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
People on Staithes Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

Access and Safety

We regret that Staithes is not easily accessible for wheelchair users and anyone with mobility problems. Please be aware that the road down into the old village is very steep as is the access to the Cowbar side.

We have once again commissioned a taxi service to help people get up and down to and from the old village. This is a free service and can be picked up at the council car park. It will be well signposted, and the drop off is yet to be confirmed. The taxi is available to anyone, but please be considerate to those with mobility problems.

The main street is cobbled and there are numerous narrow and winding passageways and steps. The front staith is largely flat and suitable for wheelchairs as is the bridge and Cowbar side of the village by the lifeboat station.

The pop-up galleries vary in accessibility but please be aware that most of them are old cottages with narrow doorways and steps with limited wheelchair access.

The village aims to restrict cars as much as possible but we warn visitors to take care of the few vehicles that come into the village.

There are no defined disabled parking bays in the village, but we are happy for visitors with passengers who have special needs to be dropped off in the village but ask that if possible they return their cars to the public car parks at the top. Blue badge holders are permitted to park in the ’40 minute’ bays on the High Street, though spaces are limited.

The sea is a constant hazard. Please observe high tides when both breakwaters may be covered. Please take care on the slipways and the front staith.

There will be suitable first aid cover during the Festival. In an emergency contact the Information Desk in the front of Staithes Gallery on the High Street.