Staithes has an undeniable unique charm with huddled cottages clinging to the hillside overlooking the stunning shoreline. For those interested in fine art, geology and exploring the outdoors, Staithes will be the perfect weekend getaway.
The old village is peppered with quaint and cosy B&B’s and local fisherman’s cottages. You can even stay in the former police station which was built in the 1920’s and is now known as the Peeler’s Rest cottage.
Exploring the rugged coastline and enjoy the dramatic clifftop views on one of the popular coastal trails. Wander along the Cleveland Way as it passes through the village of Staithes and head towards Skinningrove where you can discover the remnants of the alum mines which once made the village famous. Don’t be surprised if you come across some interesting wildlife along the cliff trails as it’s a great place for bird watching.
Uncover the history of this picturesque fishing village by fishing the Staithes Lifeboat house where you can learn about the incredible fishing heritage and the heroic tales of the local life boat crew. The beauty of the village has always lent itself to art and has a long history of well-known painters, including a small group of twenty to thirty artists known as the "Staithes Group" or the "Northern Impressionists". Stop by The Staithes Gallery to browse the very best contemporary artwork inspired by Staithes and the surrounding area.
Staithes was once an important fishing base, home to locally built boats and a small fleet of brightly coloured Whitby Cobles. Now, the boats are used by local fishermen to catch cod, lobsters and crabs and some vessels offer short pleasure cruises. Discover the wonders of this fishing village and spend the afternoon on the small beach exploring the cluster of rock pools. You’ll also find many fossils on this coastline as it’s otherwise known as the Dinosaur Coast. After a day exploring the coastline, stop by the Cod & Lobster for a traditional pub lunch.
If you have little ones, you might recognise Staithes from featuring on Cbeebies in hit TV show Old Jack’s Boat starring Bernard Cribbins. Old Jack tells stories from his fishing boat with the stunning scenery of Staithes in the background. The series is a mix of live action and animation which allows Old Jack to wander along the seabed, visit tropical islands and fly high in the air on balloons always accompanied by his faithful dog, Salty.
Art lovers will delight at the annual Staithes Festival taking place on the 12th & 13th September 2020 where local galleries, cottages and public buildings open their doors to artists showcasing their work. Visitors will be able to find their way around the festival maze discovering the pop-up galleries and tea rooms along the way.