We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Burniston Road, Scarborough YO12 6PF, England
Phone Number:
+44 1723 818111
See all hours
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:00

Scarborough's Open Air Theatre is the largest in Europe, with the original...

Scarborough's Open Air Theatre is the largest in Europe, with the original being built by Scarborough Corporation in the 1930s. Since the open air theatre was re-launched in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen, after a £3.5M refurbishment.

Over the last few years, Scarborough Open Air Theatre has played host to some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Elton John, Jessie J, Boyzone, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, JLS, Status Quo and McFly to name a few.

For all the latest information regarding this fantastic venue, including upcoming shows, please visit our website, like us on Facebook (OpenAirTheatre) and follow us on Twitter (ScarboroughOAT).

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 359 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 218
  • 96
    Very good
  • 28
  • 11
  • 6
Will Young concert on a rainy evening

We had never seen this place before and on the last night of our holiday one of our fave artists was playing, the venue itself is great, the seats are tiered enough so wherever... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
Bedford, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

359 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 359: English reviews
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

We had never seen this place before and on the last night of our holiday one of our fave artists was playing, the venue itself is great, the seats are tiered enough so wherever you sit you get a good view, we were lucky and got seats right in the middle, Will was of course great even if he didn't... More 

Thank TracyB328
Chesham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

First time I have visited the venue and not what I expected. Set in lovely green ground, the stage is set back a long way from the crowd and is separated by some dirty looking water. The seats represent an athletics stadium feel and with no shelter if it rains you get soaked. Food choices average, beer ok priced at... More 

1 Thank Tim S
East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Recently saw Will Young in concert at the SOAT. Parking - good, Facilities - good, Venue itself - poor. There is plenty of signage as you get close to the SOAT - for both the venue and parking which is of great help. There are two car parks across the road from the entrance/information kiosk which are free after 6pm.... More 

2 Thank ggina_90
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 July 2016

all the staff and catering facilities were very good but the physical presentation of the venue is so out of date and due to the ridiculous lake dividing the stage from the audience made it seem so remote, the camera for the big screens seemed to focus on everything except the main performer,Will Young was brilliant but the venue was... More 

1 Thank Ellen F
Level Contributor
72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Been to many concerts and not been disappointed. We try to sit mid way up to get the best view. It's the largest open air theatre in Europe. It comes with all the amenities ie drinks and toilets. It's also just nxt to the sea front on the north side so you can go for a walk along the seafront

Thank sunnyjay01
Scarborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

We love this venue, we've been many times to many concerts.. Having just seen the last review I felt compelled to place a review myself. May I say that the 4th row back is actually too close, further back is better and higher. The person clearly requires new glasses to a strength that clearly doesn't even exist. Can't wait for... More 

Thank Judgeyoung
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

The worst venue I've ever been too having 4th row tickets I was expecting a good view I was so far away I had to watch the concert on the screen will never go there again. Don't waste your money.

Thank Lesleymaria
Level Contributor
59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to see a concert Obviously is the weather is good But been to a few when it's rained and quite miserable then. When we went they ran out of beer and closed the bar!! Which didn't go down to well at a happy Monday's concert.😂😂😂

Thank Vickypaint
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Paid our second visit here last month, with a return trip for the Legends of Pop event. The theatre is set in a beautiful park, with the stage set back behind a lake. The seating can get a little steep towards the top. There's plenty of toilets available and the queues weren't too long the bars or food.

Thank dogbert11
Level Contributor
46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

Yes the open air theatre looks good but you need to sort the entrance out. Where the ride was from the entrance it stinks of stale wee and needs a general tidy

Thank John P

Travellers who viewed Scarborough Open Air Theatre also viewed

Scarborough, Scarborough District
Scarborough, Scarborough District
Scarborough, Scarborough District
Scarborough, Scarborough District

Been to Scarborough Open Air Theatre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Scarborough Open Air Theatre and other visitors
21 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (21)

Questions? Get answers from Scarborough Open Air Theatre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?