All aboard for the return of Scarborough Seafest

Friday, 15 July 2022
Picture of Lionel and Leona the Lion Fish

Scarborough’s maritime weekend extravaganza, Seafest, is all set to return this summer for the 22nd time to entertain and tickle the taste buds of festival goers from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July.

At the heart of the festival on West Pier will be the popular live music and beer marquee in partnership with Great Yorkshire Brewery, and the Scarborough Hospitality Association Seafest Food Theatre with live cooking demonstrations.

Not to be missed will be a wide variety of food and craft stalls, street entertainment, children’s activities, and the spectacular Seafest fireworks display at 9.45pm on Saturday 23 July.

Floating around the event with their eight legs and three hearts will be ‘Cali and Mari’, two larger than life octopus walkabout stilt characters who are curious to explore the world around them and make friends.

Close by, Lionel and Leona the Lion Fish, two brightly-coloured sea creatures on stilts, will surface from the depths of the sea to entertain the crowds.

Crossing swords while looking for the chest of Davey Jones with be South Bay’s own pirate and guard. They will be on the lookout for new recruits and plan to master the art of the perfect Seafest selfie.

For the first time this year, funded by the European Structural Investment Funds through the UK government, there will also be a variety of live cooking demonstrations in Westborough in the town centre, as well as live music and traditional swing boat rides for children.

Live cooking demonstrations from some of the area’s finest chefs in the Scarborough Hospitality Association Seafest Food Theatre at West Pier will offer up a fabulous feast for all the senses between 10.30am and 3.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

Cooking up a storm will be:

Dan Hargreaves - Embers, Scarborough 
23 July – 10.30am, 24 July – 2.30pm

Luke Daniels – The Hideout Café, Kitchen and Bar, Scarborough
23 July – 11.30am, 24 July - 3.30pm

Martyn Hyde, Eat Me Café, Scarborough
23 July and 24 July – 1.30pm

Rob Clark – Clark’s Restaurant, Scarborough
23 July – 2.30pm

Phil Ackrill – Raithwaite Estate, Sandsend
23 July – 3.30pm, 24 July – 10.30am

Matthew Harper - The Green Room of Bar Street, Scarborough
24 July – 11.30am

Rob Green - UK Chef Ambassador for Seafish
24 July – 12.30pm

The line-up for the town centre cooking demonstrations is:

Saturday 23 July

  • 11.00am  Phil Ackrill, Raithwaite Estate, Sandsend
  • 12.30pm  Sushi and fish
  • 2.00pm  Sushi and fish 

Sunday 24 July

  • 11.00am  Dan Hargreaves, Embers, Scarborough
  • 12.30pm  Luke Daniels, The Hideout Café, Kitchen and Bar, Scarborough
  • 2.00pm  Phil Ackrill, Raithwaite Estate, Sandsend

The full live music line up in the West Pier music and beer marquee is:

Friday 22 July    

  • 7pm        The White Roses
  • 7.50pm    The Blackcoats
  • 8.50pm    The Sub Gents
  • 10.00pm    Deep Sea Daggers

Saturday 23 July    

  • 11.00am    Holme & Dry
  • 12.00pm    Mr Jim
  • 1.00pm    Old Time Sailors
  • 2.00pm    Old Time Sailors
  • 3.30pm    The Jake Leg Jug Band
  • 4.50pm    Dirty Windows
  • 5.50pm    Holme & Dry
  • 6.50pm    Sam Harrison
  • 7.50pm    Bel Canto Duo
  • 8.50pm    Tom Davenport
  • 10.00pm    Fuzz Junkies

Sunday 24 July    

  • 12.00pm    Holme & Dry
  • 12.45pm    Annie & King
  • 1.30pm    Soul Rida
  • 3.00pm    Counterfeit Celts
  • 4.00pm    Bongomaniacs

The music line up in the town centre will be:

Saturday 22 July    

  • 12.00pm    Old Time Sailors
  • 1.00pm    Holme & Dry
  • 2.30pm    Holme & Dry

Sunday 23 July    

  • 11.30pm    Bongomaniacs
  • 1.00pm    Holme & Dry
  • 2.30pm    Holme & Dry 

The RNLI will celebrate its Flag Day on Saturday 22 July with a range of activities at its lifeboat station, adjacent to West Pier. A blessing of the boats service will take place at the same location on Sunday 23 July at 11.00am.

All the detail about Seafest is available at and the event Facebook page.

Janet Jefferson, Seafest Committee chairman, said:

"We are very excited to have Seafest back on Scarborough’s event calendar this summer.

"We have put together a packed programme for all the family that celebrates our fishing industry and its heritage, and some of the very best food, drink, musical talent and crafts on the Yorkshire coast.

"We can’t wait to welcome people to our marvellous maritime extravaganza!"

Councillor Jim Grieve, cabinet member for quality of life, added:

"Having Seafest back is brilliant for the town and brings so many people to our different event spaces like West Pier. Visitors also get to see everything else Scarborough has to offer and have an amazing day out that they can easily turn into a fabulous weekend or longer.

"Staging a wide variety of high quality events throughout the year draws people to the North Yorkshire coast and attracts local residents to come together to celebrate the best of their area.

"Seafest is a quirky combination of the finest seaside food, music and entertainment and an event not to be missed."

Picture of chefs Phil Akrill (left) and Rob Clark (right)