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Filey - Tv, Film & Literature

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“We spent our summers in Filey… which, with its bay of yellow sands and fishing boats and its rocky Brig, we rightly thought was the finest resort in the world.”

Those are the words of novelist Margaret Drabble who, with her sister AS Byatt, has written some of the most loved novels in the English language, including A Summer Bird Cage and The Garrick Year (Drabble) and Possession: A Romance and The Children’s Book (Byatt).

The family so loved Filey that the girls’ father, John, set his own novel, Scawsby, there, and on his deathbed told Drabble: “Oh Maggie, how I loved Filey.”

They weren’t the only literary sisters to love the town – the Brontës also visited and loved Filey.

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What's on in Filey

Blind Boy Paxton

Blind Boy Paxton

Filey Evron Centre Concert Hall, John Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DQ (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 24 Nov 2017

Blind Boy Paxton is live in concert at the Filey Evron Centre.

Coble Landing, Filey

Filey Fishing Christmas Tree

Coble Landing, Coble Landing, The Beach, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9LF (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 1 Dec 2017

To celebrate Filey’s traditional fishing heritage, the community has come together to create Filey’s Fishing Christmas Tree made from lobsterpots and all things fishy!


Filey Christmas Shopping Event

Filey Evron Centre Rooms, John Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DW (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 9 Dec 2017

Join us in Filey for our annual Christmas Shopping Event, which will be a festive family fun day in Filey! It is organised by Filey& District Tourism Association.

Filey Steampunk 2018

Steampunk 2018

Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DW (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 19 - Sun 20 May 2018

The annual Steampunk event in Filey is back for 2018.