What time are the lights turned on?
Generally between 4pm-10pm, but please check the individual event page for further information and timeslots as it varies per light display.
I’ve booked the wrong day / I can no longer attend. Can I switch my tickets / get a refund?
Please contact the Scarborough OAT Box Office on 01723 818111 for any ticketing enquiries. The Box Office is open 10am – 4pm daily, except Wednesdays.
Tickets canot be exchanged or refunded after purchase, except in exceptional circumstances. These will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
Do I need a ticket?
You will need to buy tickets for:
- Peasholm Park Winter Lights Trail
- The Fading Lights of Ruins
- Grue by Arcade
- Scarborough Castle Drone Display (now sold out)
You must buy your tickets in advance of visiting. You can purchase these via The Scarborough Fair website.
You can also buy tickets in person or by phone from Scarborough Spa or Scarborough Open Air Theatre.
The other light displays, including the illuminations around Scarborough Town centre, Ships Ahoy! and Signs of the Times are free of charge and do not require a ticket.
I have a question about Scarborough Lights / The Scarborough Fair. Who should I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to pay the donation?
No, this is voluntary. You can change the amount (£2.50, £5, £10 or £20) or remove it altogether. The donations will be used to put on future events and make them bigger and better!
How is The Scarborough Fair funded?
On March 3, 2021, the Government announced that Scarborough had been successful in securing £20.2 million of Town Deals funding. The eight Scarborough projects being funded from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities programme are designed to deliver better outcomes for residents and businesses by making the town more vibrant while building on the cultural heritage.
The Scarborough Fair project is funded in part by £1.2 million from the Government’s Towns Fund programme, which is being used to help to organise 15 festivals over three years.
Statement from North Yorkshire Council
North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for arts and culture, Cllr Simon Myers, said:
“Scarborough Lights has already captured the imagination of the thousands of residents and visitors who have attended since it launched on November 15.
“It is a truly inspiring event that has brought together local, national and international artists to engage with local communities with a showpiece festival of illuminations as part of a three-year cultural vision called Scarborough Fair.
“We need the support of the public to ensure that Scarborough Lights is a success and we have introduced ticket pricing for a handful of the events due to the scale and ambition of the festival.
“Scarborough Lights involves 21 events and light artworks from the UK and across Europe, many of which are in England for the first time including a major world premiere by artist Peter Snijder at St Mary’s Church, at 15 venues in the town. A total of 15 of the events and installations will have free admission. Of the five events that are paid for, two are set as ‘pay what you can’ for admission.
“Showpiece events have included a sold-out drone display at Scarborough Castle on November 18, and the family-friendly Winter Lights Trail is being staged in Peasholm Park throughout the duration of the festival. This features world class, award-winning international work that is only on show in the UK in Scarborough.
“Light installations are also on display around the town centre on Westborough, at Scarborough Library, the town’s train station, the Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Spa, the Town Hall and the harbour. We are also organising North Yorkshire’s largest live advent calendar in Scarborough’s streets and neighbourhoods, with free workshops to help people learn new creative skills.
“The Scarborough Fair project is funded in part by £1.2 million from the Government’s Towns Fund programme, which is being used to help to organise 15 festivals over three years. The funding, whilst significant, needs to be heavily supplemented from other sources to deliver events of the scale, ambition and significance that we would all like to see. The fair, which was last held in the 18th century, is being revived as a year-round programme of arts, heritage, music and sports events and is expected to run until 2026.
“We are acutely aware of the financial pressures that so many people are facing, so we are bringing an event that offers a range of events, installations and pricing. We truly believe that Scarborough Lights does offer real value for money and the chance to witness a memorable event in the town, which we are pleased to see is already becoming a high-profile addition to Yorkshire’s arts and culture calendar.”
Peasholm Park Winter Lights Trail
What should I expect from the Lights Trail?
Experience the magical Peasholm Park as you’ve never seen it before, with light artworks by internationally-renowned artists in an unforgettable setting.
Enter through a meditative soundscape created by Scarborough’s very own Badgers of Bohemia, reflecting the sounds of nature and the park, before exploring the trail which features beautiful, thought-provoking light displays by artists.
We are delighted to be welcoming artists from the local area, the UK and overseas to Scarborough to showcase their installations, including:
- Koros Design
- Vendel &de Wolf
- Jurjen Alkema
- Jon M. Armstrong
- Animated Objects
These renowned artists have exhibited at major light art festivals in Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (with other work) and the USA, and we are thrilled to welcome them to Scarborough as part of our festival.
Do I need a ticket for the Lights Trail?
Yes, you must prebook your ticket for the Lights Trail before arriving at Peasholm Park.
You can book via this page or by calling the Box Office on 01723 818111 (open 10am-4pm daily, excluding Wednesdays) , or purchase them in person at Scarborough Spa or Scarborough Open Air Theatre.
How long does the trail take?
You should allow around 45 minutes to complete the Lights Trail, but you are welcome to take your time exploring the artworks.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome on a short lead. Bins are available around the site – please clear up after your pet.
Is it pram friendly?
Yes, the trail is easily navigated with a pram.
Is it accessible?
Yes, the trail is accessible for visitors with wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Are there toilets?
Yes, there are public toilets by Peasholm Lake.
Is food and drink available?
Hot food, snacks and refreshments will be available from the Peasholm Park Cafe, including mulled wine* (excluding Mondays).
Will Peasholm Park Park be closed for the Lights Trail?
Certain Peasholm Park entrances will be closed at specific times between 15 November – 22 December:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 3pm – 10pm
Which entrance should I use for the Lights Trail?
The Lights Trail can be accessed from the Northstead Manor Drive/Burniston Road entrance of Peasholm Park (by the roundabout next to the Scarborough Open Air Theatre).
Is there parking on site?
There are two car parks close by, please visit the North Yorkshire Council website for details.