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
Light Art on the Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

Staithes Festival 2016:

10th & 11th September 2016 10:00-17:30
Preview Evening on 9th September 19:00-20:30

Galleries will be open 10am til 5.30pm. Events will go on into the evening including our popular film show on Friday and Saturday evening and the massive glow-stick spectacular on Saturday.

All the talks are free of charge but we welcome contributions towards Festival funds. There may be a small charge for workshops. See our What's On pages for details of individual workshops and how to book.

No advance booking is required for the talks, just turn up. First come first served. Talks will be held at The Smugglers (above the Staithes Gallery) or St Peter's Centre, Church Street.

If you would like to see the work of the artists taking part in this years festival you will find them on our 'Artists' pages.

If you want to learn about talks, walks and workshops go to our 'What's On' pages.

The printed programme will be available free of charge a week before the festival. It will be £1 on the Festival weekend.

We hope you will find everything on need on the website or on our Facebook page but you can send any queries to

Staithes Flyer 2016