Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Currently Closed
  • Address: Burniston Road, Scarborough YO12 6PF, England, YO12 6PF, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1723232323
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Social, Entertainment, Music And Show Venues, Food And Dining, Restaurants

With a seating capacity of 6500, SOAT happens to be the largest open air theatre in Europe. After an impressive renovation of £ 3 million, SOAT opened to audiences in 2010 and since then, the likes of Elton John, Kiri Ti-Kanawa, Leona Lewis, Jessie J, Boyzone and many more have graced the stage at SOAT annually.

SOAT hosts performances from March to September every year, giving audiences a complete concert experience of great view, praiseworthy ambience, fresh food and of course, a chance to see their favourite stars performing live.

The stage and the audience seats are situated on either side of the lake. Thanks to this arrangement you get an unblocked view of the performances and will no longer feel the need to blow your head off when the people in front of you choose to stand up. SOAT is well managed by security guards and friendly helpers.

When it is not occupied by glamorous singing starts, SOAT holds various events for families and school groups. ‘Family Fun Day’ is one such event where the children can spend the day with Bob the Builder and many other cartoon friends. 

  • The open air theatre has next to no protection from the tricky English weather. Bring a jacket or dress accordingly.
  • Although it is always a smart idea to book tickets in advance, SOAT rarely ever completely sells out.
  • Beer/Wine on the theatre premises are a little expensive.
  • Limited restrooms available.
  • SOAT does not allow you to bring your own food or drinks to the performances.
  • Go early to avoid queuing hassles.
  • Umbrellas are not allowed.
  • If you find it difficult to find public transport, the town centre is only a 20 minute walk away from the theatre.
  • Concerts at SOAT are usually short. The distance between the stage and the seating area makes you wish they had large screens and a better sound system. 

  • Ticket prices vary from concert to concert. 
  • Tickets for other events such as ‘Family Fun Day’ are mostly priced around £ 10.

  • Usually the musical concerts at SOAT begin at 08:30pm. Entry for audiences opens at 6pm and gates close at 8:30pm. The concerts end around 10pm.
  • SOAT also hosts a few other events for families and school kids that take place during the day. 

  • Bus: Weydale Avenue (SE Bound) – 3, 843. Corner Café (SW-bound) – 3, 3A.Peasholm Gap – 3, 843

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  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre Address: Burniston Road, Scarborough YO12 6PF, England, YO12 6PF, United Kingdom
  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre Contact Number: +44-1723232323
  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre Timing: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Scarborough Open Air Theatre(preferred time): 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
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  • 90.48% of people who visit Scarborough include Scarborough Open Air Theatre in their plan

  • 46.77% of people start their Scarborough Open Air Theatre visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Monday, Thursday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Scarborough Open Air Theatre

People normally club together YMCA Theatre and Peasholm Park while planning their visit to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

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  • Watched Pete Tong, really easy to get to, easy to pick tickets up from front desk. Lots of good bars and food places. Lost a star as no card payments and no ATM available! So make sure you have money for beer! Prices reasonable for a venue. £5 for a pint and £4.50 for a JD and Coke. Not spoons prices but you'll pay that at any gig. Security mostly friendly and low key. Little OTT at times when people chilling out in areas they wanted them moved on. Seating good. Great view of the Arena and sound was spot on. Two nice screens have close ups of band. Overall great experience. Dropped a full 5 stars only because no cards taken at bars.

  • Lovely venue. Facilities nice and clean. Staff very friendly and helpful. Didn't pay for the most expensive seats but still had a great view for the Nile Rodgers and Chic concert.

  • Great place. The family off doing their thing. And I'm reading a good book

  • Great atmosphere and set up. The staff were really helpful. A good view of all of the stage regardless of which area you are sat in. For some people I imagine access would be difficult as some of the seated areas were HIGH with steep stairways! Overall a beautiful outdoor location for live music. Really easy to get in and out of the car park too.

  • Visited to watch Bastille, amazing venue. Our seats were second to last row on the right of the stage (as you look at it) we had a great view. It was our daughters first concert and we all had a brilliant time. Really well organised, no issues.

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