Whitby Fish & Ships Festival

This May sees the arrival of a new festival in Whitby. The Fish and Ships Festival is a free event held over the weekend of 18 & 19 May 2019.


During the weekend Whitby will be celebrating its Maritime Culture and all things ‘fishy’. This will start with a launch weekend followed by a week promoting Whitby’s seafood and fishing heritage.

At various locations throughout the town you will find live entertainment, cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, including Jean-Christophe Novelli and Brian Turner and demonstrations by local fishermen. There will also be a host of competitions, exhibitions, children’s workshops and entertainment.

The weekend will be rounded off with a spectacular evening firework display.

Some of the events taking place over the weekend are:

  • cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Brian Turner. Also Rob Green, Paul Gildroy, Martyn Hyde, Matt Leivers, Ryan Osborn and Andrew Baker.
  • talks, exhibitions and film screenings are happening all over town at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, HM Bark Endeavour, Pannett Art Gallery and the Whitby Library.
  • theatrical and musical entertainment at various locations.
  • street theatre by walking boats Flotsome and Jetsome
  • sculptor trail 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, crab dressing, net and lobster pot mending demonstrations from local fishermen
  • seafood trail
  • craft stalls
  • children’s competition to build fish and ships from Lego
  • discover what life at sea was really like and how disgusting the food really was on The Endeavour

Click Here for full details of the weekend festivities.