As we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019, many of us will be "seeing the new year in" as the bells chime out over London and the rest of the world. 
There are a number of traditions that we stick to so we can celebrate a brand new year! 
For example, singing Auld Land Syne … we all do it, but why? Written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, this New Year tune is set to the musical notes of a traditional folk song. 
Singing this song usually entails a linking of hands or arms with anyone close to you.  
This New Year tradition began north of the border, but is now popular across the British Isles and beyond. 
There’s never a better place to be than Whitby during the festive season. 
The spectacular sunsets; Jack Frost nipping at your nose; sparkling lights and of course the chance that Santa Clause himself will be coming down the chimney! 
The fun of Christmas is captured by a number of events that take place in the run up to December the 25th. 
We’ve had our annual Whitby Christmas Festival and if you read our previous blog, you know this event kicks off all things Christmassy in the town. 
However if you missed that, or if you feel this is only the beginning of this fun time of year, then you won’t be disappointed! 
While we can’t guarantee snow on the ground, we can promise festive fun is in the air at Whitby Christmas Festival, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November. 
Have your Christmas stockings ready from 5pm from Friday 16th when this much-loved annual event begins. 
Taking place in the Front Marina Car Park overlooking the harbour and with Whitby Abbey in full view, there will be three days of stalls, the Lantern Parade, a spectacular fireworks display and a visit from Santa himself. 
October … a time for colourful, crispy leaves, pumpkins … and the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival here in Whitby! 
So … what’s this, we hear you ask? 
Taking place at the historic Whitby Pavilion which overlooks picturesque beaches and tumultuous North Sea, this event has been given a haunting new look ready for Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018. 
A gothic gathering of musical talent will be out in force on both Friday and Saturday, including Paradise Lost, The Eden House and The Society on Friday; Fields of the Nephilim, Salvation and Sometime the Wolf on Saturday alongside Club Night with DJ Kell Kill. 
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. 
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. 
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