Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Have Your Say: 18-30 Nights Out Survey

Scarborough Drinking Culture
As part of its efforts to tackle problems associated with excess alcohol consumption and improve the town’s night time economy, the Safer Communities Partnership is asking those aged between 18-30 for their feedback on Scarborough's nightlife.

Broadly speaking Scarborough is a relatively safe and enjoyable place to enjoy a night out, but as a designated Local Alcohol Action Area the multi-agency partnership has been tasked with understanding the factors that encourage the trend of 'pre-loading' and binge dinking.

Scarborough Borough Council Community Safety Manager and Safeguarding Officer, Sandra Rees, said:

“Pre-loading is not an issue that’s unique to Scarborough, but over the last 18 months or so, it does seem to be much more prevalent. We’re seeing more instances of people arriving in town and spilling out of taxis, already heavily intoxicated.

“These extreme levels of inebriation are resulting in more anti-social behaviour, particularly on a Saturday night, and more people ending up in Accident and Emergency who have either been the victim of an assault or are suffering from the effects of too much alcohol.”

Sgt. Rachel Wood of North Yorkshire Police added:

“We are concerned that more people are drinking irresponsibly and putting themselves in a vulnerable position as a result. We want people to come to Scarborough and enjoy an evening out but we also want people to be safe and not end up in A&E as the victim of an assault, or under arrest after getting involved in disorder.”

In order to understand the town's night time culture and therefore promote responsible drinking the Safer Communities Partnership is asking locals aged between 18 and 30, who regularly go out in the town, to complete a short online survey.

The survey, which asks about drinking habits and how Scarborough's nightlife might be improved, takes just 5 minutes to fill-in and can be completed anonymously.

18-30 Nights Out Survey

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Music Take-Over Event 'Oxjam' Comes to Scarborough

Oxjam Scarborough

A unique event, billed as an amazing 'multi-venue' extravaganza, is set to literally takeover the Scarborough music scene for an entire day.

Showcasing local talent 'Oxjam' is an ambitious plan that will see a host bands and musicians play a multitude venues across the town for a full day.

Oxjam Scarborough is part of a national music takeover taking place on Saturday 11th October aimed at raising much needed funds for Oxfam.

The event has been organised by a team of local volunteers who are passionate about the local music scene and who promise that the day will offer something for everyone.

The festival kicks-off at 11am at Scarborough Library with Beach Hut Theatre’s production of "Walk The Breadline" a spoken word, theatrical piece which has been created exclusively for Oxjam.

For under 18’s there will be a youth event hosted at The Street starting at 2pm with local band Organized K-Hos headlining with further acts to be announced.

The afternoon entertainment continues at Mojo’s Music Café before by an acoustic evening at The Spa Pub with featuring Tom Townsend, Ben Parcell, Jesse Hutchinson and Adam Chodan.

The night climaxes with a rock night at Vivaz nightclub staring local acts Organized K-Hos, Dead White Dove, The Demimondaines and many more still to be announced.

Tickets are £3 per venue. For more info and tickets visit:

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Have Your Say: Would You Support a Seagull Cull?

Herring Gull in Scarborough

With strong feelings being voiced on the Scarborough UK social profiles, both for and against a possible seagull cull, we wanted to find out what the bird's fate would be if the decision was in your hands.

Councillor Andrew Jenkinson believes that Seagulls are 'are blighting the industry of Scarborough' and that the time has come for a cull whereas the RSPB says a cull should only be carried out 'as a last resort.'

But what do you think? Are they vermin that need to be controlled, or should we accept that Scarborough is as much there home as it is ours?

Have your say by voting in our simple poll. Simply click 'Yes' if you would support a cull or 'No' if you would not.

Main Photo: Beth M527, on Flickr
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Gull Cull Talks Progressed

Young Seagull Scarborough

Last month we published an article highlighting the strong feelings that some people have towards the town's seagull population.

The suggestion is that the birds have become a nuisance with Councillor Andrew Jenkinson suggesting that the time has come for a cull and that those who feed seagulls should be fined.

Councillor Jenkinson believes the time has come for action saying:

"They are blighting the industry of Scarborough. People are sick and tired of them. People are frightened to sit and eat outside the cafés."

Such is the animosity towards the birds it seems that talk of a cull has now been progressed.

Director of Service Delivery Andy Skelton has now revealed that the Council’s Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee will be asked to consider managing gull population numbers.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post he said: "This is the very first stage of what could become a review into the management of the gull population in our borough."

"The subject is being raised with the committee in response to some concerns from local councillors, businesses and members of the public."

Video: Scarborough Councillor Andrew Jenkinson talks to IT News

Main Photo: incurable_hippie, on Flickr

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Win Afternoon Tea For You & Your Friends at Ox Pasture Hall

Ox Pasture Hall Afternoon Tea

This week the beautiful Ox Pasture Hall is giving one lucky reader the chance to Win Afternoon Tea for them & 4 friends worth a whopping £75.00.

Set in seventeen acres of private grounds, Ox Pasture Hall offers the ideal place to escape the hustle & bustle of every day life.

The lucky winner and their friends will enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the stunning surroundings of Raincliffe Woods & Forge Valley Nature Reserve.

If the sun is shining then sit outside and enjoy the view. If it's a little cooler when you visit, cosy up by the flickering log fire inside this charming country house.

Enter The Competition

To enter this exclusive competition all you need to do is complete the form below and agree to receive emails from Scarborough UK & Ox Pasture Hall.

This competition closes at midnight on Sunday 21 September, after which one lucky winner will drawn at random from all qualifying entries.

The winner will be announced on the Scarborough UK social channels, so keep your eyes peeled.

For more information about Ox Pasture Hall visit

Terms & Conditions

Prize details: Afternoon Tea for up to a maximum of 5 people. Prize is subject to availability and must be booked in advance by telephone.

Employees and contractors (and their respective families) of Scarborough UK and Ox Pasture Hall (including any group companies) are not eligible to enter. No responsibility is accepted for entries which are lost, corrupted and incomplete or for any failure to capture entry information. Entrants are required to meet the Entry Criteria but otherwise no other purchase is necessary. It is the responsibility of entrants to notify the promoter of any change of contact details. Proof of identity may be required. Use of false details will result in disqualification. The entry must be made by the person entering the competition – entries sent through third parties, agencies or by automated means (such as scripts and macros) will not be accepted. The promoter will have the right to publicly disclose the name of the winner(s) and their city/town of residence. The promoter does not endorse any Prize supplied by a third party nor does it endorse the third party supplier. The Prize will only be delivered to addresses within the UK. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied by any third party connected with this competition. The promoter reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of similar value should the need arise. The payment of all costs and expenses involved in claiming a Prize are the responsibility of the winner(s). If the potential winner cannot be contacted or the Prize notification is returned or is undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits all rights to any Prize, and an alternate winner may be selected. An unclaimed Prize may not be awarded. The Prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions as final and binding. Entries which are not in accordance with the terms and conditions will be disqualified. Any omission to exercise, or delay in exercising, any right or remedy under these terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver by the promoter of that, or any other, right or remedy. The promoter reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify the prize draw at any time (and for any reason) without notice. The promoter shall not be responsible for damages, losses or liabilities of any kind, including without limitation, direct, indirect or consequential loss or damages arising out of or in relation to the prize draw. Nothing in this condition shall limit or exclude liability for death or personal injury as a result of the promoter's negligence. The promoter's decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize draw will be governed by English law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
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Plans Revealed To Replace Futurist Theatre With Major New Attraction

Futurist Theatre Scarborough

The Yorkshire Post has published an article this week revealing plans to demolish Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre to make way for a major new tourist attraction.

If passed the plans would see the construction of a new visitor attraction featuring three distinct environments referred to as ‘Subterranean’, ‘Coastline’ and ‘Sky’.

The source of the information is unclear but the plans are rumoured to include some unusual features including:

  • Glass-fronted building with cascading water
  • Cave themed indoor attraction
  • Roller coaster
  • 55m Space shot tower
  • Iconic Lighthouse structure 
  • Walk-through aviary
  • Undercover botanical garden
  • New town square on the site of King Street Car Park
  • Elevated dining venue with views out across the North Sea
  • 10,500 sq ft of residential, office or hotel space

This elaborate proposal is one of two bids to be presented to Scarborough Borough Council officials next week. Details of the second plan appear not to have been revealed, but the council’s Director of Business Support Nicholas Edwards is quoted as saying:

“Given that Bidder A or Bidder B did not express any interest in retaining a theatre of any form within their development proposals consideration must be given to the development opportunities that may be derived from demolishing the Lower Tier Futurist buildings and clearing the site.”

Video of a 'Space Shot' Ride Like The One Proposed For Scarborough

Main Photo: Futurist by Squirmelia, on Flickr

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Scarborough UK Awards 2014 - Finalists Announced

The time has come to announce the finalists of the first ever Scarborough UK awards. 

Over the last few months we've been asking you who you think should be considered for an award including best cafe, best restaurant, best hotel, best retailer, best pub and more!

The response was quite simply fantastic and, after almost 600 nominations, we have collated all your suggestions to create a shortlist from which you will choose the winner.

The eagerly awaited list covers 13 categories and features over 100 of Scarborough’s best businesses, attractions & individuals.

Now it’s time for for you to vote for your favourites by casting your votes in the Scarborough UK Awards Finals!

Vote now by clicking the button below - it takes just 5 minutes!

Voting closes at midnight on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

This year’s Scarborough UK Awards Finalists are...

Best Local Cafe

Bonnets, Huntriss Row
The Clock Cafe, Nr. The Spa
Eat Me Cafe, Hanover Road
Harbour View Cafe, West Pier
Mister Milo's, Westborough
Mojo's Music Café, Victoria Rd
Nomad Cafe, Eastborough
The Everley Country House Café, Hackness
Thrumbles, Victoria Road
The Watermark Cafe, Royal Albert Drive

Best Local Restaurant

Antons Cafe Bar, Sandside
ASK Italian Restaurant, South Bay
Cafe Fish, York Place
CoGonis Italian Restaurant, North Marine Rd
Curry Leaf, Pavilion Terrace
Florios Pizzeria Ristorante, Aberdeen Walk
Giannis Italian Restaurant, Victoria Rd
The Green Room, Victoria Rd
Jeremy's Restaurant, Victoria Park Ave
Pomodoro Pizzeria, Newborough
The Barn Bistro, Burniston
The Copper Horse, Seamer
Tikka Tikka, Castle Rd
Tuscany Too, Filey Rd

Best Local Takeaway

Curry Leaf, Pavilion Terrace
Domino's Pizza, Castle Rd
Eastern Paradise, St Helen's Square
Flames, Ramshill Rd
Golden Dragon, Victoria Road
Kin Shing, Dean Rd
La Plaza Pizzeria, Falsgrave Rd
North Bay Fisheries, Columbus Ravine
Peking Chef, Falsgrave Rd
Pizza Tempo, Falsgrave Rd

Best Local Bar/Pub

Blue Crush, The Sands
Cellars, Valley Rd
Golden Ball, Sandside
Leeds Arms, St Mary's St
Mist Bar, St Thomas St
Storm, York Place
Tap & Spile, Falsgrave
The Merchant, Eastborough
The Spa Pub, Victoria Rd
The Valley Bar, Valley Rd

Best Local Attraction

Amelia's Chocolate, Chocolate Workshops
Dalby Forest
Freddie Gilroy
Harbour Bar
North Bay Railway
Open Air Theatre
Peasholm Park
Rotunda Museum
Scarborough Castle
Sea Life Scarborough

Best Local Family Attraction

Betton Farm
Dalby Forest
Flamingo Land
North Bay Railway
Olympia Leisure
Open Air Theatre
Peasholm Park
Playdale Farm Park
Sea Life Scarborough
The Grainary, Harwood Dale

Best Local Cultural Attraction

Freddie Gilroy
Open Air Theatre
Rotunda Museum
Scarborough Art Gallery
Scarborough Castle
Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre
Scarborough Spa
Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Gallery at Woodend

Best Local Entertainment Venue

Cellars, Valley Rd
Open Air Theatre
Olympia Leisure
Opera House Casino
Scarborough Spa
Sigma Bar at The Cask Inn
Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Spa Pub, Victoria Rd
YMCA Theatre

Best Local Independent Business/Retailer

All About The Day, Valley Bridge Parade
Amelia's Chocolate, Victoria Rd
Andrea Willis Designs, Hanover Road
Clock Handyman, Victoria Rd
Daxs Toys, Market Vaults
Homebird House, St Helen's Square
John Wherritt, Eastborough
Nicky's Salon, Princess Street
Retro 36, St Nicholas St
The Everley Country House Café, Hackness
Violet Lux, St Nicholas St

Best Local Hotel / Accommodation Provider

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel
Palm Court
Premier Inn Scarborough
Rivelyn Hotel
Scarborough Travel & Holiday Lodge
The Ambasador
The Crown Spa
The Duke of York Guest House
The Grainary
The Grand Hotel
The Regency Central Hotel
The Royal Hotel
The Sands

Best Customer Service

Amelia's Chocolate, Victoria Rd
Celebrate Balloon Box, Hanover Rd
Eat Me Cafe, Hanover Road
Homebird House, St Helen's Square
Harbour View Cafe, West Pier
Mojo's Music Cafe, Victoria Road
Nicky's Salon, Princess Street
Retro 36, St Nicholas St
The Crown Spa Hotel, Esplanade
The Everley Country House Café, Hackness
The Grainary, Harwood Dale
Thorntons, Westborough

Best Local Event in 2013/2014

Acoustic Gathering 2013
Armed Forces Day 2014
Boyzone at Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Breast Friends of Scarborough - Big Latch On
Cardboard Cyborg
Coastival 2014, Orpheus the Mariner
Family Fun Day & BBQ 2014 at Gallows Close
Scarborough Seafest 2014
Sci-Fi Scarborough
Staxtonbury VI

Best Local Band/Musician

Alan Lewis
Connor and Nathan
David Echevarría
Ishka Live
Jesse Hutchinson
Street Lights
The East Coast Vagabonds
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To help you spread the word and encourage your customers to vote for you, we've put together a useful toolkit including a badge for your website, a press release template & a poster. Click here for more information.

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