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Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

18 - 19 May 2019

Celebrate Whitby’s Fishing Heritage

At this FREE 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.

  • Live cookery demonstrations from local chefs in the seafood kitchen marquee including celebrity chef’s (Brian Turner & Jean-Christophe Novelli)
  • Demonstrations from local restaurants and cafes Whitby Seafood Trail
  • Fish filleting demonstrations and BBQ’s
  • North Eastern Guardian Fishery Protection Vessel Tours
  • Local Trawler Landings
  • Special Exhibition in Pannett Art Gallery on Dora Walker
  • Fireworks and Children’s Activities
  • Talks from local fishermen (Fred Normandale/Arnold Locker) in Whitby library, children’s workshops & special exhibition
  • Children’s animation workshop in Whitby Library from an animator from Wallace and Gromit - Virpi Kettu (from Finland)
  • Live sea songs and shanties
  • Craft stalls
  • Special exhibition on ships food at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum & HM Bark Endeavour
  • Angling Competition
  • Whitby Rowing Club Competition
  • ‘The Whale’ An interactive theatre experience from Talking Birds
  • Face Painting and Balloon making
  • Lego Competition and Origamis Fish Making
  • Archive Film Showing
  • Whitby Abbey Locals Day
  • Maritime Sculptures from Emma Stothard
  • Park and Ride
Whitby Fishing Boat
The Magpie Cafe
Sea Shanties on the Endeavour