Fancy watching an amazing drone light show over Scarborough Castle? Well, you can enjoy the illuminating event and more as part of Scarborough Lights 2023 – the first event for the new Scarborough Fair programme as part of a three-year vision.
The incredible drone display will open Scarborough Lights officially on the 15th of November and it is one event you don’t want to miss. The show will be viewable all the way from South Bay, but if you want to get the best view, you’ll want to head to the castle.
The director of Scarborough Fair, Julian Caddy, has worked as an organiser of arts festivals and events for more than 25 years, including a stint as venue producer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
When is the Scarborough Lights 2023 event?
Scarborough Lights is set to run from the 15th of November to 23rd December and it the first event in the new Scarborough Fair programme. There will be a number of magical light displays across the town through the festive period.
Scarborough Fair was last held back in the 18th century and the new cultural initiative funded by a £1.2 million from the government’s town fund programme aims to revive it with a year-round programme of arts, heritage, music and sport events.
What to expect at Scarborough Lights
It will involve a range of spectacular illuminated art installations across the town, showcasing the work of international, national and local artists. A total of 15 events will showcase the light artworks at 13 venues across the town.
There will be a total of 10 free events and the aim of Scarborough Lights is to give the seaside town a new lease of life during the quieter times of year in order to help tackle social deprivation.
One event will see a winter lights trail at the popular Peasholm Park, which will be illuminated like never before. The trail will run from 4pm – 10pm daily, 15th November through to 22nd December.
Also there will be a brand-new installation at St Mary’s Church, featuring light artworks by Flemish artist Peter Snijder. The Fading Light of Ruins will see St Mary’s Church transformed into a spectacle of light between 16th-30th November.
The magical and enchanting Christmas wonderland of Scarborough Sparkle and Lantern Parade is making a grand return in 2023. The festivities will take place at Scarborough Open Air Theatre from November 24th to 26th. The theatre grounds will host approximately 35 charming themed stalls, with entertainment ranging from a delightful Ferris wheel, teacups, hook a duck, MEGA fun house, to a mesmerizing illuminated land train.
In the spirit of the festival, Scarborough Harbour will come alive on November 14th. The sea will be adorned with the gleaming lights of fishing vessels and yachts, creating a breathtaking display organized by Scarborough Yacht Club. The event will include the illumination of the lighthouse, adding to the magical ambiance of the season.
North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for arts and culture, Cllr Simon Myers, said:
“Scarborough Lights represents a milestone for us in bringing a greater breadth of arts and cultural events to North Yorkshire.
“First and foremost, it is an event that we hope will be fun and entertaining for communities in Scarborough as well as bringing in thousands more people to the town.
“But there will hopefully be longer-term benefits for the town, both economically and socially, as part of Scarborough Fair’s programme of events.
“It is an ambition of North Yorkshire Council to make sure that we can bring better jobs and help improve people’s opportunities to all communities in the county, and the launch of such a major programme of arts and cultural events is a clear indication of our commitment to this.”
Find out more information about the Scarborough Lights here.