Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Burniston Road, Scarborough YO12 6PF
How to get to the Open Air Theatre
The Theatre is located to the north of the town, just by Peasholm Park and is in its own grounds which has a miniature railway and several little cafes and shops. It is 1.2 miles from the Railway Station and should take you around 25 minutes to walk, or you can catch the X94 bus from the station to Peasholm Gap, which is 2 minutes’ walk from the Theatre. Buses to the Centre and South Bay also run from Peasholm gap after shows and there is also a Taxi Rank there.
If you are driving and looking to park nearby, there are several options. The closest parking to the Theatre is right opposite – a small car park on a level with the Theatre and a larger one just up the hill. Council car parks are free after 6pm so only pay for parking up until that time.
Northstead Lower Car Park – YO12 6PF – 98 spaces
Northstead Upper Car Park – YO12 6AQ – 556 spaces
There is also plentiful parking all along the front, by the sea, on Marine and Royal Albert Drive – YO11 1PG, where there are nearly 800 spaces.
The new Premier Inn next to the Alpamare Water Park, just by the Tunny Catch has a large car park, which costs £6 for £24 hours – Burniston Road, YO12 6PH
There is also a large car park further up the coast, just under a mile from the Open Air Theatre, by the Sea Life Centre, and the Old Scalby Mill pub, which may be a good option to park and have a drink and a meal and to walk down to the Theatre from there.
Scalby Mills Car Park – YO12 6RP (180 spaces and 6 coaches – also allows campervans)
Further into the centre of the town are William Street YO12 7PL and Victoria Park YO12 7TS are a good option if you want to go into the town beforehand. These are both around a 20 minute walk back to the Theatre.
Scarborough have put in place a free public Wi-Fi system, so if you go into your Wi-Fi settings on your phone, you should be able to easily connect to this.
The venue is, as its name suggests, an open air theatre and as such, is open to the elements and does not allow people to bring umbrellas to the shows. There is also no facilities to leave coats or bags, and they will not allow any bags in that are larger than an A4 piece of paper. It currently does look like there may be showers in the afternoon, drying up for the show itself, so bring something waterproof!
The Theatre offers an extra pre-show package that includes early access to the queue, a pizza and a drink prior to the show. According to those who have booked this, very little info has come through for this, and I have emailed the Theatre to ask for clarification. Their reply to me said,
“those that have booked can arrive at 5pm to the venue cafe which is located directly opposite North Bay Railway’s ticket office and shop and close to Peasholm Park.”
So I would suggest that you bring proof of your booking to the café and they will take it from there.
Scarborough Open Air Theatre are asking for proof of vaccination status, natural immunity or a negative lateral flow test, all uploaded to the NHS App as their condition of entry.
More details on their website – click on the Keeping You Safe This Summer link
Food and Drink
Being a seaside town, Scarborough is full of cafes and restaurants but below are the ones closest to the venue.
The Tunny Catch is a large family chain pub just up the hill from the theatre, that serves pub grub and drinks, with a large outside garden.
The Old Scalby Mills is another pub with beer garden just under a mile away, with public parking and close to the Sea Life Centre.
The Watermark Café is also another fabulous little café with inside and outside eating areas, excellent veggie and vegan options, opposite the sea along the front, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Theatre.
Taylors Bar and Kitchen and Saltwater Café Bar are a little closer, on the edge of Peasholm Gap, in the row of buildings on the left as you walk to the sea from the Theatre and there is a dessert café called Peaches ‘n’ Cream on the right, beside Peasholm Park.