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GRUE 2023

Scarborough Library

2nd - 23rd December 2023

Designed by Steve Wintercroft

Produced by ARCADE supported by Scarborough Library 

Funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire Coast Bid and North Yorkshire Council


Back for its third year, popular immersive installation, Grue by Wintercroft, returns in a new home! Built by our community and made entirely from recycled and repurposed materials, Grue can be reached through a magical door on the top floor of Scarborough Library


Grue invites you to step into a fantastical world and explore a series of enchanting landscapes. Travel through dense forest and across icy regions on an important mission, discovering forgotten creatures both big and small. 


With your help, this wondrous world can be documented once and for all and a lost librarian can find the final chapter of their book, reclaim their story and place it on the library shelves for good. 


This year Grue has live actors, but don’t worry – nothing scary or gory here, no surprises or jump scares! Grue provides a welcoming wintry experience for all the family and there are hot drinks and snacks available on site.



Tickets are £4. We don't want price to be a barrier, so there is an option to Pay What You Can when booking.

If you're able, why not donate the cost of a ticket through the Pay it Forward option? We are a registered charity and all ticket funds and donations are used to produce Grue and other similarly wonderful things!


Sat 2nd Dec (10am-2.10pm) BOOK HERE

Sun 3rd Dec (10am-2.10pm) BOOK HERE

Thur 7th Dec (4pm-7.10pm) BOOK HERE

Fri 8th Dec (4pm-7.10pm) BOOK HERE

Sat 9th Dec (10am-2.10pm) BOOK HERE

Sun 10th Dec (10am-2.10pm) BOOK HERE

Thur 14th Dec (4pm-7.10pm) BOOK HERE

Fri 15th Dec (4pm-7.10pm) BOOK HERE

Sat 16th Dec (10am-2.10pm) BOOK HERE

Sun 17th Dec (10am-2.10pm) BOOK HERE

Thur 21st Dec (4pm-7.10pm) BOOK HERE

Fri 22nd Dec (4pm-7.10pm) BOOK HERE

Sat 23rd Dec (10am-2.10pm) BOOK HERE


Grue is on the first floor of Scarborough Library. There are ramps, automatic doors, and an induction loop in the main area of the library. There is lift access, and the lift is 80cm wide.

There are two accessible toilets (and baby change facilities) on the ground floor. Further toilets that are non-accessible are available on the top floor.

There are actors, UV and voices, as well as surprising, but not loud, sounds. Please email us if you are worried about anything within the installation.


Ear defenders will be available upon request.






















If you have any specific access requirements please do not hesitate to get in touch



Steve Wintercroft leads an environmentally conscious design company specialising in helping people make Masks from waste card.
He’s published seven papercraft books and worked on projects for Damien Hirst, Sir Paul McCartney, Björk and Game of Thrones.




Why not come along to a Grue build workshop? All are welcome to these drop-in sessions where we turn recycled cardboard and materials into something more magical. Work with experienced artists and facilitators to make creatures, backdrops and other items for the magical wintry world of Grue.


No experience required, only a willingness to try something new and get involved. All ages are welcome but children under 12 will need to be accompanied by a parent or carer.


Grue drop-in workshops are free to attend at Scarborough Library. No need to book – just show up!

Sat 28th Oct 9.30-3pm

Sat 4th Nov 9.30-3pm

Sat 11th Nov 9.30-3pm

Sat 18th Nov 9.30-3pm


With thanks to our funders

This project is made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Yorkshire Coast BID and North Yorkshire Council.


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