All aboard for Yorkshire coast maritime extravaganza!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

With less than a week to go until Scarborough's maritime festival, Seafest, sponsored by Keepmoat Homes (, the final preparations are being made for a weekend extravaganza that will excite the senses and entertain the whole family against the beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire coast.

Ahead of the event, which will take place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July in Scarborough's South Bay, chefs are busy sharpening knives and perfecting recipes, musicians are fine tuning instruments and voices, exhibitors are finishing off displays of seafaring history and storytellers and tour guides are swotting up on their maritime myths, facts and figures.

A mouth-watering smorgasbord of seaside treats is set to be cooked up in the live Scarborough Hospitality Association Food Theatre by a line-up of top chefs from television, Michelin-starred restaurants and award winning businesses.

Highlights will include free cookery demonstrations from: Wayne Gildroy, head chef at Andrew Pern's latest culinary venture, The Star Inn The Harbour, which is due to open in Whitby in July; Matt Hunter, chef and director of operations at Andrew Pern's riverside restaurant in York, The Star Inn The City; Stephanie Moon, chef consultant at Rudding Park, Harrogate and star of the BBC Great British Menu and Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is series; Harrison Barraclough, head chef at The George, Wath, near Ripon, who is one of the youngest chefs in the country to have won a coveted AA Rosette; Rob Green, a former Sea-fish National Seafood Chef of the Year, who now operates as an independent consultant and award winning chef; Martin Hyde, chef and owner of the multi award winning Eat Me Café in Scarborough, which won The Good Food Guide Best UK Café 2014; Christian Taylor, newly appointed head chef at The New Inn Cropton; food devotee Dan Hargreaves of Hedge-Hoggers Cider; Debbie Raw, cake decorator extraordinaire and star of the BBC2 series, Further Back in Time for Dinner and Luke Daniels, graphic designer turned food lover, who champions local and seasonal produce as sous chef at Scarborough’s Weston Hotel.

All demonstrations will take place as per the timetable below on West Pier in the Seafest Food Theatre, which is being sponsored by Scarborough Hospitality Association.

Saturday 22 July

10.30am       Christian Taylor – The New Inn, Cropton

11.30am       Harrison Barraclough – The George, Wath, near Ripon

12.30pm       Martyn Hyde – Eat Me Café, Scarborough

1.30pm         Rob Green – Independent consultant and award winning chef

2.30pm         Dan Hargreaves – Hedge-Hoggers Cider

3.30pm         Luke Daniels - Weston Hotel, Scarborough

Sunday 23 July

10.30am       Stephanie Moon – Rudding Park

11.30am       Wayne Gildroy – The Star Inn The Harbour, Whitby and Matt Hunter – The Star Inn The City, York

12.30pm       Debbie Raw – BBC2 Further Back in Time for Dinner

1.30pm         Martyn Hyde – Eat Me Café, Scarborough, with actors from the cast of Little Voice at Stephen Joseph Theatre

2.30pm         Rob Green – Independent consultant and award winning chef

3.30pm         Dan Hargreaves – Hedge-Hoggers Cider

On Friday 21 July a superb line-up of free music concerts will kick off the event and continue to entertain the crowds in style throughout the weekend. Scarborough's highly regarded live music scene will be showcasing the Yorkshire coast's freshest new talent in the marquee on West Pier, with music to suit all tastes and ages. Close by will be a real ale tent and food stalls selling a wide array of tasty Yorkshire produce. Those partying the night away on Saturday 22 July will also get to see the festival's spectacular firework display above South Bay at 9.45pm.

The full music programme, put together by local promoter Ryan Heath, is as follows:

Friday 21 July

7.00pm         Northern Riots

7.50pm         The Feens

8.50pm         Ten Foot Tom & The Leprosy Crooks

10.00pm       The Reytons

Saturday 22 July

11.00am       March The Ally

11.45am       Hugh Stanway

12.35pm       Danny Firth

1.25pm         Samuel Lenton

2.20pm         Hummingbirds

3.25pm         Ross Dransfield

4.20pm         The Dead Flowers

5.30pm         Low Focus

6.30pm         The Rattlin' Sheiks

7.40pm         The Ramshackle Shantymen

8.30pm         Pyrates!

9.45pm         Fireworks display in South Bay

9.55pm         Mister Tooley plays Rhythm & Soul

Sunday 23 July

11.30am       Sofajunkies

12.30pm       SJT Little Voice

1.10pm         Chloe Moran

1.50pm         Jesse Hutchinson

2.45pm         The Hard Times Orchestra

3.50pm         The Monotones

Besides fabulous food and music, there will be free tours at North Wharf on the Royal Navy HMS Puncher and HMS Trumpeter Explore between 12.30pm and 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be the traditional blessing of the boats at the Seafest Sunday morning service at 11.15am at the new RNLI lifeboat house and later that afternoon at 2.25pm, it will be all eyes to the sky for a special flypast by the Battle of Britain Lancaster Bomber.

Anyone that's ever wondered what it’s like inside Scarborough lighthouse, can get their curiosity satisfied on one of 20 tours of the iconic landmark that will take place during the weekend. Visitors will be able to find out all about the history of the lighthouse and will be given access to the upper balcony to admire and capture the amazing views of the coast and town. The tours, which will be conducted by members of Scarborough Yacht Club, will take place between 10.00am and 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tours cost £2.50 per person. People that want to go on a tour must pre book and pay in advance by calling 01723 383636. Due to the nature of the building, the tours will not be suitable for children under 12 years of age and those with mobility difficulties.

Families will be spoilt for choice throughout the weekend with free arts and crafts workshops, walk about jazz bands and street theatre, beach themed giant sand drawings and pebble sculptures, seaside craft, impossible arts, animated rogues gallery, storytelling, guided dinosaur and rock pool rambles, guest appearances from Captain Crackers and his Jolly Tars, close up magic tricks and stunts from the Suitcase Circus and a chance to meet Giant puppet, Wayfarer, from the renowned Animated Objects Theatre Company.

On West Pier, The Coble and Keelboat Society exhibition will illustrate 10,000 years of fishing history in the North East and display a traditional coble fishing boat. The volunteers from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre will be on hand to talk people through their displays of maritime history, model boats and net mending demonstrations.

Janet Jefferson, Chairman of the Seafest Steering Group said:

"Seafest is a wonderful maritime celebration for all the family, whether visiting or living at the Yorkshire coast. It's a weekend where old seafaring traditions meet new coastal adventures, together with a wealth of first class entertainment and maritime activities, all designed to show off the very best about Scarborough and the surrounding area."

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

"Seafest is always one of the biggest highlights in the Yorkshire coast's event calendar and this year's generous financial support from Arts Council England and headline sponsor Keepmoat Homes, has enabled us to put on programme that is definitely the best yet. Seafest fans are in for real treat and we can't wait to welcome them to Scarborough."

Seafest's main sponsor, Keepmoat Homes, is 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 Scarborough and is keen to develop strong links within the community by supporting local events.

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

"We’re very proud to be supporting this year's Seafest, which promises to be a fantastic event that will celebrate the very best of the Yorkshire coast's history, music, food, natural environment and the performing arts. We wish the event every success and hope all those that attend have a thoroughly enjoyable time."

More information about Seafest 2017 is available at