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

Next Festival: 8th & 9th September 2018

Artists Registration opens: 1st April 2018. Closes 30th June 2018.

If you would like to exhibit in 2018 please read ALL the information on Exhibiting at the Festival pages. You should try wherever possible to find your own venue. (Look on the accommodation links on the Plan Your Visit pages). The organisers have very few venues to make available to artists.


Artists Registration: Price increase.

As a result of our financial statement following the 2017 festival, the committee have decided that the registration fee for artists should be increased for the 2018 Festival from £75 to £90.

There are a number of reasons for this increase set out below: 

As the size and scope of the Festival grows year on year so do the Festival costs. For 2018 we will be increasing the car parking facility which means increased expenditure on professional traffic management. We must also ensure we adequately cover services such as toilets, first aid, taxi service and professional risk assessment. We will have further expenses in the coming year for the professional auditing of our accounts.

Many of the speakers, musicians and public artists provide their services free or at cost. We want to continue to support the people who help to make the Staithes Festival so special and distinctive and which in turn attracts more visitors to the events and to the galleries.

The festival causes considerable disruption in the village during the festival weekend. We hope that by contributing generous funds to good local causes in the village we are able to offset some of the inconvenience the Festival presents for residents.

The committee have looked carefully at the fees charge by other similar Festivals and feel the Staithes Festival provides excellent value for money. We hope you think so too and understand the thinking behind the increase. 

We look forward to receiving your applications in 2018.


Staithes Festival Good Causes 2018 

The Festival has, or will in the near future, give financial support to the following good causes:

Pensioner's Christmas Party

Children's Christmas Party

Roxby Church Christmas Candlelit Service

War Memorial Fund

Hinderwell Church

Staithes Sports Association 

Staithes Community Fund

Coble Courier Bus Service

Village Hall Fund

Staithes Youth Group

Seton Community Primary School Art Fund

St Peter's Church Repair Fund

Fishermen's Lifejacket Servicing


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 exhibited in 2017 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.

Saville Audio Visual and Ed Everard for the loan of equipment to run the outdoor picture show.

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

Bridget Wilkinson Whitby artist and Ian Mitchell for the cover design

Lauren Micallef, graphic design student at Cleveland College of Art & Design, for the 2017 year flyer design.