Staithes Aurora Borealis

Paint a Picture of Staithes

Paint a picture of Staithes

For centuries artists have been inspired by the dramatic scenery of one picture perfect village.

For those in the know of this best kept secret of the North Yorkshire Coast, it almost feels like a betrayal to share Staithes with the world.

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Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

Whitby Fish and Ship Festival

18 – 19 May 2019

Celebrate Whitby’s Fishing Heritage with Whitby Fish and Ship Festival

At this FREE Festival
Explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s magnificent maritime culture, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants.

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Discover the North Yorkshire coast ………… in February

Dark Skies

Dark Skies

The festival season starts early in Yorkshire and there’s bound to be something to tempt you to visit the coast.

Those dark nights make the perfect backdrop for the North Yorkshire Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival (February 15th to March 3rd).  This year, the park has teamed up with the Yorkshire Dales National Park for the fourth annual festival.

A new exhibition in Whitby – Whitby and the Cosmos: The Search for the Dark Matter, which will trace the port’s place in understanding our universe.

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Captain Cook monument

Dark Skies Whitby and the Cosmos

Dark Skies Whitby and the Cosmos: the Search for Dark Matter at Whitby Museum

All our guests staying with us at Unique-retreats enjoy a copy of the monthly issue of Yorkshire Life magazine, giving lots of information about Yorkshire, including articles like below and tips on where to eat, drink, walks etc ……….

A starry sky behind the Captain Cook monument on the West Cliff at Whitby. Eighteenth century scientific instruments used by Captain Cook’s research team during their exploration of the South Seas feature in an new exhibition Whitby and the Cosmos: the Search for Dark Matter Photo: Tony Bartholomew

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Celebrate Non-Conformity at Whitby Goth Weekend



The first meeting of a group of pen-pals has now turned into a twice annual event for the town of Whitby, know as the Whitby Goth Weekend, WGW. In 1994, a group of about 40 pen-pals decided to gather together after meeting through the pages of New Musical Express, a music magazine more popularly known as NME. The meet-up was organised by Jo Hampshire, who is the head of Top Mum Productions, quickly became known as a musical event.

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