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.

This year is a little bit different. As it is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first Voyage of Discovery, we are joining forces with Welcome to Yorkshire and lots of other businesses and organisations across Whitby to stage a spectacular celebration.

Along with the wonderful Whitby Brewery, we will be taking over the Bandstand area with wall to wall music, stalls, and entertainment from Friday through to Sunday.

Our performers will also be gracing the decks of the newly refurbished 'Endeavour', which is coming to Whitby in time for the Festival.

In addition we have some special treats in store at the fabulous Sander's Yard Bistro, including a Friday Evening Festival Folk Club, Saturday Festival All Stars Concert and a stunning finale on Sunday eve with Hughie Jones, Steve Turner and The Endeavour Shantymen.

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