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Whitby

Whitby is famous for many things: it's a traditional seaside resort with Blue Flag beaches, and has some of the best fish and chips around. But there's so much more to discover here...

Fish and chips and ice cream; history and culture; vampires and Goths: it’s all on offer at Whitby, one of the North East coast’s best-loved seaside towns.

 

 With Blue Flag beaches and many attractions, including the world-famous steam North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Whitby is the perfect base for a family holiday. But it doesn’t end there. Whitby wallows in history, including fishing, the jet industry (did you know that it’s still the best place in the world to find the gleaming black gemstone so beloved by the Victorians?), Captain Cook (who was born nearby, and whose famous ship the Endeavour was Whitby-built) and whaling. And its literary connections – Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula features the town, with the vampire first coming ashore here from Transylvania in the guise of a black dog – have inspired the world famous Goth Festival, which now takes place twice a year, in the spring and around Hallowe’en. Explore our website to find out more.

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What's On In Whitby

 
Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby in the Time of Cook

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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

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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.

Mary Magdalene (12a)

Mary Magdalene (12a)

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Sat 21 Apr 2018

One woman abandons her life of hierarchy and rigidity to join a leader who promises change is coming to the world.

Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel (12a)

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Sat 21 - Wed 25 Apr 2018

Four peoples' lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s

Mary Magdalene (12a)

Mary Magdalene (12a)

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Sun 22 Apr 2018

One woman abandons her life of hierarchy and rigidity to join a leader who promises change is coming to the world.

Mary Magdalene (12a)

Mary Magdalene (12a)

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Tue 24 Apr 2018

One woman abandons her life of hierarchy and rigidity to join a leader who promises change is coming to the world.

Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Goth Weekend 2018

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Fri 27 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

WGW™ has something for everyone with an interest in all things alternative. Join the thousands of Goths and alternatives of all ages and walks of life for an amazing long weekend.

A Quiet Place (15)

A Quiet Place (15)

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Mon 30 Apr 2018

If they can't hear you, they can't hunt you.

A Quiet Place (15)

A Quiet Place (15)

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Tue 1 May 2018

If they can't hear you, they can't hunt you.

A Quiet Place (15)

A Quiet Place (15)

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Wed 2 May 2018

If they can't hear you, they can't hunt you.

A Quiet Place (15)

A Quiet Place (15)

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Thu 3 May 2018

If they can't hear you, they can't hunt you.

Gothic Falconry

Gothic Falconry

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Sat 5 - Mon 7 May 2018

Enjoy a weekend of fantastic Gothic falconry at the abbey this early May Bank Holiday.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Monty Python's SPAMALOT

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Tue 8 - Sat 12 May 2018

Whitby Area Musical Theatre Company presents Monty Python's SPAMALOT

The Whitby Bazaar

The Whitby Bazaare

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Sat 12 May 2018

An event to showcase the varied artisan, crafters and independent traders of Whitby and surrounding areas.

Isle of Dogs (PG)

Isle of Dogs (PG)

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Sat 12 May 2018

Due to an outbreak of so-called ‘canine flu’, the Japanese government bans all dogs from the island, sending them to a former garbage dump to fend for themselves.

Isle of Dogs (PG)

Isle of Dogs (PG)

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Sun 13 May 2018

Due to an outbreak of so-called ‘canine flu’, the Japanese government bans all dogs from the island, sending them to a former garbage dump to fend for themselves.

Wonderstruck (PG)

Wonderstruck (PG)

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Sun 13 May 2018

The film interlaces two stories set fifty years apart, switching frequently between them.

Wonderstruck (PG)

Wonderstruck (PG)

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Mon 14 May 2018

The film interlaces two stories set fifty years apart, switching frequently between them.

Wonderstruck (PG)

Wonderstruck (PG)

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Tue 15 May 2018

The film interlaces two stories set fifty years apart, switching frequently between them.

Wonderstruck (PG)

Wonderstruck (PG)

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Wed 16 May 2018

The film interlaces two stories set fifty years apart, switching frequently between them.

Whitby's Wonderful Wildlife

Whitby's Wonderful Wildlife

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Thu 24 May 2018

Whitby Abbey is home to some important species of wildlife; including Great Crested Newts and Pipistrelle Bats.

Moonlight Outdoor Cinema

Moonlight Cinema is coming to Whitby

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Fri 25 - Mon 28 May 2018

Moonlight Cinema is coming to Whitby, between May 25th-28th. We have teamed up with Abbey Farm Caravan Park to bring a special event, which is completely free to attend.

Sherlock Gnomes (U)

Sherlock Gnomes (U)

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Fri 25 May 2018

Gnomeo and Juliet have to call in the help of a world-famous detective when their garden friends mysteriously disappear.

Dracula

Dracula

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Sat 26 - Mon 28 May 2018

Think you know the story of Dracula? Think again. To understand Bram Stoker's gothic story, you need to watch his legendary tale performed live in the ruins that inspired him.