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

Staithes Festival: 7th & 8th September 2019. 

Artists Registration has been put back to 1st February 2019. Closes 30th April 2019. No more applications will be accepted after these dates. 

Artists Registration fee for 2019 to be confirmed. 


Increased Registration Fee 

The registration fee for the Staithes Festival stood at £90 in 2018. We expect this to increase again for 2019.  Please note this is per artist whether or not that artist was  sharing a venue. Students in full time education and full-time Staithes residents who pay council tax and are on the electoral roll are not required to pay the registration fee but must register as a participant. 

As the size and scope of the Festival grows year on year so do the Festival costs. We now have substantial car park management costs covering both Staithes and Cowbar. We now have to commission professional risk assessment, insurance and accounts auditing.  We provide portable toilets, first aid and a taxi service to make the festival accessible to less mobile visitors. 

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. 

Each year the Festival committee make contributions in support of good causes in the village. One member of the committee receives a small honorarium, all other committee members give their time free of charge.  

The committee have looked carefully at the fees charged by other similar Festivals and feel the Staithes Festival provides excellent value for money. We hope you think so too and will be happy to support the 2019 Festival. 


You can see who is exhibited in 2019  by clicking on Artists

To find what's on click on  Events and Music

For the latest festival news visit our Facebook page. 


Staithes Festival Bursary Opportunity 2019

The next bursary in 2019 is to support 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. 


Thank you to the supporters of the 2018 Festival

ICL UK – Cleveland Potash for their generous sponsorship of the specially commissioned sculpture by Katie Ventress. 

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


Staithes Festival Good Causes 2018 

The Festival has given 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

Batteries for the village defibrillator