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Scarborough YMCA

Contrary to the picture often ‘painted’ by today’s media, young people do not all have great self-confidence and are not disproportionately disruptive, unruly, lazy, dangerous and rude. 

Today’s young people face many challenges on their road to adulthood.  Compared to previous generations, they may face greater levels of parental unemployment, a greater percentage of lone-parent families, huge competition for every job vacancy, a proliferation of dubious role-models and the negative stereo-typing of young people to name just a few.

Everyone can benefit from having somewhere that provides opportunities to develop existing skills, learn new ones, meet and make new friends outside their current group, learn how to get along with people of all ages and abilities and be part of making a positive difference to other people’s lives.

Scarborough YMCA has been providing these opportunities for many decades.

In addition, our engaging, life-enhancing activities help to improve self-confidence, self-worth and practical ways to improve employment prospects.

All YMCAs are locally managed to respond to the needs of the community. In Scarborough we have developed a strong reputation for engaging people of all ages in a variety of activities including dance, singing, sport, arts and volunteering, as well as on- and off-stage opportunities in our 290-seat community theatre.

As well as being home to a number of Dance and Performance Schools, we offer meeting rooms, dance studios and a gymnasium for hire. Mini Monkey Gym and FitSteps both run their sessions at Scarborough YMCA. We also offer Ju Jitsu, Fencing and Musical Theatre classes.

We have a very well-equipped 290-seat theatre which plays host to numerous productions each year. Our theatre is also ideal for companies or groups wishing to deliver a seminar, training session or presentation to a large group in comfort. Click here for more information on Forthcoming Productions.

We are always keen to show people around and find that most are surprised by what we have to offer.



Box Office Opening Times Christmas 2014


It's nearly time for panto.  Oh yes it is!


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BOXING DAY sees the first performance of this year’s much-anticipated pantomime at the YMCA theatre.
Robin Hood will be entertaining audiences into the New Year as a cast of 30-plus provide an all-singing, all-dancing fun show for people of all ages.

Show director James Aconley says audiences can expect a traditional pantomime, but with some modern twists to keep everyone happy.
“We have all the ingredients of a traditional panto – a hero, a villain and a Dame – and some well-loved songs and routines, but we have also thrown in some bang up-to-date songs too, so there should be something for everyone,” he says.
“Everyone is working really, really hard on this show and I know those coming to see it will be in for a treat.”

Main parts will be played by Dan Stubley as Robin, Maria McAdam as Maid Marian, Michael O’Brien as the Dame (Mother Hood) and Miles Horsham-Batley, making his debut with YMCA Productions, as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Julie Nockels and Joanne Hall from Rowlies Academy of Dance are choreographing the show, it has been sponsored by the new Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Scarborough and also supported by Boyes Stores. The panto has been written by Kiel Richardson.

The cast of more than 30 ranges in age from 11 to adult and James says its size reflects the excitement that staging Robin Hood has generated.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to be involved and faced the huge task of trying to fit all of these absolutely amazing and talented people into the roles,” he says.

“The atmosphere has been terrific and the way this production has come together has been truly typical of the way Scarborough YMCA operates. Everyone has supported each other with choreography and with learning lines and songs and it has been really magical to see more experienced performers helping newcomers along and to see the production come together.

“I think what sets this production apart is that although it is a community theatre production, the quality is really, really professional – from the performances, to the lighting and the sound effects and music, everyone is going the extra mile to make it a very special panto and something that Scarborough can be proud of.”

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Robin Hood was selected after YMCA supporters voted for the panto they wanted to see staged this year.
The panto runs from Friday 26th December until 3rd January, with performances on most days at 2pm and 7.30pm. On 26th and 28th December there will only be 2pm performances and there will be no shows on 31st December and 1st January 2015.

Tickets are already on sale and selling well. They are available via the YMCA website at www.scarborough.ymca.org.uk  at the Box Office in St Thomas Street and over the phone on 01723 506750. 


Latest YMCA newsletter

Our new newsletter, filled with all the latest news about performances, events and activities at the YMCA is now available.

Please click here to read the December YMCA newsletter.


Move your club / group to the YMCA

Are you involved in a club or group that would benefit from relocating to the YMCA? We are ideally located near the town centre, are on a main bus route and have a range of rooms available through the day or evening. We would love to talk to you about moving your group to the YMCA.

Call Steve Marsh on (01723) 374227 to arrange a no-obligation visit.

Rooms available for rent

Are you looking to hire a studio or meeting room near the town centre?

Call Steve Marsh on (01723) 374227 to arrange a no-obligation visit.


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