There's an abundance of things to do for everyone in Staithes. Whether you fancy a relaxing time on the small sandy beach, a day out fishing the high seas or a bracing walk on the cliff tops, you will find something new to do every time you visit this beautiful little seaside fishing village. Whilst by no means exhaustive, we have put together a list of things you might like to do during your holiday here.
Relax on the "Staithe" or play on the beach:
Sit and relax on the "Staithe" or the small sandy beach with a glass of wine or an ice cream. Build a sandcastle or two or just stare out to sea as the waves roll in.
Seek out the hidden treasures fossil hunting:
Staithes is located at the start of the "Jurassic" Yorkshire Coast; also known as the "Dinosaur" coast. When the tide's out, why not go on a fossil hunting expedition?
Go crabbing, lobster potting and sea fishing:
Go ground, wreck and reef fishing on the locally run "All My Sons" boat or simply do you own thing off the pier, lay your lobster pots or go crabbing in the rock pools.
Explore the rockpools, beachcombe, see seals:
The wave cut platform from Staithes takes you round to the decaying landing at Port Mulgrave. Explore the rockpools at low tide; on a good day you might see seals!
Visit the Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre:
This fascinating museum takes you through the history of Staithes and has a 1745 life-size street scene of Captain Cook's time here as a young apprentice.
Follow the Painted Illusion Trail in Staithes:
World-renowned trompe l’oeil artist Paul Czainski has created a mind boggling set of painted illusions in Staithes. Follow the "illusive catch" around the village.
Novice or expert, enjoy an artists' paradise:
Home to the famous art colony known as the Staithes Group, the village remains an artists paradise. The Staithes Gallery runs year long art schools and programmes.
Discover the nooks and crannies of the village:
Take a stroll around the village and lose yourself on the higgledy piggledy streets, winding steps and narrow passageways. You'll find a new cottage every time!
Surf the high seas on one of the UK's best waves:
If surfing is your game you'll find Staithes a real hidden gem, with the wave quality considered world class. Nearby Salturn provides lessons for novices.
Take a walk on the wild side - the Cleveland Way:
Combine coast and country with a walk on one of the many trails around Staithes including the 109 mile Cleveland Way which stretches from Helmsley to Filey.
Visit the local stores for all your holiday shopping:
The Betsy Bo sweet shop, Deli and Wine shop, Chaple YardStores, Craft Corner, the Emporium, Kessen Bowl and the Vintage shop for gifts, the butchers, fishmongers and the co-op for all your holiday needs.
Eat, drink and be merry at the pubs and cafes:
In and amongst a handful of cafés, lie the Royal George and Cod & Lobster pubs in the heart of the old village a and the Cobbles Bar & Bistro whilst the Captain Cook sits at the top of the bank.
Festivals and Events:
Each year Staithes hosts a Lifeboat weekend in the middle of August. A great weekend for all the family with lots going on in village for young and old.
Whitby Regatta is also on the same weekend and the RNLI have demonstrations of their skills and there are firework displays. Other events include the two Goth weekends a year in Whitby where all are welcome and fancy dress is almost a must! These are usually held in spring and autumn each year. Please see this website www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk
In early September in Staithes there is an Arts & Heritage Festival where individual cottages and public spaces are used as temporary galleries.
Further afield on the coast and inland:
Take the short trip up the coast to Saltburn, or down the coast to Runswick Bay, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough. All these places are accessible by bus as well as car.
Inland you can, off road 4x4 adventures, the North Yorks Moors countryside and the North Yorks Moors Steam railway which travels from Pickering to Whitby. As well as fishing and surfing on the coast, for the sporty types, you can go sailing at nearby Scaling Dam, there are a number of golf courses close by and if you fancy taking in a football match, pop north to Middlesbrough or south to watch Whitby Town.