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
Staithes Harbour

Glenn Kilpatrick

Planning Your Visit

Staithes is a delightful coastal village, 10 miles north of Whitby.

Public Transport:

Staithes is served by the No 4 bus from Whitby and the X4 from Middlesbrough. See Arriva buses for details

Sat Nav

TS13 5BB

Latitude – Longitude:

Lat: 54° 33′ 31.7406″
Long: -0° 47′ 31.8582″

Gallery Opening Times

Preview Evening: Friday 19:00-20:30

Saturday & Sunday 10:00-17:30


There is no parking at the bottom in the old village. Please use the car parks at the top of the village as directed by our car park stewards. There are two main car parks at the top: the public car park and the Staithes Athletics Club car park. Please be considerate of local residents and avoid parking in the street and on verges. Parking charges apply including blue badge holders.

Cowbar Parking:

We have secured a large amount of additional parking at Cowbar. Take the Cowbar exit on the A174 opposite the Boulby Mine and follow the signs. Stewards will direct you where to park. Please do not park on the grass verges. Parking charges apply including blue badge holders. Once you have parked your car you can walk down the path to the old village.

Free Taxi Shuttle:

The free taxi is to enable any one with mobility difficulties to get up and down from the old village. It will operate 10:00-17:30 Saturday and Sunday and between 20:00 and 21:00 Friday and Saturday evening.

Pick up and drop off: 

The free taxi will pick up and drop off at the following points: Athletic Club and War Memorial at the top of the village and Chapel Yard, High Street at the bottom of the village. There will be no taxi shuttle from Cowbar car park


There are public toilets at the Council car park at the top of the village by the Gateway Centre and at the bottom of the village beside the Seadrift cafe on the sea front. 

Festival Information/First Aid

Festival Information (a blue gazebo) will be located outside the Staithes Gallery on the High Street. There you  will be able to buy a programme and find out about talks and workshops. The first aid point is also located here.

Treasurers Office

The Treasurer, Nigel Oates, will be at the Treasurers Office at Seacrest, 3 Barrass Square. At the end of the Festival, artists should pay their commission to Nigel at this office.

Buying Artwork

The nearst cash point is at the Co-op on the Whitby Road. Debit/credit card users may, with the agreement of the artist, pay for purchases using payment cards at the Treasurers Office, Waverley House midway along the High Street.


Not good is the honest answer. Staithes is a fishing village with steep cobbled streets and steps to many cottages. Some of the galleries will have some access, but most are small cottages, often 200 years old, open to the public only on this weekend.

The seafront (the staithe) and over the bridge on Cowbar (Northside) is flat and even. There is limited disbled parking in the old village for blue badge holders.

Please note: We have arranged for a taxi service to take people down to the village and return, free of charge. The taxi rank will be well signposted at Bank Top. For more information click here.


The Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public visiting any artist's gallery, studio, workshop, exhibition, event or walk. Members of the public participate in the Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage entirely at their own risk.