Goth playing guitar in Whitby

Whitby Goth Weekend April 2013

Spring 2013 Whitby Goth Weekend – 26 to 28 April

Whitby’s hugely popular Goth Weekend brings revellers and fans of non-conformity, the alternative lifestyle and free expression from all over the UK and beyond for several days of shopping, drinking, dancing and merriment.

Rocky Horror Show Goth below Whalebone Arch. Taken by Chris Jones, Bow House
Rocky Horror Show Goth below Whalebone Arch © Chris Jones/Bow House

For those who fancy a bit of shopping, Whitby is full of fascinating, independent shops selling all manner of wares. As well as Whitby’s usual offerings the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market at the Spa features over 120 stalls featuring clothing, music, footwear and jewellery. There are some great and unique items – perfect to pick up a memento of the weekend. Also worth checking out is the Gothic Bring and Buy is a great place to pick up bargain clothes and shoes, or bring along your own alternative clothing and footwear and the WGW volunteers will sell it on for you. A 10% cut of all revenue raised is given to charity.

A perfect combination of vivid colours. Taken by Chris-Jones, Bow-House
A perfect combination of vivid colours © Chris Jones/Bow House

For many regulars the event is all about the music and there are fantastic lineups for Friday and Saturday night’s gigs. The gigs usually run from 8:00pm until 1:00am, but check times at the information stall, especially if there’s a specific band you’d like to see. Get your tickets from the Whitby Goth Weekend website.


  • Doctor & the Medics
  • Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons
  • Voltaire
  • Zombina and the Skeletones


  • Clan of Xymox
  • The Danse Society
  • Deviant UK
  • Skeletal Family

There are also a number of fringe events going on in and around Whitby such as alterative club nights. Check the WGW website for details. To book tickets or to find out more about the event visit

Many costumes make use of Whitby’s nautical connections. Taken by Chris Jones, Bow House
Many costumes make use of Whitby’s nautical connections © Chris JonesBow House

The event is a great place to make new friends, or meet up with old ones, join in the good times and admire the magnificent array of individual and creative clothing and costumes on display. Many regulars make spectacular, bespoke outfits for the occasion, taking their inspiration from grand Victorian styles, or Whitby’s Dracula or nautical connections. Many are truly marvelous and (if you ask politely) worth taking a picture of.

A more sober look but just as effective. Taken by Chris Jones, Bow House
A more sober look but just as effective © Chris Jones/Bow House

For newcomers and first timers there will be an informative meeting in the Spa on Friday 26th April at 11:00am. The folks at the information desk will be able to direct you to the right room. WGW staff will be on hand to answer any questions and there will be maps and programmes available to show you what’s going on where and how to get there. Any announcements and last minute changes/updates will be made in the Spa Foyer.

Whitby is the perfect setting for a Goth experience. Taken by Chris Jones