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
Staithes Sunset

Glenn Kilpatrick

Music at Staithes Festival

Once again we have a terrific line up for our two concerts put together by our musical director Chris Wade.

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Lifeboat House 1pm-3pm

High res JINSKI 1

Jinski are the acoustic duo Stephen Wegrzynski and Dave Kennedy, with music that touches the borders of folk, country and pop, keeping alive the song-writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern.

The ever popular Men of Staithes return this year to sing their evocative  songs of the sea,

Men of Staithes

To end the afternoon concert we have  the folk inspired duo of  Jess Lawson with her autoharp and acoustic guitar and Phil Simpson on melodeon, singing about love, loss, war, the sea and fallen women.

Jessicalawson pic

Saturday Buskers on the Staithe 2.45pm-4.15pm

Jinski and Jess Lawson and Phil Simpson will be on the harbour front for a relaxed acoustic session.

If you would like to join the Saturday Buskers, it would be great if you would let us know in advance at Or pop along to the gazebo at the weekend and sign in. Acoustic only please.

Sunday Teatime Concert on the Staithe 3.45pm-6.30pm

Our finale concert celebrates the incredible talent nurtured in Staithes, first by children of Seton Community Primary School, Staithes under Bob Butterfield. With funding from last year's festival, Bob, a peripatetic music teacher, has worked with these young children who, with no formal music lessons or individual teaching, but through whole class teaching, have reached a high standard. Do come along to support the Youth Workshop Band and hear them showcase their newly acquired skills.

There is more youthful talent on show with the Esk Valley Big Band a group from Whitby Music Centre again supported by Bob Butterfield. We are delighted to welcome them for a return visit to the Staithes Festival.

Dire Staithes   Pic 2

'We've never known the restaurant to erupt with such enthusiasm. Well beyond all expectations!'  The Runcible Spoon, Hinderwell

We are delighted to welcome to the stage, the village's very own home-grown band,  Dire Staithes. Filip Cieslik, Alan Young, Adam Clark and John Hamlin, will be playing music from Fats Waller to The Beatles to Chris Isaak - expect an action packed set which will have you up on your feet and singing along.

The Best of the Buskers will play then it's our headline act, the amazing  Duncan McFarlane Band

Duncan McFarlane Band  Five

Formed in 2000 for a one-off pub gig at the Otley Festival, dMb ‘blew the place apart’ and have never looked back. They’ve played festivals at Beverley, Ely, Shepley, Sidmouth and Shrewsbury with  their heady blend of traditional folk, driving rhythm and vibrant energy. Radio 2 said of them: ‘A real master class in just how to do the folk-rock thing right!’


In what has now become a festival tradition, the Men of Staithes Choir will lead a procession through the village remembering long standing member and Staithes resident Willie Wright and singing traditional hymns to bring the 2017 Festival to a close.

 MG 9348