Scarborough set to Sparkle this weekend

Open Air Theatre Assistant Venue Manager Nicola Ware looks forward to the big event. Picture by Richard Ponter
Open Air Theatre Assistant Venue Manager Nicola Ware looks forward to the big event. Picture by Richard Ponter

Scarborough Open Air Theatre is set to host a magical and enchanting Christmas wonderland event this weekend.

The town’s first ever ‘Scarborough Sparkle’ promises fun for all the family starting today (Friday) until Sunday December 2.

The event will include festive stalls selling Christmas gifts and food

The event will include festive stalls selling Christmas gifts and food

The Christmas-themed shopping and entertainment weekend will include festive stalls selling Christmas gifts and food, an ice skating rink, festive musical performances from a variety of choirs and bands, illuminated fairground rides and Yorkshire Coast Radio roadshow.

Scarborough Sparkle will open from 4-9pm on today, from 10am-9pm on tomorrow (Saturday) and from 10am-4pm on Sunday December 2.

Stuart Clark, Scarborough Open Air Theatre Venue Manager, said: “The flexibility of the expanded space within the Open Air Theatre means that we can now be more creative with the use of the venue and extend use beyond the summer season.

“We are really excited about Scarborough Sparkle and our events team is pulling out all the stops to make it a very special weekend, full of Christmas cheer, for people of all ages.

Scarborough Sparkle will feature an ice skating rink

Scarborough Sparkle will feature an ice skating rink

“It’s all set to be a fantastic start to the festive season, a great opportunity to bag some lovely gifts, listen to great live music and have fun whizzing around the ice rink.”

The weekend’s entertainment will start at 5.30pm tonight with a Moonlight and Song Parade from across the road in Peasholm Park to the heart of Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s wonderland experience.

This will be followed by performances from Scarborough Community Choir at 6.15pm and Pauline Quirke Academy Singers at 6.45pm.

On Saturday at 3pm Staxton Singers, which are celebrating their 38th anniversary this year, will entertain the shoppers, and at 4.30pm it will be the turn of Twilight Productions Community Elf Choir with its child and adult members performing as festive elves.

At 5pm children and adult singers from Hatton School of Performing Arts will perform, followed at 6.30pm by Dirty Windows, a six-piece ukulele band which plays rock, pop, jazz, blues and reggae.

Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm there will be solo performances from singer songwriters Luke Pilmer and Maisie Atkinson, both students at Scarborough TEC.

The Saturday entertainment programme will culminate at 7pm with a very special Carols by Candlelight rendition from the Churches Together in Scarborough group.

Candles and carol sheets will be provided from 6.45pm for anyone that wants to join in with the group and mark the start of the Christmas season with joyful singing.

On Sunday 2 December there will be songs and entertainment throughout the day courtesy of Tony Peers Productions.

Entry to the event is free although charges will apply for the illuminated fairground rides and ice skating, which will be £5 per person (including boot hire) for a 20-minute session on the floodlit rink.

Organisers recommend pre-booking to guarantee a skating session by calling Scarborough Open Theatre box office on 01723 818111. Lines are open daily between 11am and 4pm.

A free Scarborough Sparkle White Shoreline Suncruiser bus will be in operation on Saturday and Sunday to take people to the event.

It will operate from Eastfield to Peasholm via various locations, including Falsgrave and Scarborough town centre.

The timetable is available at www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com
Scarborough Sparkle is one of a number of festive events taking place between now and Christmas as part of Christmas on the Coast.

The first Christmas on the Coast event was the switching-on of the Christmas lights by Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden, followed by a fireworks display.