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. 
 
 
Folks in everyday dress mix with those who put an incredible effort into their outfits that have been featured in the national and international media. 
 
This year’s line up has been announced on the official WGW website, www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk and includes Dr Haze’s Freak Show and Desmond O’Connor on Friday and Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic on Saturday, performing at Whitby Pavilion. 
 
There is also the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market trading from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday. This market offers an incredible A-Z of stallholders trading their wares, from Alternate Dreams to the York Shop of Horrors. 
 
We’re often asked if the event is suitable for children, and according to the WGW website, it is a family event. 
 
As with all events, it’s best to keep an eye on the little ones and also get them to wear ear-defenders if the music is a bit loud! 
There are a few things that are ‘givens’ during this weekend … it’s busy. Very busy. And while this shouldn’t put you off attending, be prepared for packed car parks and crowded streets.  
 
Allow plenty of time to get to (and from) Whitby, and be aware that public transport is probably at capacity during peak times. 
 
If you’re thinking of bringing the pooch, then you might want to reconsider, as the streets get chock-a-block with pedestrians and some of our four-legged friends can get stressed out with the forest of legs surrounding them. 
 
WGW also has a big heart as it raises coffers for some very worthy causes, which have included the Bat Conservation Trust, the local branch of Mind and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. 
All in all, we’re really looking forward to this spring outing of WGW. 
 
It signals the arrival of spring and gives Whitby that extra buzz before the main bustle of the summer season takes over. 
 
The Riviera is just a few minutes’ walk from Whitby Pavilion, and we are close to the famous landmarks of the Cook monument and the Whalebone Arch. Parking is close by and the golden sands of our local beaches are not far away at all. 
 
So although you’ve gathered by now that we’re a great place to stay anytime of year, WGW is always a welcome event for us, and we look forward to it every time it takes place. 
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