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.

Festival 2024 is on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, with preview night 7pm-8.30pm Friday 13 September

Doors of cottages are thrown open as pop-up art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. 

Celebrating the history and heritage of Staithes with a programme of walks, talks, photographs, and film shows.

North York Moors, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire
People on Staithes Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

Access and Safety

We regret Staithes is not easily accessible for wheelchair users and anyone with mobility problems. Please be aware the road down into the old village is very steep, as is the access via Cowbar Road.

We have once again commissioned a taxi service to help people get up and down to and from the old village. This is a free service and can be picked up at the public car park. It will be well signposted. The taxi is available to anyone, but please be considerate to those with mobility problems.

The main street is cobbled and there are numerous narrow and winding passageways and steps. The front staith is largely flat and suitable for wheelchairs as is the bridge and Cowbar side of the village by the lifeboat station.

The pop-up galleries vary in accessibility but please be aware that most are quirky old cottages with narrow doorways and steps / limited wheelchair access.

The village aims to restrict cars as much as possible but we warn visitors to take care around the few vehicles that come into the village.

There are no defined disabled parking bays in the village, but we are happy for those with special needs to be dropped off in the village. We ask that cars are returned to the public car parks at the top. Blue badge holders are permitted to park in the 40 minute bays on the High Street, though spaces are limited.

The sea is a constant hazard. Please observe high tides when both breakwaters may be covered. Please take care on the slipways and the front staith.

Please also be aware that rocks are constantly falling from the cliffs - keep well away!

There will be suitable first aid cover during the festival. In an emergency contact the Information Desk in the front of Staithes Gallery on the High Street.