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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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The Esplanade Hotel

Belmont Road, Scarborough, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Spa. Peasholm Park and Scarborough Open Air Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Scarborough Station is 8 minutes by foot.

    St Nicholas Lodge
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    15 St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality $86
      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. Peasholm Park and Scarborough Open Air Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Scarborough Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough $40
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        St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Park Manor Hotel
          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. Scarborough Spa is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Scarborough Station is 22 minutes by foot.

            The Headlands Hotel $81
            The Headlands Hotel

            The Headlands Hotel

            16 Weydale Avenue, Scarborough, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Scarborough, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park. Scarborough Spa is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away. Scarborough Station is 25 minutes by foot.

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

              The Sands - Sea Front Apartments

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                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Scarborough aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of North Bay Beach, Peasholm Park, and Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Scarborough Spa is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Scarborough Station is 21 minutes by foot.

                53 Burniston Road
                53 Burniston Road

                53 Burniston Road

                53 Burniston Road, Scarborough, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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