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Big Ideas By The Sea is a new festival that started in Scarborough in 2021. Big Ideas By The Sea 2 will take place in May 2022. 

The festival aims to be the North’s leading environmental and creative festival by 2025.  This not-for-profit annual festival will bring leading speakers, thinkers, and creative people from science, the arts, business, technology and the environment to

debate the Big Ideas that concern all of us.

Set between moor, wolds and sea, Scarborough offers festival participants a unique and inspiring setting for fun and debate.

Until the advent of the railway, ideas travelled with people on foot and by sea. Sea ports were the point of entry and exit, of exchange and cross-fertilisation, a place where ideas landed, took root and flourished. Scarborough is a coastal town,

deeply rooted in its historic relationship with the sea.

The town is now a centre of creative thought and dynamic action that address these issues.

If you are curious and want to participate in debates and talks with our panellists and speakers, this festival is for you!

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