Whitby Harbour full of boats during a Whitby festival

Fish and Ships – a brand new Whitby festival

We’re so excited to announce a brand new Whitby festival for 2019: Fish and Ships!

Fish and Ships is a free festival. It will celebrate everything at makes Yorkshire Coast’s maritime culture special. Come and join us Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May for this exciting event.

Throughout the town, you’ll be able to watch live entertainment and street theatre. Enjoy, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs and tuck in to delicious food. There’s also going to be an incredible, pier-side fireworks display.

Janet Deacon, Fish and Ships organiser, said that:

“From the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants, Whitby is one of the few places left in Britain where you can still experience the seafarer’s way of life from sea to shore, as it’s been for hundreds of years.

Whitby was once an international maritime centre, and visitors will be able to explore first-hand how today’s seafarers are building on tradition to put top quality seafood on Britain’s plates, in their own unique and sustainable way.

As you’d expect from the seaside, there’s also plenty of top-notch entertainment, including live music, madcap street theatre, inspired artworks, and a grand firework display.”

whitby town and pier on a sunny day

Fish and Ships festival highlights:

There’s going to be lots to do over the weekend for people of all ages to enjoy. The highlights include:

  • Cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Brian Turner. Yorkshire coast’s seafood heroes will be supporting them all weekend. You’ll see Rob Green, Paul Gildroy, Martyn Hyde, Matt Leivers, Ryan Osborn and Andrew Baker
  • Talks, exhibitions and film screenings are happening all over town. Check out the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, HM Bark Endeavour, Pannett Art Gallery and the Whitby Library.
  • Theatrical experiences – will you be brave enough to take a walk through the mouth of a giant whale?
  • Street theatre by walking boats Flotsome and Jetsome
  • Sculptor trail of brand new commissions by local sculptor Emma Stothard
  • Children’s animation workshop run by Wallace and Gromit’s animator Virpi Kettu
  • Competitions run by the Whitby Angling Club and Whitby Rowing Club
  • Tours of the North Eastern Guardian Fisheries protection vessel
  • Fish filleting and crab dressing demonstrations from local fishermen
  • Seafood trail
  • Craft stalls
  • Children’s competition to build fish and ships from Lego

Make sure you clear the date in your diary – this is one Whitby festival you won’t want to miss! 

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