Funding brings big boost for Scarborough Seafest

Monday, 15 May 2017

The 19th annual Scarborough Seafest is set to be bigger and better than ever, thanks to  public funding support from Arts Council England and a headline sponsor.

The three-day festival, from 21 to 23 July, has landed a grant of £14,500, which will be used to improve the quality of the festival overall, and to introduce extra street theatre, music and community activities.

The major sponsor is Keepmoat Homes (, a top UK housing company with expertise in new build homes and community regeneration. Keepmoat Homes is currently building the second phase of Capella at Westway, part of the wider Middle Deepdale area in the town and is keen to develop strong links within the community by supporting local events.

Highlights for this year’s Seafest are: walk about jazz bands and street theatre, close up magic tricks and stunts from the Suitcase Circus and renowned Animated Objects Theatre Company will be bringing a new Giant puppet called Wayfarer. There will be a variety of free workshops, beach themed giant sand drawings and pebble sculptures, seaside craft, impossible arts, an animated rogues gallery,storytelling and guided dinosaur and rockpool rambles.

The live Scarborough Hospitality Association Food Theatre will have food demos from top local chefs, including Debbie Raw from BBC ‘Further Back in Time for Dinner’, Martyn Hyde from Eat Me Cafe awarded The Good Food Guide Cafe of the Year and Rob Green, National Seafood Chef of the Year awarded by Sea-fish - the authority on seafood - and also a winning contestant on ITV's ' Britain's Best Dish'. The theatre will also get to see the culinary talents of Michelin Starred chef, Andrew Pern, from the award winning Star Inn at Harome, together with Wayne Gildroy, the new head chef from Andrew’s latest venture, The Star in the Harbour, Whitby and the Director of Operations from The Star in the City, Matt Hunter.

Budding seafarers will be able to hop aboard one of two Royal Navy patrol vessels, HMS Puncher and Trumpeter and view demonstrations from Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre and the Coble and Keelboat Society.

There will also be a real ale tent, live music all weekend, a grand fireworks display, and more than 40 craft and food stalls. As ever, the event will also include a blessing of the boats at the Seafest Sunday service.

Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

"Seafest is a well-established maritime event, which has formed part of the Yorkshire coast’s annual event calendar now for some 19 years. We’re delighted that this year’s event will be boosted by Arts Council England and that it has recognised the event’s importance to the borough. This funding, together with funding received from our key sponsor, Keepmoat Homes, will enable us to provide a first class festival for 2017."

Chris Penn, Operations Director for Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire East said:

"It’s an honour to be headline sponsor at this year’s Seafest event. We have been working closely with the local council and the people of Scarborough for a number of years, from the successful completion of our Capella at Middle Deepdale development in Eastfield, to our efforts to bring high quality new homes to the area with our second phase just off Westway, so it’s fantastic to get involved in Seafest. The council has worked incredibly hard and we know the event will be a huge success."

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