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

Next Festival: 8th & 9th September 2018

Artists Registration opens: 1st April 2018. Closes 30th June 2018.

If you would like to exhibit in 2018 please read ALL the information on Exhibiting at the Festival pages. You should try wherever possible to find your own venue. (Look on the accommodation links on the Plan Your Visit pages). The organisers have very few venues to make available to artists.


Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2017 Festival and especially the people of Staithes, top and bottom, who put up with the invasion and welcomed so many visitors to the village.

The Festival committee, all volunteers, are dealing with the aftermath of the Festival and will begin working on next year's programme very soon.

As soon as the money raised has been accounted for we will, as in previous years, distribute profits from the Festival to village causes. So far the Festival has donated some £8,500 to village funds. These have included the following:

Pensioner's Lunch; Children's Christmas Party; Coble Courier; Memorial Hall; St Peter's Restoration Fund; Staithes Community Fund (Christmas Tree); RNLI Local Project; Seton School Art Fund; Junior Cricket Team; Mizpah Restoration Fund; Young Musicians Workshop; Roxby Christmas Service.

In addition the Festival have put on annual winter film shows raising £800 for St Peter's and Memorial Hall Funds. They have run lantern making workshops and supported school and holiday craft workshops, music workshops and the Shoal sculpture by Steve Iredale (with generous support from our neighbours at ICL UK – Cleveland Potash). This year the Festival was also pleased to support the newly formed Staithes Youth Group.

If you would like to be considered for a donation from the 2017 festival please get in touch on

The organisers apologise unreservedly for all the disruption the Festival brings, especially to those affected by the influx of cars. We are grateful to those who gave us space to park cars and who have generously contributed their takings to the Festival funds.

Once again, thank you to all those who supported the  Festival in 2017 and those who generously gave their time to give talks, run workshops, lead walks and to those who generously opened up their houses to artists. Thank you all for making 2017 such a success. We couldn't have done it without you.


Staithes Festival Bursary Opportunity 2018

We are planning to offer a bursary in 2018 to help a young artist (under 25) participate in the Festival.  The bursary will cover the cost of a prominent venue, registration fee and framing/display costs as well as mentoring from a professional Staithes artist and a gallery director.  Keep an eye on the Festival website - or follow us on Facebook for further details in the New Year. 


You can see who exhibited in 2017 year by clicking on Artists

To find what's on click on  Events and Music

For the latest festival news visit our Facebook page.


Thank you to the following for their generous support of the Staithes Festival 2017:

ICL UK – Cleveland Potash for their generous sponsorship of Steve Iredale's sculpture Shoal. 

Yorkshire Film Archive for their compilation of Staithes footage for the Outdoor Picture Show - part of their new series of 'Coastal' screenings which will be taking place in communities along the Yorkshire and North East coastline in the coming months. For more information on screenings near you visit Yorkshire Film Archive or find them on Facebook.

Saville Audio Visual and Ed Everard for the loan of equipment to run the outdoor picture show.

The International Festival of Glass and the Ruskin Mill Trust for the generous loan of their glass bunting exhibition

Bridget Wilkinson Whitby artist and Ian Mitchell for the cover design

Lauren Micallef, graphic design student at Cleveland College of Art & Design, for the 2017 year flyer design.