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Discover Whitby

Whitby Harbour

Whitby is famous for many things: it's a traditional seaside resort with Blue Flag beaches, and has some of the best fish and chips around. But there's so much more to it...

Just a little bit about Whitby...

Fish and Chips; History and Culture; Views and Festivals; Vampires and Goths: it’s all on offer at Whitby, one of the Yorkshire Coast’s best-loved seaside towns. With is intriguing characters and good transport links, Whitby is the perfect base for a holiday.
Whitby

West Cliff is worth a visit it's full of fun, with paddling pool, skateboard park, bumper boats, trampolines and crazy golf. West Cliff is also home to Whitby Leisure Centre, tea dances and movies at the Whitby Pavilion Complex, and the famous Whalebone Arch.

Whitby's History

Historians will enjoy finding out about its connection to Captain Cook and the role it played in the whaling and jet industries; steam fans can board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at its northernmost station; and those with a literary bent can follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
St Mary's at Whitby
Don’t miss the opportunity to Discover Whitby from a different view and get out on the water or take the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey, where you will be rewarded with a stunning scene looking over the town.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

If ever a town was associated with a literary character, it's Whitby and Count Dracula. Author Bram Stoker stayed in Whitby in the late 1800s, and was so inspired by its ruined abbey and clifftop church he created his most famour character. Dracula arrives in this countruy after his ship runs aground off Whitby, and runs up the famous 199 steps in the guise of a black dog.

Bram Stokers Dracula
Visit the spine-chilling Dracula Experience, look out for one of the regular Dracula events run by English Heritage at Whitby's dramatic abbey or join a guided 'In Search of Dracula' Whitby Walk.

Whitby Abbey

Founded by St Hilda in the 7th century AD, the majestic Benedictin Whitby Abbey inspired many writers from Caedmon, the earliest known English poet, Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, and Michel Faber, whose murder mystery The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Stepsis set in and around the Abbey.

 

Whitby Abbey

In the care of English Heritage, the Abbey's imaginative visitor centre is behind the classical frontage of a mansion house which once belonged to the Cholmley family, and worth a visit in its own right.

Setting Sail

The best way to explore Whitby's rich maritime history has to be by actually getting out on the water. Take a trip on board the Bark Endeavour, a 40% sized replica of Captain Cook's ship built by local craftsmen. Join a whale-watching trip - species spotted over the last few years have included minke, fin, sei, northern and humpbacks, as well as seals, dolphins and porpoises.

Whitby LifeboatOr enjoy a pleasure trip aboard the venerable former Whitby lifeboat the Mary Ann Hepworth - dating from the '30s, she was one of the RNLI's longest serving boats.

Plan Your Visit to Whitby

 
Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

What's On In Whitby

What's On In Whitby

Events from
date event
Thu 8 Dec Bugsy Malone at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sun 4 Dec - Fri 6 Jan St Mary's Church Christmas Trees at St Mary's Parish Church, Whitby
Tue 27 Sep - Tue 28 Mar Tea Dances with Ray Kirk at Crystal Lounge, Whitby
Fri 9 Dec Bugsy Malone at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sat 10 Dec Bugsy Malone at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sat 10 Dec Whitby Christmas Gala Concert at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sun 11 Dec Wassail at Botton Village, Whitby

Discover Events in Whitby

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Thu 8 Dec 2016

Whitby Area Musical Theatre company's youth group return to Whitby Pavilion Theatre this December with another fun-filled family show.

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 27 Sep 2016 - Tue 28 Mar 2017

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Whitby Area Musical Theatre company's youth group return to Whitby Pavilion Theatre this December with another fun-filled family show.

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Whitby Area Musical Theatre company's youth group return to Whitby Pavilion Theatre this December with another fun-filled family show.

Whitby Gospel

Whitby Christmas Gala Concert

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Sat 10 Dec 2016

Join us on Saturday 10 December as a host of local talent comes together to present a wonderful concert of festive delights, from traditional carols to favourite hits.

Christmas

Christmas Tea Dance with Ray Kirk

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 13 Dec 2016

Round off our programme of dance in 2016 in style!

Yorkshire Wassail

Yorkshire Wassail

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Sat 17 Dec 2016

A sumptuous celebration of local traditions, songs, music, poetry and customs... at Christmas time.

Christmas Carvery Cracker

Christmas Carvery Cracker

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Sun 18 Dec 2016

Gather your family and friends and join us at Whitby Pavilion on Sunday 18 December to celebrate Christmas with our traditional Christmas Carvery.

Santa's Christmas Party

Santa's Christmas Party

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Wed 21 Dec 2016

Dave Marshall brings a Christmas Disco to Whitby Pavilion in the hope that a special guest might drop in with some presents.

Magic Mike Christmas

Magic Mike's Christmas Special

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Fri 23 Dec 2016

Magic Mike brings his Christmas Show to Whitby Pavilion for the very first time!

Whitby Bandstand

Whitby Lions Boxing Day Dip

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Mon 26 Dec 2016

It is becoming somewhat of a tradition in our beautiful little seaside town to enjoy a rather refreshing dip in the North Sea on Boxing Day Morning. When the weather outside is frightful, does a dip in the sea sound delightful?

Normafest

Normafest 2016

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Fri 6 Jan 2017

This is the third Normafest and hopefully the biggest yet and it is a celebration of all things to do with Norma Waterson

Normafest

Normafest 2016

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 7 Jan 2017

This is the third Normafest and hopefully the biggest yet and it is a celebration of all things to do with Norma Waterson

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Mon 16 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 17 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Wed 18 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Thu 19 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 20 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 21 Jan 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan P Frayn Directed by & Musical Direction by Chris Wales Choreography by Sue Crossland

Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby Steampunk Weekend 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 4 Feb 2017

Welcome to the very first dedicated Whitby Steampunk Weekend Event which will be held at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017.

Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby Steampunk Weekend 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 5 Feb 2017

Welcome to the very first dedicated Whitby Steampunk Weekend Event which will be held at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017.

Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 7 Feb 2017

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Circus of Horrors

The Circus of Horrors: The Never-Ending Nightmare

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Mon 13 Feb 2017

The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation “The Never-ending Nightmare”. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Ali

Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 14 Feb 2017

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.