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Cook 250 Whitby

Captain Cook Festival – 250th Anniversary Celebrations Whitby, UK, 6-8 July 2018

A celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cooks first expedition to the South Seas. A weekend of discovery and entertainment for the whole family.


Maritime adventurers can step back in time and climb aboard the Tall ship ‘Atyla’ to experience life at sea, retrace Captain Cooks voyages on board the replica HMS Endeavour and re live the Battle of Trafalgar on the smallest ship in Nelson’s fleet, the replica warship topsail schooner, HMS Pickle.


Step onto dry land and indulge your senses watching local chefs bring history to life, an 18th century twist on modern day cuisine in the live cooking theatre. Navigate and explore Whitby on the Cook ‘Selfie’ tour, enjoy live music, street theatre and sea shanties alongside local ales and a celebration firework display.

Highlights of the Festival

  • Tall Ships
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Captain Cook Trail
  • Heritage Plays
  • Sea Shanty Music
  • Street Entertainment
  • Firework Display
  • Much More...

 Full program will be announced at a later date on this page

Get involved all year round

  • Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum
  • Visit Whitby Abbey, Cook's Navigation Point
  • Go out to sea with Whitby Whale Watching & Whitby Coastal Cruises
  • Walk in Cook's footsteps along the Cleveland Way National Trail
  • WalkFest 2018, a guided walk on 26th May, follow footsteps of Cook

 Much more to be announced...