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

Glenn Kilpatrick

Information for Food Suppliers

Applications: All pop-up non commercial food providers wishing to offer food and drink at the festival should complete the online registration so that we know what you wish to sell and how you propose to operate your food and drink pitch. Registration opens on 14 January 2024 and closes 24 May 2024. Please read the Terms and Conditions and make sure you are able to comply with them all. 

Resident Businesses: The village has a number of permanent cafes, restaurants and pubs who supply food and drink throughout the year. It is their livelihood and the busy festival weekend is an important revenue stream for them. We ask that visiting providers be sensitive to the permanent businesses.

They should not set up close to an existing business. They should not obstruct or obscure their signs or entrance nor attempt to compete with them. They should not attempt to provide the same sort of food as a nearby business and must not put up notices or banners nearby.

Environmental Impact: The environmental impact of the festival is important especially relating to food and drink. We do not wish to find rubbish and takeaway boxes in the village or on the beach. We have limited waste bins and seagulls will get into plastic waste bags left outside.

Food and drink suppliers MUST provide full information of how they will dispense their food (eg cups, boxes, plates). They must agree to provide waste disposal facilities around their pitch. They are responsible for clearing these daily. Plates, packaging and utensils provided must be compostable and recyclable.

Caterers who do not comply with the above conditions may be asked to leave and will not be invited to take part in the festival in future.

Food Hygiene: We are required to submit details of the festival to North Yorkshire Council and must ensure that food and drink providers comply with their requirements. We ask you not to set up a food provision facility without registering via the website and gaining approval.

One-off caterers do not require a food hygiene certificate, though it is always wise to have one. Non-commercial caterers selling teas, coffees, cakes and sandwiches are not considered high risk, but caterers should make themselves aware of general food hygiene recommendations. We do expect all suppliers to comply with sensible food safety precautions and to have hand washing facilities on their site. Once accepted, we will circulate health and safety information to all food providers.

Alcohol: No selling of alcohol or presenting music / entertainment without a licence.

Parking: There is no parking in the old village. Vehicles may come down to load and unload but must not remain in the village. They must take their vehicles to a suitable car park at the top of the village, or to the Cowbar car park. 

Price: The registration fee for commercial caterers is £250. For non-commercial food providers there is no registration fee but providers should submit commission of 10% of takings at the end of the festival. Once you have submitted your application it will be passed to the committee for approval. Registration is important because it means you can be featured in the festival brochure, and on the website.  Fees go towards the costs of this festival and the next.