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
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. The nearest railway station is Saltburn, then get a taxi which costs roughly £22.

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

Parking at the top of the village

There is no parking in the old village at the bottom of the hill. Please use the car parks at the top of the village as directed by our car park stewards. There are two main car parks at the top: the public car park and the Staithes Athletics Club car park. Please be considerate of local residents and avoid parking in the street and on verges. Parking charges apply, including blue badge holders.

Cowbar Parking

We have secured a large amount of additional parking at Cowbar. Take the Cowbar exit on the A174 opposite the Boulby Mine and follow the signs. Stewards will direct you where to park. Please DO NOT park on the grass verges. Parking charges apply, including blue badge holders. It's a ten minute you can walk down to the old village.

Free Taxi Shuttle

The free taxi is to enable any one with mobility difficulties to get up and down from the old village. It will operate 10:00-17:30 Saturday and Sunday and between 20:00 and 21:00 Friday and Saturday evening. The free taxi will pick up and drop off at the following points: Athletic Club and War Memorial at the top of the village and Chapel Yard, High Street at the bottom of the village. There will be no taxi shuttle from Cowbar car park


There are public toilets in the public 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

The Festival Office (a blue gazebo) will be located outside the Staithes Gallery on the High Street. They will be selling programmes, giving details about talks and workshops. The first aid point is also located here.

Treasurers Office


Buying Artwork

The nearest cash point is at the Co-op on the main road. Check whether your artist has a credit card reader. 


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 staith) and over the bridge on Cowbar (Northside) is flat and even. There is limited disabled 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.