An exciting bid to recreate Scarborough in the game Minecraft for this weekend’s Coastival arts festival is gathering momentum.
A community effort has seen a host of the town’s iconic buildings, landmarks and streets recreated in 3D.
Scarborough Castle, the Spa, the Rotunda, the lighthouse, the Grand Hotel and many more have all been created as part of ‘Virtual Scarborough - Created in Minecraft’, for Coastival.
The work will culminate in a huge Minecraft event this weekend on February 18 and 19, at the Spa.
Throughout the day on Coastival Saturday youngsters aged over five can take part in the Minecraft workshop in the Spa Grand Hall from 10am until 6pm.
From then until 10pm, the evening shift takes over with anyone aged over 14 able to join in the Minecraft fun whilst listening to music with DJPHEZ and Kista.
On Coastival Sunday the Minecraft workshop will again be open to youngsters over five, from 10am to 4pm.
Video game vlogger Kraz-E-Kitty will also be visiting the Spa during the Minecraft sessions to record material for her vlog, meet attendees and show would-be vloggers how to set up their own gaming social media profiles.
There’ll also be a Minecraft crafting workshop, run by Sara Semple, from 10am to 4pm on both days of Coastival, giving visitors the chance to make a Minecraft head, tool or picture.
The attempt is being co-ordinated by Krash Labs, a computer club run for children aged between 6 and 16 and based at the YMCA in Scarborough. It has been hosting regular drop-in sessions at the YMCA every Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm and every Saturday between 9am and 10am to tackle the project.
It has also been working with schools, colleges and community groups on the task.
Coastival director Wendy Holroyd said: “This has been a tremendous community effort so far and to see the amazing images of Scarborough coming to life in Minecraft has been wonderful.
“We now look forward to it all coming together during the Coastival weekend and seeing Scarborough completed in 3D!”
Visitors can expect to see artwork, music and performances in unusual locations as the event looks to break with expectations of a traditional arts festival.
For more information on Coastival, including ticket details, visit www.coastival.com