Now that winter is here in Whitby, the beach huts are now packed away, and buckets and spades are replaced by woolly hats.
Friday 17th November marked the start of Whitby’s Christmas Festival with a lantern parade bringing all local schools together to walk through the streets of Whitby to a local Christmas market.
In true Whitby style, Whitby’s Christmas market is a collection of beach huts on Endeavour Wharf filled with local produce and businesses.
One new business that stood out is The Lickerish Tooth, based at Egton, a gin distillery that has plans in the future for a gin tasting room. I had a taste of their signature The Harbinger Gin poured from a tea pot, it is a really easy gin to drink with an after taste of black pepper. It made my cheeks warm on a cold November day.
Last weekend, Whitby hosted it own annual Sci Fi and Comic Con day at The Spa Pavilion in the aid of Cancer Research UK. You could not ask for more, Stormtroopers and Zombies with the back drop of crashing waves of Whitby beach.
Now that winter is here the beaches are still busy but with people wrapped up against the elements and the lights are on the Christmas trees.
Church Street has a traditional Christmas Dickens feel about it with its cobbled streets and charming shop window displays and there is even a hot chestnut stand just to add to it. You can’t beat the traditional panpipe music as you walk cross the swing bridge to add to the favour of Whitby, that anything goes here!!
I went Christmas shopping to Honeyz on Church Street, a local business that sells luxurious handmade soaps.
Whitby is not just for summer, it is also for Christmas as well!