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
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Glenn Kilpatrick www.whitby-photography.com

What's On

We have a great line up of talks, walks, workshops and events listed below. You can also keep up to date with Festival news on our Facebook page.

About the events:

Artists Preview Evening

Artists Preview Evening Friday 19:00 - 20:30

The preview evening launches the Festival when galleries open their doors to friends and neighbours, relatives, clients, patrons and visitors for a convivial early view. A chance to see what’s on sale before the crowds.

Rod Jewell Heritage & Picture Show

Rod Jewell Heritage & Picture Show Friday 19:00 - 21:00

Rod Jewell returns to the atmospheric old Black Lion Inn on the High Street with his collection of historic photographs of Staithes and its surroundings, many of them unseen. There will be a silent film running, a magic lantern show and on display with some fascinating images, the original leather bound album of renowned photographer Tom Watson of Lythe/Mulgrave. Preview on Friday and open throughout the Festival

Location: Black Lion Inn, High Street. Venue 31

Watch With Mother

Watch With Mother Friday 20:00 - 22:00

A series of paintings and prints by Ian Burke, drawing inspiration from his childhood and growing up in Redcar in the 1960’s

Ian Burke lives on the North York Moors and is a resident artist at the Staithes Gallery. Having grown up in the north east, Ian spent time as a labourer on North Sea oil rigs before going on to study art at Goldsmith’s College, London. Ian is currently Head of Art at Eton College and continues his commitment to nurturing new talent . He will once again be running his popular art workshops during the Festival.

This new exhibition of Ian’s work will be previewed on Friday 8th September at the Sunday School Gallery, a satellite of the Staithes Gallery and will run throughout the Festival weekend and beyond.

Location: Sunday School Gallery. Venue 22

Light Fantastic

Light Fantastic Friday 20:00 - 23:00

For the last two years Mick Stephenson, Stuart Langley and the crew have lit up the village with their fabulous creations. They will be back again this year to delight and surprise with additional light works from Saltburn’s Dave O’Donnell, Robyn Wright, Stuart Smith and more. Lighting up at 8pm til late on Friday and Saturday.

Locations: Venues across the village

Outdoor Picture Show

Outdoor Picture Show Friday 20:30 - 21:00

After dark bring your blankets and deck chairs to Kipper’s Corner for our own Cinema Paradiso - the popular outdoor picture show projected onto the gable wall. The centre piece of this year’s show will be a compilation of Staithes footage curated by the Yorkshire Film Archive as 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 http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com or find us on Facebook. Repeated Saturday.

Location: Kipper’s Corner, High Street Venue: 23

Felt Workshop: Make Your Own Compass

Felt Workshop: Make Your Own Compass Saturday 10:00 - 12:00

Vikings and sea traders made a compass for their ships so they could travel by the sun by day and stars at night. Join Lone Helliwell and Sue Reed in a feltmaking workshop and make your own felt compass out of British wool.

No experience necessary.  All welcome (children over 8 yrs)

Drop-in session 30-40 mins. £3 for materials (inc. £1 towards Festival charities)

Location: Ruby House, High Street. Repeated Sunday. Venue 38

John the Sailing Coble

John the Sailing Coble Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

‘John’ is one of the last traditional sailing cobles on the North East coast. David Carrick and members of the Coble and Keelboat Society will have John on display on both days of the Festival and be on hand to talk about these unique boats.

Location: The Staithe

Staithes Family History Group

Staithes Family History Group Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Come along and track your Staithes relatives with out genealogy experts who have records going back 500 years.

Location: St Peter’s Centre, Church Street Venue: 33

Spin Art Workshop

Spin Art Workshop Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Children and adults will enjoy making their own original work of art in this drop-in Spin Art workshop. Here all weekend. Come along and have a go.

Location: Singing Waters Courtyard. Venue: 29

Textile House

Textile House Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Drop in at the Textile House for exhibitions, demonstrations and chat about spinning, knitting, felting and more with Dr Sue Reed, Lone Helliwell and our resident experts.

Don’t miss the Boot exhibition: 365 little yellow boots knitted by Staithes resident Helen Kippax and sold in aid of Festival funds, village charities and the RNLI.

Location: Ruby House, High Street Venue 38

Watch With Mother

Watch With Mother Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

A series of paintings and prints by Ian Burke, drawing inspiration from his childhood and growing up in Redcar in the 1960’s

This new exhibition of work by resident Staithes Gallery artist and Head of Art at Eton College, Ian Burke will will run throughout the Festival weekend and beyond.

Location: Sunday School Gallery. Venue: 22

Festival Bonnets

Festival Bonnets Saturday 10:00 - 16:30

A revival in the making of the iconic Staithes bonnet is celebrated with bonnets, paintings and photographs in a display by the Staithes Bonnet Makers Group.

Location: St Peter’s Centre, Church St. Venue 33

Touched by Fame

Touched by Fame Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Down the years Staithes has had many famous residents and visitors, Captain Cook, Dame Laura Knight, stars of film and TV, Prime Ministers and royalty. This year’s Heritage exhibition celebrates them in pictures and tells their stories.

Location: St Peter’s Centre, Church Street. Venue: 33

Shoal

Shoal Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Staithes resident chainsaw sculptor and wood carver Steve Iredale, who wowed us last year with his shoal of carved wooden fish, returns this year with an even bigger and better catch. Head down to the harbour to view this new work made possible through the generous sponsorship of Cleveland Potash.

Location: The Staithe

Royal Elephants

Royal Elephants Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

We are delighted to welcome back to the Festival, Whitby-based willow sculptor Emma Stodhard. This year, among other works around the village, she is showing her Elephant Family, a work commissioned by Prince Charles in memory of his brother-in-law Mark Shand Kydd who died last year and whose work for the conservation of Asian elephants was celebrated at Highgrove. And the local connection? There’s an oft repeated legend that the Maharajah Duleep Singh, during his tenure of Mulgrave Castle in the 1850’s, brought a family of elephants to Mulgrave and walked them on Sandsend beach. No documentary evidence has ever been revealed, but we are going with the connection! Meet Emma and the Elephant Family at Viking Cottage.

Location: Viking Cottage, Venue 96

Festival Bunting

Festival Bunting Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

A first this year is the specially commissioned Festival bunting. Designed and made by the children and young people from Staithes and the wider community, including Seton Primary School and Staithes Youth Club, the project is being funded by the Staithes Festival under the direction of Staithes based art educator Kate Rider. Making its debut this year, the distinctive and delightful bunting you see around the village will be enjoyed this year and added to in years to come.

Captain Kipper

Captain Kipper Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Children’s entertainer Captain Kipper aka Moaning Lisa will be on the beach and circulating around the village entertaining both adults and children. Funny. Unmissable.

Location: The beach and around the village

Laura Johnson & Aunt West

Laura Johnson & Aunt West Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

In the latter years of the 19th century Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight) was told: ‘Go to Staithes, there is no place like it in all the world for painting’ She went (chaperoned by her Aunt West) joining other impressionists and plein air painters who together became known as the Staithes Group of artists. Their work is now established and collected around the world. Look out for Laura and Aunt West around the village.

Ros Jordan, a Staithes Group expert has a selling exhibition of Staithes Group work at the Village Hall (Venue 5) and will be giving a lavishly illustrated talk on the Staithes Group on both days and Pat Clark will be talking about Charles Mackie in The Smugglers on both days (Venue 21). Full details below.

Glass Bunting Galore

Glass Bunting Galore Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Glass-makers from around the world have each donated a piece of fused glass to produce a unique, colourful and record-breaking length of bunting. This mass participation project entitled Glass for Good, is beautifully displayed in Love Divine, in the newly restored Wesleyan Chapel on Beckside.

Location: Love Divine, Wesleyan Chapel, Beckside. Venue: 35

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie Saturday 11:00 - 12:00

Pat Clark is a historian and author from Perthshire whose book, People, Place and Piazzas is about the life and art of Charles H. Mackie. Mackie was a founder member of the Staithes Art Club, a friend of Fred Jackson and tutor to the young Laura Knight. Pat’s talk will shed new light on his life and provide a fascinating insight into Mackie’s time in Yorkshire.

Picture: Moonlight Over the Bay, Charles H. Mackie 1902 Repeated Sunday

Location: The Smugglers. Venue: 21

Paul Czainski: Trompe L'Oeil Trail

Paul Czainski: Trompe L'Oeil Trail Saturday 11:30 - 12:30

Trompe l’oeil means to trick the eye, and in 2014 renowned artist Paul Czainski created eight unique tricks of the eye around the village. Paul will lead a guided walk to all the artworks telling the story behind each piece and just how he created them.  

You can see more of Paul’s work at www.czainski.com or visit his studio at Tudor Rose Cottage during the Festival. 

Location: Meet at the Gazebo. Venue: 19 

Lobster Pots & Fishermen's Tales

Lobster Pots & Fishermen's Tales Saturday 12:00 - 16:30

John Cole, from one of Staithes oldest families, still fishes out of Staithes but will be ashore over the Festival weekend to demonstrate traditional lobster pot making while telling stories of the lifetime at sea.

Location: St Peter’s Centre Garden. Venue: 33

Chris Toth: Mined Over Matter

Chris Toth: Mined Over Matter Saturday 12:30 - 13:30

After a sell out performance last year, Chris Toth returns with his informative and entertaining talk on the mysteries of the universe explored 1,100 metres beneath our feet at the Boulby Underground Laboratory in pursuit of the missing Dark Matter. He promises, and we can confirm, no prior physics knowledge is required.

Location: The Smugglers. Venue: 21

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Saturday Afternoon Concert Saturday 13:00 - 15:00

Put your feet up for awhile at our afternoon concert with a great line-up this year from Jinski; the acoustic duo of Stephen Wegrzynski and Dave Kennedy, with music that touches the borders of folk, country and pop.

The ever popular Men of Staithes return once more to sing their evocative songs of the sea.

And finally, the folk inspired duo of Jess Lawson with her autoharp and acoustic guitar and Phil Simpson on melodeon, singing about love, loss, war, the sea and fallen women.

Location: RNLI Lifeboat House. Venue: 18

Sue Nichol Painting Demonstration

Sue Nichol Painting Demonstration Saturday 13:30 - 14:30

Sue Nichol was born in Hartlepool and spent many happy holidays in Staithes as a child. Today she lives and works in Sheffield but returns to Staithes often for inspiration. Her bold paintings of land and sea and the distinctive local fishing cobles will be familiar to visitors to the Staithes Gallery where she has exhibited since they opened. At this years Festival Sue will be exhibiting behind the gallery in Laura Knight’s Studio and will conduct a painting demonstration on both days. Do come along. Repeated Sunday

Location: Laura Knight’s Studio. Venue: 61

Rock Balancing for Beginners

Rock Balancing for Beginners Saturday 14:00 - 15:00

Weather and wind permitting, this rock balancing workshop led by local entertainer and photographer Ian Adcock is ‘art and physics entwined. From ardour to zen and beyond’. Ian will run this fascinating and original hands-on workshop on both days of the Festival. 


Rugged footwear required. Not suitable for very small children. 


Location: Staithes Beach, East End. Repeated Sunday.

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists Saturday 14:00 - 15:00

When the railway came to Staithes it brought a group of artists who became known as the Staithes Group. The moors, the sea and above all, the people, provided rich subject matter for the plein air painting of Harold Knight, Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight) and others. Ros and Tom Jordan have been dealing in the work of the Staithes Group for over 40 years. Ros, a retired NADFAS lecturer presents a lavishly illustrated talk on the Staithes Group alongside their exhibition. Repeated Sunday.

Location: Memorial Hall, Top village. Venue: 5 

Gap Year: Poetry from Andy Blackford & John Foggin

Gap Year: Poetry from Andy Blackford & John Foggin Saturday 14:00 - 15:00

Middlesbrough, 1966: The young new English teacher, John Foggin, rolled into the Lower Sixth’s Eng. Lit. lesson like a Dyson* into a world of broken Hoovers. Joyce and Shelley and Gerard Manley Hopkins danced in his wake, vividly alive and slightly intoxicated. That’s how it seemed to 16 year-old Andy Blackford, anyway. Almost 50 years later, they were reunited here in Staithes. Foggin was already a much-lauded poet - Blackford’s prime contribution to high culture, the TV jingle for Um Bongo. They resolved to write a poem each, every week for a year. The result is Gap Year, a collection that has won them the Sentinel Poetry Book prize and was published this summer.

  • Other brands are available.

Location: Viking Cottage, Seaton Garth. Venue: 96

Drawing Portraits from Archive Photography

Drawing Portraits from Archive Photography Saturday 14:00 - 15:30

Committed to nurturing new talent, Ian Burke, painter, printmaker and Head of Art at Eton College and resident Staithes Gallery artist, returns to run his popular workshops. This year’s theme is portraiture. All materials are provided. Beginners welcome. Pre-booking 01947 841840/07972 012464. Fee £15. Repeated Sunday.

Location: Sunday School Gallery. Venue: 22

Saturday Buskers on the Staithe

Saturday Buskers on the Staithe Saturday 14:45 - 16:15

A relaxed acoustic session on the harbour front with Jinski and Jess Lawson and Phil Simpson and assorted buskers. Please give generously.

Sue Reed: The Knitting Doctor

Sue Reed: The Knitting Doctor Saturday 15:00 - 16:00

Who knew there was a Doctor of Knitting? Sue Reed recently completed a PhD in knitting, exploring the threads that connect Britain and Norway. Her talk will explain how the symbols, colours and patterns she found in Norway link to Staithes through trade, fishing and the Vikings. She will explore the significance of knitting in people’s lives, through storytelling, dress and ganseys.

Why not join Sue for her felt workshop. Details below

Location: The Smugglers. Venue: 21

Light Fantastic

Light Fantastic Saturday 20:00 - 23:00

For the last two years Mick Stephenson, Stuart Langley and the crew have lit up the village with their fabulous creations. They will be back again this year to delight and surprise with additional light works from Saltburn’s Dave O’Donnell, Robyn Wright, Stuart Smith and more. Lighting up at 8pm til late on Friday and Saturday.

Locations: Venues across the village

Outdoor Picture Show

Outdoor Picture Show Saturday 20:30 - 21:00

After dark bring your blankets and deck chairs to Kipper’s Corner for our own Cinema Paradiso - the popular outdoor picture show projected onto the gable wall. The centre piece of this years outdoor cinema show will be a compilation of Staithes footage curated by the Yorkshire Film Archive as 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 http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com or find us on Facebook.

Location: Kipper’s Corner, High Street Venue: 23

John the Sailing Coble

John the Sailing Coble Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

‘John’ is one of the last traditional sailing cobles on the North East coast. David Carrick and members of the Coble and Keelboat Society will have John on display on both days of the Festival and be on hand to talk about these unique boats.

Location: The Staithe

Felt Workshop: Make Your Own Felt Compass

Felt Workshop: Make Your Own Felt Compass Sunday 10:00 - 12:00

Vikings and sea traders made a compass for their ships so they could travel by the sun by day and stars at night. Join Lone Helliwell and Sue Reed in a feltmaking workshop and make your own felt compass out of British wool.

No experience necessary.  All welcome (children over 8 yrs).

Drop-in session: 30-40 mins. £3 for materials (inc. £1 to festival charities)

Location: Ruby House, High Street. Venue: 38

Staithes Family History Group

Staithes Family History Group Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Come along and track your Staithes relatives with our genealogy experts who have records going back 500 years.

Location: St Peter’s Centre, Church Street. Venue: 33

Spin Art Workshop

Spin Art Workshop Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Children and adults will enjoy making their own original work of art in this drop-in Spin Art workshop. Here all weekend. Come along and have a go.

Location: Singing Waters Courtyard. Venue: 29

Watch with Mother

Watch with Mother Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

A series of paintings and prints by Ian Burke, drawing inspiration from his childhood and growing up in Redcar in the 1960’s

A new exhibition of work by resident Staithes Gallery artist and Head of Art at Eton College will run throughout the Festival weekend and beyond.

Location: Sunday School Gallery. Venue: 22

Festival Bonnets

Festival Bonnets Sunday 10:00 - 16:30

A revival in the making of the iconic Staithes bonnet is celebrated with bonnets, paintings and photographs in a display by the Staithes Bonnet Makers Group.

Location: St Peter’s Centre, Church St. Venue: 33

Textile House

Textile House Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

Drop in at the Textile House for exhibitions, demonstrations and chat about spinning, knitting, felting and more with Dr Sue Reed, Lone Helliwell and our resident experts.

Don’t miss the Boot exhibition: 365 little yellow boots knitted by Staithes resident Helen Kippax and sold in aid of Festival funds, village charities and the RNLI.

Location: Ruby House, High Street Venue 38

Shoal

Shoal Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

Staithes resident chainsaw sculptor and wood carver Steve Iredale, who wowed us last year with his shoal of carved wooden fish, returns this year with an even bigger and better catch. Head down to the harbour to view this new work made possible through the generous sponsorship of Cleveland Potash.

Location: The Staithe

Royal Elephants

Royal Elephants Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

We are delighted to welcome back to the Festival, Whitby-based willow sculptor Emma Stodhard. This year, among other works around the village, she is showing her Elephant Family, a work commissioned by Prince Charles in memory of his brother-in-law Mark Shand Kydd who died last year and whose work for the conservation of Asian elephants was celebrated at Highgrove. And the local connection? There’s an oft repeated legend that the Maharajah Duleep Singh, during his tenure of Mulgrave Castle in the 1850’s, brought a family of elephants to Mulgrave and walked them on Sandsend beach. No documentary evidence has ever been revealed, but we are going with the connection! Meet Emma and the Elephant Family at Viking Cottage.

Location: Viking Cottage, Venue 96

Festival Bunting

Festival Bunting Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

A first this year is the specially commissioned Festival bunting. Designed and made by the children and young people from Stathes and the wider community, including Seton Primary School and Staithes Youth Club, the project is being funded by the Staithes Festival under the direction of Staithes based art educator Kate Rider. Making its debut this year, the distinctive and delightful bunting you see around the village will be enjoyed this year and added to in years to come.

Captain Kipper

Captain Kipper Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

Children’s entertainer Captain Kipper aka Moaning Lisa will be on the beach and circulating around the village entertaining both adults and children.

Location: The beach and around the village

Laura Johnson & Aunt West

Laura Johnson & Aunt West Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

‘Go to Staithes, there is no place like it in all the world for painting’ Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight) was told by her drawing master. She did go (chaperoned by her Aunt West) and was joined in the early 1900’s by other impressionists who together became known as the Staithes Group of artists. Their work is now established and collected around the world. Look out for Laura and Aunt West around the village. Ros Jordan, a Staithes Group expert will give a talk on the Staithes Group at 1400 on both days at the Memorial Hall at the top of the village with a selling exhibition of Staithes Group works. See below.

Touched by Fame

Touched by Fame Sunday 10:02 - 17:30

Down the years Staithes has had many famous residents and visitors, Captain Cook, Dame Laura Knight, stars of film and TV, Prime Ministers and royalty. This year’s Heritage exhibition celebrates them in pictures and tells their stories.

Location: St Peter’s Centre, Church Street. Venue: 33

Glass Bunting Galore

Glass Bunting Galore Sunday 10:05 - 17:30

Glass-makers from around the world have each donated a piece of fused glass to produce a unique, colourful and record-breaking length of bunting. This mass participation project named Glass for Good, is beautifully displayed in Love Divine, in the newly restored Wesleyan Chapel on Beckside.

Location: Love Divine, Wesleyan Chapel, Beckside. Venue: 35

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie Sunday 11:00 - 12:00

Pat Clark is a historian and author from Perthshire whose book, People, Place and Piazzas is about the life and art of Charles H. Mackie. Mackie was a founder member of the Staithes Art Club, a friend of Fred Jackson and tutor to the young Laura Knight. Pat’s talk will shed new light on his life and provide a fascinating insight into Mackie’s time in Yorkshire. 

Picture: Moonlight Over the Bay, Charles H. Mackie 1902

Location: The Smugglers. Venue: 21

Drawing Portraits from Archive Photography

Drawing Portraits from Archive Photography Sunday 11:00 - 12:30

Committed to nurturing new talent, Ian Burke, painter, printmaker and Head of Art at Eton College and resident Staithes Gallery artist, returns to run his popular workshops. This year’s theme is portraiture. All materials are provided. Beginners welcome. Pre-booking: 01947 841840/07972 012464. Fee £15.

Location: Sunday School Gallery. Venue: 22

Gap Year - Poetry from Andy Blackford & John Foggin

Gap Year - Poetry from Andy Blackford & John Foggin Sunday 12:00 - 13:00

Middlesbrough, 1966: The young new English teacher, John Foggin, rolled into the Lower Sixth’s Eng. Lit. lesson like a Dyson* into a world of broken Hoovers. Joyce and Shelley and Gerard Manley Hopkins danced in his wake, vividly alive and slightly intoxicated. That’s how it seemed to 16 year-old Andy Blackford, anyway. Almost 50 years later, they were reunited here in Staithes. Foggin was already a much-lauded poet - Blackford’s prime contribution to high culture, the TV jingle for Um Bongo. They resolved to write a poem each, every week for a year. The result is Gap Year, a collection that has won them the Sentinel Poetry Book prize and was published this summer.

  • Other brands are available.

Location: Viking Cottage, Seaton Garth. Venue: 96

Petri-Dishing the Dirt

Petri-Dishing the Dirt Sunday 12:30 - 13:30

Is there life on Mars? Just outside Staithes and 1,100 metres underground in the ultra-low radiation environment of the Boulby Underground Laboratory, Jennifer Wadsworth, a PhD physics student at the University of Edinburgh is researching the effects of such an environment on bacteria. Microbes survive down there so maybe they exist in similar salty environments like Mars. And the Boulby caverns are being used to test equipment that could be sent on a future Mars Rover mission to the red planet.

Location: The Smugglers. Venue: 21

Sue Nichol Painting Demonstration

Sue Nichol Painting Demonstration Sunday 13:30 - 14:30

Sue Nichol was born in Hartlepool and spent many happy holidays in Staithes as a child. Today she lives and works in Sheffield but returns to Staithes often for inspiration. Her bold paintings of land and sea and the distinctive local fishing cobles will be familiar to visitors to the Staithes Gallery where she has exhibited since they opened. At this years Festival Sue will be exhibiting behind the gallery in Laura Knight’s Studio and will conduct a painting demonstration on both days. Do come along.

Location: Laura Knight’s Studio. Venue: 61

Rock Balancing for Beginners

Rock Balancing for Beginners Sunday 14:00 - 15:00

Weather and wind permitting, this rock balancing workshop led by local entertainer and photographer Ian Adcock is ‘art and physics entwined. From ardour to zen and beyond’. Ian will run this fascinating and original hands-on workshop on both days of the Festival.


Rugged footwear required. Not suitable for small children. 



Location: Staithes Beach, East End. 

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists Sunday 14:00 - 15:00

When the railway came to Staithes it brought a group of artists who became known as the Staithes Group. The moors, the sea and above all, the people, provided rich subject matter for the plein air painting of Harold Knight, Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight) and others. Ros and Tom Jordan have been dealing in the work of the Staithes Group for over 40 years. Ros, a retired NADFAS lecturer presents a lavishly illustrated talk on the Staithes Group alongside their exhibition. 

Location: Memorial Hall, Top village, Cliff Road, Venue: 5

Peter Hicks: From Dawn to Dusk

Peter Hicks: From Dawn to Dusk Sunday 14:00 - 15:00

Peter Hicks is a highly regarded landscape artist who lives and works in Danby on the North York Moors from where he takes much of his inspiration. Peter studied at Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Leeds Colleges of Art in the 1950s, before going on to a career in teaching. From 1990 onwards he has devoted his time to painting and more particularly to landscape painting. Peter has shown widely at galleries throughout Britain including Messums in London and the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk. In this talk, Peter will describe his life and work illustrated by the film: ‘From Dawn to Dusk’. During the Festival Peter will be exhibiting at East View, High Street alongside his daughter Beverley, also an artist.

Locaton: The Smugglers. Venue: 21

Sue Reed the Knitting Doctor

Sue Reed the Knitting Doctor Sunday 15:00 - 16:00

Who knew there was a Doctor of Knitting? Sue Reed recently completed a PhD in knitting, exploring the threads that connect Britain and Norway. Her talk will explain how the symbols, colours and patterns she found in Norway link to Staithes through trade, fishing and the Vikings. She will explore the significance of knitting in people’s lives, through storytelling, dress and ganseys.

Why not join Sue for her felt workshop. Details below

Location: The Smugglers. Venue: 21

Sunday Teatime Concert on the Staithe

Sunday Teatime Concert on the Staithe Sunday 15:45 - 18:00

Our finale concert celebrates the incredible young talent nurtured by Bob Butterfield, with children from Seton Community Primary School, Staithes. With funding from the Staithes Festival, Bob, a peripatetic music teacher, has worked with these young children who, with no formal music lessons or individual teaching, but through whole class teaching, have reached a high standard. Do come along to support the Youth Workshop Band and hear them showcase their newly acquired skills.

There is more youthful talent on show with the Esk Valley Big Band a group from Whitby Music Centre again supported by Bob Butterfield. We are delighted to welcome them for a return visit to the Staithes Festival. They will be followed the Best of the Buskers.

Next, the home-grown talent of Dire Staithes, Staithes very own band made up of Filip Cieslik, Alan Young, Adam Clark and John Hamlin who will be playing music from Fats Waller to the Beatles to Chris Isaak - expect an action packed set which will have you up on your feet and singing along. 

Then headlining the 2017 Staithes Festival Teatime Concert is the amazing Duncan McFarlane Band Formed in 2000 for a one-off pub gig at the Otley Festival, dMb ‘blew the place apart’ and have never looked back. They’ve played festivals at Beverley, Ely, Shepley, Sidmouth and Shrewsbury with their heady blend of traditional folk, driving rhythm and vibrant energy. Radio 2 said of them: ‘A real master class in just how to do the folk-rock thing right!’

Location: The Staithe

Men of Staithes

Men of Staithes Sunday 18:00 - 18:30

To bring the 2017 Festival to a close, the Men of Staithes will lead a procession through the village singing traditional hymns. In particular we will remember long standing member of the choir and much loved Staithes resident Willie Wright. We miss him still.

Location: The Staithe