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Whitby - Events & Festivals

Singer on stage with purple lights

Twice a year, Whitby goes over to the dark side – Goths and steampunks gather in the port in the spring and around Halloween for the Goth Festival, a photographer’s heaven with dramatic costumes and make-up everywhere. Just before the autumn event, there’s a horror extravaganza in the International Bram Stoker Film Festival, paying tribute to the creator of Dracula.Whitby also offers music – Whitby Folk Week and Musicport have loyal followings, and are growing ever year – and there are regular music weekends covering everything from rock and soul to jazz and 60s music at the Whitby Pavilion.

For those who love the sea, there’s the annual Whitby Regatta, the oldest sea regatta on the North East Coast, and sea angling festivals throughout the year, drawing keen fishermen to the town.

Captain Cook Museum

Whitby

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov 2017

It is not often realised that Captain Cook's ships sailed the length of the Asian coast from the icy coasts and smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka in Eastern Siberia, to the sleeping giant of Krakatoa in modern Indonesia.

 
 

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What's on in Whitby

Captain Cook Museum

Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov 2017

It is not often realised that Captain Cook's ships sailed the length of the Asian coast from the icy coasts and smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka in Eastern Siberia, to the sleeping giant of Krakatoa in modern Indonesia.

Private Fears in public place

Private Fears in public place

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Thu 21 Sep 2017

Just Happy to be Here theatre company returns to Whitby to perform ‘Private Fears in public place’ By Alan Ayckbourn.

Whitby 60s Sept

Whitby 60's Weekend September 2017

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 22 - Sun 24 Sep 2017

Whitby Live brings you a weekend of live sixties music from some of the biggest bands of the decade.

Billy Fury

Halfway To Paradise - The Billy Fury Story 20th An

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 30 Sep 2017

On their 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR & with stunning new live screen footage, Billy's own band, the all original FURYS TORNADOS, are able to play live once more with BILLY FURY in an electric & emotional concert.

Let Sleeping Bags Lie

Let Sleeping Bags Lie

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Thu 5 Oct 2017

Planet Rabbit Productions return to Whitby Pavilion with their latest production 'Let Sleeping Bags Lie' by Claire Spratt.

The October Seaside Vintage Fair

The October Seaside Vintage Fair 2017

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Oct 2017

The vintage fair with a sea view - the October Seaside Vintage Fair returns to Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017 for its fourth Autumn outing.

Blues Festival

Whitby Blues Festival

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 14 Oct 2017

The fifth annual Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival. Whitby Blues Festival returns to the beautiful setting of Whitby Pavilion in October for another full day of the best blues, rhythm and rock music.

Musicport

Musicport 2017

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Musicport

Spooky Half Term

Spooky Half Term

Whitby Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Join us for spooky storytelling and a creepy trail this October half term.

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Spooky Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 22 - Mon 30 Oct 2017

Join us to mark Halloween at the atmospheric abbey that inspired Bram Stoker's gothic story, Dracula. Meet our Victorian storyteller for scary tales and explore the ruins with our spooky trail.

Illuminated Abbey

Illuminated Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 25 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Cast light on a dark history! See Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations.

Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Goth Weekend 2017

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 27 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

WGW™ has something for everyone with an interest in all things alternative. Join the thousands of Goths and alternatives of all ages and walks of life for an amazing long weekend.

Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 4 Nov 2017

Few bands have survived as long or achieved as much as the legendary Wishbone Ash.

Skinningrove Bonfire Night

Skinningrove Bonfire Night

Skinningrove, Marine Terrace, Skinningrove, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 4BJ (13 miles, 21 km)

Tue 7 Nov 2017

DATE CHANGED DUE TO WEATHER NOW MONDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2016 Come and join in the fun at this annual themed bonfire night which this year will be 'Goths' and the bonfire itself will be a Goth Castle!

John Cooper Clarke

Dr. John Cooper Clarke with Special Guests

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 12 Nov 2017

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.

Whitby Christmas Festival

Whitby Christmas Festival

Marina Front Car Park, Langbourne Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 17 - Sun 19 Nov 2017

A weekend with lots of events and stalls. Fireworks, Music, Christmas market, and much more. For more up to date information, follow @FestXmas on Twitter.

Angelos & Barry

Angelos & Barry

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 18 Nov 2017

Are you lost? Is your soul knackered? Are you disillusioned with the current state of things? If you answered yes to one of these then why not come along to see Angelos and Barry in The New Power Generation?

Whitby Sci-Fi and Comic Con

Whitby Sci-Fi and Comic Con

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 18 Nov 2017

A great event for all ages with something for everyone.

Said The Maiden

Said The Maiden

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 19 Nov 2017

Award winning folk trio 'Said The Maiden' are to perform live at Whitby Pavilion on Sunday 19 November 2017.

Dippy

Dippy Christmas Craft Fair

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

A Christmas Craft & Gift Fair by the sea! Dippy Designs are hosting a fabulous festive Craft & Gift Fair in the Northern Lights Suite at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty: Vienna Festival Ballet

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 1 Dec 2017

A classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

Winterfest

Winterfest

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Get into the Christmas spirit by visiting Winterfest at Whitby Pavilion.

Whitby Krampus Run 2017

Whitby Krampus Run 2017

Whitby Town, Langborne Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Whitby Krampus Run organised by Decadent Drawing community arts as a fundraiser for Whitby Wildlife Sanctury.

Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend

Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend 2017

Robin Hood's Bay, The Dock, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ST (5 miles, 8 km)

Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec 2017

Typically held the first weekend in December, the Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend is a wonderful magical event involving traditional Victorian costumes, Christmas window dressings and general festive merriment throughout the villiage.

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 10 Dec 2017

The Three Musketeers Written & Directed by Ivan Wilkinson Adapted from the Alexandre Dumas Novel Produced by Claire Bibby

Christmas Tea Dance with Ray Kirk

Christmas Tea Dance with Ray Kirk

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 12 Dec 2017

Round off our programme of dance in 2017 in style!

Folk Horror Revival

Folk Horror Revival Whitby 2017 - Winter Ghosts

The Met, 1 Argyle Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HU (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Where better to spend an engaging winter’s evening in the company of the Folk Horror Revival group, than in the beautiful coastal town of Whitby.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball 2017

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Celebrate the festive season in style with a night to remember at our Masquerade Ball.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball 2017

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 22 Dec 2017

Celebrate the festive season in style with a night to remember at our Masquerade Ball.

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 9 Feb 2018

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years.

The Quo Experience

The Quo Experience

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 16 Feb 2018

The Quo Experience is the perfect tribute to the legendary duo.

The White Lily Ball

The White Lily Ball

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The glamourous and glittering White Lily Ball returns for the 7th year.

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 6 Jul 2018

The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender Experience in the beautiful town of Whitby.

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 7 Jul 2018

The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender Experience in the beautiful town of Whitby.

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 8 Jul 2018

The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender Experience in the beautiful town of Whitby.

New York

Queen Bee Quilters

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

An exhibition of patchwork and quilting by Queen Bee Quilters and Friends who will be displaying the work they have done over the past two years.

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Bandstand, Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Whitby’s lifeboat weekend commences on Friday 27th July with a fairground organ playing at the bandstand.

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Bandstand, Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Whitby’s lifeboat weekend commences on Friday 27th July with a fairground organ playing at the bandstand.

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Bandstand, Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Whitby’s lifeboat weekend commences on Friday 27th July with a fairground organ playing at the bandstand.