It's the BIGGIE! 
 
Returning to its rightful close-to-Halloween dates, Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW for short) transforms Whitby on 27th, 28th and 29th October 2017. 
 
These dates also coincide with half term for many, so it’s a spookily great time to embrace Whitby and experience this world-renowned event. 
 
This year’s line-up includes top music acts such as Theatre of Hate and The Membranes on Friday, and Fuzzbox and Massive Ego on Saturday.  
 
These bands are all performing at the Whitby Spa Pavilion on the town’s West Cliff (right opposite the Riviera). 
 
There is also the WGW Fringe starting on Thursday along with the soccer match everyone’s waiting for, conveniently called ‘The Football’ on Sunday from 2pm at Whitby FC, Upgang Lane. 
 
Our Goth Weekend guests keep threatening to sign Zed up to play for the Whitby side! I am NOT keen since he broke his ankle playing football and this made running a guesthouse with six floors rather on the challenging side! 
 
And how about the Bizarre Bazaar (the event’s wonderful alternative market) taking place at a number of Whitby venues - 10am to 5pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 
If we’ve whet your appetite, there’s a full itinerary available here.  
 
Of course, the most famous gothic connection to Whitby is that of Dracula. As a regular reader of this blog, you’ll be familiar with the eerie Count’s connection with our fishing port. 
 
And next month it’s the 170th anniversary of the birth of Dracula author, Bram Stoker. He was born on 8th November 1847 near Dublin. 
 
The famous Irish author stayed in a property just around the corner from The Riviera. Who knows, he might well have taken his daily walk past our own front door! 
 
So if you can’t make it to WGW, which was started back in 1994, then don’t worry, as we’ll be going all ghoulish again in the spring, when the next WGW should take place. We love this event – it’s great for the town and to see everyone in their best gothic ‘get ups’ is one of the highlights of the year. 
 
Did you know … 
This month’s WGW also includes charity events in aid of the RNLI at Abbey Wharf on Thursday 26th October (7pm to 1am). 
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