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

Our Mission

To stage an annual arts and heritage festival centred on homes in the community as pop-up galleries, studios and exhibition spaces; to showcase the work of local artists but also engage with the wider arts community in the UK and beyond, whilst attracting visitors and media interest and profile from outside the region, for the cultural, economic and social benefit of the artists and the local community of Staithes; to strengthen the village’s profile, affirm its historic identity by showcasing its heritage and raise the prospects for its economic development in the longer term. To bring together both full time residents and second home-owners in a project that unites the community, pools its collective resources and makes it stronger for the future.