What’s On

Here’s a list of What’s On in Whitby during the year. Whitby is host to many fantastic events throughout the year, including music, arts, dance and the famous Goth weekends. This What’s On guide will help you book your stay, whether you don’t or do want to miss an event!

February

Whitby Steam Punk Weekend – 12th – 14th February 2021 – Another action-packed exciting Whitby Steampunk Weekend is in store for us with a number of activities, presentations and demonstrations lined up as well as our Famous Steampunk Emporium for your amusement.

Dark Skies – North York Moors – 12th – 18th February 2021 – This is one of the best places in the country to see stars, because of the low light pollution levels and clear horizons. From a town or city you’ll be lucky to spot more than a handful of stars but the further away you get from street lights, the better the view – in the darkest areas of the National Park you can spy up to 2,000 at any one time.

April 

Easter Weekend  – 2nd – 5th April 2021

BRSA National Scooter Rally Weekend  – 15th – 17th April 2022 – First BSRA National of the year. Friday and Saturday evening entertaiment at Whitby Pavillion from 8pm. Custom show and parts fair at Whitby Pavillion Saturday daytime from 10am until 4pm

Whitby Goth Weekend – 23rd – 25th April 2021– The Spring Whitby Goth Weekend with the Bizarre Bazaar, Music Festival and usual activities over the weekend – Including Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival. Click the link to see what’s on and when.

May

Whitby Gospel Music Convention7th – 9th May 2021 – Christian Music event

Ironstone Line Dancing Weekend – 15th – 16th May 2021 – Annual line dancing he Ironstone Line dance weekend is an annual event on the second weekend in May. Live music on three nights plus mornings of instruction from top line dancing choreographers

Fish & Ships Festival  – May 2021 – Celebrate Whitby’s Fishing Heritage at this FREE Festival. Explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s magnificent maritime culture, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants. Click the link to see what’s on and when.

June

60’s weekend – 4th – 6th June 2021 – From Friday night to Sunday night, enjoy a full weekend of sixties music, featuring some of the biggest names of the 1960s. ‘Whitby Live’, home of the 1960s Music Weekends, have hosted some of the top 60s Acts from the UK and the USA. Their weekends include Whitby, Blackpool and Southport. Over the past 15 years many of the 1960s biggest names have appeared including The Manfreds, Marty Wilde, Alvin Stardust, The Searchers and many more. 

Robin Hood’s Bay Folk Weekend – 11th – 13th June 2021 – A big part of the Bay Folk Weekend is raising funds for charity, and in 2019 we raised a record £1833 for the RNLI by the Morris Dancers, the Drummers, and the Singers and Musicians who took part in the infamous cafe dash. Over 50 dancers, drummers, singers and musicians danced their socks off and sung their hearts out throughout the weekend to raise this amazing. 

Flipside Rock & Roll weekender – June 2021 – Our aim is to promote 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll, booking some of the best bands up and down the country to make sure our guests have a great Rockin Weekend

July

Northern Soul Weekend – 2nd – 5th July 2021– The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender Experience in the beautiful town of Whitby. Annually packed and featuring the best in Northern Soul, Motown and Modern Soul with the North’s best loved DJ’s. Since 2002, the fastest selling Northern Soul Weekender. 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 Sunday packages’ which allows for a relaxing weekend break as well as the time-honoured soul experience.

NYMR 60s Fest –  4th & 5th July 2020 – Events include onboard music performances CANCELLED/POSTPONED

Queen Bee Quilters Quilt Show –  10th & 12th July 2020 – An Exhibition of Queen Bee Quilters & Friends last two years work with traders, raffle, tombola, etc. Our Theme is ‘Queen Bees Go Japanese’

The Great Seaside Vintage Fair –  17th – 18th July 2021 – Back for the TENTH year with the vintage fair with a SEA VIEW! Now with more than 50 stalls of genuine vintage from the 20’s to the 80’s in the spacious Northern Lights Suite of the Pavilion with spectacular sea views, in the lovely seaside town of Whitby. CANCELLED/POSTPONED

Whitby Steam Punk Weekend – 23rd – 25th July 2021 – Another action-packed exciting Whitby Steampunk Weekend is in store for us with a number of activities, presentations and demonstrations lined up as well as our Famous Steampunk Emporium for your amusement.

Whitby Traction Engine Weekend – 31st July – 2nd August 2020 – This spectacular traction engine rally is held next to the iconic ruins of the Abbey in the popular tourist resort of Whitby and is only a 15 minute walk from the town centre  and the harbour. The Spectacular Saturday Night Firework Display will be one of the highlights over the weekend. A full programme of top steam fair attractions including: Tractor Pulling, Steam Engines, Classic Cars, Vintage Tractors, Classic Motorcycles, Fairground Organs, Miniature Steam Engines, Stationary Engines and Vintage Commercials. Click the link to see what’s on and when.

August

Limehouse Lizzy Concert –  1st August 2020 – Renowned for an action-packed pyrotechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide.

Whitby Regatta – 21st – 23rd August 2021 – The Whitby Regatta presents to you a full weekend of entertainment, embracing yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display. Over one hundred and seventy years of aquatic competition and entertainment. The Whitby Regatta is probably the oldest sea Regatta on the northeast coast and has drawn large crowds into Whitby over the years. Click the link to see what’s on and when.

Whitby Folk Week – 21st – 27th August 2021 – Whitby Folk Week is a long-standing celebration of the traditional music, dance and song of the British Isles has taken on the trappings of a tradition in its own right. This year we have over 100 fantastic concert artists ready to entertain you. Click the link to see what’s on and when.

September

Motown Weekender – 11th – 13th September 2020 – Already a massive hit with its July Northern soul weekend, this 2nd event at the famous venue, brings 2 nights of glorious music to Whitby. A Lighter Weekender with more Familiar favourites from the World Of Motown and Soul’s Golden Era (60’s-80’s) 

NYMR Steam Gala – 25th – 27th September 2020 – 

60’s weekend – 25th – 27th September 2020 – From Friday night to Sunday night, enjoy a full weekend of sixties music, featuring some of the biggest names of the 1960s. ‘Whitby Live’, home of the 1960s Music Weekends, have hosted some of the top 60s Acts from the UK and the USA. Their weekends include Whitby, Blackpool and Southport. Over the past 15 years many of the 1960s biggest names have appeared including The Manfreds, Marty Wilde, Alvin Stardust, The Searchers and many more.

October

The October Seaside Vintage Fair –  3rd – 4th October 2020 – Back for the TENTH year with the vintage fair with a SEA VIEW! Now with more than 50 stalls of genuine vintage from the 20’s to the 80’s in the spacious Northern Lights Suite of the Pavilion with spectacular sea views, in the lovely seaside town of Whitby.

NYMR 1940s Weekend – 8th – 10th October 2021 – Over the three-day event families can hop on board steam and heritage diesel trains and relive the amazing spirit and camaraderie of World War II, whilst enjoying various war-themed entertainment and vehicle displays at stations along the iconic North Yorkshire Moors Railway line. Each station will be transformed to create a variety of scenarios and performances including a wartime street, ‘The Sidings’, at Pickering, Home Guard demonstrations at Goathland and RAF themed Grosmont. Levisham station will see a celebration of Victory in Europe which will include 1940s style show bands, music acts, dance troupes and much more. Click the link to see what’s on and when.

Whitby Blues, Rhythm and Rock – 10th October 2020 –

Musicport 22nd – 24th October 2021 – Started back in 2000 with a one-off festival for the Millennium, and that one-off provided the impetus that has kept them going ever since.

Whitby Goth Weekend – 30th October – 1st November 2020 – The Autumn Whitby Goth Weekend with the Bizarre Bazaar, Music Festival and usual activities over the weekend – Including Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival

December

Krampus Run – 2nd December 2020 – The Krampus is a fearsome horned creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas on his rounds, with the Saint giving presents to good children in parts of Europe on December 5th, the eve of his feast day; the Krampus punishes the naughty ones…