What's On

Scarborough Borough Council organises and hosts a range of events throughout the year including the annual Maritime Seafest, Filey Kite Festival, Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, North Bay Surf Festival, Autumn Daze and Christmas Sparkle. We aim to balance the demand on the borough as a location for events alongside our commitment to residents, businesses, and visitors to ensure these activities continue to be safe, lawful, successful, and fair.

A full list of events taking place across the borough can be found on our tourism website,

Holding an Event

To hold an event on within the borough you need to apply via our online application form. We strongly recommended that you start planning your event at least six months in advance in order to allow sufficient time for the services to process your application and to contact the responsible authorities. You may wish to talk to somebody for advice before completing the online application form, you can contact us at or 01723 383636.

Apply for your event >

In order to assist with organising events, we have produced a guidance document the provides you with an overview of your duties and responsibilities.

Monkeypox: planning events and mass gatherings

Public health principles to support planning for events and mass gatherings during the current monkeypox outbreak. Read more information on GOV.UK: Monkeypox: planning events and mass gatherings.

SAG process

Scarborough Borough Council Safety Advisory Group (SAG) acts as the focal point for event organisers, for specialist advice and guidance in relation to hosting an event. It has representatives from North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue. The SAG will review event plans and offer suitable advice. 

Medial assurance

Complete and return this form to at least 60 days prior to the date of your event.

Event medial assurance form (PDF, 505KB)


You need to go to our film and photography permissions page.

Further resources


PDF icon Event Application Guidance.pdf336.85 KB