In contrast to last year’s early - and rather wet! - Easter, this year’s celebration is about as late as it can be! 
 
That means this dates - Good Friday 19th April through to Easter Monday on the 22nd April - will hopefully herald warmer weather and sunnier days. 
 
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, working out when Easter takes place has its historical roots right here in Whitby. 
 
And while a whole blog has been dedicated to this, we thought it would be fun to acknowledge our town’s ‘claim to fame’ by marking the official start of the holiday season with a few Easter updates! 
 
 
 
 
So, if you are staying with us, we have our lovely beaches providing free entertainment, along with the Cleveland Way National Trail, which passes through Whitby as part of its overall ‘count’ of 109-miles.  
 
This year, this beautiful trail celebrates its 50th birthday, so it’s a good year to tackle some or all of it! 
 
Mountaineer Alan Hinkes has recently appeared on local TV extoling the virtues of the walk that takes in cliff top scenery in and around Whitby. 
We’ll be telling you more about the Cleveland Way National Trail in a blog later in the spring. 
 
If you’d like to hang up your walking boots and take a breather, then have a look at our ‘What’s On’ page for various events taking place at Whitby Pavilion, including the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival on 26th to 28th April inclusive. 
 
Yet probably the focus of Easter here in Whitby has to be the ancient Abbey. 
This spectacular and iconic structure has been undergoing some improvements of late and is aiming to be open ready for the Easter break. 
 
And given the building’s history can be traced back some 1,500 years, it is no surprise that the stonework and grounds need a bit of TLC every now and again. 
 
Improvements include the entrance being fully accessible, better visitor centre facilities including a bigger retail area and a brand new coffee shop by the entrance. Great news if you’ve just tackled the famous 199 steps that are worth ascending if only for the superb views at the top! 
 
Anyway, back to Easter at Whitby Abbey! The curators of the building, English Heritage, will host its Easter Adventure Quest from Sunday 6th April to Sunday 28th April inclusive. 
The quest requires you to turn into fossil detective in the hunt for ammonites … crack the clues and follow the trail through the incredible grounds as the Abbey towers above you. 
 
Intrepid explorers who track down the ammonites will get a fabulous certificate and a fun sticker! Cool! And we hear there’ll be a chocolate treat too. Yum! 
 
Easter also means some fun traditions, such as chocolate eggs, the Easter bunny and maybe an Easter Bonnet here and there. 
 
Whitby will be bustling with visitors who’ll be visiting our lovely independent shops that huddle the narrow, cobbled streets. 
 
Whitby is also famous for its jet, kippers and of course Captain Cook, all of which have outlets you can visit to find out more. 
 
We are truly spoilt here in Whitby as spring and summer get underway. We look forward to welcoming you soon.. 
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