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
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Glenn Kilpatrick www.whitby-photography.com

What's On

We are currently putting together the programme for 2017. We have a great line up of talks, walks, workshops and events. Keep checking back here as we continue to add them. You can also keep up to date with Festival news on our Facebook page.

About the events:

Sue Reed: The Knitting Doctor

Sue Reed: The Knitting Doctor Saturday 00:00 - 00:00

Who knew there was a Doctor of Knitting? Sue Reed recently completed a PhD in knitting, exploring the threads that connect Britain and Norway. Her talk will explain how the symbols, colours and patterns she found in Norway link to Staithes through trade, fishing and the Vikings. She will explore the significance of knitting in people’s lives, through storytelling, dress and ganseys.


Sue will also be running knitting workshops during the festival. Details to follow.


Location: The Smugglers


Chris Toth: Mined Over Matter

Chris Toth: Mined Over Matter Saturday 00:00 - 00:00

After a sell out performance last year, Chris Toth returns with his informative and entertaining talk on the mysteries of the universe explored 1,500 metres beneath our feet at the Boulby Underground Laboratory in pursuit of the missing Dark Matter. He promises, and we can confirm, no prior physics knowledge is required.


Location: The Smugglers Time: tba

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie Saturday 00:00 - 00:00

Pat Clark is a historian and author from Perthshire whose book, People, Place and Piazzas is about the life and art of Charles H. Mackie. Mackie was a founder member of the Staithes Art Club, a friend of Fred Jackson and tutor to the young Laura Knight. Pat’s talk will shed new light and provide fascinating insight into Mackie’s time in Yorkshire.


Location: The Smugglers. Repeated Sunday

Paul Czainski: Trompe L'Oeil Trail

Paul Czainski: Trompe L'Oeil Trail Saturday 11:30 - 12:30

Trompe l’oeil means to trick the eye, and in 2014 renowned artist Paul Czainski created eight unique tricks of the eye around the village. Paul will lead a guided walk to all the artworks telling the story behind each piece and just how he created them.  



Location: Meet at the Gazebo 

Rock Balancing for Beginners

Rock Balancing for Beginners Saturday 14:00 - 15:00

Weather and wind permitting, this rock balancing workshop is art and physics entwined. Local entertainer and photographer Ian Adcock will run this fascinating and original hands-on workshop on both days of the Festival. ‘From ardor to zen and beyond’, he promises. 


Rugged footwear required. Not suitable for small children. 


Location: Staithes Beach, East End. Repeated Sunday.

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists Saturday 14:00 - 15:00

When the railway came to Staithes it brought a group of artists who became known as the Staithes Group. The moors, the sea and above all, the people, provided rich subject matter for the plein air painting of Harold Knight, Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight) and others. Ros and Tom Jordan have been dealing in the work of the Staithes Group for over 40 years. Ros, a retired NADFAS lecturer presents a lavishly illustrated talk on the Staithes Group alongside their exhibition.


Location: Memorial Hall, Top village. Repeated Sunday. 

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie

Pat Clark: The Life and Art of Charles Mackie Sunday 00:00 - 00:00

Pat Clark is a historian and author from Perthshire whose book, People, Place and Piazzas is about the life and art of Charles H. Mackie. Mackie was a founder member of the Staithes Art Club, a friend of Fred Jackson and tutor to the young Laura Knight. Pat’s talk will shed new light and provide fascinating insight into Mackie’s time in Yorkshire. 


Location: The Smugglers. 

Peter Hicks: From Dawn to Dusk

Peter Hicks: From Dawn to Dusk Sunday 00:00 - 00:00

Peter Hicks is a highly regarded landscape artist who lives and works in Danby on the North York Moors from where he takes much of his inspiration. His earlier career was as head of  at Queen Elizabeth College, Darlington and a lecturer at Hull and Durham universities. Peter will talk about his life and work which will include a showing of the film about his life  ‘From Dawn to Dusk’.


Peter will be exhibiting his work alongside his daughter Beverley at East View, High Street.  


Locaton: The Smugglers

Rock Balancing for Beginners

Rock Balancing for Beginners Sunday 14:00 - 15:00

Weather and wind permitting, this rock balancing workshop is art and physics entwined. Local entertainer and photographer Ian Adcock will run this fascinating and original hands-on workshop on both days of the Festival. ‘From ardor to zen and beyond’, he promises. 


Rugged footwear required. Not suitable for small children. 


Location: Staithes Beach, East End. 

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists

Rosamund Jordan: A Pioneering Colony of Artists Sunday 14:00 - 15:00

When the railway came to Staithes it brought a group of artists who became known as the Staithes Group. The moors, the sea and above all, the people, provided rich subject matter for the plein air painting of Harold Knight, Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight) and others. Ros and Tom Jordan have been dealing in the work of the Staithes Group for over 40 years. Ros, a retired NADFAS lecturer presents a lavishly illustrated talk on the Staithes Group alongside their exhibition. 


Location: Memorial Hall, Top village.