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 on the Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

About the Staithes Festival

Staithes has a long and celebrated history of art from the 19th century Staithes Group of Artists to the present day.

We will be celebrating the art of the village and much more starting on the evening of Friday 11 September and continuing through the weekend of 12/13 September 2020  when the villagers of Staithes will open their cottage doors to the public as temporary galleries for a selling exhibition of work by resident and visiting artists. Last year we hosted 100 artists in 60 venues. Work included painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and crafts.

Visitors will be able to walk the maze of lanes visiting ‘galleries’ as well as taking part in a programme of guided walks, workshops, talks and film shows. Heritage too plays an important part in the life of the village and will be celebrated in events and exhibitions throughout the weekend. There will be a vibrant programme of music ranging from street buskers to concerts.

Food and drink will be provided by the pubs and cafes in the village. Plese support them, they are the life blood of the village. The regular cafes will be supported by a number of pop up tea rooms and other food offerings in locations across the village.

As we fill the programme we will post details on the website and our Facebook page. For a flavour of the Festival this short videos covers our first Festival in 2012.