2day to 7day permits are available from Gateway Centre, at a cost of £7.00 per day. This does save money if you plan to visit other coastal villages, and it means you don't need change constantly.
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.
Jet Coast Development Trust is a not-for-profit organisation created by a group of local people to nurture and promote the economy within the parish of Hinderwell, of which Staithes and Runswick Bay are part. Everyone volunteers their time and efforts free of charge.
Registration opens in March 2017. Check on Facebook for updates.
It is here that you can find loads of tourist information, buy car park passes and chat to local people about what to see and where to go.
There is a local pub crawl known as the "Roxby Run". This starts at the "Fox and Hounds" in the nearby village of Dalehouse then goes to Staithes Athletic Club, the "Captain Cook Inn", the "Black Lion" (now closed) the "Royal George" before finishing at the "Cod and Lobster" on the harbour.
In 1745-46, Staithes's most famous resident, James Cook (born in Marton near Middlesbrough), worked in Staithes as a grocer's apprentice where he first gained his passion for the sea. He moved to nearby Whitby where he joined the Royal Navy. William Sanderson's shop, where Cook worked, was destroyed by the sea, but parts were recovered and incorporated into "Captain Cook's Cottage". This has been the residency of a local Staithes family for several generations.
A small number of shared venues are offered to the Festival and they are allocated by us to artists without a venue once registration has opened. We advise you not to book accommodation if you do not have a venue confirmed by the Festival.
At the turn of the 20th century, there were 80 full-time fishing boats putting out from Staithes. A hundred years later there are still a few part-time fisher men. There is a long tradition of using the coble (a traditional fishing vessel) in Staithes.
If you have young children, chances are you’ll recognise beautiful Staithes. It’s the location for the much-loved CBBC series Old Jack’s Boat, starring Bernard Cribbins as Old Jack and, of course, Salty the dog.
TICKETS FROM THE PRIVATELY OWNED CAR PARK ARE ONLY VALID FOR USE IN THAT CAR PARK. (Accessed by following the yellow Visitor Parking signs).
THERE ARE NOW TWO CAR PARKS AT THE TOP OF STAITHES BANK.
Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-go-to event in the regional arts calendar.
Staithes is a seaside village in the Scarborough Borough of North Yorkshire, England. Roxby Beck, a stream running through Staithes, is the border between the Borough of Scarborough and Redcar and Cleveland. Formerly one of the many fishing centres in England, Staithes is now largely a tourist destination within the North York Moors National Park.
For more information about exhibiting please read the pages on Exhibiting at the Festival
To celebrate this history, Staithes held a Festival of Arts and Heritage in 2012. Many houses and other properties opened their doors to the public as pop-up galleries, creating a trail through the village. In addition, events celebrating the heritage of Staithes were held. Such was the success and interest in the festival, the villagers intend to make this an annual event.
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With its higgledy-piggledy cottages and winding streets, Staithes has the air of a place lost in time. Once one of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast, this coastal hamlet is now a well-loved base for exploring Yorkshire's cliff top paths and discovering the delights of rock pooling and fossil hunting on the small sandy beach.
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The CBeebies series Old Jack's Boat, starring Bernard Cribbins, is set in and filmed in Staithes, with Old Jack's house located at 4 Cowbar Bank in the town.
With its higgledy-piggledy cottages and winding streets, Staithes has the air of a place lost in time.
Hello and welcome to Jet Coast Development Trust's information pages for tourists and visitors to Staithes and Runswick Bay on the edge of the North York Moors. Hopefully you will find a wealth of useful information on these pages.
Next year's festival will take place over the weekend of 9th/10 September.
Charges apply between 9am - 6pm. Tickets transferable to other local car parks
THE COUNCIL ADMINISTERED CAR PARK CAN BE ACCESSED BY DRIVING PAST THE PLAY AREA ON THE LEFT. THE TICKETS FROM THE COUNCIL CAR PARK ARE TRANSFERABLE TO OTHER LONG STAY COUNCIL CAR PARKS, SUCH AS RUNSWICK BAY, SANDSEND, WHITBY, ROBIN HOODS BAY, SCARBOROUGH AND FILEY.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: It has come to our notice that some artists are already seeking to book accommodation for the 2017 Festival. Please note that booking accommodation does not automatically qualify an artist to take part in the Festival.
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We would like to thank all the participants: artists, caterers, musicians and visitors for making the 2016 Staithes Festival such a success. We would especially like to thank the Harbour Commissioners and the RNLI for allowing the use of their facilities during the weekend and the residents of Staithes for opening up their homes and their forebearance in the face of so many visitors.
The village was home to a group of twenty to thirty artists known as the "Staithes group" or the "Northern Impressionists." The group contained renowned artists such as Edward E. Anderson, Joseph R. Bagshawe, Thomas Barrett and James W. Booth and was inspired by other impressionists such as Monet, Cézanne and Renoir. Dame Laura Knight became the most famous member of the Staithes Group; she and her husband and fellow painter Harold Knight kept a studio in the village.
Staithes has a sheltered harbour, bounded by high cliffs and two long breakwaters. A mile to the west is Boulby Cliff where, for a brief period, alum, a mineral used to improve the strength and permanency of colour when dying cloth, was mined. The mining operation ended when a cheaper chemical method was developed. The ruined remnants of the mines can be seen from the cliff top when walking the Cleveland Way between Staithes and Skinningrove.
Jet Coast Development Trust manages the Gateway Business Centre - purpose built business units for low-cost office and studio space.