Win a family ticket to discover the coast’s fabulous new light festival

This winter, head to Scarborough to experience a new festive event, Scarborough Lights.

Scarborough Lights is the first event in the Scarborough Fair programme and will see

the whole town sparkle and shine from 15 November until 23 December, with many free light displays to enjoy. Scarborough Lights will bring together 15 installations across the town, many for the duration of the festival.

Find full details of the events.

Scarborough Lights will launch with a fabulous drone display over Scarborough Castle on Saturday, November 18. Nick Lane, a writer at Stephen Joseph Theatre, has created a script celebrating Scarborough’s past, present, and future, to accompany the launch. You can buy tickets to see the display from inside the castle.

The Peasholm Park Winter Lights Trail is an enchanting trail through Peasholm Park with a collection of unique and beautiful light artworks from the UK and Europe, many of them appearing in the UK for the first time.

Don’t miss the chance to see The Fading Light of Ruins at St Mary’s Church from 16 to 30 November, featuring incredible light artworks by Flemish artist Peter Snijder.

Ticket for both events must be booked in advance. Buy tickets here.

Lilies light insulation - Photo credit Koros Design

Lilies light insulation - Photo credit Koros Design

There are many other magical light installations to visit, including Ships Ahoy! at the harbour, Signs of the Times in the town centre, Drift-Lit at the railway station, Grue at Scarborough library, and external illuminations of the Town Hall, Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Spa, St Marys Church and Scarborough Castle.

Find more information and plan your visit.

As part of the event, a Live Advent Calendar will light up the town throughout December. Each day between 1 and 24 December, a different street in Scarborough will light up with festive displays, spreading joy and bringing communities together.

We're looking for residents, shops, businesses, artists, performers, schools and community groups to create windows or to host windows created by others. If you think your street might like to be involved, or you’re an artist with ideas, or a business that likes to get creative, we'd love to hear from you. Find more information and get involved at the online recruitment session on Wednesday, 11 October.

Under The Garden - photo credit Koros Design

Under The Garden - photo credit Koros Design

Enter here for your chance to win a Scarborough Lights family ticket

Scarborough Lights is offering three chances to win a family ticket for up to two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Tickets can be won to:

  • the launch drone display over Scarborough Castle
  • the Peasholm Park Winter Lights Trail, or
  • to see The Fading Light of Ruins at St Mary’s Church

For a chance to win the ticket, just answer this question:

What is the name of the Flemish artist who has created the light artwork at St Mary’s Church?

Enter now

The competition's closing date is Monday, 16 October, 2023. Winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries.

Terms and conditions apply.

The winners of last issue’s railway ticket competitions were Anne Butler and Joanne Watson.

Competition terms and conditions

Your North Yorkshire publication competition and prize draw terms and conditions

  1. The Competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 years or over.
  2. All correct and eligible entries into the Competition will be entered into the Prize Draw.
  3. All Competition entries must be submitted online or on a postcard or letter to Editor, Your North Yorkshire, Communications Unit, North Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Racecourse Road, Northallerton, DL7 8AD and only one entry per person is permitted.
  4. The Opening Date and Closing Date for entries to the Competition shall be as specified in Competition information.  Entries received after this time will not be considered or entered into the Prize Draw.
  5. The entity offering the Competition is North Yorkshire Council of County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AD. North Yorkshire Council accepts no responsibility for entries not received for whatever reason, including, but not limited to human error, any technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind.
  6. One winner from the Prize Draw entries will be chosen by random draw on the Draw Date.
  7. The winner will receive the Prize as specified in the Competition information from North Yorkshire Council or the provider of the Prize (as applicable).
  8. The winner will be notified by email or post before the Notification Date and must provide a valid UK postal address to claim the prize. If a winner does not respond to North Yorkshire Council within five business days of being notified by North Yorkshire Council, then the winner's prize will be forfeited and North Yorkshire Council will select another winner from the Prize Draw at random.
  9. The prize for the winner is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
  10. The decision of North Yorkshire Council regarding any aspect of the Competition and/or the Prize Draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of the same.
  11. The winner's name and county can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the Communications Unit, North Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AD no earlier than 42 days nor later than 84 days after the date of the Closing Date of the Prize Draw.
  12. Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. North Yorkshire Council reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
  13. North Yorkshire Council reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the Competition and/or the Prize Draw where it becomes necessary to do so.
  14. Insofar as is permitted by law, North Yorkshire Council, its agents or employees will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of North Yorkshire Council its agents or employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
  15. Winners may be required to participate in publicity related to the Prize Draw which may include the publication of their name in any media.
  16. Personal data supplied during the course of the Competition and the Prize Draw may be passed on to third parties only insofar as required for delivery of the prize in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.
  17. The Competition and Prize Draw will be governed by English law submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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This Privacy Notice is designed to help you understand how your personal data is processed in relation to any Your North Yorkshire competition. This notice should be read in conjunction with our Corporate Privacy Notice.

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