Whitby Fish and Ships Festival


Explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s magnificent maritime culture, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants.

Choose from an endless choice of activities at this jaunty weekend, so much to enjoy for all the family.

Whitby is one of the few places left in Britain where you can still experience the seafarer’s way of life from sea to shore, as it has been for hundreds of years.

Family Activities

Learn about traditional techinques used out at sea, with demonstrations by local fishermen on how to mend nets and lobster pots.
Get to see a fishing trawler being built at Parkol Marine Engineering!
Go on board a patrol and research vessel with the North Eastern Guardian III.
Whitby RNLI will be holding an open day, giving you the chance to walk around the lifeboat station.
Build Ocean Creatures out of Lego at Pannett Art Gallery for your chance to win a fantastic prize!
Navigate your way around Whitby Museum with a themed quiz!
Take a Fishy Treasure Hunt
 at Captain Cook Memorial Museum, where you can create your fish made out of recyclable plastic!
Rope making demonstrations at Captain Cook Memorial Museum.
Listen to Scarborough Amateur Radio Society connect with other radio stations far and wide.
Whitby will come to life with street entertainment and walk-about-acts!
Immerse yourself in a 3D tour of a fishing vessel at Whitby Fishing School.
There will also be face painting & balloon making!

Other Activities

Jo Witney (Sculpturer) is working with 4 schools in Whitby, to produce a large sculpture made out of recyclable plastic, which will be displayed in 4 locations around Whitby.
Angling competition on the Yorkshire Coast, the weigh-in will be at the Fish Market between 4pm-5pm.
Whitby's Airey Hill School have created some festive bunting which will be displayed at Dock End Whitby.


Jam packed schedule in the Seafood Kitchen with celebrity chefs and some local stars!
Pop-up kitchen with local chefs
Take a stroll through our Food Village and see what the local shops in Whitby have to offer.
BBQ Ben will be showcasing some fantastic dishes that you can try cook this summer!


Fantastic live music every day of the festival, head to the Music Marquee located on Endeavour Wharf and at Whitby Bandstand!
There will be over 40 hours of music, including top-tapping sea shanties, soulful sailor's ballads and some of the UK's top sea-singers and musicians!

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Local craftsmen will be demonstrating traditional techniques used out at sea.
The UK's most succesful boat-builders, Parkol Marine Engineering, will be  providing tours around their boat yard.
Take a tour around the North Eastern Guardian III, a state-of-the-art patrol and research vessel.
See a replica of the HM Bark Endeavour in Whitby harbour.
The RNLI will have a blessing of the boats ceremony on Sunday.
Honouring the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Whitby Museum will be holding a Whitby Ships at War exhbition.
Anniversary art display celebrating the work of Dame Laura Knight to be shown at Pannett Art Gallery.


Guide Prices

Free entry

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Map & Directions

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

Type:Food / Drink Festival

New Quay Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1DH
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Opening Times

Event (15 May 2021 - 16 May 2021)

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