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 on beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

Where Does All the Money Go?

From the start in 2012 the Staithes Festival has been self-financing. We raise funds through the artists registration fee which in 2016 was £75 per artist. Artists and caterers also pay 10% commission on their takings. We have received grants for specific events from the North York Moors National Park, the Coastal Communities Fund, Welcome to Yorkshire, Scarborough Borough Council and Arts Council England, for which we are very grateful.

In 2016 our total income was £20,461. Our income from artists and caterers was £17,328. We earned a further £3,133 from brochure sales, workshops, advertising and donations. 

The cost to put on the Festival in 2016 was £15,640. This covers: traffic management, brochure design and printing, website registration system, stewarding, first aid, taxi shuttle, insurance, music equipment hire and PA system, signs, credit card machine, IT software, office and stationery.

The balance from this years festival: £4,821. Adding to our bank balance of £11,000 this means we are self financing to the tune of £15,821. This will allow us to put on a festival in 2017 as well as providing a contingency fund in case of unforeseen circumstances and a festival wash-out.

All the committee and working groups are volunteers and take no remunation. The Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage is a registered charity.

How does the Festival Benefit the Village?

Ten resident artists in the village took a total of £3,170 over the Festival weekend.

A light workshop was held at Seton School in which all the children in the school took part.

Music teacher Bob Butterfield held a workshop for young musicians.

Chainsaw artist and resident Steve Iredale was supported in the making of his Shoal sculpture by Arts Council England.

Holiday cottages and local businesses were at full capacity during the Festival weekend.

Car parking providers including Staithes Athletics Club were able to keep their takings.


Contributions to village charities and good causes continues to be an important part of our remit and we are pleased to report that when the 2016 funds have been distributed we will have donated some £8,500 to village funds since 2014. 

The 2016 donations will be largely in line with previous years and are  listed below. In addition the Festival team have put on five winter film shows in the Memorial Hall raising £800 for St Peter's Centre and the Memorial hall, with plans for  another film show in February 2017.

Please note, we have a further £1,000 available to hand out. If anyone would like to be considered for a Festival donation, please get in touch on 

Anyone who would like to view the 2016 Festival Finances should contact us at and these can be made available.