Key Whitby events in 2022
Events and activities will potentially be subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic. Please check before you travel that each event is still going ahead.
Official World Record at Whitby Abbey
Date: Thursday 26 May 2022
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Whitby Abbey
Suitable for: Everyone
Join us for a spooktacular night at the birthplace of Dracula where we will be marking the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker's iconic novel by attempting to break the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires!
In partnership with GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™, the official record attempt will take place on the evening of Thursday 26 May 2022 between 6.45pm and 7.15pm.
Entry to the abbey will be FREE for all those in traditional vampire fancy dress and who intend to participate in the world record attempt. The only exceptions to this are an adult accompanying a child in costume or an adult assisting a less able visitor in costume.
Whitby Abbey Half Term Explorer Quest
Date: Sat 19 – Sun 27 Feb 2022
Get fit for history this half-term on a fun-filled outdoor explorer quest at Whitby Abbey. Roam around the abbey to find games and activities inspired by soldiers, Victorians and medieval monks. Find out quirky facts, tackle playful puzzles see if you’ve got what it takes to get moving like people from the past.
North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival
Date: 18th February – 6th March 2022
Since 2016's inaugural event, the North Yorkshire collaboration has become an unmissable fixture in the calendar, with the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities celebrating the jewels of the night sky. From the 18th February to – 6th March 2022, they will be celebrating their seventh Dark Skies Festival in 2022. Enjoy activities at night to heighten the senses such as night runs, zip wires, kayaking and biking, astrophotography workshops, stargazing safaris, children's trails and mindful experiences.
For 2022 they are welcoming new, exciting additions including a dark skies exhibition, art workshops, new moon gatherings and stargazing at spectacular sites such as Aysgarth Falls and Gilling Castle.
Whitby Goth Weekend 2022
- 22nd – 24th April 2022
- 28th – 30th October 2022
Whether you see yourself as a ‘Goth’ or not, this family-friendly weekend promises heaps of fun. This popular local festival is filled with Gothic clothing, artwork, literature, and live music. Listen to local rock and heavy metal bands, as you browse through a fascinating collection of Gothic artefacts. Head to a beer tasting stall, or, visit the Bizzarre Bazaar Alternative Market for bookstalls, unique homeware, handcrafted jewellery, collectable items, and vintage clothing. When it comes to finding something to eat, there is a wide selection of food stalls serving up tasty delicacies throughout the day.
Tour de Yorkshire *Cancelled for 2022*
Line up along Whitby’s historic streets and cheer along with the cyclists at the Tour de Yorkshire. Consisting of professional racers and fundraisers, this is a fantastic free event for all the family. Anyone can sign up to participate in the race, but it is certainly no easy feat. The longest route starts and ends in Leeds, spanning 123.3 kilometres and ascending 1748 metres. This impressive course ventures through some of Yorkshire’s most popular towns and villages, creating a real community atmosphere across the region. You will be able to watch a good section of the race from Whitby, as the cyclists soar through its historic town centre.
Easter National Scooter Rally
Date: 15th – 17th April 2022
Featuring two nights of entertainment, compromising of live bands and top rally DJs over two rooms including The Main Arena and The Soul Cellar. Plus a huge Indoor Parts Fair and Custom Show on Saturday from 10.30 am and the Sunday Ride out!
The traditional Penny Hedge Ceremony
Date: 25th May 2022
In a unique custom, the Penny Hedge or Horngarth at Whitby is planted in the estuary of the Upper Harbour. It takes place on the east bank of the River Esk just over the railings on Church Street and construction begins at around 20 to 9.
Yorkshire Game and Country Fayre
Date: 21st May 2022 – 22nd May 2022
The Yorkshire Game and Country Fayre welcomes families to Scampston Hall; a large estate set amongst beautiful parkland. A lovely way to celebrate Spring, this beloved local festival embraces countryside living with locally sourced food, farm animals, traditional games, and longstanding championships. Local gardeners sell a range of products, while the popular tractor show tends to draw in the crowds.
The Malton Show
Date: 26th June 2022
Welcoming in the summer season, The Malton Show is all about local produce, arts, and crafts. It’s here that you will find a fantastic Farmer’s Market selling fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, preserves, and other local delicacies. Get up close and personal with the horses, learn all about the tractors, or, watch the annual Middleton Hunt Parade of the Hounds. The Malton show is another fantastic display of country living, with a wide selection of local vendors and tradespeople. There are also street food stalls, live entertainment, and traditional funfair rides.
Robin Hood’s Bay Folk Weekend
Date: 10th – 12th June 2022
As one of Whitby’s first music festivals of the year, Robin Hood’s Bay Folk Weekend offers a lively atmosphere for all ages. Expect local musicians, dancers, and singers, along with food stalls and refreshing beverages. Situated in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay area, this weekend is particularly popular with locals and visitors who have a passion for folk music. If you live here in Whitby, then it’s also a great chance to find out about the local groups and classes available in the area.
Whitby 60’s Festival
Date: 3rd – 5th June 2022
A great choice for groups of friends, the Whitby 60s Music Weekend is a popular event held every year. Spanning across three days, you will enjoy five fabulous shows with popular acts from the 60s. This event is the perfect way to catch up with friends during the day and dance along to your favourite tunes at night.
Whitby Soul Weekender
Date: 1st – 3rd July 2022
All tickets from July 2020 & July 2021 remain valid for the new July 2022 date
For another weekend of non-stop music, the Whitby Soul Weekender ticks all the boxes. Going strong since 2002, this is one of North Yorkshire’s most popular soul events. Kick back to Motown, Northern Soul, and Modern Soul music throughout the night. There are a whole host of local, regional, and international artists throughout the day. Expect live DJs, plenty of bars, and a popular dancefloor arena.
Whitby Steampunk Events
- 11th – 13th February 2022
- 23rd – 24th April 2022
- 22nd – 24th July 2022
If you have an interest in steampunk memorabilia, then you will simply love these events. Whitby Steampunk Weekend is brimming with unique seminars, vendors, activities, and presentations. Often regarded as one of the biggest steampunk festivals in the UK. It’s also a great option for families looking for something a little different. Visitors are invited to dress up in their finest steampunk attire and join in on the fun. Expect lots of innovative and exciting costumes, along with a wide range of diverse activities.
Staithes Lifeboat Weekend
Dates: 12th – 14th August 2022
Located in the nearby town of Staithes, this Lifeboat Weekend introduces the public to the area’s fantastic lifeboat service. Meet the team and take a look inside the boats. This event is open to families and is a great way to teach the kids about water safety. This is a fundraising event with all proceeds going to the local lifeboat services. Expect live music performances, competitions, and games.
Whitby Traction Engine Rally
Date: 5th – 7th August 2022
This popular event takes place just a 15-minute walk from the town centre, nestled amongst beautiful Abbey ruins. The Whitby Traction Engine Rally boasts a spectacular live stunt show with everything from wheelies to precision driving. Expect dancers, musicians, and entertainers, as well as a wonderful firework display on Saturday evening. This traditional steam fair is a great choice for families. You will enjoy a range of activities and events including tractor pulling, classic cars, arts and crafts, and a funfair. There are also lots of tasty food stalls, offering a little something for everyone.
Hinderwell Horse & Agricultural Show
Date: August 2022 (Exact dates to be confirmed)
Those with a love for horses should be sure to visit the Hinderwell Horse & Agricultural Show this August. Celebrating its 151st year, this is a well-loved show amongst locals and visitors alike. It originally began to resolve a dispute between two men, over who owned the best foal. It has since grown into an annual family-friendly event. This event provides a platform for the area’s finest horses and ponies, with jumping contests and gymkhana. There is also a popular dog show alongside a display of sheep and ferrets. Other activities include live music, talent shows, vintage machinery, and a market of local produce, plants, and preserves.
Date: 13th – 15th August 2022
Taking over Whitby’s waters every year, this regatta is a wonderful display of rowing boats and yachts. Watch the famous boat races from the shore and cheer the contestants along. Drawing large crowds year on year, the regatta is a popular event with a fantastic atmosphere. The race cultivates with a prize presentation followed by a spectacular firework display.
Whitby Folk Week
Date: 20th – 26th August 2022
The Whitby Folk Week consists of a diverse programme of exciting events and activities. Take part in medieval dance workshops and learn how to play the banjo at this fun event for all ages. Drop off the children at the kid’s club where they will create a theatrical production that is performed at the end of the week. Experience some fascinating storytelling performances, or, bring your own instrument for the popular music sessions. There is also a fantastic lineup of popular folk artists and dance troupes to enjoy throughout the entire week.
Egton Show *Cancelled for 2022*
Another community agricultural show, the Egton Show brings together local farmers, tractor drivers, and horse owners. Sample tasty local produce, fruits, vegetables, butcher meat, preserves, and freshly baked cakes, at the farmer’s market. Meet horses, goats, sheep, ferrets, and cattle, or, learn all about the beekeeping process. There is also a fantastic horse show and a wrought iron farrier display. Egton is one of the largest village shows in the UK, with a variety of arts, crafts, local delicacies, and entertainment.
Whitby Motown Weekender
Date: 9th – 11th September 2022
Dance along to classic Motown hits at this fun-filled festival. Step back to the 60s, 70s, and 80s, with a jam-packed weekend of bands and artists.
Whitby Fish and Ships Festival
Date: 24th – 25th September 2022
We all know that Whitby serves up tasty fish and chips with a selection of award-winning restaurants and eateries scattered throughout the town. Well, this annual festival celebrates the nation’s beloved fast-food dish, along with Whitby’s seafaring history.
Whitby Blues Festival
Date: 19th November 2022
We’ve had soul and Motown, and now it’s time for some Blues music. Whitby sure knows how to put on a Blues festival with a brilliant line-up and great foodie options. Popular acts include The animals, the Kyla Brox Band, Mojo Preachers, The Cinelli Brothers, and the Henrik Freischlander Band. Dance the night away with friends as you listen to some of your favourite hits throughout the day.
Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend
Date: 2nd – 4th December 2022
The Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend is an idyllic way to celebrate Christmas. The historic streets of Whitby come to life with traditional Christmas decorations, music, and fairy lights. Enjoy traditional Christmas carols along the charismatic cobbled stone streets as you explore this wonderful event. You will find a charming craft fair, and a whole range of fun Victorian games. The entire town takes part in this event, with shops, pubs, and cafes transforming into a typical Victorian village. Expect historic costumes, tasty sweet treats, and a beautiful lantern parade in the evening. This free event is perfect for adults and children of all ages. Find unique Christmas gifts from a wide selection of homemade cards, jewellery, homeware, toys, and tree decorations.
Whitby Annual Krampus Run
Date: 3rd December 2022
Another fun-filled event this Christmas is the annual Krampus Run. Taking place on the Eve of the Feast of St. Nicolas, this is a popular alternative Christmas event. This special day is believed to be the day when the Saint visited the homes of good children to hand them gifts, accompanied by the dark Christmas figure Krampus, who was there to punish the naughty children. A controversial character, this is a humorous event where people are invited to dress up in their best Krampus outfit and run through the streets. The event has only been running, quite literally, since 2015, but it has quickly risen in popularity amongst adults and children.