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Family Events

There’s always something happening on the Yorkshire Coast whatever the time of year, from tiny village shows to major internationally renowned festivals. In addition to the usual music, food, art, theatre and sport events, here on the coast we can go one better, bringing you angling, sailing, rowing, surfing and maritime history festivals – you don’t get those inland!

Search for events by date and major events at a glance below. Alternatively, visit the individual town and village sections of our website to find out more about what’s going on up and down the coast – we’re confident you’ll find something that feels tailor-made for you.

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Star Carr Display

Star Carr Display

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

Mon 1 Jan - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Star Carr is one of the most important Early Middle Stone Age sites ever found and it is right on our doorstep; only a few miles south of Scarborough.

Helmsley Market

Helmsley Market

Helmsley Market Place, Market Place, Helmsley, YORK, YO62 5BL

Fri 5 Jan - Fri 21 Dec 2018

This pretty market town lies right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. The market is held in the central ancient Market Square. In addition to the market, a Craft Fair is held most Fridays above the Old Town Hall.

Pickering Market Place and Shops

Pickering Market

Pickering Market Place, Market Place, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AA

Mon 8 Jan - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Pickering Market is held every Monday in the Market Place and is popular with both locals and tourists.

Mat Collishaw Exhibition

Mat Collishaw Exhibition

Castle Howard, Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Castle Howard is delighted to host an exhibition by one of the UK's leading contemporary artists, Mat Collishaw.

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?

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.

Captain Cook at Whitby Abbey

Captain Cook

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

Sat 7 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first expedition to the South Seas by visiting the great man’s home port of Whitby. It's here he learnt his seafaring skills and set sail on his famous voyage into the unknown.

Image © Derek Gauld

Derek Gauld

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

Tue 10 Jul - Sun 5 Aug 2018

Scarborough Art Gallery are pleased to be hosting this new Cafe Gallery exhibition on behalf of Derek Gauld.

The Grand Hotel, Scarborough

Craft and Gift Fair

The Grand Hotel, St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2ET

Thu 19 Jul 2018

Craft and gift fair in the Cabaret Ballroom of the Grand Hotel supporting St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough.

Inspired by... gallery

Inspired By ...Gallery

Danby, Danby Village, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NE

Thu 19 Jul - Tue 28 Aug 2018

The beautiful Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors.



Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Northstead Manor Gardens, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO12 6PF

Thu 19 Jul 2018

Fresh from the success of their gold-certified album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ – Stereophonics play Europe’s largest open-air arena on Thursday July 19.

Strawberry Fields Carboot & Market

Strawberry Fields Car Boot & Market

Strawberry Fields, Bridlington, Kingsgate, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 3NG

Thu 19 Jul 2018

Strawberry Fields Carboot and Market is open every Thursday and Bank Holiday Monday from March to October. Also open Tuesdays from the first week in June. Trading hours 6 am - 2 pm.

Seafest, Scarborough


West Pier - Scarborough, Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1PD

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Seafest the annual maritime festival in South Bay Scarborough 20- 22 July.

Gimme ABBA


Filey Evron Centre, John Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DQ

Fri 20 Jul 2018

A tribute to the greatest pop band in the World ABBA!!!

Fossil Hunting

Cayton Bay Fossil Hunting

Hidden Horizons, Various locations, Please see listings, YO12 4BZ

Fri 20 Jul 2018

Join us for a fossil hunting trip along Cayton Bay, south of Scarborough. Each trip is different, but we should find a wide range of fossils from the Jurassic, around 160 million years ago.

Pete Tong

Pete Tong

Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Northstead Manor Gardens, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO12 6PF

Fri 20 Jul 2018

Pete Tong is heading to the Yorkshire Coast this summer for what promises to be a sensational night at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Book your tickets now by calling 01723 383636.