Preparing to lift the anchor on town’s 15th maritime festival

Seafest launch on West Pier with Jim Taylor,Karl Butler,Major Clark,Jane Groom,Faye Wardle,Rowena Marsden,Dawn Nisbet with Janet Jefferson leading the group.Picture Richard Ponter 132722
Seafest launch on West Pier with Jim Taylor,Karl Butler,Major Clark,Jane Groom,Faye Wardle,Rowena Marsden,Dawn Nisbet with Janet Jefferson leading the group.Picture Richard Ponter 132722

Scarborough’s annual maritime festival Seafest is returning to the town’s West Pier for a 15th year.

During the weekend of July 19 to 21 live music will be running throughout the three days, organised and co-ordinated by the team behind Scarborough’s Acoustic Gathering.

The free to watch Seafest food theatre will host two days of fish and seafood cookery demonstrations by leading Yorkshire chefs and for the second year running a variety of fine food stalls, making up a ‘mini’ food festival, will give people the opportunity to sample and buy local and regional produce.

On offer in the real ale tent, hosted by The Great Yorkshire Brewery, will be more than 50 real ales, beers and ciders brewed and sourced locally.

Festival sponsor, Scarborough Museums Trust, will be bringing a selection of exhibits from its archives and Scarborough’s Maritime Heritage Centre will be displaying a variety of maritime memorabilia and exhibits.

The Coble and Keelboat Society will be demonstrating rigging and sailing of its special mini-cobles built around 1960 and Lord Nelson’s Trust, Jubilees Trust and Fisherman’s Mission will also be taking part in the festival.

Scarborough is also set to host the East Riding of Yorkshire’s main fisheries vessel, ‘North Eastern Guardian III’ throughout the weekend.

To help the celebrations go with a bang, there will be a grand firework display in the south bay at 10.30pm on Saturday, July 20, and at 11.15am on July 21 , the Seafest Sunday service will be held on West Pier, led by the Reverand Pam Jennings and co-ordinated by St. Mary’s Church.

Scarborough Museums Trust will also be exhibiting tasters of its exhibition ‘Last Stop Scarborough’, and the Rotunda Museum’s exhibition, ‘Scarborough’s Lost Dinosaurs’.

Terrific achievement:

Janet Jefferson, one of the event organisers said: “This is the 15th Seafest and we have a terrific programme lined up.

“I’d like to thank the many sponsors, volunteers and working group for all their support in making this possible.

“It is a terrific achievement to reach our 15th event. It has become such a popular weekend with both locals and visitors alike as many people now travel from far and wide for Scarborough’s Seafest.”

Other seafest highlights:

During the weekend there will also be street performances with puppets, craft stalls, photography and art displays, rowing and sailing competitions and children’s activities.

Also Scarborough Sealife Centre will be bringing its mobile rock pool and the RNLI lifeboat station will be open for people to look round.