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10 reasons for your family to visit Whitby for the Fish n Ships Festival

(This is a sponsored post) Enjoying family fun together for free is a fabulous way to get some quality time together. The upcoming Whitby for the Fish & Ships Festival is totally free and it has so many opportunities for families. It run from May 18 to May 19, 2019 and is well worth the visit.

Not convinced? Then we’ve got a few ideas for you for why the festival is worth heading to Yorkshire for….

Whitby is one of the few places still left in Britain where families can enjoy the experience of a seafarers way of life. For one hundred years Whitby has remained one of the best places to experience life as a sea person with its annual Fish & Ships Festival. This festival helps to get families in the area to truly dive in and experience everything to do with fish and ships. And we ALL KNOW how important Fish and Chips is to the area, but there is plenty of other nautical fun to be had in the area.

This festival is free to the public and a fabulous way to enjoy downtime together as a family while learning an awful lot about British culture.

10 Great Reasons your Family to Visit Whitby for the Fish & Ships Festival

  1. Enjoy stories from submariner Jonah as you walk yourself into the jaws of a whale.
  2. A slow boat comedic race runs during the festival where you’ll hear Flotsam and Jetsam create music and mayhem throughout the festival.
  3. Living historians, People From the Past, will be around for you to witness. This includes a herring girl, a 19th Century Whaler-man, Ol Abel Parkin who voyaged with Captain Cook in the 19th Century, and a local mermaid.
  4. Learn how to build a crows nest, no not the bird, the actual nest that sits atop of a ship’s mast as a lookout for sailors.
  5. Hours upon hours of free maritime music that includes soulful sailor’s ballets and UK’s top sea-singers and musicians who will perform throughout the town.
  6. Dance along on the last day of the Whitby for the Fish & Ships Festival as you find out who wins the Song for the Sea competition during Sunday afternoon’s final show.
  7. Make ‘Wallace & Gromit’ style aqua-movies with animator Virpi Kettu on Saturday in the Whitby library.
  8. On Saturday, you can dig into flip-book animation sessions and make a felted fish supper with local artist Serena Partridge at Whitby library. These are hosted from 10am-12pm and 1 pm to 3 pm with some drop-in sessions in between.
  9. Stop by the Food Theatre to enjoy live seafood demos that will include appearances from TV chefs Brian Turner and Jean-Christophe Novelli. Also, you can learn how to catch, dress and eat the famous Whitby crab.
  10. Enjoy the finale on Sunday night with fireworks that start at 10 pm. And who doesn’t love a bit of fireworks?

If you’re trying to plan something fun with the kids, then check it out! Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the UK – and perfect for entertaining the kids by the sea.

We didn’t include having Fish and Chips on the beach – but that’s a given, right? 😂

We believe that you will get so much fun to visit this Fish and Ships Festival. To welcome summer, we hope that you will think of Whitby, and other UK destinations as a possibility. Why don’t you pop over and look at some of the other travel content on this site?

If you would like to find out more about the festival, do visit the site

If after reading this, you would like to book a stay, then try here: or try calling the tourist office directly at 01723 383636.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Jennifer Gladwin

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

It sounds like such a fun festival! We've never been to Whitby but my parents have just returned from a trip there and they loved it.


Tuesday 28th of May 2019

I love anything maritime related, so this sounds right up my street. We'd actually planned a holiday in Whitby several years ago, then I discovered I was pregnant and we went on a 'babymoon' to New York instead.

Bryony Shaw

Friday 17th of May 2019

Whitby is a great place to visit! They are known for great fish and chippies!


Friday 17th of May 2019

Wow that sounds fun. And, a day trip to the seaside wouldn't be complete without some fish and chips.


Friday 17th of May 2019

Whitby is on our bucketlist and wouldn't hurt to get over to the Fish n ships.

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