It’s all aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this Autumn. 
 
With a number of events taking place, you can indulge in your love of steam trains, step onto the footplate and get 'on track' with the story of this heritage railway! 
 
Did you know the railway is one of the earliest in the north of England and was built (in part) when Whitby’s traditional trades of whaling, alum working and shipbuilding were all in decline. 
 
Have you ever gazed at the night sky and wondered … what’s that bright star? And what is the name of that constellation that looks like a big square … and how come the moon looks different each night? 
 
Well, September is a great month to become an amateur astronomer! Grab a pair of binoculars and read this guide to the starry heavens for this month. If you would like to know more about what to spot each month, then visit John's Skynotes. 
 
As the first golden hints of autumn appear (and the kids go back to school), the dark nights are returning and with it the chance to observe our solar system and galaxy. 
 
After the short nights of summer, the darker hours lengthen and you can revel in seeing all sorts of nocturnal niceties. One of these is the Zodiacal Light. What’s that, we hear you ask? 
 
August means several important things for us … it’s the height of the holiday season; the kids are off school; and Trip Advisor hand out their ‘Certificates of Excellence’. 
 
So let’s recap … we’re in one of the loveliest places in the UK (Whitby) – tick! We’re a family-run business – tick! We have regular and new guests come stay with us – tick and tick! 
 
Aside from our freshly-cooked breakfasts, crisp bed linen, beautifully decorated rooms (many with sea views) and of course our easy-to-use website, we’re also reliant on one other aspect … reviews, and, finger’s crossed, good ones at that! 
 
August … time for the high season, scorching skies … and Whitby Regatta (11th, 12th & 13th August 2018). 
 
This year will mark the 178th event, which is thought to be one of the oldest of its kind along the Yorkshire Coast. The harbour will be bustling with boats; the streets will be thronged with people and the atmosphere should be fantastic. And there'll be a guest appearance from the Red Arrows! We would like to thank Neil Silk for allowing us to use some of his fabulous images featured in this blog. Thank you, Neil! 
 
One of Whitby’s most colourful and varied attractions is Pannett Park, which is just a ten-minute walk from the Riviera.* 
 
It’s got a fabulous play area and some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. The site, which has received Heritage Lottery Funding and Big Lottery Funds Park for People, has been truly transformed in recent years. 
 
At a glance, the site includes a lovely Lily Pond, the famous play area, a Commemorative Garden, the Jurassic Garden, Community Garden and the South Seas Garden. 
 
Captain James Cook’s connection to Whitby, Staithes and the Yorkshire Coast is well known, and from 6th to 8th July inclusive, the Cook 250 Whitby and Staithes Festival will celebrate the 250th anniversary of his first voyage to the distant South Seas. 
 
His first voyage was aboard HMS Endeavour, a replica of which is currently moored in Whitby Harbour. Cook’s maiden maritime quest lasted from 1768 to 1771 and part of the voyage was to observe a rare astronomical occurrence: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun in 1769. 
 
The voyage visited distant lands including Borabora and New Zealand, and later reached the east coast of Australia. 
 
Yorkshire is a vast county including lush pastures, seaside landscapes and cool, dark forests. And this varied terrain gives us same fabulous local food and tasty recipes. 
 
Starting with the sea, North Yorkshire fishermen have ventured out on the ocean wave for hundreds of years, from small fishing villages such as Staithes down to bustling harbours such as Whitby or Scarborough. 
 
Delicacies like crab and lobster, white fish including haddock and cod, and cockles and mussels have been harvested from the North Sea and offer healthy, delicious repasts. 
 
There is a local concoction, often called the North Sea Fisherman’s Pie, which uses locally caught haddock or cod along with prawns, herbs and spices together with fluffy mashed potato and freshly grated cheese. This is a hearty dish and full of flavours of the sea. Other villages along the Yorkshire Coast use different fish including ling and woof. And you can add bacon for that extra salty, savoury twist. 
 
If you love food – buying it, cooking and then eating it! – then May could be a busy month for you! 
 
Traditionally the busiest time of year for food festivals in Yorkshire, 2018 is no exception. 
 
Yorkshire is one of the UK’s largest counties and includes some fabulous local produce, and a food festival is one of the best places to indulge in your foodie fantasies! 
 
Here are three gastronomic events that take place within driving distance of Whitby, all offering a great day out into the bargain. 
 
Once again, our seaside town will be transformed ready for Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW for short) 27th to 29th April 2018. 
 
We’ve blogged about this before, yet it’s such a fabulous event, we couldn’t resist putting our fingers to the keyboard once again. 
 
We know how Whitby has inspired perhaps the best-known gothically-inpsired author of them all, Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula. We see the dramatic, dark ruins of Whitby Abbey everyday, an imposing sight against the great Yorkshire sky and one which undoubtedly inpsired him to write his most famous work. 
 
Whitby also is home to many tales of ghosts and ghouls, so all in all, our town is the perfect place to hold WGW, which was first held in 1994. 
 
 
Lights, camera, action! 
 
It’s the star of the show, none other than the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. No touch ups or special effects required for our neck of the woods when the film crews frame up for their next feature. 
 
The most recent visit from Hollywood captured ‘on celluloid’ is from Phantom Thread, which thrust the Whitby area into the global spotlight with the help of none other than Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The film received an Oscar gong for Best Costume Design, which, if you’ve seen the movie, is thoroughly well deserved. 
 
Phantom Thread has starring roles for Robin Hood’s Bay (pictured), Staithes, Ravenscar, Lythe and Grosmont Station, all within easy reach from us here at the Riviera. 
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