A feast of maritime delights at Scarborough Seafest

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The final countdown to this weekend's annual maritime festival on the Yorkshire coast is underway. Seafest, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, is set to serve up a feast of maritime delights for all the family in Scarborough South Bay from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July, including a grand fireworks display at 9.45pm on Saturday 21 July.

Fans of fine food with a seaside twist should head to the Scarborough Hospitality Association Seafest Food Theatre during Saturday and Sunday for a mouth-watering line-up of cookery demonstrations from top regional chefs. The Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Joe Plant and Mrs Margaret Plant, will help to celebrate the festival’s special birthday in the food theatre at 12.15pm with the cutting of a 20th anniversary cake.

An extensive range of local soured real ales will be available to sample while soaking up the sounds of more than 20 live music acts from across the region in The Great Yorkshire Brewery music and beer marquee on West Pier. Beer fans should look out for ‘Endeavour’, an exclusive beer, which has been made from 2018 different hops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Seafest.

Seafest will also be showcasing the best of Yorkshire produce with a festival of scrumptious street food and creative crafts from across the region.

Free tours that celebrate the full maritime experience will be a key feature of this year’s event, located at the Vessel Village on North Wharf as well as West Pier and Vincent Pier.

From 10.00am to 3.00pm on the Saturday and from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday there will be a chance to explore two Royal Navy fast patrol boats, HMS Example and HMS Explorer. The boats provide training and maritime experience for University Royal Naval Unit students and provide support for other naval activity around the UK and Europe. People will be able to explore HMS Pickle, a re-creation of the messenger ship that brought back news of Admiral Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar. It will be open from 10.00am until 5.00pm on the Saturday and Sunday with nautical demonstrations and activities for all the family on-board. A 9 metres long catamaran from Wetwheels, which provides water-based activity experiences for disabled people, will be demonstrating its inclusive capabilities during the weekend.

On West Pier, seafood lovers will be able to get a rare insight in to shellfish production from local fishermen. The free tours of the harbour-side facilities will be a chance to get up close and learn more about the shellfish species that are caught off the Yorkshire coast and their journey from sea to plate. Tours will take place from 1.30pm until 3.30pm every 15 minutes, limited to six people at a time. No booking is necessary but those taking part will need to wear flat, non-slip footwear and children will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tours of Scarborough lighthouse, which offers fantastic 360-degree views of the South Bay from its location on Vincent Pier, will take place during the weekend, conducted by Scarborough Yacht Club. Tours cost £2.50 per person and must be pre-booked through the council’s Tourism Bureau by calling 01723 383636.

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre’s exhibition on West Pier will tell the history of Scarborough, through tales of ship building, fishing and maritime life going back to the Romans and Vikings, using a combination of displays and demonstrations. Also exhibiting will be the Coble and Keelboat Society, which aims to preserve and promote the history of the inshore fishing tradition on the North East and Yorkshire coast. ‘Coble John’ will be promoting the lasting legacy of the working cobles that fished in the region with sail and oar.

The Seafest Food Theatre programme in full is:

Saturday 21 July

10.30am       Jason Moore (Head Chef, Provenance Inns)

11.30am       Christian Taylor (Owner/Chef, The Taylor Made Kitchen)

12.30pm       Rob Green (UK ambassador for Seafish, Yorkshire Coast College business professor)

1.30pm         Martyn Hyde (Eat Me Café)

2.30pm         Harrison Barraclough (Executive Chef, Plum & Partridge, Husthwaite)

3.30pm         Luke Daniels (Head Chef, Weston Hotel)

Sunday 22nd July

10.30am       Christian Taylor (Owner/Chef, The Taylor Made Kitchen)

11.30am       Capt Mal Nicholson (Owner/Captain of tall ship, HMS Pickle)

12.30pm       Rob Green (UK ambassador for Seafish, Yorkshire Coast College business professor)

1.30pm         Martyn Hyde (Eat Me Café with guests from Stephen Joseph Theatre

2.30pm         Rob Clark (Clarks Restaurant)

3.30pm         Dan Hargreaves (Hedge-Hoggers Cider)

The weekend’s music programme in full is:

Friday 20 July

7.00pm         Lewis Marrow

7.50pm         Low Focus

8.50pm         Northern Riots

10.00pm       Skandals

Saturday 21 July

11.00am       Clarity

11.40am       Edd Edmonds

12.20pm       James Brown

1.00pm         Max Kynman

1.50pm         The Railroad Hobos

3.00pm         Billy Nielsen

4.00pm         The JukeTones

5.10pm         Dori Pils

6.10pm         Rockin' Hillbilly Blues Band

7.20pm         Iricana Moonshine

8.30pm         Friday Street

9.55pm         The Reytons

Sunday 22 July

12.00pm       Hyperbright

12.55pm       Arizona Tides

1.50pm         Charlie Swainston

2.45pm         Lottie Holmes & The Sad Boys Club

3.50pm         Dirty Beach

Seaside Walk Week is linking up with Seafest this year offering discovery and adventure for all the family. Hidden Horizons will be running a guided Seaside Walk tour on 21 and 22 July, which will include a chance to go fossil hunting, discover 180 million year old dinosaur footprints, explore rock pools for all sorts of creatures that live along the foreshore and have a go at creative colouring. The walk starts at 2.00pm each day from outside Ask restaurant, next to the old Police Box, on Sandside. The cost, which includes a donation to the Family Holiday Association Charity and an exclusive out-of-hours pass for Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, for use between 5.00pm and 6.30pm after the walk, is £10 per adult and £2.50 per child (5 to 16 years). Tickets can be purchased on the day but booking in advance includes a Seaside Walk Week pack with free sunhat. Information about the walk is also available at seasidewalkweek.org.uk

Janet Jefferson, Chairman of the Seafest Committee said:

"Seafest 2018 promises to be a wonderfully entertaining weekend festival for all the family. Whether you like food and drink, crafts and history or music and maritime exploration, come along, join in our fantastic 20th anniversary celebrations and sample the very best of Yorkshire coast hospitality."

Information about the festival can be found at scarboroughseafest.com

Picture of HMS Pickle - courtesy of Pat Gale Photography