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Friday, 22 May 2015

Spa Welcomes Inaugural Scarborough Tattoo Show

Scarborough Tattoo Show


Scarborough Spa is set to host an exciting new convention in 2016. The Scarborough Tattoo Show comes to the seaside venue on 4th – 5th June 2016.

Over 50 multi-award winning tattoo artists are set to take over The Spa, showcasing their craft and undertaking tattoo sittings throughout the show. Guest will be able to rub shoulders as well as witness the wonder and creativity that these world class artists have to offer.

For those who don't fancy inking their skin over the weekend then there will be plenty of live entertainment as well as stalls selling jewellery, clothing and artwork. With competitions and much more in the making, the first Scarborough tattoo convention is shaping up to be one of the most talked about conventions for 2016!

Organiser Sue Harrison said:
"We’re thrilled to be bringing this exciting show to Scarborough. We're hoping to build a great relationship with the Scarborough Spa which will leave attendees clamouring for more. The artists attending are excellent and with the vendors and entertainment it is not a weekend to miss."
The Scarborough Tattoo Show will be another fantastic addition to the festival and convention portfolio for The Spa, which includes other popular events including Sci Fi Scarborough, Coastival and more recently the Scarborough Blues Festival.

Jo Ager, General Manager of The Spa said:
"This is a great result for the venue. The festival and convention market is an exciting and growing area for us and we are working hard to win new events in both Scarborough and Whitby, as well as support and grow existing events. Not only are they good for the venue, but also the area as they tend to bring visitors for a two to three day stay."
Tickets for ‘Scarborough Tattoo Show 2016’ are on sale now, priced at £15 for advanced weekend tickets and £18 on the door. Tickets are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via www.scarboroughspa.co.uk

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

New Luxury Glamping Experience Opens in Scarborough

Glamping Scarborough


Falcon Forest is a brand new 'glamping' experience which recently opened near Cloughton in Scarborough.

For those not familiar with the term glamping, it's a blend of the words glamorous and camping. Basically glamping is a form of camping which involves accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.

Glamping FamilyInstead of the more traditional approach to camping, with tents and guy ropes, glamping at Falcon Forest offers 'glampers' a heated, insulated glamping pod with electricity.

Glamping has become increasing popular in recent times and provides a contemporary, comfortable style of camping for the whole family to enjoy.

Providing amazing facilities the Falcon Forest site can be found nestling in a beautiful forestry setting between Scarborough and Whitby and is the brain child of Ray Owen, owner of the Falcon Inn.

A number of years ago, Ray established a clear vision. He could see the potential in the wonderful forestry setting of the Falcon Inn and its surrounding land. His vision was simple; provide an alternative quality, camping holiday experience for discerning visitors.

Ray decided it was time to offer something different in North Yorkshire, something unique that would provide visitors with a camping experience without sacrificing life's luxuries. He believed that guests should have the best of both of worlds - the experience of camping outdoors coupled with some home comforts.

Falcon Forest Glamping is set in the grounds of the Falcon Inn, well known for its good pub food and friendly hospitality. The former coaching inn is almost 200 years old and has long been a regular port of call for travellers along the Scarborough to Whitby road.

If you're planning on a trip to the Yorkshire Coast and you'd like to give glamping a go, visit www.falconforestglamping.co.uk

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West End & Broadway Hit Musical 'Tell Me On A Sunday' To Visit Scarborough Spa

Tell Me On a Sunday


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's West End and Broadway hit musical Tell Me On A Sunday is to visit Scarborough Spa next year as part of a large national UK tour.

The show stars the wonderful Jodie Prenger, who will take the lead role of this romantic musical which visits The Spa's Grand Hall on Friday 29th April 2016.

Tell Me on a Sunday charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980’s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether she's been looking for love in all the wrong places.

Marti Webb, Sarah Brightman, Denise Van Outen, Patsy Palmer, Claire Sweeney, Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman have all starred in previous productions. The updated version of the show includes the number 'I Still Believe in Love' as well as 'Take That Look Off Your Face' and 'Tell Me on a Sunday'.

Directed by Paul Foster, the new 2016 production will include an intimate post-show chat with Prenger about life, love and playing the role of Emma.

Prenger entered Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'I'd Do Anything' and went on to win the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End revival of Oliver at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She received a West End Frame Award nomination for her performance in the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors (West End/UK Tour) and played The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot's UK Tour.

Jo Ager, General Manger of The Spa said:
"We are extremely excited be part of the Tell Me on a Sunday tour for 2016. To attract the national UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's musical is a great coup for the venue. We understand that there is a great demand for events such as this in Scarborough, and I’m sure both local residents and visitors to the town will thoroughly enjoy this performance."
Tickets for 'Tell Me On A Sunday' are priced at £27.50 and £24.50 per adult, £25.50 and £22.50 per concession. Tickets are on sale now and are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via www.scarboroughspa.co.uk

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

New Community Arts Initiative Now Open

SJT OutReach Rooms


The Stephen Joseph Theatre was buzzing with activity on Sunday 17 May as it welcomed the public to the grand opening of the SJT OutReach Rooms, a new community arts initiative for Scarborough.

Crowds of people turned out for the celebrations of the £350,000 facility and to take part in free workshops and events showcasing the work of the OutReach department which runs creative programmes for all ages in the community.

After a five-month building programme, the new centre was officially opened by the eldest and youngest OutReach participants, 90-year-old Harry Graham and five-year-old Jasmine Staton Hill.

Stephen Joseph Theatre Artistic Director Chris Monks said:
"The SJT OutReach Rooms start a new chapter in the story of this theatre. Stephen Joseph founded our company in 1955 and it’s fantastic that we can open these new spaces as part of our 60th birthday celebrations, maintaining our passion for theatrical innovation. These rooms are a community resource for all the people of Scarborough, we want people to get behind us and spread the word - SJT OutReach is inclusive, friendly, affordable and available for everyone to enjoy."
Head of OutReach Denise Gilfoyle said:
"The opening went incredibly well and we had such positive feedback from everyone who came. It was great to see people of all ages participating in the workshops, this is a new direction for OutReach in helping to promote creativity throughout the area."
Since it was established six years ago, SJT OutReach has continually expanded its range of arts-based activities for children and adults to include new youth theatre groups, adult drama, family performances, dance and choirs, reading and writing groups, the annual ReachOut Festival and much more.

Through the SJT OutReach Rooms, the department will further increase its programme of activities and training initiatives held at the theatre, in particular, by introducing classes concentrating on arts and health, employability, and arts and older people.

The SJT OutReach Rooms comprises four rooms and includes a multi-purpose studio, reception area and a new entrance accessible from Northway. The development has been made possible by a £275,000 award of Lottery Funding via Arts Council England and by generous grants from The Wolfson Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and the JC & CM Mein Trust. Additional help has come from The Proudfoot Group, The Samuel Storey Charitable Trust, anonymous donors and public donations.

For further details about OutReach and to register your interest for upcoming events and programmes, please contact OutReach on 01723 370540 or email outreach@sjt.uk.com.
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Scarborough's Beaches Among The Best in The Country

north bay scarborough


This year Scarborough's beaches will be flying flags that tell the public they are among the best in the country.

North Bay was one of 61 beaches in England to be awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award – the international standard for the best beaches in the world. In addition both North and South Bay also received the Seaside Award – Keep Britain Tidy's award for beaches that meet the highest standards of cleanliness and facilities.

Both the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean and safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well the tough bathing water quality standards.

Keep Britain Tidy's Coastal Award manager Paul Todd said:
"It is great to be able to celebrate another fantastic year for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike."

"The public can be sure, if they visit a Blue Flag or Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world. The fact that 141 beaches will be flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award this summer is testament to the hard work of beach managers up and down the country." 
"They understand that great beaches are good for the communities they serve, good for visitors and, therefore, good for the economy, as more visitors means more money going into our coastal resorts."
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Scarborough Team Launch New 'Pop-Up' Live Music Venture

'Chapter 3' pop up venue


Local events management team Sant' Angelo Resources launch their latest offering to live music lovers in Scarborough towards the end of this month, with their new venture 'Chapter 3' pop up venue.

Teaming up with Quid's Inn, one of Scarborough's largest and most lively nightspots, and with sponsorship from Molson Coors, Chapter 3 will launch on 28th May and promises to bring a range of live music to Scarborough and the wider region.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Mike Lynskey said:
"Over the years the local music scene, which was once vast and varied, declined. Although recently there has been an upsurge of venue owners working really hard to offer a range of live entertainment, it’s a tough job to run a bar and a decent gig at the same time."
The aim of Chapter 3 is to be a movable venue that can work in a multitude of settings across the Yorkshire region. Landlords can work with the team who will do all the organising for them, supplying all the kit and booking the acts. It can cost a venue or a band a lot of money to own top quality PA and lighting system, which also needs storing somewhere.

Having booked and produced live shows for acts such as McFly, Katherine Jenkins, Status Quo and Dionne Warwick, the team are well placed to link intimate venues to acts of all levels. Chapter 3 promises to highlight new talent, as well as bringing in bigger names to create larger scale events and generate income for the local pub and club scene.

The first place to play host to Chapter 3 is Quid’s Inn on St. Nicholas Street on 28th May, with a very special launch party, where the team hope to showcase the concept of the pop up venue and give stage to two local bands.

Taking a supporting role, The Subterranean Gentlemen (Sub-Gents) are a powerful trio that emit a unique blend of futuristic surf guitar, tribal rhythms and hypnotic bass lines. Playing intimate club events and larger festivals, the Sub-Gents have been compared to a swath of bands from PIL, Killing Joke and The Wipers, to Dick Dale, Shellac and The Ramones.

Headlining the launch night will be a band tipped for success by the likes of Ivor Novello winner Steve Robson and the NME. Maven Fiction are an Indie-pop collective whose release 'This is my England' was driven by them growing up in Scarborough. They’ve been in the studio, taken under Steve Robson’s wing for some months and are ready to burst onto the live scene with their lyrically based, infectious synth-pop sound.

Tickets on the door cost only £1 per person, but live music fans can bypass the cost by getting themselves on the guest list. To do this, go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chapter3venue, make sure you 'like' the page, then leave a comment to say you want to be on the guest list.

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New, Critically-Acclaimed, Bold & Daring Production of Romeo & Juliet Heading to SJT

Paapa Essiedu as Romeo and Daisy Whalley as Juliet © Craig Fuller


A critically-acclaimed new, bold and daring production of Romeo and Juliet is heading to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough from 9 to 13 June.

It is the latest tour from Bristol-based company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, co-produced with Tobacco Factory Theatres, and will be the only chance to see the production performed in Yorkshire as part of a national and international tour. The company has previously toured to the SJT with As You Like It and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

This is a story of boy meets girl. But it is not a simple love story. These children’s lives are fuelled by mistakes, hatred, violence and exquisite pain. They are entangled in the infamous family feud without a hope of getting out alive. And yet…and yet…we cannot help but hope.

Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece proves that love is a force to be reckoned with. Romeo and Juliet will never grow old and neither will this story; this is a love story that was, is and will be again.

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory welcomes the young Russian director Polina Kalinina as the company’s first guest director since Jonathan Miller directed Hamlet in 2008. The cast includes: Alan Coveney, Paul Currier, Paapa Essiedu, Craig Fuller, Chris Garner, Joey Hickman, Oliver Hoare, Timothy Knightley, Hannah Lee, Callum McIntyre, Sally Oliver, Fiona Sheehan, Daisy Whalley and Jack Wharrier.

"This much-told fable about the battle between youth and age is given a revamp that will make anyone over the age of 25 worry about being past it…Thrilling work." - The Guardian

"With its 'star is born' central turn and youthful vitality to burn this Romeo and Juliet is a bullseye for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory." - What’s On Stage

"It’s some of the best fight choreography out there." - What’s On Stage

“Sexy, swaggering, savage…This is a Romeo and Juliet filled not with sighings and swoonings but with grunts and roars: passionate, full of vivid emotion, shot through with the (blood)lust of youth.” - Bristol 24/7

"With strong acting, a cracking psychedelic-rock soundtrack and onstage bust-ups to keep you on edge for hours, this production is definitely one to pay a visit to." ­­- Intermission magazine

Romeo and Juliet can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre from Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 June at 7.30pm each evening except for an earlier 7pm performance on Thursday 11, matinee performances are on Thursday 11 June at 1.30pm and Saturday 13 June at 2.30pm. There will be a post-show talk on Tuesday 9 June.

Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com. £5 tickets are available for under 16s with a full paying adult, Under 30s' tickets at £6 are also available in person from the Box Office on proof of ID.

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Olivier Nominee Gerard Logan Goes Wilde at The SJT

Gerard Logan as Oscar Wilde in Wilde Without The Boy


Award-winning actor Gerard Logan and distinguished adapter and director Gareth Armstrong have paired two great pieces of writing to come from Oscar Wilde’s incarceration.

Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatic interpretation of De Profundis, Oscar Wilde’s bitterly passionate letter to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, written from his cell in Reading Gaol two years after he was imprisoned for acts of gross indecency. Brilliant, loving, witty and passionate, Wilde Without the Boy is a glimpse into the humbled, bruised, loving soul of one of the greatest geniuses ever to have lived.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol, written after his release, is a narrative poem which relates the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge for the murder of his wife. Wilde had suggested it be published in Reynold's Magazine, “because it circulates widely among the criminal classes – to which I now belong – for once I will be read by my peers – a new experience for me".

Wilde Without the Boy and The Ballad of Reading Gaol are performed by Gerard Logan. The actor has played leading classical and contemporary roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he received an Olivier Award nomination, and the National Theatre. He won The Stage Best Solo Performer Award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival for his performance in The Rape of Lucrece, as previously seen at the SJT.

Director Gareth Armstrong has developed and directed many hugely successful solo shows including his own award-winning play Shylock at the Edinburgh Festival.

“Gerard Logan’s performance oozes with intelligence and pain” - Buxton Festival Fringe Review

Wilde Without the Boy and The Ballad of Reading Gaol can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 4 June at 7.45pm. Tickets, priced from £10 to £17.50, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

New The Wizard of Oz Themed Play Park to Open in Barrowcliff

Barrocliff Park Plans


Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership is pleased to announce the official opening of the brand new Barrowcliff Park in Scarborough on Saturday 23 May.

The park will be officially opened by local residents Ida Osborne, aged 91 years and her great granddaughter, 15 months old Millie Salt. They will cut the ribbon to the park with the assistance of the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough at 10.00am.

The new The Wizard of Oz themed park is the flagship project for the partnership - a resident-led group responsible for overseeing the 10 year-long Big Local programme in Barrowcliff. It has a separate toddler park, older children's area, all-weather ball court, art sculptures designed by local children and picnic area.

Local residents have been the driving force behind the development of the park, which has been on the wish list of the community for many years, supported by various partners. It replaces the former play area on Briercliffe and Gildercliffe.

The park has been funded primarily by the programme's Big Lottery Fund, as well as generous contributions from Scarborough Borough Council, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Sanctuary Housing,

Barrowcliff Residents' Association and North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund.

Bill Chatt, Vice Chair of Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership said:
"I am very proud to say I have been part of this. It has been the largest investment in a single play park in the entire borough of Scarborough." 
"Local residents have worked on the design of the play equipment and the public art with the support of the school council from Barrowcliff School." 
"This has been a two year project and all the group and partners have had involvement and input. The journey has also been videoed by the Scarborough TV News website." 
"Residents who have wanted to be involved have been able to have a voice and vote on some real spending in the Barrowcliff area. This is not Scarborough Borough Council money; it is ‘Big Local’ cash specifically for the Barrowcliff area." 
"Big Local has supported the group during the whole process and with eight years to run and around £500,000 still to spend, we really hope we can continue to deliver big improvements for the whole Barrowcliff community."

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire added:
"This new park will be a great asset for the community providing a focal point for families and children. I have been really impressed with the local residents for their persistence in seeing this project through to the end." 
"The keystone to safer communities is knowing your neighbours and getting involved with what's going on. This project has brought parents together and in the future will bring children closer together to strengthen the community further."

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Crisis Appeal: Local Charity Needs Your Help to Save it From Closure

SWR Mind team


A mental health charity that helps almost 1,000 people in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale has just two weeks left to raise the remaining £6,000 of its £20,000 target to stay open.

In just five weeks since Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind) launched its £20,000 crisis appeal to save it from closure, £12,000 has already poured in from people, businesses and organisations keen to help.

A further £2,000 has also been pledged including almost £500 raised from the Whitby Gothic Weekend football match at Whitby Town FC’s Turnbull Ground last month.

But £6,000 more is needed to save the charity - which has been hit hard by funding cuts - and its projects which include support groups, help with finances and housing and a telephone helpline.

Residents across the Yorkshire coast have dug deep and businesses and organisations have also got on board including McCain who have donated £1,000, Yorkshire Coast Homes who donated £6,000 as well as holding a fund-raiser.

McCain Foods' Corporate Communications Manager, Victoria Stephenson, said:
“SWR Mind supports hundreds of people in our community. It’s an extremely worthwhile charity and its  closure would be a loss to the area." 
"As a responsible, family-owned employer in Scarborough, we saw great value in supporting SWR Mind's appeal alongside our community partner, Yorkshire Coast Homes."
Scarborough Mayoress' Fund gave £2,500 while Boyes, St Cecilia’s, First Locate, Yorkshire Coast Enterprise and Pickering Town Football Club have all helped boost the coffers.

Generous shoppers at Sainsbury's in Scarborough donated just over £250 while fund-raising events have been organised by Wonkey McDonky Fundraising and Body Torque Gym. SWR Mind have also been shortlisted for charity of the year by Sainsbury's in Scarborough.

SWR Mind is not a charity shop and is not funded by charity shops or the national Mind charity and has to raise its own funds to provide its support services.

The charity which has been established over 50 years, works with people living with mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Among the fund-raisers is Joanne Jacques-Hale who set off from her home in Whitby this week - which is also Mental Health Awareness Week 11-17 May- to cycle 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats. She has already raised £1,500 during her two week challenge of a lifetime, via her Just Giving page.

Some of the 50 members of SWR Mind’s ‘Open Mind’ support group held at Whitby Library have spoken of how devastated they would be if the charity were to close.

Run by two members of  staff, the support group in Whitby has been going for seven years and is held weekly on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.

Group member Karen Spoors from Skinner Street, who suffered two strokes and has mental health problems said:
"I've been coming to the group since it moved up to the library. It gives us so much support and it's a way of making friends. I felt quite isolated before I joined. It would be disastrous if it closed."
Pensioner Hazel Thomas of Abbey Terrace said:

"The group means everything to me. It’s been absolutely amazing and it’s helped me a lot as I have suffered with depression on and off for 30 years. It’s been a lifeline."

Jackie Readman of Laburnum Grove added:
"I’m the first one to have joined the support group and I've been coming for seven years. I like meeting people with the same problems as me." 
"When I was very depressed I only got out of bed once a week but since I joined the group, I have spent five years studying at college and I've made lots of new friends. I would be gutted if the charity shut down and the support group closed, as there is nowhere else for me to go."
Joanne Jacques – Hale from Whitby explained why she was undertaking her challenging 1,000 mile cycle ride saying:
"If SWR Mind closes due to lack of funds, people will lose a much needed service and there are no alternative avenues of support like it provides in Whitby and district." 
"As a volunteer, I know first-hand that people need someone to listen and care about them and this is where SWR Mind comes into its own. It will be a terrible loss to the community."
Sophie Hall, Head of Services for SWR Mind said three of the charity's 20 staff have been made redundan's A&E – will not continue after funding from other sources was not renewed.

She said:
"We've had some great pledges of support so far and are hugely grateful to the people who have donated, many of whom can least afford it. Losing our Social Prescribing service was a big blow as it was able to see people very quickly and provide practical support from the first appointment." 
"We’re saving money where we can through reducing some staff hours and minimising travel which is very hard to do when many of our service users live in rural areas." 
"Our board of trustees is constantly reviewing the financial situation and working with Coast and Vale Community Action (CaVCA) to keep our doors open for as long as we are able." 
“We have made as many savings as possible to stay afloat but, without people’s help we will close at a time when we are helping more people than ever before." 
"Please help us in whatever way you can because without the community's support, many isolated and vulnerable people will be left alone when they need us most. We are not a charity shop we help to save lives."

Once the immediate funding crisis is resolved, SWR Mind is hoping to secure a total of £80,000 from donations, grant applications and money from other funding partners to secure the longer term future of the charity.

SWR Mind is the only charity in the area to take urgent referrals from other services for people suffering from illnesses including anxiety, depression, lifelong illnesses such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia, and those experiencing psychosis or battling an eating disorder.

People can donate to the appeal online via SWR Mind's website www.swrmind.org.uk, Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/swrmind or by texting SWRM22 with the amount they want to donate in £ to 70070.

They can also send a cheque made payable to Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind, PO Box 304, Scarborough, YO11 3YJ.

For more details visit www.swrmind.org.uk or call them on (01723)588008.

SWR Mind can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWRMind1 and on Twitter @swrmind1

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