10 of the Best: Your guide to this week’s must see events

The Goldwings Light Parade is on Saturday
The Goldwings Light Parade is on Saturday

1 Take One: Meet the 4,000 year old Gristhorpe Man: the genuine article

Rotunda Museum, Thursday September 7 at 12.30pm

Gristhorpe Man is in the Rotunda Museum

Gristhorpe Man is in the Rotunda Museum

The best preserved Bronze age skeleton in the country. Who was he? Where did he come from? Drop by and step back 4,000 years and hear his story.

Free with annual pass

2Heritage Open Day

Cliff Lift, Scarborough, Friday September 8 from 10am to 10.30am to 11am to 11.30am

Spa Orchestra is in residence until September 14

Spa Orchestra is in residence until September 14

Visitors are afforded access to the machine room of the Central Tramway Company, established in 1881.

The Central Tramway operates a Victorian funicular railway (cliff lift) in Scarborough. The machine room is not normally open to visitors. The equipment is essentially the original equipment, updated to adhere to modern health and safety standards. The railway will be running during the visit. The machine room only has access via stairs.


3 Staithes Art Festival

Cliff lift in Scarborough

Cliff lift in Scarborough

Staithes, September 8 and 9 and 10

A family of elephants with a remarkable history will be taking up residence overlooking Staithes Harbour in North Yorkshire in September.

Tara and her two calves, created in woven willow by Whitby sculptor Emma Stothard, will be a centrepiece of the annual Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage. The Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage features a selling exhibition of artwork from 157 artists in 97 temporary galleries in cottages, houses and public spaces.


4 Flower Festival

Bessingby Village, Bessingby, near Bridlington, from Friday September 8 to Sunday September 10

Enjoy the flower displays and refreshments in village church at Bessingby.
Opens 6pm on Friday and Saturday and Sunday, daily from 10am to 4pm.


5 Bridlington Weekend of Motoring

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Sunday September 10

Classic cars, super cars, race cars, rally cars, quirky cars, and all kinds of unusual vehicles with Goldwing bikes and trikes.

A parade of the vehicles will drive through Bridlington between 10.15am and 11am, ending up at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

There will be additional catering, clothing stalls and accessory stalls to accompany the car show.

The Sunday programme at Sewerby Hall and Gardens will also include a Rusticus adventure, face painting and a craft fair.

Another part of the line-up will be the Sunday Challenge – an 85 mile semi-competitive economy run down the coast and across the Wolds to finish at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Admission charges apply

6 Spa Orchestra

Scarborough Spa, Thursday September 14 at 7.45pm.

Last of the gala nights for the orchestra. Also on Wednesday September 13 at 7.45pm is A Moonlight Serenade – By Public Demand. A repeat of the season’s first gala of dance band music and all things moonlight.

Tickets: 01723 821 888 or on line

7 Goldwing Light Parade

Scarborough, Saturday September 9

The Scarborough GoldWing Light Parade and fireworks display raises thousands of pounds for lifesaving charities, and has become a glittering attraction for the town, bringing riders, their families and visitors from all parts of the UK into Scarborough. 
This year’s fundraising will be in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


8 Car boot sale

Lebberston, near Scarborough, Sunday September 10 from 6.30am to 2pm

Sellers from 6am.

Buyers from 6.30am

Charges apply

9 Craft fair

Grand Hotel, Scarborough, every Thursday from 8.30am to 4pm

Quality crafts and gifts on sale in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.


10 King of the Keyboards

Scarborough Spa, Wednesday September 13 and Thursday September 14 from 2.30pm

Join Howard Beaumont in the Sun Court Enclosure for an afternoon of music.

Tickets: 01723 821888