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Local Events - In and Around Whitby

Annual events that would normally be happening, most postponed now, but this will give you an idea for 2021.


Whitby Goth Weekend 24th - 26th April 2020 CANCELLED


Tour De Yorkshire 30th April - 3rd May 2020 CANCELLED


Whitby Fish & Chips Festival 16th -17th May 2020 CANCELLED


North Yorkshire Moors Railway Diesel Gala 4th - 6th June 2020 CANCELLED


Robin Hood's Bay Folk Weekend 5th -6th June 2020 CANCELLED


Whitby Steampunk Weekend 24th -26th July 2020 CANCELLED


Whitby Traction Engine Rally 31st July - 2nd August 2020


Staithes Lifeboat Weekend 31st July - 2nd August 2020 CANCELLED 21st & 22nd August 2021


Whitby Regatta 15th -17th August 2020 postponed to  21st - 23rd August 2021


Whitby Folk Week 22nd - 28th August 2020 postponed to 21st - 27th August 2021


Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2020 CANCELLED

This two-day festival, when the villagers of Staithes will open their cottage doors to the public as temporary galleries for a selling exhibition of work by a resident and visiting artists is a definite must.  You are ablje to wander through the mazes of lanes visiting 'galleries' as well as taking part in a programme of guided walks, workshops, talks and film shows.  A vibrant programme of music ranging from street buskers to bands playing on the beach. Pop up restaurants alongside the local cafes and pubs all offering great food and drink.  Grab a drink from the pub, some seafood from the popup food stall and head to the beach and listen to the music.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway Steam Gala 25th - 27th September 2020 CANCELLED


Whitby Goth Weekend 30th October - 1st November 2020


Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend 4th - 6th December 2020



Local Shows for 2020


Tuesday 4th August - Egton Gooseberry show CANCELLED 

Wednesday 5th August - Thorton-Le-Dale Show CANCELLED 4th August 2021

Friday 7th August - Hinderwell Show CANCELLED 6th August 2021

Wednesday 12th August - Danby Show CANCELLED 11th August 2021

Saturday 15th August -Rosedale Show CANCELLED

Wednesday 26th August - Egton Show CANCELLED 25th August 2021

Monday 31st August - Farnadale Show CANCELLED


Saturday 12th September - Castleton Show CANCELLED

Saturday 19th  September - Stokesley Show





Top Tips for Families

There are plenty of lovely things to do in the area, but here are a few of mine:

Falling Foss Tea GardenFalling Foss

Falling Foss Tea Garden is a small enchanting tea garden set in the grounds of Midge Hall, a tiny cottage which nestles at the top of the beautiful Falling Foss Waterfall.  Here you can enjoy a coffee and cake whilst the children can run around in the forest, paddle in the beck and play pooh sticks on the footbridge.  Plenty for all of the family with lots of great walks throughout the forest.

North York Moors National Park Centre, Danby North York Moors

This is a great place where you can spend a whole day for free!  It is a former shooting lodge set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk.  There is plenty to keep little ones occupied, with an indoor climbing wall, adventure playground, events, activities, quizzes and trails.  There is a visitors centre where you can learn all about the National Park's gorgeous villages, historic attractions, and tranquil moors and dales.  There is a gift shop selling local crafts, a gallery with an ongoing exhibition.  There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy a picnic or there is a tea room, serving coffee's, tea's, cakes, lunch and ice-creams!  Lots of walks from the Moors Centre which they will help you plan or point you in the right direction!   Please see their website for a full list of activities  What's On

Dalby Forest -Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park.  A whole day can be spent here exploring.  It costs £8 per car to get in but after that, you don't pay anything else unless you want to do the paid activities, Go Ape Forest Segway, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior.  You can hire bikes but you can also take your own to cycle along the different routes or there are plenty of walking trails too.  They have a fantastic adventure playground which is also next to the river, so plenty to keep the little ones entertained.  There is a cafe but there is also plenty of space for you to enjoy a picnic.

Yorkshire Cycle Hub - Yorkshire Cycle Hub  Only a 15-minute drive from us to Fryup where the cycle hub is located.  Fantastic view of Fryup dale from here, you can hire electric and normal bikes from here, try out some of the routes from the hub or just relax in their lovely cafe with a log burner or sit out on the deck and take in the view.  They are "The Capital of Cake" winners 2018.  The cakes are delicious!

We are lucky to have some of the best beaches close by, Sandsend, Runswick Bay, Whitby & SaltburnStaithes is a great place to go and do some crabbing, which is also popular from the harbour in Whitby.




Top Tips for Couples


  • A cycle ride along the Cinder path from Whitby to Scarborough.  Bike hire available from Trailways in Hawsker.  Stop off for lunch at Robin Hoods Bay on the way, or only go as far as Robin Hoods Bay,  great views along the way.
  • Spend the day exploring The Esk Valley Villages, Egton, Glaisdale, Lealholme, Danby & Castleton.  All have a pub or a tea room so you won't go thirsty!
  • A day trip on the North York Moors railway.  You can take the train from Grosmont to Pickering, have a wander around Pickering which is a market town with lots of interesting shops and then take the train back again.  You could also get off at Goathland, Heartbeat Country.  A lovely village to take a stroll around.
  • A wander around Whitby, visiting the Abbey, discovering the Whitby Yards, which are hidden away. The lovely shops along church street.  Lunch at Abbey Wharfe overlooking the harbour or Fish and Chips on the seafront from the Magpie Street Food Kiosk followed by a Trillo's ice-cream.
  • An early morning walk along Sandsend beach followed by a coffee at Sandside Cafe overlooking the beach.
  • Walking part of the Cleveland Way.

What We Were Looking Forward To:

15th, 16th & 17th August 2020 - Whitby Regatta 2020 now postponed until 21st -23rd August 2021. This is one of the oldest Regattas on the North East Coast.  It is now in its 170th year.  A great three days filled with rowing races, yacht races, the famous greasy pole, fun runs plus plenty more.  A great weekend for everyone, culminating in the fair arriving for the last day and ending with a fantastic firework display, not to be missed. 

12th August 2020 - Danby Agricultural Show. Cancelled. Our favourite local show.  A great day out for the whole family. This is the show where I enter my marmalade, hoping to win this year! 

Now we are looking forward to welcoming old and new guests back to Folly Hall Farm, very soon!