What’s On In Whitby In January
Things to do in Whitby, North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast in January.
January is always a quiet month in my household and probably many others. The excitement of Christmas has passed, we’ve rung in the New Year and now we are just passing the cold, crisp days waiting for spring to be sprung!
But January doesn’t have to be a boring, mundane month filled with doing nothing, or trying to keep up with those New Year’s resolutions. You could instead, put on your coat, get in your car, or jump on the train and head off to sample some North Yorkshire delights.
The North York Moors is well known for its gorgeous scenery and a fantastic array of wildlife that you can spend hours walking in and watching. However, these things are not the only attraction this fantastic destination has to offer. Believe it or not, you can also visit a fabulous art gallery and in January that’s exactly what we are suggesting you do.
The Inspired By gallery is located within the Moors National Park Centre and holds various exhibitions throughout the year. In January they will be finishing holding their exhibit entitled Brigantia’s Yorkshire ‘Hygge’ and we highly recommend you see it. It is full of various pieces created by talented artists and craft workers from around the region.
Where: North York Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Whitby, YO21 2NB.
When: Up until the 20th January (weekends only after the 6th)
Contact: 01439 772737
Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend
The Big Garden Birdwatch is an annual event arranged by the RSPB that aims to conduct a huge survey of all the birds we find in our very own gardens and other areas. This information, which has been collected for over forty years, is then used to monitor and react to bird species population.
If you want to get yourself a little more involved with this project, you should head for the Sutton Bank National Park Centre where they are holding different activities over the weekend. Things you can participate in include helping with the daily bird count, children's crafts, and walking nature trails.
Where: Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, YO7 2EH.
When: 26th to the 28th January
Contact: 01845 597426
Sail The Seven Seas
There is nothing like a good old night out at the theatre and if you fancy one in January why not go to the Whitby Pavilion for an adventure on the seven seas?
Sinbad the Sailor sees the Apollo Players return to Whitby and tell the tale of Sinbad setting sail to make his fortune. It is full of colourful costumes, dazzling sets, and special effects. Kids will love this story full of lovable characters, jokes, songs, and of course, plenty of audience participation.
Where: Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN.
When: 14th to the 19th January
Contact: 01947 458899
Get Your Wellies On!
After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, a brisk walk in the Yorkshire fresh air will do you the world of good. So we are recommending you grab your wellies and winter woollies and head for the Yorkshire Arboretum.
You can join many others in a stroll around the arboretums glorious woodland. This is a place of 120 acres and trees from across the globe. It really is a must see.
Where: Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY.
When: 1st February
Contact: 01653 648598
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids that is fun and interesting you should head for the Make It event at Scarborough Art Gallery. Here your children can get involved in all sorts of art workshops and even better you can too as there are also adult workshops.
Where: Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW.
When: 5th, 12th, and 19th January
Contact: 01723 374753
Get Back To Nature
If you want to get the family out and about and away from it all why not take them to Yorkshire Coast Nature where you will be taken on a journey exploring the North York Moors wildlife. Adventures available include winter birdwatching and wildlife photography trips and birding discovery days.
Where: Yorkshire Coast Nature, East Ayrton, Scarborough
When: Various dates throughout January
Contact: 01723 865498
All Aboard For Curry!
Sounds weird, I know but the HM Bark Endeavour which is moored at Whitby offers a range of dining experiences not to be missed and in an unusual location. This month is the more ‘pub traditional’ curry night and includes starters, pickles, poppadoms, choice of curry, naans, and Cobra bottled lager.
Where: HM Bark Endeavour, Whitby Harbour, Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU.
When: 10th January
Contact: 01723 364100
Behind Closed Doors
Castle Howard is a beautiful family home that opens to the public virtually every day of the year. Not only do they offer the magnificence of the actual house itself and the gardens but also some great exhibitions and tours.
In January you can participate in their Friends of Castle Howard: behind closed doors tour. This is your chance to get a unique glimpse behind the scenes of this fabulous house. Hear all about the extensive works going on from the top to the bottom of the house. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea whilst listening to one of their talks.
Please note this activity is only available to members of the Friends of Castle Howard group. Membership is available from their website.
Where: Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA.
When: 25th January
Contact: 01653 648333
You’ll need to wrap up warm and take a flask of tea for this next activity we suggest in January, as you are going to go and stare at the night sky with Deep Sky Exploring.
On these evenings you will be given a guided tour of the night sky showing the range of constellations and objects that reside with them. This is a fascinating experience and one we highly recommend.
Where: Dalby Forest, Scarborough
When: 11th and the 25th January
Dancing With Swords
Dating back to the 19th century the Goathland Plough Stots is one of Yorkshire’s oldest sword dancing troops. They will be performing five dances accompanied by fiddle and accordion players. This really is your chance to see a little piece of history.
When: 19th January
Learn About The Ancient Seas
The Rotunda Museum in Scarborough hosts various special exhibitions throughout the year and in January you can visit one of them. This is the Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast exhibit and it tells the tale of 360 million years of prehistoric sea creatures.
A story throughout time from Whitby to Flamborough Head the Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast is one exhibit you should not miss!
Where: Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2PS.
When: Throughout January
Contact: 01723 353665
Visit A Marvellous Market
Helmsley is an ancient town that dates back to the 13th century and has a fantastic market that everyone should visit. It is indoors so you won’t be getting frozen fingers and toes and sells all sorts of artisan food and local produce. There is also a craft fair most Fridays that is housed in the town hall.
When: 25th January
I don’t think there is anyone that wouldn’t enjoy a trip through the gorgeous North Yorkshire Moors on a glorious steam train! And you can do just that on the 1st January.
Where: Pickering or Whitby Train Station
When: 1st January
Contact: 01751 472508