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20th Anniversary of Scarborough Seafest

HMS Pickle

Published by Jon Burke at 12:51pm 4th July 2018. (Updated at 4:54pm 4th July 2018)

Scarborough Seafest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a fun filled maritime themed weekend for the whole family from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July.

The event in Scarborough’s South Bay will give visitors a chance to dive into years of fishing history in the North East alongside more than 40 craft and local produce stalls, chef demonstrations, live music, a beer festival and a grand fireworks display on the Saturday evening.

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.

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.

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.

Cllr Andrew Jenkinson, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure said:

“Fantastic summer events come along thick and fast on the Yorkshire coast and Scarborough Seafest is no exception! This year is set to be the biggest and best in the festival’s 20 year history with widespread appeal and a really strong maritime theme echoing the festival’s original objectives.”

Janet Deacon, Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire said:

“Seafest is a wonderful event for all the family and we are delighted to be supporting it in its 20th year through our marketing and promotional activity. The event continues to attract new audiences and returning visitors to the Yorkshire coast every year and is just one of the many high quality events that help to sustain a strong visitor economy.”


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