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 Harbour

Glenn Kilpatrick

Planning Your Visit

Staithes is a delightful coastal village, 10 miles north of Whitby.

Public Transport:

Staithes is served by the No 4 bus from Whitby and the X4 from Middlesbrough. See Arriva buses for details

Sat Nav

TS13 5BB

Latitude – Longitude:

Lat: 54° 33′ 31.7406″
Long: -0° 47′ 31.8582″

Gallery Opening Times

Preview Evening: Friday 19:00-20:30

Saturday & Sunday 10:00-17:30


If you know Staithes, you will know that parking is difficult. There is no parking in the old village. Please do not come down the hill. We have arranged additional parking during the Festival weekend. For more information about parking click here.

Free Taxi

As last year we will be running a free taxi service from the top of the village (taxi rank at the exit of the council car park) down to the old village and back. It will run constantly throughout the weekend. The taxi is available to everyone, but please give priority to those with mobility difficulties.


There are public toilets at the Council car park at the top of the village by the Gateway Centre and at the bottom of the village beside the Seadrift cafe on the sea front. 

Festival Information/First Aid

Festival Information (a blue gazebo) will be located outside the Staithes Gallery on the High Street. There you  will be able to buy a programme and find out about talks and workshops. The first aid point is also located here.

Treasurers Office

The Treasurer, Nigel Oates, will be at the Treasurers Office at Sunnydene, Barrass Square. At the end of the Festival, artists should pay their commission to Nigel at this office.

Buying Artwork

The nearst cash point is at the Co-op on the Whitby Road. Debit/credit card users may, with the agreement of the artist, pay for purchases using payment cards at the Treasurers Office, Waverley House midway along the High Street.


Not good is the honest answer. Staithes is a fishing village with steep cobbled streets and steps to many cottages. Some of the galleries will have some access, but most are small cottages, often 200 years old, open to the public only on this weekend.

The seafront (the staithe) and over the bridge on Cowbar (Northside) is flat and even. There is limited disbled parking in the old village for blue badge holders.

Please note: We have arranged for a taxi service to take people down to the village and return, free of charge. The taxi rank will be well signposted at Bank Top. For more information click here.


The Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public visiting any artist's gallery, studio, workshop, exhibition, event or walk. Members of the public participate in the Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage entirely at their own risk.