Scarborough at War


Sat 19 & Sun 20 Aug 2017 




Scarborough Castle 

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Scarborough at war

Remember Scarborough! Discover history from both World Wars at Scarborough Castle this weekend. Learn about the 1914 bombardment of the castle and experience living history in our WWI and WWII zone. Children will be able to take part in interactive activities.

At the start of the Great War in 1914, the Imperial German High Seas Fleet launched a surprise attack on England's northeast coast. Out of the mist one December morning, the huge menacing shapes of German battle cruisers emerged close to the holiday resort of Scarborough.  At first, locals assumed they were Royal Navy ships, but that all changed when the massive gun turrets turned towards the town and opened fire. After 250 years of relative peace, the castle once again found itself thrust into the front line.


Over 1,000 high explosive shells were fired during the raid which also bombarded the nearby towns of Whitby and Hartlepool. British public opinion was outraged and the cry of "Remember Scarborough" was central to the military recruiting campaign that followed.  1918 saw Britain ultimately victorious in the war against Germany, but the seeds of future conflict were sown and within 20 years of the end of 'the war to end all wars', a second, even more destructive conflict had started. Our event tells the tale of the tumultuous twentieth century and its two world wars.


Join us for Scarborough at War, visit soldiers in their living history encampments, see the mighty vehicles of war and watch arena displays, theatrical performances and battle re-enactments that tell the explosive story of the two world wars.


Event includes:


Explosive Demolitions - How combat engineers and secret agents made things go bang in the night! From grenades to bazookas to sticks of dynamite, our pyrotechnicians put on an explosive WWII display. 


Remember Scarborough! Find out about the story of the 1914 shelling of the town and castle in this theatrical presentation, complete with pyrotechnic bombardment. 


Firepower - Prior to the battle, a sneak peak at the Allied and Axis weapons in use later. From pistols to machine guns, see (and hear) the weapons of war. 


1944 Battle - Witness a slice of Hollywood war film action with machine guns and pyrotechnic explosions as British and German forces battle for control of the castle. 



Type Price
Member (Adult) £2.00
Member (Child) £1.00
Member (Concession) £1.50
Member (Family) £4.50
Adult £6.90
Child, 5-17 years £4.50
Concession £6.30
Family £18.50

Price Notes

Corporate members pay English Heritage member rates to this event.

How to book

Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm Sat 9am – 5pm). Please note the telephone bookings will close at 3pm the day before the event or 3pm on Friday if the event is on a weekend.

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Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

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