Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

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

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

Glenn Kilpatrick

Steve Iredale

Steve Iredale is a Staithes resident and a talented chainsaw sculptor. His large and dramatic carvings can be found  across the region including Guisborough and Dalby Forests, Middlesbrough’s Fairy Dell and Stewart Park and the sculpture trail in Errington Woods at New Marske. His work is often of wildlife: owls, deer, hedgehogs and squirrels, but they also run to mythical beasts, a Maori war canoe and a Skinningrove pigeon fancier.

For our 2013 Festival, the Staithes Festival with support from the North York Moors National Park commissioned Steve to create a piece of work especially for the village.  During the weekend, visitors were able to watch a sculpture emerge from a solid trunk of wood as Steve demonstrated his chainsaw skills. The finished fish sculpture now stands proudly in the garden of St Peter’s Centre beside his earlier mermaid.


For the 2016 Festival, Steve created Shoal, an installation on the harbour pier of 18 hand carved fish. 

You can read more information on Steve Iredale’s work here.