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North Yorkshire coastal events to look forward to in 2024

The huge expanse of beach at Filey. (c) Tony Bartholomew
The huge expanse of beach at Filey. (c) Tony Bartholomew

Stuffed with chocolate from that festive advent calendar? Try our coastal calendar for 2024. We have 24 great things to do on the North Yorkshire Coast that will wake up your mind and your body in style. Happy New Year!

CYLCLE THE CINDER TRACK
Scarborough to Whitby

New Year’s resolutions still (largely) intact? Keep it that way with a scenic ride (or even walk)from Scarborough to Whitby. Avoid traffic by travelling on the 22-mile Cinder Track, the path of the former railway line linking the two resorts, and now part of the National Cycle Network.

DARK SKIES FESTIVAL
North York Moors National Park

This year’s Dark Skies Festival takes place February 9-25, with events across the North York Moors National Park, including many on the coast. It’s organised with North Yorkshire’s other great national park, the Yorkshire Dales, and the event celebrates the jewels of the night sky.

SKIP ON THE SEASHORE
Scarborough

February brings something truly unique to Scarborough – perfect for your Instagram account. On Shrove Tuesday (February 13), locals turn out in their thousands to skip on the seafront. Why? Theories abound, but no one really knows…

WILDLIFE WATCHING
Bempton, Scarborough, Whitby

Take a whale-watching tour from Whitby (not exclusively whales, of course – you can also spot porpoises, dolphins and seabirds), or head down the coast to RSPB Bempton for one of the UK’s great birdwatching spectacles – puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Scarborough’s SEA LIFE Centre also brings you up close with some fascinating denizens of the deep.

WINTER WALK
Filey

Late winter into early spring is a great time to really blow away the cobwebs. Take a bracing walk along the five-mile stretch of golden beach at Filey – but don’t forget to factor in the return walk (and keep an eye on the tides).

Great British Life: The starting grid at the Bob Smith Spring Cup meeting at Oliver's Mount May 22nd 2021. (c) Tony BartholomewThe starting grid at the Bob Smith Spring Cup meeting at Oliver's Mount May 22nd 2021. (c) Tony Bartholomew

BOB SMITH SPRING CUP
Scarborough

Yorkshire’s very own ‘miniature TT by the seaside’ kick-starts in the spring. England’s only natural road racetrack, the challenging course at Oliver’s Mount, is famous for its thrills, and a few spills. Exact dates to be confirmed, but look out for the first exciting event, the Bob Smith Spring Cup, in April.

FISH AND SHIPS FESTIVAL
Whitby

In love with Whitby and its remarkable martime heritage? Head to the annual Fish and Ships Festival (May 18 and 19) for a weekend of food, music and history. There will be live music, cookery demonstrations, heritage activities and all-round family fun – and don’t forget to enjoy some fish and chips while you’re there.

BIG IDEAS BY THE SEA
Scarborough

Explore the environment and what it means to you through the creative arts at another, relatively new festival, Big Ideas by the Sea, which hits Scarborough in May. It will bring together thinkers, academics and artists to explore, debate and champion positive change in relaxed and fun surroundings.

THE SCARBOROUGH FAIR
Scarborough

Look out for a series of new festivals under the banner of The Scarborough Fair, starting in May with a street arts event. June brings an affordable art trail and a fringe festival, while September will blend music and sports in Scarborough Extreme. The line-up is completed in November and December by Scarborough Lights – a magical spectacle of illuminations.

GLORIOUS GARDENS
Filey, Scarborough, Whitby

A visit to the seaside isn’t just about sand and sea – we have some glorious gardens to explore which will be bursting into life. Make the most of Filey’s glorious Glen and Crescent Gardens; Scarborough’s Peasholm Park and heritage South Cliff Gardens, with unparalleled sea views; and Whitby’s beautiful and tranquil Pannett Park.

NAVAL WARFARE
Scarborough

Talking of Peasholm Park–no summer visit to Scarborough is complete without a trip to the remarkable and unique Naval Warfare: a miniature sea battle on the park’s lake that echoes around the town in July and August. The ‘Battle of Peasholm’ is produced three times per week.

OPEN AIR THEATRE
Scarborough

In June, Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre opens its doors for a summer of great entertainment. The spectacular venue has a reputation for attracting top-line acts, and this year is no different – confirmed so far are Status Quo (June 2), Jess Glynne (June 15), Deacon Blue (June 21), Fatboy Slim (July 6), Paul Weller (July 7), JLS (July 11) and Busted (August 31), with more to follow.

SCARBOROUGH CRICKET FESTIVAL
Scarborough

Known and loved worldwide for its relaxed late summer atmosphere and warm welcome, Scarborough Cricket Festival this year celebrates its 175th birthday and includes a four-day Championship match and exciting one-day fixtures. You can also indulge in delicious food and drink while you cheer on your favourite players.

Great British Life: Armed Forces Day is on June 19. (c) Tony BartholomewArmed Forces Day is on June 19. (c) Tony Bartholomew

ARMED FORCES DAY
Scarborough

June 29 is Armed Forces Day in Scarborough. Always a big event in the town, it’s a day that gives you the chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

SPIRIT OF YORKSHIRE DISTILLERY TOUR
Filey

If autumn makes you think of cosy nights by the fire with a dram of the good stuff, why not try a distillery tour? The Spirit of Yorkshire’s awardwinning Filey Bay whisky is made at Hunmanby; and there’s delicious gins from Filey and Whitby – we’re especially partial to the former’s pink gin, made with rhubarb and strawberries, and the latter’s Prince of Darkness, inspired by Dracula.

CULTURAL GEMS
Filey, Scarborough, Whitby

Summer, but it’s raining? Try the volunteer-run Filey Museum; Scarborough’s famous Rotunda, one of the first purpose-built museums in the world, with a focus on geology and palaeontology; the jam-packedwith-artefacts Whitby Museum; and the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby, in the house where the great explorer lodged during his apprenticeship.

FILEY KITE FESTIVAL
Filey

Lift your spirits to the highest heights at Filey in September, when the Northern Kite Group bring soaring colour and some of the most extravagant kits to the Country Park with the Filey Kite Festival. There is children’s fairground rides, and refreshments will be available. This event is subject to having suitable wind and weather conditions.

Great British Life: The Stephen Joseph Theatre. (c) Tony BartholomewThe Stephen Joseph Theatre. (c) Tony Bartholomew

SHOW & TELL
Scarborough

September brings the latest play from Scarborough’s most famous resident, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, to the town’s Stephen Joseph Theatre – his 90th, no less. Show & Tell is a ‘celebration of theatre’. See it from September 5-October 5

STAITHES FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND HERITAGE
Staithes

The Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage made a welcome return last year with a weekend of exciting events, including music, poetry, workshops, food and drink, with, at its core, exhibitions by 100 artists in 60 cottages and galleries; 2024 dates TBC

SEE OUR HERITAGE
Scarborough, Whitby

You can enjoy the coast’s amazing heritage, including Scarborough Castle and Whitby Abbey, any time of the year, but October is a particularly good month to visit the latter, when custodians English Heritage flood the clifftop ruin in glorious colour for the annual Illuminated Abbey event.

DISCOVER WHITBY
Whitby

While you’re in Whitby, take time to wander and admire the artistry that goes into the costumes and make-up of those taking part in the bi-annual Goth Festival (you can catch it in April, too). Follow in the footsteps of Dracula and climb the dizzying 199 Steps to the Abbey.

SANTA SPECIALS
Scarborough

There’s nothing like Christmas by the sea. The family favourite Boyes’ Santa arrives in the town’s harbour by boat in mid-November, and soon afterwards the gorgeous miniature North Bay Railway gets its twinkle on with regular Santa Specials. And early December brings the must-visit Victorian Weekend at Robin Hood’s Bay – two days of Dickensian revelry.

BOXING DAY FUN
Scarborough, Whitby

Scarborough is renowned for its festive traditions. Round your coastal year off with a Boxing Day t r ip to Scarborough, where the town turns out on the seafront to watch the traditional Fishermen v Firemen charity football match on South Bay beach, raft race in the harbour and much more. There’s lots of fun and frolics in Whitby, too, with hardy souls taking the charity Boxing Day dip.

FEELING INSPIRED?
Then what are you waiting for? Start 2024 as you mean to go on by putting a visit to the coast on your new calendar. If you’re looking for more information on what else is on across the Yorkshire Coast #placeofsurprise and the North York Moors in 2024, go online and visit discoveryorkshirecoast.com



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