About Our Festival

Whitby Sea Festival is an annual festival which takes place in and around the historic Yorkshire seaport of Whitby, one of Britain's premier maritime heritage sites.

The festival celebrates Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast's proud connections to fishing, the sea and maritime heritage.

Since its beginnings in 1993 as The Captain Cook Festival and then for 12 years at Seafest in Scarborough, the event has staged some of the biggest gatherings of sea balladeers, shantymen, folk musicians and singers in the UK.

The festival promotes local musicians alongside those with international acclaim. So far, our programme has included the cream of the folk, roots, sea music and the shanty world .We have also enjoyed music from other nations including Senegal, Sicily, Canada, Eire, Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France and the USA.

As well as our usual Festival in July, we took part in the town-wide Fish & Ships Festival, May 17-19. We provided a massive music programme across the weekend - in the Festival Music marquee, Whitby Brewery, Sander's Yard Bistro, Whitby Abbey, Tate Hill BBQ and Whitby Library.

More information on the 2020 Fish & Ships Festival coming soon.

Whitby Seafest - Whitby Ahoy!

July 13-14th

All aboard for our summer Maritime Festival

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Whitby Sea Festival brings the town alive with the sound of Shanties and Sea Songs.

A great little Festival with the sea at it's heart