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Coastal Villages - Yorkshire's Coastal Towns & Villages

Yorkshire lays claim to one of the most beautiful and best-loved coastlines in the country, each one unique with its own charisma and allure. Our smaller towns and villages are some of the prettiest you’ll find anywhere in the world.

At its northern end, the coast is home to picturesque villages clinging precipitously to the cliffs – Staithes, Runswick BayRobin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar among them – and all in the care of the North York Moors National Park.

Travel further south, and the scenery offers the dramatic chalk cliffs of Flamborough to the serine ocean views at Bempton with their seabird colonies, then gradually becomes gentler as you approach Spurn Head, passing through Barmston, Ulrome, Skipsea and a dozen or so other tiny coastal communities.

You can watch local fisherman at work; go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast; take a smugglers tour around Robin Hood's Bay; admire work of artists in Staithes; try rock pooling in Runswick; relax at a beach shack or enjoy a cup of tea in Sandsend.

Don’t be fooled by their wonderful serenity as these thriving coastal communities are full of things to do!

Plan Your Visit

 

What's On

 
Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Exhibition: 'Whitby in the Time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman' 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific in 1768. As he weighed anchor at Plymouth, what did he take from Whitby?

Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN

Mon 26 Mar - Tue 4 Dec 2018

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away on one of Yorkshire's largest dance floors in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Wilfred Owen

"They will not dream of us poor lads..."

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW

Sat 7 Apr - Sun 2 Sep 2018

This exhibition will focus on the final year of Wilfred Owen’s life between 1917 and 1918, much of which was spent in Scarborough.

Winifred's War

Winifred's War

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW

Sat 7 Apr - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Curated by Photojournalist, Lee Karen Stow, this exhibition explores the life and work of novelist and journalist, Winifred Holtby, who used her literary talents to campaign and advocate for peace before her untimely death, aged only 37.

The Feast of the Vineyard by Rossetti

Tour of the Pre-Raphaelite Windows and Decorations

St Martin-On-The-Hill, Albion Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2DD

Tue 1 May - Tue 2 Oct 2018

A free weekly Guided Tour to view the Pre-Raphaelite stained glass and decorations of the Church. Tours take place at 10.30am every Tuesday from 1st May - 2nd October

Rides and Stalls For Children.

Children's rides and activities

Withernsea Valley Gardens, Valley Gardens, Memorial Avenue, Withernsea, East Yorkshire, HU19 2DN

Thu 10 May - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Children's rides and activities each weekend and during all school holidays.

The 39 Steps

39 Steps

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1JW

Thu 21 Jun - Thu 23 Aug 2018

A gripping, hilarious, brilliant, fast-moving whodunnit based on the Hitchcock classic.

Bridlington Old Town Gallery

Visiting artist Carol Davidson

Old Town Gallery, 45 High Street, Bridlington Old Town, East Yorkshire, YO16 4PR

Sun 1 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018

Carol Davidson is the next artist to hold an exhibition at Bridlington Old Town Gallery. The exhibition opens on the 1st July 2018 and runs throughout July and August at the gallery in Bridlington Old Town.

Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast

Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast

Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PS

Sat 21 Jul 2018 - Sun 21 Jul 2019

A story through time from Whitby to Flamborough Head

Hands on History at Scarborough Castle

Hands on History: Knights and Princesses

Scarborough Castle, Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY

Sat 21 Jul - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Join the Hands on History Crew at Scarborough Castle this summer holiday and enjoy family-friendly knights and princesses activities every day.

Hands on History at Whitby Abbey

Hands on History

Whitby Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

Mon 23 Jul - Mon 3 Sep 2018

Join the Hands on History Crew at Whitby Abbey this summer holiday and enjoy hands on sea themed activities every day.

Fossil Handling

Fossil Handling

Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PS

Tue 24 Jul - Tue 28 Aug 2018

Explore prehistoric times and find out about dinosaur footprints in hands-on sessions with our geologists.

Active Coast

Active Coast

Withernsea Valley Gardens, Valley Gardens, Memorial Avenue, Withernsea, East Yorkshire, HU19 2DN

Wed 25 Jul - Wed 29 Aug 2018

Get Active, Be Healthy and Enjoy Life on East Coast.

Active Coast Events

Active Coast. Sport & Play and Field Day.

Withernsea Valley Gardens, Valley Gardens, Memorial Avenue, Withernsea, East Yorkshire, HU19 2DN

Wed 25 Jul - Thu 23 Aug 2018

Have a field Day ~ 23.8.18 and 6 days of Sport and Play Sessions.

Halloween Trail at Sewerby Hall & Gardens

Halloween Trail

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1EA

Wed 8 Aug - Fri 2 Nov 2018

Come and have fun with our spooky house and garden trails and earn a chocolate treat once complete.

Scarborough Market & Vaults

Sunday Lunch Entertainment

Scarborough Market Hall & Vaults, St Helens Square, Off. Newborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1EU

Sun 12 Aug - Sun 30 Dec 2018

Sunday lunch and entertainment at Scarborough Market Hall.

Dance Teams

Whitby Folk Week

Whitby Town, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN

Sat 18 - Fri 24 Aug 2018

We have lined up a series of extra special events for you this year. Come along to experience several unique and spellbinding events

Scarborough cricket week

Scarborough Cricket Festival 2018

Scarborough Cricket Club, North Marine Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7TJ

Sun 19 - Wed 22 Aug 2018

Scarborough Cricket Festival 2018 hosts Yorkshire v Worcestershire - Specsavers County Championship

Spa Orchestra Morning

Scarborough Spa Orchestra 2018 - Morning Concerts

Scarborough Spa, South Bay, Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HD

Sun 19 - Thu 23 Aug 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Scarborough Spa Orchestra's 106th year will take place 4 June-13 September 2018.

Hotel Transylvania 3

Hotel Transylvania 3

Hollywood Plaza Cinema, 159 North Marine Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7HU

Mon 20 - Thu 30 Aug 2018