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Whitby Events, History and Tourist Information

Our holiday cottages, self catering apartments & bed and breakfast in Whitby are located in the heart of this unspoilt fishing town tucked away on the North East coastline. Its geographical location makes it an ideal place for a relaxing holiday or break.

Overlooked by the Abbey, Whitby is steeped in historical tradition. A beautiful beach stretches from Whitby to Sandsend (2 miles).

Whitby is an ideal location for walkers, particularly track walkers, with the North Yorkshire moors nearby.

Stroll along the beautiful cobbled streets and explore the interesting mix of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants...and don’t leave without sampling Whitby’s infamous fish and chips!

Around Whitby

Please check all dates and venues with the organiser.

60s Weekend
Since our first sixties music festival in 2006 WHITBY LIVE have been pleased to present the Festival of 60s Music each June and the Whitby Sixties Spectacular in September. From Friday night to Sunday night, two full weekends of sixties music, featuring some of the biggest names of the 1960s. For the fan of sixties music theres nowhere better than WHITBY LIVE Music Shows and Festival on North Yorkshires magnificent east coast.

Soul Weekender
The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender in the beautiful town of Whitby. Anually packed and featuring the best in Northern Soul, Motown and Modern Soul with the Norths best loved DJs. Yorkshires original since 2002. Offering you daytime sessions plus Soul nights spread over three days, we have chosen a different presentation for the weekend from the other Friday through to Sunday packages which allows for a relaxing weekend break as well as the time-honoured soul experience.

Whitby Regatta
Come and join us for three full days of entertainment for all the family to enjoy, including yacht racing, rowing races, fun fair and various free forms of entertainment around the town of Whitby, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display!

Motown Weekend
For those who want a lighter weekender with more familiar favourites from the world of Motown and Souls golden era(60s-80s), Whitby Pavilion is the perfect venue.

60s Festival
5 shows, 3 days - 20 acts

Goth Weekend
The main events are held at the Whitby Spa Pavilion, but there is also live music at various hotels and public houses which has grown this into one of the most popular Gothic events in the world, attracting all generations from across the UK and around the world.


On one December night in 1829, the cliff slumped slowly into the sea taking the entire village with it. Villagers were rescued seawards, by an alum ship anchored offshore.

Cooks Endeavour Cruise Trips

40 percent replica of Captain James Cooks ship offering daily half hour cruising trips around Whitby. During your voyage you can sit back, relax and enjoy the views, while you hear about Captain Cook, Whitby and a whole lot more.

Sandsend Beach

A small, picturesque beach situated on Yorkshires heritage coastline. It is a popular haunt with fossil collectors and fishing enthusiasts. An ideal playground for the family with the beck providing safe paddling and boating for children of all ages.


The village is built on a steep winding hill. The former mill, now flats, is a feature of the riverside. It was built in 1752 but was burnt out in 1911. After rebuild, the mill continued working until 1989.

Runswick Bay

Narrow paths wind between the cottages and houses. The thatched property is one of the last remaining thatched houses on the Yorkshire coast. Due to the shales there was a landslip in 1682 and the whole village had to be rebuilt.

Robin Hoods Bay

The village road runs steeply down to the very edge of the rocky shore and there are intriguing alleyways weaving between tightly packed cottages and houses. Among the rocky shoreline are sea water pools with abundant marine life.

Mulgrave Castle Woods and Gardens

The Castle is home of Marquis of Normanby and not open to the public. The woods open Wed, Sat and Sun but closed in May for pheasant rearing. The footpath to the site cuts through a working wood yard and is an undemanding one mile walk to the Castle.


This village has attracted visitors as a result of its setting for Aidensfield in the television series Heartbeat. Walkers can enjoy a stroll to Mallyan Spout, Beck Hole, Darnholm, Grosmont and the Roman Road.


The village road drops steeply down into the valley of the River Esk. Here is the high arched, packhorse bridge known as Beggars Bridge, with its own story to tell.


Egton was once an important township, but is now a small peaceful village set in traditional farmland with the old market cross at its centre. Each year in August, Egton hosts one of the largest Agricultural Shows in the area.


Danby village is home to The Moors Centre, one of the National Parks Visitor Centres, as well as its own bakery. The nearby village of Ainthorpe boasts the oldest pub in the area. The Fox and Hounds, which dates back to 1555.


This scenic rural village is located high on the North side of Esk Dale, overlooking the village of Sleights.

Pannett Park

Local park with play area

Dracula Experiance

Be entertained by the stories and effects of Count Dracula

Captain Cook Museum

Museum dedicated to the life and times of Capt James Cook

Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre

Lifesize streetscene dated 1745 when young James Cook was working in Staithes. Museum about Cook and local history with books and engravings.

Danby Castle

Nestled on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors is Danby Castle, a historical and unique venue steeped in history and character.

Scaling Dam

Visitor centre, bird hide, wildlife trail around largest stretch of water in the National Park. Fishing and sailing.


Beautiful wooded hamlet on side of Little Beck. Steep access Limited parking. Falling Foss. 30ft waterfall, spectacular after heavy rain. Approach from Red Gates on B1416 or walk from May Beck or Littlebeck.


Pretty village with stepping stones on the Esk. Popular shrub and plant nursery.

Botton Village

Run by the Camphill Village Trust to assist adults with special needs. Visitors welcome.

Whitby Lifeboat Museum

History of lifeboats and crew in Whitby

Ralph Cross

Emblem of the North York Moors National Park. Stands on the Blakey road near junction with road to Rosedale. One of many old crosses and boundary markers on the moors.


Popular market town just outside the North York Moors National Park. The market is held every Thursday and Saturday with a small one on Tuesday.

Ruswarp Pleasure Boats

Rowing boat and canoe hire on the River Esk in the village of Ruswarp near Whitby.

Royal Albert Park

Coastal open space with a difference with spectacular views from many cliff walks, geological interest, skate park and cafe.

Pleasureland Adventure Golf and Bowling

Seaside arcade offering the latest in video games, fruit machines and traditional slot machines. All this plus mini bowling and crazy golf!

The Moors National Park Centre

North York Moors National Park Centre on the banks of the River Esk. Newly refurbished with interactive exhbitions, av presentation, Inspired by... Gallery, childrens climbing wall, indoor and outdoor play areas.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Britains most popular heritage railway travelling through 18 miles of beautiful North York Moors National Park.

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land is also the 12th most visited theme park in Europe

Whitby Whale Bone Arch -West Cliff

Original Whale jaw bone arch was erected some time after 1853 and is now displayed in the Whitby Archives and Heritage Centre. A replica was presented to Whitby by Norway in 1963. The current replacement was donated by Alaska in April 2003.

Danby Castle

Danby Castle in beautiful Esk Dale occupies a commanding position on the far slopes of Danby Rigg. Built in the 14th century for Lord Latimer as a sign of his great wealth and was a pioneering architectural design in its day.

Museum of Victorian Science

Visits arranged by appointment and last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes Over 16s only 01947 897440

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