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 beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

Where Does All the Money Go?

From the start in 2012 the Staithes Festival has been self-financing. We raise funds through the artists registration fee which remains at the 2016 rate of £75 per artist. Artists and caterers also pay 10% commission on their takings. We have received grants for specific events from the North York Moors National Park, the Coastal Communities Fund, Welcome to Yorkshire, Scarborough Borough Council and Arts Council England, for which we are very grateful.

In 2016 our total income was £20,461 from artists registration, brochure sales, workshops, advertising and donations. 

Festival costs included traffic management, brochure design and printing, stewarding, first aid, taxi shuttle, insurance, music equipment hire and PA system, signs, credit card machine, IT software, office and stationery. 

The festival is self financing. We keep a contingency fund in case of unforeseen circumstances and a festival wash-out and make an annual donation to village good causes. (See below).

One member of our committee is paid a small honorarium, otherwise the committee and working groups are volunteers and take no remuneration.   

The Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage is a registered charity.

How does the Festival Benefit the Village?

Ten resident artists in the village took part in the Festival and made substantial sales over the weekend.

A light workshop was held at Seton School in which all the children in the school took part.

Music teacher Bob Butterfield held a workshop for young musicians.

Chainsaw artist and resident Steve Iredale was supported in the making of his Shoal sculpture by Arts Council England.

Holiday cottages and local businesses were at full capacity during the Festival weekend.

Car parking providers including Staithes Athletics Club were able to keep their takings.


Contributions to village charities and good causes continues to be an important part of our remit and we are pleased to report that when the 2016 funds have been distributed we will have donated some £8,500 to village funds since 2014. 

The 2016 donations will be largely in line with previous years and are  listed below. In addition the Festival team have put on five winter film shows in the Memorial Hall raising £800 for St Peter's Centre and the Memorial hall, with plans for  another film show in February 2017.

Anyone who would like to view the 2016 Festival Finances should contact us at and these can be made available.