The Whitby Regatta takes place annually over three days in August.[126] The competition between three rowing clubs – Whitby Friendship ARC, Whitby Fishermen's ARC and Scarborough ARC – forms the backbone of the weekend.[126] The event has expanded to include a fair on the pier, demonstrations, fireworks and military displays – including the spectacle of the Red Arrows aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force.

Whitby was called Streanæshalc, Streneshalc, Streoneshalch, Streoneshalh, and Streunes-Alae in Lindissi in records of the 7th and 8th centuries. Prestebi, meaning the "habitation of priests" in Old Norse, is an 11th century name. Its name was recorded as Hwitebi and Witebi, meaning the "white settlement" in Old Norse, in the 12th century, Whitebi in the 13th century and Qwiteby in the 14th century.[5]

A whole weekend with more than 40 stalls of genuine vintage fashion and homewares from the 1920's to the 1980's.   ...

Live and breathe the story of England at royal castles, historic gardens, forts & defences, world-famous prehistoric sites and many others.

One of the world's premier goth festivals returns to the Yorkshire Coast ...

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Whitby Live brings you a weekend of live sixties music from some of the biggest bands of the decade. Dig out your finest 60's fashion and join us for a weekend you'll never forget. ...

The German High Seas Fleet shells Whitby and strikes the abbey ruins. There is much damage to the west front.

The Pavilion Theatre built in the 1870s in West Cliff hosts a range of events during the summer months.[122] For over four decades the town has hosted the Whitby Folk Week, and since 1993 the bi-annual Whitby Goth Weekend for members of the Goth subculture. "Whitby Now" is an annual live music event featuring local bands in the Pavilion which has taken place since 1991.[123] Since 2008, the Bram Stoker Film Festival has taken place in October.[124]

How do you keep flies out of the kitchen?... Put a bucket of manure in the lounge.

A wide range of health care services is provided by Whitby Community Hospital, run by the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Health Care NHS Trust.[87] There are five general practitioners and five dentists in the area.[88][89] Yorkshire Ambulance Service provides hospital transport throughout Yorkshire.[90]

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For further Whitby tourist information why not download the Guidebook (a handy guide to attractions and places to eat in the Whitby area)? Just click the download link below.

In the UK parliament the town is represented by a Conservative, Robert Goodwill, who was elected member for the Scarborough and Whitby constituency in 2010.[39] Whitby lies within the Yorkshire and the Humber constituency of the European Parliament, which in the May 2014 European Election elected three UKIP, two Labour and one Conservative MEPs.[40]

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G. P. Taylor, a former Church of England curate in Whitby, is now a celebrated author. His best-selling book Shadowmancer was set in Whitby. Theresa Tomlinson, a writer of historical and other fiction for children and young adults, has retired to the town.[142]

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There are countless options for those interested in walking in the North York Moors National Park, as the clifftop walks along the coastline are part of the Cleveland Way, and the Lyke Wake Walk finishes by nearby Ravenscar.

Charles Strickland, descendant of the Cholmleys, adds a wing to the surviving part of the Abbey House, adapting it as a holiday residence.

The east coast has limited conventional energy generation capacity, but Whitby is the closest port to a proposed development on Dogger Bank, ideally placed to provide the offshore wind power industry with support vessel operations and logistics.[76][77] The Dogger Bank wind farm could include up to 2,600 giant 400-foot (120 m) turbines covering more than 3,300 square miles (850,000 ha).[78]

Sir Hugh Cholmley II restores the estate. He adds a grand new wing, the Banqueting Hall, and lays out a formal approach entrance courtyard.

This is my ninth year at Whitby and the place loses none of its charm for me.[141]

King Oswiu rules in the Synod of Whitby that the Northumbrian church will calculate Easter and obey monastic customs based on Roman rather than Celtic tradition.

A round house inside a ditched enclosure is built near the cliff edge on the Whitby headland.

Whitby is a seaside town, port and civil parish in the Borough of Scarborough and English county of North Yorkshire.

Hild, an Anglian nobleman's daughter, with the support of Oswiu, King of Northumbria, founds Streaneshalch monastery for monks and nuns.

The town has a variety of self-catering accommodation, holiday cottages, caravans and campsites, and guest houses, inns, bed & breakfast establishments and hotels. The jet industry declined at the end of the nineteenth century but eight shops sell jet jewellery, mainly as souvenirs to tourists.[67] In 1996, Whitby West Cliff qualified for a 'Tidy Britain Group Seaside Award'. The town was awarded "Best Seaside Resort 2006", by Which? Holiday magazine.[68]

Whitby has a three tier school system, primary, middle (11–14) and Caedmon College (11–19), which was formed in 2014 from the merger of Caedmon School (11–14) and Whitby Community College (14–19). Eskdale School continues to operate as a middle school, but is currently consulting on raising its age range to 16.

Many flock to Whitby for its boutique shops and quirky streets, where you will find unique Whitby jet jewellery and other fascinating items. The town is also home to several annual events including the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and the Whitby Goth Weekend.

On the outskirts of town to the west is the 19th-century Sneaton Castle built by James Wilson who sold his sugar plantation where he had over 200 slaves and moved to Whitby.[108] Alongside it is St Hilda's Priory,[109] the mother house of the Order of the Holy Paraclete. The castle was used as a school and is now a conference centre and hotel in association with the priory.

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A Roman signal station may have sat on a now eroded cliffside spot, strategically positioned at the mouth of the Esk.

Whitby is situated on the Yorkshire Coast. To the south lies the coastal villages and resorts of Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington. All these are well within a short drive. The nearest city inland is York.


My wife has always proclaimed that there is nothing more painful than childbirth... Clearly never trodden on a plug in the middle of the night then!

English Heritage carries out archaeological excavations and surveys. Remains threatened by cliff erosion are rescued.

The Strickland family gives the abbey to the Ministry of Works. Sir Charles Peers uncovers evidence of the Anglian settlement.

Fish and chips and ice cream; history and culture; vampires and Goths: it’s all on offer at Whitby, one of the North East coast’s best-loved seaside towns.

Charles Dickens is known to have visited Whitby and in a letter of 1861 to his friend Wilkie Collins, who was at the time in Whitby, Dickens says:

The Whitby skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda’s Abbey, high on the East Cliff. Spreading below in the old town, a maze of alleyways and narrow streets run down to the busy quayside.

Whitby Town F.C., formed in 1892, is a semi-professional football club which plays in the Northern Premier League at the 3,200 capacity Turnbull Ground on Upgang Lane.[127] Golfing facilities range from "pitch and putt" to Whitby Golf Club whose 18-hole golf course is situated on the cliff tops to the north west of the town.[128]