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: 8th & 9th September 2018. 

Programmes are out now priced £1, available from shops and businesses around the village, top and bottom. There are plenty of supplies at the Staithes Gallery (open from 10am Wed/Thur/Sat/Sun). 

This year's programme was designed by Morgan Briggs, Cleveland College of Art & Design. The cover painting is by Rob Shaw.

Staithes Festival Flyer 2018 1


What's On

You can see who is exhibited in 2018 year by clicking on Artists

To find what's on click on  Events and Music

For the latest festival news visit our Facebook page. 


Staithes Festival Bursary Opportunity 2019

The next bursary in 2019 is to support 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. 


Thank you

ICL UK – Cleveland Potash for their generous sponsorship of the specially commissioned sculpture by Katie Ventress. 

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


Staithes Festival Good Causes 2018 

The Festival has given financial support to the following good causes:

Pensioner's Christmas Party

Children's Christmas Party

Roxby Church Christmas Candlelit Service

War Memorial Fund

Hinderwell Church

Staithes Sports Association 

Staithes Community Fund

Coble Courier Bus Service

Village Hall Fund

Staithes Youth Group

Seton Community Primary School Art Fund

St Peter's Church Repair Fund

Fishermen's Lifejacket Servicing

Batteries for the village defibrillator


Next Festival : 7th and 8th September 2019.

Artists Registration: Opens 1st January 2019. Closes 30th April 2019. No more applications will be accepted after these dates. 

Artists Registration fee for 2019 to be confirmed. 


Artists Registration: Price increase. 

As a result of our financial statement following the 2017 festival, the committee have decided that the registration fee for artists should be increased for the 2018 Festival from £75 to £90. 

There are a number of reasons for this increase set out below: 

As the size and scope of the Festival grows year on year so do the Festival costs. For 2018 we will be increasing the car parking facility which means increased expenditure on professional traffic management. We must also ensure we adequately cover services such as toilets, first aid, taxi service and professional risk assessment. We will have further expenses in the coming year for the professional auditing of our accounts. 

Many of the speakers, musicians and public artists provide their services free or at cost. We want to continue to support the people who help to make the Staithes Festival so special and distinctive and which in turn attracts more visitors to the events and to the galleries.

The committee have looked carefully at the fees charge by other similar Festivals and feel the Staithes Festival provides excellent value for money. We hope you think so too and understand the thinking behind the increase.