Creative pupils illuminate the way

Picture shows youngsters at East Ayton Primary School enjoying the workshop.
Picture shows youngsters at East Ayton Primary School enjoying the workshop.

Pupils from a Scarborough primary school have been playing their part in preparations for the spectacular Coastival arts festival.

‘A Light to Guide’ will be a lit story trail through the Scarborough Spa gardens and South Cliff and will form a glittering part of the Coastival when it is held in February.

To prepare the story, Yorkshire-based arts organisation Responsible Fishing UK has been working with children from East Ayton Primary School.

They held workshops during which children from years five and six were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild to create the story.

The story will be transformed into an eco-friendly installation with each sentence illuminated, guiding visitors on an evening adventure.

Coastival is being organised by Scarborough-based arts organisation Create.

Director Wendy Holroyd said: “Inspired by the children’s own tales of their Scarborough, the new story will be influenced by their time at East Ayton and lead people on a journey through the woods, always with the sound of the sea in the background.”

The commission is one of four specially chosen to add something new to Coastival, which will run from February 12 to February 14.

‘Wet Sounds Scarborough’ will see the audience dive into Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool to enjoy music, sounds and images under and above the surface.

‘The Prison Project’ will transform the disused prison off Dean Road, into Scarborough’s own Tate Modern, showcasing art work inspired by the prison.

‘The Many Faces of Scarborough’ will be an art installation, with three large translucent heads giving participants the chance to see their own face animated, fully lip-synced, telling stories, recounting legends, and singing short songs about life in Scarborough.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the arts extravaganza are offering the opportunity for residents to be part of the event.

Volunteers are being sought to help them run the three-day event with duties including acting as a steward, manning the information desk, welcoming visitors, checking tickets, box office and sales.

Wendy said: “We are now recruiting a team of volunteers to work with us for the opening parade and throughout the weekend to help us with the smooth running of the festival.

Coastival volunteers have a very important role as they are the first face of the festival and help us to ensure the safe and efficient running of the event, whilst having a great time too!

“For anyone interested in developing a career in event management or arts administration it is an excellent opportunity to gain experience.”

Email volunteer coordinator Helen Berry at to apply.

The full line-up for the festival has been announced and it will feature live music, theatre, drama, fine art and installations plus activities for children and young people.

More than 100 events, shows and attractions – the majority of them free – will be staged around Scarborough.

Copies of the programme are available from Woodend, Scarborough Spa, The Stephen Joseph Theatre and other outlets.

Tickets for all the concerts are on sale now via and the Spa box office.

As well as individual tickets, two special ticket offers are available, one covering the whole weekend’s music, the other for the Saturday only.