Whitby Fish & Ships Festival

Festival, Food & Drink, Family



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Whitby's new seaside spectacular, the Fish and Ships Festival launches on 18 -19 May. 

A free festival, it will celebrate everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast's magnificent maritime culture, with live entertainment throughout the town.

Explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s magnificent maritime culture, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants.

Choose from an endless choice of activities at this jaunty weekend, so much to enjoy for all the family.

Whitby is one of the few places left in Britain where you can still experience the seafarer’s way of life from sea to shore, as it has been for hundreds of years.

  • Celebrity chefs Brian Turner and Jean-Christophe Novelli will be in the festival kitchen, cooking up the daily catch along with some of the coast’s awarding –winning seafood heroes, including Rob Green, Paul Gildroy, Martyn Hyde, Matt Leivers, Ryan Osborne, and Fishmonger of the Year, Andrew Barker.
  • A trail of new commissions by celebrated local sculptor Emma Stothard will provide a new way to explore Whitby
  • Special exhibitions, film screenings and talks at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, HM Bark Endeavour, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby Library as well as other venues around the town
  • Wallace and Gromit animator Virpi Kettu (from Finland) will run a children’s animation workshop in Whitby Library. Other children’s activities and entertainment include a competition to build a fish or ship out of Lego
  • National angling competition by Whitby Angling Club
  • Whitby Rowing Club competition
  • Street theatre by walking boats Flotsome and Jetsome, and a giant whale offering a theatrical experience inside its mouth to brave members of the public!
  • Fish filleting and crab dressing demonstrations by local fishermen
  • Tours of the North Eastern Guardian Fisheries protection vessel
  • A Seafood Trail
  • Craft stalls
  • Park & Ride available


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Type Price
Ticket Free


18/05/2019 - 19/05/2019


  • Child Friendly

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