Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-go-to event in the regional arts calendar.

During the weekend some 100+ cottages in the village become temporary art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. Staithes heritage is also celebrated in fossils, fishing, historic photographs and film shows.

North York Moors, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire
Light Art on the Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick


Sat Staithes (13 of 39)  

Photo by Glenn Kilpatrick,

Welcome to the Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage, now in its 6th year, as friendly and as much fun as ever!

Click Here to download this year's Festival Programme

We have 98 galleries in cottages and other buildings around the village, up the hill and down, displaying work by 157 artists from near and far.   There should be something to suit all tastes and interests.   The quality of work on offer is better than ever. 

Staithes resident sculptor Steve Iredale has been developing and building on his large installation Shoal which wowed us all last year.  We are hugely grateful to our neighbours at ICL UK – Cleveland Potash for generously sponsoring this project.  Shoal  will be on view in the harbour.  Look out too for a delightful family of elephants by Emma Stothard.

And do check out Glass Bunting Galore – a unique installation of fused glass from glass-makers around the world.

Don’t miss this year’s Heritage Exhibition, Touched by Fame, which celebrates the surprising number of famous people who have spent time in Staithes.  You can also take in the exhibition celebrating the iconic Staithes Bonnet

Knitting fans are in for a treat.  Drop in at the Textile House for exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and chat with a number of experts, one of whom will also deliver an intriguing and multi-faceted talk about knitting as part of our talks programme in the Smugglers.

A talk about Staithes Group artist Charles Mackie is another exciting addition.  And two researchers from Boulby Underground Laboratory are here to tell us about the fascinating work they’re doing 1,100 metres under our feet. 

Music will be all around with buskers, concerts at the Lifeboat House and the Staithe, and of course The Men of Staithes, whose closing seafaring hymns will be especially poignant this year as we’ll be remembering much-missed man of Staithes, Willie Wright. 

As dusk falls watch the ever-popular Outdoor Cinema at Kipper's Corner, followed by Light Fantastic, dramatic illuminations all around the village

Drop into one of our excellent local pubs, restaurants and cafes to keep your energy levels up for this full and exciting event.  Or try one of the many exciting pop-up food outlets around the village. 

We are a registered charity, run for the most part by unpaid volunteers.  We have so far given more than £7,200 to good local causes.

Huge thanks to everyone who helps us – and puts up with the invasion.

Welcome to Staithes.  Have a wonderful Festival 2017


Parking and Free Taxi Shuttle:

There is no parking at the bottom of the village. Please park as directed by the car park stewards who will direct cars to the nearest available space. Please be considerate of local residents and avoid parking in the street. A free taxi shuttle will run throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday (10:00-16:00) and on Friday and Saturday evenings (20:00-22:00). The taxi shuttle will operate from the War Memorial at Bank Top down to the old village and back again. It will be well signposted. Anyone with mobility difficulties should speak to the stewards who will be happy to help.

Please note that car parks are operated independently and are not run by the Festival. The average cost is £5 a day.


Staithes Festival Bursary Opportunity 2018

We are planning to offer a bursary in 2018 to help a young artist (under 25) participate in the Festival.  The bursary will cover the cost of a prominent venue, registration fee and framing/display costs as well as mentoring from a professional Staithes artist and a gallery director.  Keep an eye on the Festival website - or follow us on Facebook for further details in the New Year. 


You can see who is exhibiting this year by clicking on Artists

To find what's on click on  Events and Music

For the latest festival news visit our Facebook page.


Thank you to the following for their generous support of the Staithes Festival 2017:

ICL UK – Cleveland Potash for their generous sponsorship of Steve Iredale's sculpture Shoal. 

Yorkshire Film Archive for their compilation of Staithes footage for the Outdoor Picture Show - part of their new series of 'Coastal' screenings which will be taking place in communities along the Yorkshire and North East coastline in the coming months. For more information on screenings near you visit Yorkshire Film Archive or find them on Facebook.

The International Festival of Glass and the Ruskin Mill Trust for thhe generous loan of their glass bunting exhibition

Bridget Wilkinson Whitby artist and Staithes Festival exhibitor, for this year's cover design. Venue: 72

Lauren Micallef, graphic design student at Cleveland College of Art & Design, for this year’s flyer design.

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