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Panto Comes to Scarborough’s Streets

Panto Comes to Scarborough’s Streets

Published by Jon Burke at 12:52pm 19th November 2019.

Pirates and fairy princesses have been recruited to turn Scarborough into a Grinch-free zone from Thursday 21 November, for the town’s new Counting Down to Christmas festival – their mission: to make Christmas shopping fun.

The panto characters will include Cinderella escaping in her enchanted carriage from Scarborough Spa, and a swashbuckling crew of ‘Treasure Island’ pirates from Stephen Joseph Theatre, who’ll be hiding doubloons in 21 secret locations for lucky treasure seekers to find and piece the clues together to unlock the key to the treasure.  

Appearing every Late Night Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the run-up to Christmas, they’ll be joined by a cast of magicians, musicians, dancers, storytellers and street performers (and Santa) for the major festival – the brainchild of local businesses with support from Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District (BID).

Georgette Donoghue, from Stephen Joseph Theatre, said:

“Scarborough’s always been a place where families have fun, and we’ve been inspired by this great British tradition of entertainment to put the town’s festive shoppers in a feel-good festive spirit during the Counting Down to Christmas festival.

The entire town is putting on a show, encouraging people to celebrate Scarborough’s magnificent shops and attractions, and support local businesses this Christmas!”

From 21 November, the pirate crew from the Stephen Joseph Theatre will be marauding around the town every Late Night Thursday between 4pm–7.30pm and every weekend between 11am–3pm in the run-up to Christmas.  

They’ll be encouraging everyone to take part in the Treasure Island-inspired treasure trail, with prizes drawn each Thursday evening at 7pm. 

From 28 November, Cinderella and her friends from Scarborough Spa will have a ball in the town, with a chance for an enchanted encounter between 4pm-8pm on Thursday evening (28 Nov), and between 2pm–4pm on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.  

Children are invited to the ball in costume, with a prize for the best-dressed Cinderella or Buttons.  

Meanwhile, performers from Scarborough Spa’s Christmas Cracker make some noise in the Brunswick Centre.

From 5 December, pirates from Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Treasure Island invade the town centre, with magical and mischievous help from the cast of the YMCA’s Jack & the Beanstalk. 

Between 10-15 December, the town steps into the world of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, as Queen Victoria makes a royal visit for her 200th birthday celebrations to the Victorian market in the town centre. She’ll definitely be amused by the traders in full period costume at their uniquely-themed Victorian market stalls, with Victorian games, magic and street theatre throughout the weekend. Meanwhile ice-carving artists will be creating a giant ‘Frozen’ ice sculpture in the town centre.

On 14 & 19 December, the cast from YMCA’s Jack & the Beanstalk help shoppers find their Christmas gift gold, as Counting Down to Christmas starts its final week.

To make shoppers smile even more, there’s also free car parking from 3pm on Late Night Thursdays in the Brunswick Shopping Centre and Scarborough Borough Council’s town centre car parks, while East Yorkshire Buses will be adding extra Thursday evening services across their local network during the Counting Down to Christmas festival, so people can enjoy a great night out while late night shopping.

To find out more about the Scarborough’s spectacular pantomime season, or for more information about Counting Down to Christmas visit, or talk to the friendly, dedicated team at the Tourism Bureau on 01723 383636.  To find out more about festive activity and places to stay along the Yorkshire Coast during November and December, visit




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