The Victorian Weekend is an exciting, longstanding event that brings together locals and visitors from across the country.
Running for over 20 years, the Victorian Weekend is a fun way to discover Great British culture and to learn a little more about the nation’s fascinating history. Offering fun for all the family, the Victorian Weekend is packed with live performances, traditional games, food stalls, and stunning Victorian costumes. This extensive guide offers everything you need to know about the area’s iconic historic event – all you need to do is to get your best outfit at the ready.
The Victorian Weekend generally takes place in the first weekend of December. It originally started in the winter of 1994 to help boost visitor numbers during the off peak season. It has been a much loved Christmas time event ever since.
This wondrous event happens throughout Robin Hood’s Bay. The whole township gets involved with Christmas decorations and lights placed in every shop front and cafe window, just to enhance the Victorian Weekend’s festive charm.
The entire event is free!
Robin Hood’s Bay thrives upon community spirit and welcomes everyone of all ages to come along and experience the Victorian Weekend.
Although there are no entry fees, there are a whole range of prize draws and traditional funfair games that may require a small fee. The majority of activities are also free, but donations are welcome..
Food and drink will also be available at an affordable price, ideal for those big family days out.
What to Expect
Step back in time and experience life at a traditional Victorian village. As the event is held in December, you will feel like you have entered a Dickensian novel during Christmas.
Christmas carols chime through the streets and fairy lights twinkle along the romantic cobbled stone pathways. Both organisers and visitors put on their finest Victorian frocks and waistcoats, making it a truly one of a kind experience.
When it comes to things to do, you will be treated to a whole range of options. There will be historical guided tours of Robin Hood’s Bay with visits to some of the town’s idyllic cottages and heritage sites. Choose a rubber duckie and enter it into the annual duck race for a bit of fun, laughter, and hopefully some prizes!
Traditional carolers and handbell ringers dressed in authentic Victorian attire line the streets, singing much loved festive tunes. The local churches also take part with carol singing, and Christmas trees.
If you’re feeling lucky, have a go at a tombola, raffle, and lucky dips. Take part in a variety of entertaining Victorian games including some good old wellie wanging which involves tossing a welly boot as far as possible.
There is an idyllic arts and crafts fair selling handmade decorations and artwork, created by the local community. The variety performance also offers fun for all the family, while the hilarious one-man pantomime showcases the UK’s beloved Christmas-time style of theatre. There will also be a range of interesting guided talks about the Dickensian era.
Winners will be announced for the most impressive costume and there will also be a Christmas card competition, so get creative!
And, if that’s not enough, you may even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus wandering through the idyllic Victorian streets of Robin Hood’s Bay.
Food & Drink
When it comes to food and drink at the Victorian Weekend, you’ll have a whole host of tasty options to choose from.
The distinct aroma of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts define Robin Hood’s Bay during this festive event. There are a variety of stalls selling local produce, homemade preserves, chocolate, and traditional sweet shop style treats.
For a taste of North Yorkshire’s favourite dish, tuck into the event’s annual Pie and Pea dinner.
Most pubs in Robin Hood’s Bay also join in the fun with live music and drinks deals throughout the day. Events go on through the evening, allowing guests to continue the celebrations.
Places to Stay
If you are looking for somewhere to stay over the Victorian Weekend, it is best to book in advance as Robin Hood’s Bay becomes particularly busy during this time. The town boasts a range of places to stay including charming B&Bs and guesthouses. We have rounded up a handful of our favourite Robin Hood’s Bay properties to help with your planning.
This high-end B&B is perfectly positioned in Upper Bay, just a short walk from the town centre. It is ideally located for getting to the Victorian Weekend, making it a great option for families with younger children. Each bedroom consists of cosy bedding, furniture, and luxury amenities. Tuck into a fully cooked English breakfast each morning accompanied by a selection of fresh fruit, cereal, tea, and coffee. Most rooms also offer fabulous sea views – the best way to start you day.
Phone: +44 1947 880689
Situated directly in Robin Hood’s Bay, Thackwood B&B offers affordable accommodation right beside the sea. The Victorian Weekend is situated just a few minutes walk from the property, offering free parking for guests who have travelled to Robin Hood’s Bay by car. The Coast to Coast Walkway is directly located on the path of Thackwood B&B, making it ideal for those wishing to combine the Victorian Weekend with a hiking holiday. Every room has been newly refurbished with cosy furniture and décor and some rooms also feature incredible sea views and an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub.
Phone: +44 1947 880858
Perched on a hill, overlooking town, Clarence Dene is another great place to stay when visiting the Victorian Weekend. All rooms are non-smoking with classic sea views and dog friendly options. In fact, those with dogs can request a clean dog bed for your room at an additional fee. Those who have special dietary requirements can feel rest assured with gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. There is also a cosy dining room serving breakfast each morning of your stay. For an extra special touch, the staff can prepare chocolates, bubbles, and flowers for romantic occasions.
Phone: +44 1947 880478
Station Waiting Rooms Loft
For a stylish place to stay, the Station Waiting Rooms Loft offers self catering accommodation just a ten minute drive from Robin Hood’s Bay. Providing guests with an authentic home from home experience, the Station Waiting Rooms Loft is great for families and larger groups. Enjoy the comfort of your very own lounge area complete with a sofa, TV, and DVD player. Cook up your favourite dishes in the fully equipped kitchen and eat with the family at the dining table. Other amenities include a washing machine, heating, bedding, and two separate double bedrooms. These self catering apartments offer visitors to Robin Hood’s Bay a chance to relax in a tranquil environment, close to the Victorian Weekend.
Phone: +44 1947 880 021