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Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Watch productions and performances by world-famous music acts at one of the largest outdoor theaters in Europe, a venue with a stage in an unusual setting. 

Scarborough Open Air Theatre is a mixed entertainment venue set on a lake in Scarborough’s Northstead Manor Gardens. Its stage is on an island in the middle of the water while the audience has seating on the eastern bank. Throughout the summer months Scarborough Open Air Theatre has a busy schedule of music, theater and sporting events. 

The first theater opened here in 1932 and premiered with a production of Edward German’s comedy opera Merrie England. At the time, the seating area was carved into a dune slack and created a natural amphitheater. For often sold-out events the crowds would spill over onto the grass banks on either sides of the seats. The theater ceased to operate in 1986 and reopened in 2010 with a grand ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Today the theater attracts some of the biggest names in the music industry. Among previous performers are the rhythm and blues singer Lionel Richie, reggae band UB40 and surf rock band The Beach Boys. Opera singers, classical vocal groups and DJs also take to the stage. Matches during the FIFA World Cup of soccer have also been shown here on big screens. 

The theater is approximately 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to the north of Scarborough’s town center. There are two metered car parks within comfortable walking distance of the venue. Also in Northstead Manor Gardens is North Bay Railway, a miniature train that travels through Peasholm Park and along the coastline. Have fun on the rope bridges of the SkyTrail Adventure, ride a pedal boat across the lake and splash into the water on an antique water chute.  

Events at Scarborough Open Air Theatre usually take place during summer. Purchase tickets via the theater’s official website, by phone or at the box office, which opens daily. On event days, tickets are available for purchase up until the main acts begin their show.


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Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough £29
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Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough

St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Scarborough City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Scarborough Station is 8 minutes by foot.

    The Clifton Hotel £32
    The Clifton Hotel

    The Clifton Hotel

    Queens Parade, Scarborough, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Scarborough, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of North Bay Beach and Peasholm Park. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Scarborough Spa are also within 1 mile (2 km). Scarborough Station is 19 minutes by foot.

      Park Manor Hotel £110
      Park Manor Hotel

      Park Manor Hotel

      Northstead Manor Dr, Scarborough, England
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Peasholm Park and Scarborough Open Air Theatre. North York Moors National Park and Scarborough Spa are also within 3 miles (5 km). Scarborough Station is 22 minutes by foot.

        The Sands - Sea Front Apartments
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        The Sands - Sea Front Apartments

        Unit 6, Kepwick House, Peasholm Gap, Scarborough, England
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Scarborough aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of North Bay Beach, Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park. North York Moors National Park and Scarborough Spa are also within 3 miles (5 km). Scarborough Station is 21 minutes by foot.

          Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality £77
          Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality

          Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality

          The Esplanade, Scarborough, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spa Cliff Lift and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Scarborough Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            The Meltham Guest House £78
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            The Meltham Guest House

            3 Victoria Park Avenue, Scarborough, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Scarborough Cricket Club and Peasholm Park. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Scarborough Spa are also within 1 mile (2 km). Scarborough Station is 17 minutes by foot.

              The Royal Hotel £37
              The Royal Hotel

              The Royal Hotel

              St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Scarborough City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Bay Beach and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Scarborough Station is 8 minutes by foot.

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                Ambassador Hotel

                36-38 Esplanade, Scarborough, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Scarborough, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of South Cliff Italian Gardens and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park are also within 3 miles (5 km). Scarborough Station is 17 minutes by foot.