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 2019 rose substantially to £250 per artist but with no commission. We have in the past 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.

Our annual income is around £20,500 from artists registration, brochure sales, workshops, advertising and donations. 

Festival costs included traffic management, brochure design and printing, stewarding, first aid, taxi shuttle, insurance, music equipment hire and PA system, signs, credit card machine, IT software, office and stationery. 

We keep a contingency fund in case of unforeseen circumstances and a festival wash-out and make an annual donation to village good causes. (See below).

One volunteer is paid an honorarium, otherwise the committee and volunteers put in a great deal of time for no remuneration.   

The Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage is a registered charity.

How does the Festival Benefit the Village?

Full time Staithes residents may take part in the Festival at no charge. Over the years residents have made substantial sales at the Festival. 

The Festival have run workshops for local children and have worked with Seton School on a variety of art projects 

The Festival has funded workshop for young musicians.

Chainsaw artist and resident Steve Iredale has been supported in the making of his Shoal sculpture by Arts Council England and local artists Emma Stothard and Ketie Ventriss have been supported in placing artworks in the village. 

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

Car parking providers including Staithes Athletics Club were able to keep their takings as a way of supporting their fundraising. 

Richard and Marianne Lyth butcher's have run a pie and pea stall with takings going to support junior cricket

Staithes Youth Club have been given a free fund-raising stall at the Festival

Winter film shows have been held each year in the village hall raising over £800 for St Peter's Centre and the Village Hall. 

Public meetings have been held regularly for people to air their views on the Festival.


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