Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9thSeptember 2018.
This two day festival, when the villagers of Staithes will open thier cottage doors to the public as temporary galleries for a selling exhibition of work by a resident and visiting artists is a definate must. You are able to wander through the mazes of lanes visiting 'galleries' as well as taking part in a programmes 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 pop up food stall and head to the beach and listen to the music... www.staithesfestival.com
Local Shows for 2018
Monday 27th August - Farnadale Show
Saturday 1st September - Lealhom Show
Saturday 8th September - Castleton Show
Saturday 22nd September - Stokesly Show
There are plenty of lovely things to do in the area, but here are a few of mine:
Falling Foss Tea Garden - www.fallingfossteagarden.co.uk
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 througout the forest.
North York Moors National Park Centre, Danby - www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
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 an 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 on going exhibition. There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy a picnic or there is a tea rooms, 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! During Park Fest there are plenty of extra activities going on, this runs from the 25th July 2016 to the 31st July 2016. Please see thier website for a full list of acitivities www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events
Dalby Forest - www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest
Dalby Forest is situated on the 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.
We are lucky to have some of the best beaches close by, Sandsend, Runswick Bay, Whitby & Saltburn. Staithes is a great place to go and do some crabbing, which is also popular from the harbour in Whitby.