environment. Overall we have learnt a lot from this particular planning application process. The contemporary and elegant blade design of these Pramac wind turbines will add to the building in fusing the past with the future, whilst helping to bring awareness to some of the energy supply issues our children will have to deal with.”

Mr Frank added “We are simply back to the drawing board for a solution, which is more acceptable to the Scarborough Civic Society, English Heritage and the planning and Development Committee”

Modern sub 10KW Wind Turbines are different to the large turbines

One issue the Crown Spa management team felt they came up against was a lack of awareness of existing wind turbine technology, particularly turbines below 10KW.

During the planning process a number of issues were raised from individuals and English Heritage, which has made a number of assertions as to vibration, weight and noise without undertaking any research of modern gearless turbines.

  • Vibration in a wind turbine can damage the wine turbine itself; modern turbines have vibration sensors with safety cut outs if vibration levels exceed a very small threshold i.e. they turn themselves off if they get wobbly. Modern gearless turbines have virtually no vibration as there is virtually no contact between the moving parts.
  • Weight the hotel recently built 24 rooms on the roof of the building using a steal structure. The weight of these turbines are 65kg for the turbine and 35kg for all fittings each, total extra weight is around 1600kg, equivalent to a Ford Focus with 3 passengers, the hotels advisors have informed them that this is well within the design parameters of the construction allowing for the additional wind pressure.
  • Noise for the Pramac Turbines that were going to be used is 52dB at 4 metres; 52dB is equivalent to a Quiet suburb or a conversation at home add to this on surrounding noise levels (wind, cars waves etc..) these units will be hardly noticeable for neighbours or from the ground. Sound intensity follows the inverse-square law, for example in the 50dB is 1/4 as loud as 70db (an Office environment) at 4 metres and for each doubling of distance from a sound source dB is reduced by roughly 6db. In fact the latest model of wind turbine the management team have seen has a sound rating of 38db at 4metres (equivalent to a quiet library).
  • English heritage said that the Crown Spa have already met the EU target requirements; in response David Frank Responded “the problem is most scientists and economists in the field think the targets are far too low, and greater measures need to be taken. what we need to appreciate is that these European rules predominantly pushed through by Germany and France are nations which were already better prepared when the targets were set. Germany with 40% renewable energy production and France (where you are no further than 55 miles from a Nuclear power station), will be sitting pretty when oil prices rise. Unfortunately, we as a nation are not as prepared as we should be, for a developed nation.
  • English Heritage in their objection mentioned lack of public benefit to which the Crown Spa team strongly feel that apart from bring greater public awareness of the benefits of wind energy; they felt the need to point out that the earth is a finite size with finite resources, oil will not be plentiful or cheap in the next 10 years, and therefore businesses must plan now, while energy costs are relatively cheap. – If this is not in the public interest what is?

Mr Frank added “Basically, I strongly feel that if we as a nation can reduce our reliance on oil, then that will mean less chance of your daughter; your son, being sent off to a distance country to die, or be maimed and mentally scarred, just so our nation can have a stable oil supply. We as a nation were in Iraq for oil! Not principles. We are in Afghanistan in order to stabilise the countries surrounding it, in order to stabilise oil flow – History has generally shown that nations go to war for resources, not principles.”

“Further, overall renewables and nuclear (thorium, and slow burn) though expensive in the short term will be far cheaper in the long run, by reducing our reliance on oil now, then when oil does become more expensive , we will be far more competitive than other nations who have not prepared properly.”

Is the future in the wind?

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Events in Scarborough for 1 week (03/10/2011)

Dates Events Venue Times Contact Details
Fri 1 Apr – Sun 30 Oct Scalby Famers Market Scalby Parish Hall 14:00 to 17:00 01723 583357
Sat 1 Oct – Sun 4 Dec Landscape Revisted, Kane Cunningham & Joe Cornish Scarborough Art Gallery 10:00 to 17:00
Tue 4 Oct Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Wed 5 Oct Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Wed 5 Oct Sinbad’s Adventures Scarborough Art Gallery 10:30 to 11:00 01723 370541
Wed 5 Oct The Vagina Monologues Scarborough Spa Complex 19:30 01723 370541
Thu 6 Oct Life Drawing Classes Woodend 18:30 to 20:30 01723 384511
Thu 6 Oct Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:30 01723 370541
Fri 7 Oct Dave Spikey – New Tour 2011 Futurist Theatre 19:30 01723 365789/374500
Fri 7 Oct Friday Coffee Mornings St Andrew’s United Reformed Church 10:00 to 11:45 01723 369070
Fri 7 Oct Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Sat 8 Oct Friends of St. Mary’s Coffee Mornings St. Mary’s Parish House 10:00 to 12:00 01723 370382
Sat 8 Oct Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:30 01723 370541
Sun 9 Oct Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 15:00 01723 370541

Things to do in Scarborough for 1 week (26/09/2011)

Dates Events Venue Times Contact Details
Fri 1 Apr – 30 Oct Scalby Farmers Market Scalby Parish Hall 14:00 to 17:00 01723 583357
Mon 26 Sep Dear Uncle Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Tue 27 Sep Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Tue 27 Sep Take a Peek Woodend 14:00 15:00 01723 384511
Wed 28 Sep Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Wed 28 Sep Sinbad’s Adventures Scarborough Art Gallery 10:30 to 11:00 01723 384511
Thu 29 Sep Dear Uncle Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:30 01723 370541
Thu 29 Sep Life Drawing Classes Woodend 18:30 to 20:30 01723 384511
Fri 30 Sep Dear Uncle Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Fri 30 Sep Friday Coffee Mornings St Andrew’s Reformed Church 10:00 to 11:45 01723 369070
Fri 30 Sep St Mary’s Market St Mary’s Church – Burniston & Cloughton 10:30 to 13:00
Sat 1 Oct – Sun 4 Dec Landscape Revisited, Kane Cunningham & Joe Cornish Scarborough Art Gallery 10:00 to 17:00
Sat 1 Oct Neighbourhood Watch Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:30 01723 370541
Sat 1, Sun 2 Oct UK Pro Surf Tour North Bay Beach 10:00 to 17:00 01637 854854

Mixed views on hotel wind turbine plans (Scarborough Evening News)

PLANS to install 16 wind turbines on the roof of a Scarborough hotel have received a mixed reaction.

The Crown Spa Hotel in Esplanade, which has previously won awards for its green initiatives, says the units would help it reduce its running costs, while decreasing its energy consumption and CO2 output.

Managing director Richard Frank said the scheme would help the hotel’s bid to reach renewable energy targets, bringing economic benefits through securing jobs and visitors to the area, and help raise awareness of climate change and renewable energy.

Scarborough Council has received a number of letters from members of the public in support of the proposal.

David Michael Ward, of Esplanade, said: “The proposed triple blade wind turbines are not in my opinion going to be an eyesore and look little more than a modern roof mounted tv aerial.”

Ray Springall, of Westbourne Park, said: “These wind turbines should be low in visual impact, should run in conjunction with the Solar panels and water reclamation projects the hotel has running and encourage other people to Green Energy production – we should all benefit.”

Alana Wood, of Redcliffe Road, said: “A company such as the Crown Spa should be praised for their high levels of commitment to making the world a greener place.”

Read more at the Scarborough Evening News website