What’s on in Whitby 2018


February

9th – 10th Feb     Steampunk Weekend

April

26th – 29th April     Whitby Goth Weekend

May

4th – 6th May    Tour de Yorkshire

26th – 27th May     Malton Food Lovers Festival

June

8th – 10th June     60s Music Festival

8th – 10th June     Robin Hoods Bay Folk Weekend

22nd June     Gary Barlow (Scarborough)

29th June     Steps (Scarborough)

30th June     Alfie Boe (Scarborough)

July

6th – 10th July      Northern Soul Weekend

15th – 16th July      Sixties Weekend (NYMNR)

28th – 29th July     Whitby Lifeboat Station Flag Weekend

27th – 29th July     Steampunk Weekend

August

3rd – 5th August     Whitby Steam Rally

11th – 13th August     Whitby Regatta

18th – 24th August     Whitby Folk Week

September

8th September     Goldwing Light Parade (Scarborough)

7th – 9th September     Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

7th – 8th September     Whitby Pirate Festival

14th – 15th September     Motown Soul Weekend

28th – 30th September     60s Music Festival

October

12th -14th    Pickering Wartime Weekend

TBC     Whitby Goth Weekend

 

What to do in Whitby!

So we still haven’t quite made it round all the local drinking establishments and therefore don’t feel qualified to write a guide to Whitby Pubs. So we thought we’d present the many other activities available to our guests in and around the Whitby Area. Enjoy.

 

Esk Valley Trail

A great way to see the beautiful scenery of the moors. The whole trail is 37 miles, taking in Grosmont, Goathland, Glaisdale, Danby and many more villages (with good pubs!) This is a really flexible walk; you can walk sections of the trail utilising the train to get you back to the start point. Pick an achievable route following the salmon signs and then plan to do another part on your next trip!

 

Cleveland Way

Taking in the dramatic coastline of the area, the Cleveland Way (109 miles in total!), technically starting at Helmsley and ending at Filey reaching Saltburn-by-the-sea at the top. Don’t worry you can pick a shorter walk to do while staying in Whitby, either south to Robin Hood’’s Bay, Ravenscar or north to Sandsend or Staithes. Use the regular bus service to get back to Whitby.

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Whitby Surf School

West Cliff beach is an ideal place to learn to Surf or SUP, as its large shallow gradient sandy beach offers plenty of space and waves for everyone. Whitby Surf School are located on the promenade of West Cliff beach. They are fully qualified lifeguards and provide all the gear required.

Last year we went on a SUP Safari with Whitby Surf School. If you think you’ve seen whitby from all angles, think again! They provide all the gear and its easy to get the hang of….. Sophie even managed to keep her hair dry, possibly because the boys were too busy jousting with each other!

www.whitbysurfschool.co.uk

Cinder track

From 1885 until its closure in 1965 the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby took goods and passengers up and down the North Yorkshire coast. Now it’s an off road route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Hire bikes from Trailways at Hawsker. From Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay is 7.4 miles and will take about 2hrs 30min approx.

Just ask Phill or Sophie for directions to the start point.

 
 
 
 

Whitby Abbey and the 199 steps

Be sure to count the steps as you head up and don’t lose count! There is an amazing view at the top of the two piers… there is always the donkey track down!

Explore the 13th Century gothic splendor that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Check the English Heritage website for special events throughout the year.

 

Churches

There are plenty of churches to explore in Whitby. Check the local paper for special events and services.

St Mary’s Church at the top of the 199 steps has a wonderful history with an interesting interior dating back to the late 18th Century. Look out for the Huntrodds gravestone; it’s a true love story from long ago.

St Hilda’s Church opposite ‘The Belfry’ is a beautiful building and if you are lucky you can hear the organist playing some tunes!

 
 
 
 
 

The West Pier lighthouse

The West Pier lighthouse has been recently refurbished and is now open to the public. You have to endure a dizzy walk up the spiral staircase but the views from the top are worth it. The lighthouse was used for navigation until 1914 and given Grade II listed status in 1972.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pannett Park and Museum

Located a short walk away from ‘The Belfry’ down Crescent Ave and Upgang Lane, this park has lots to offer: great views of the town from its elevated position, an amazing kids’ park, Pannett Art Gallery and Whitby Museum. The award winning museum houses artefacts from around the world and a fantastic selection of Jurassic fossils.

Captain Cook and the Whale bone arch

At the top of West Cliff stands Captain James Cook looking out to sea. This bronze statue from 1912 commemorates the explorer who mapped out far away lands. Standing proudly next to the Captain is the current whalebone arch, which replaced a weathered 1960’s gift from a Norwegian shipping company. The current jaw bones are a gift from Whitby twin town in Alaska. They are 5.8m high and come from a bowhead whale killed legally by a native Inuit in 1996.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Whitby Pavilion

Situated on the cliffside overlooking the bay, the Pavillion hosts many events throughout the year. First opened in 1880, this venue has a cinema and is the home to the big weekend events including 60’s, Motown, Goth, Steampunk and many more.

North Yorkshire railway

Travel in style along the 18 miles of preserved steam railway running through the spectacular scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors, calling at Grosmont, Goathland, Newton Dale, Pickering to name a few. You can make a day of it with a walk and most importantly a pub stop!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Ghost walks

Join the Whitby ghost walk, which sets off from the whalebone arch at 7:30pm and discover the strange and supernatural tales of murder, mystery and suspense!

 

Boat trips & whale watching

There are daily boat trips departing from the harbour; some short, some longer and some lucky ones finding whales! Fishing trips need to be booked in advance generally, and obviously depend on weather conditions. For whale watching trips check out Whitby Whale Watching, who run 4 hour trips and have a surprising success rate, regularly seeing whales and dolphins.

 
 
 
 

Mini golf and amusements

No seaside resort is complete without the arcades on the Pier Road where you can spend your 2ps and eat your weight in ice-cream! Mini golf is up on West Cliff and always brings the competitive streak out in you!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bus tour

If the legs are feeling a little tired then jump on the hop-on hop-off yellow bus which takes in most of the sights of the town and even goes up to the Abbey so you don’t have to climb the 199 steps! Tickets last all day and the fully guided tour lasts approx. 1 hour. There should be a timetable on our console table.

Where to eat in Whitby

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So you’ve finally made it to Whitby and the tummy’s rumbling! Well here’s our quick guide to make sure you don’t end up settling for a bag of scampi fries and a pint.

Restaurants

Without doubt Whitby serves up the finest fish and chips. However, with its coastal location at the base of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Whitby is brimming with a whole range of top seasonal local products.

Ditto

Arrived in Whitby and not pre booked a table at Tripadvisor’s No. 1 restaurant??? Well pop by and book a table for your next stay.

Ditto serves some of the finest modern British cuisine and at £25 for two courses it’s good value. With a small traditional bistro style layout it only holds 20 covers so book early to avoid disappointment.

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The Star Inn: The Harbour 

A photograph showing the large dining area of the The Star Inn. This restaurant is recommended in the B&B guide where to eat in Whitby.

Set in the prime harbour-side location of the old tourist information building, The Star Inn: The Harbour is the newest addition in town. Serving a delicious menu of seasonal meat and seafood dishes as well as fish and chips, this is a fancy dining experience in a friendly laid back atmosphere.  Slightly on the pricey side for drinks.

 

 

Mademoiselles

Photograph showing the dining area of Mademoiselles restaurant in Whitby. It is a French style bistro recommended by the Whitby B&B The Belfry Whitby.Cafe by day Bistro by night. Mademoiselles is a lavishly decorated french style bistro and wine bar located just 5 minutes walk from The Belfry. The menu looks small but very appetising.

 

 

 

 

Moon & Sixpence

Situated harbour side, this is a relaxed vibrant place for an evening meal. There is a large menu of grill, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. With a great selection of cocktails and happy hour from 4pm till 6pm you’ve pretty much got your whole evening sorted!
 

The Marine Hotel

A photograph showing entrance to the restaurant. This restaurant is recommended in the B&B guide where to eat in Whitby.

Definitely one of our favourites for a special meal out. Weekends and summer nights there’s generally live piano music accompanying your meal in a relaxed wine bar type atmosphere.

Specialising in seafood they serve array of seasonal dishes. Look out for the Jerk Sea Bream, one of Phill’s favourites. Also serves meat and veggie dishes.

Teare Woods

Photograph of Teare Woods homemade ice cream. This restaurant is recommended in the B&B guide where to eat in Whitby.Serving award winning handmade Jersey ice-cream, this place is a real find. Pop in for the ice-cream or a spot of lunch any day. For evening meals, they’re only open Fridays serving a great selection of tapas with an awesome friendly atmosphere which is a big hit with the locals…. so keep it quiet.

 
 
 
 
 

Harry’s Lounge Bar

Harry’s has a unique starter menu so you can eat tapas style or choose a mains dish from a selection daily specials. We hear rave reviews about the ‘Famous Chowder.’ Also situated harbor side with outside seating and cocktail menu it’s a great place watch the weird and wonderful Whitby folk go by.

Bridge Cottage Bistro

A photograph showing the outside dining area of Bridge Cottage Bistro. This restaurant is recommended in the B&B guide where to eat in Whitby.

Located in charming Sandsend, this place is insane, we love it! Offering modern takes on classic dishes and centered around the freshest produce from local suppliers. They do breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday lunchtime.

Check their website for more details including Sandsend Supper Club, East Coast Taster Menu and Slow Cooked Sunday.

 

Burgsy’s Burger House

Serving up a range of top quality burgers with local beers on offer. Its a cosy little place across the bridge so get in early to bag your seat.

Humble Pie & Mash

Step back in time and enjoy proper homemade pie ‘n’ mash in front of the cosy open fire. Served in old tin trays, this place offers great value for a filling and delicious meal. Be warned the war time soundtrack can send you loopy if you stay long enough for a second round of their delicious pies!

The Edge

A great recent addition to Whitby’s dining scene. The Edge restaurant Whitby is located just over the bridge, it has a varied bistro style menu. The Sunday lunches look great!

Kam Thai

With a love for anything spicy, this is another favourite of ours. This Thai offers a large menu with excellent chefs specials and great noodle dishes. Found in the train station, this place is worth looking for.

Cosanostra

An Italian which gets great reviews. Lots of space and great for large parties, they have a large menu and serve big portions.

Moutreys

Another Italian, however, with a wood fired oven it serves the best pizzas in Whitby hands down. Great menu and nice atmosphere.

Passage to India

If you are after a good Indian meal this is the place to go. They have a vast menu and a friendly dining atmosphere. Located next to the train station.

 

Fish & Chips

Abbey Wharf

The logo for Abbey Wharf restaurant which is recommended in the B&B guide where to eat in Whitby.

 
 
 
 
After a going all out on the refurb, the old ‘Shambles’ has been totally transformed into a bright and airy drinking, dining and dancing venue. A relaxed dining environment with good fish and chips and a yummy fish pie. Great place for a drink with occasional live music & DJ’s.

 

The Magpie Café

Back open following a fire in 2017. They don’t queue for the shear hell of it! Dam good fish and chips and outstanding seafood dishes. Guests the world over have heard about the Magpie and with good reason. A casual café feel with excellent friendly service. You can book in advance.

 

Other fish and chip shops

With plenty of chipies to choose from you won’t have to queue if your in a hurry. Our other favourites include ‘The Fisherman’s wife’ for the perfect sunset view, ‘Quayside’ and ‘Mister Chips.’

 

Lunch

Rusty Shears Tea Room

Epic sandwiches, delicious cakes and lots of gin set amongst a miss match of shabby chic. This is one of Sophie’s favourites… firstly for the gin and secondly for the cake!

 

Beckett’s

Our regular place for a pitstop during our cleaning frenzies, the Becketini’s are simply amazing! Great coffee, massive cakes and tons of second hand books. Find it on Skinner Street.

 

The Blitz Café

A new addition to Church Street in 2016, go back in time to delicious ration boards and tea served in china cups, you wouldn’t think there was a war going on! They are licensed too!

 

Windy Corner

Located a pleasant stroll along the coastal path from The Belfry, Windy corner is popular with locals and visitors alike. Serving a range a freshly prepared lunch time meals, cakes and fresh baked breads by exceptionally friendly hosts.

 

Cranberry Swamp

Home of the Mexican Eggs and other delicious meals. This gluten free café on Skinner St serves lunch (and occasional evening tapas) in a relaxed environment with great coffee.

 

Falling Foss tea rooms

falling fossAbout 5 miles out of town, this hidden gem is a real treat. An outdoor tea room (with plenty of undercover areas) serving delicious cakes and great tea and coffee. Explore a little further to find the waterfall.