Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

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

This year it's 15-17 September 2023.

During the weekend the doors of cottages in the village are thrown open as pop-up art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. 

The heritage of Staithes is celebrated through a programme of walks, talks, historic photographs, film shows, and a demonstration of how to make a lobster pot!

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

Glenn Kilpatrick

Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 15-17 September 2023

Wow! What a weekend that was! We'd like to say a massive thank you to artists, visitors, pubs, cafes and pop-ups, all speakers and presenters, musicians, volunteers, the lighting team, the car parking stewards, and Staithes residents for making it such a brilliant and friendly weekend. THANK YOU!

Over 100 artists in 60 cottages and galleries!

Workshops with Outlaw Printmaker Sean Starwars from Mississippi, or former Eton College art master Ian Burke!

Bring your treasured antique to be valued by TV auction expert Caroline Hawley! 

Learn how to make a lobster pot with Staithes fisherman John Cole!

Spend Saturday evening with hilarious poet and musician John Hegley!

Buy a copy of our programme and see what's on

Get a link to all the artists and events by downloading the programme directly to your device. £3 - all proceeds towards next year's festival.

Check out all our events here

Gallery opening times

Friday 15 September 7pm-8.30pm (preview night, some galleries)

Saturday 16 September 10am-5.30pm

Sunday 17 September 10am-5.30pm