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Music on the Coast

Whitby Folk Week Credit Tony Bartholomew Whitby Folk Week Credit Tony Bartholomew

From sea shanties to folk, and rhythm & blues to world music, the North York Moors coast has it covered. Venues are relaxed and low-key affairs, offering a range of acts to tantalise your taste buds. Why not stay longer, make your way down the coastline and sample some of these musical delights on your travels.


Positioned overlooking the sea, set in comfy surroundings, The Spa Hotel hosts an array of acts as part of their Live by the Sea programme. Some well-known bands have played here, including China Crisis and Mark Morriss from The Bluetones.

You’ll find other genres in Saltburn too. For folk music, the Cutty Wren Folk Club runs evening sessions from a range of venues, and organises the Saltburn Folk Festival every August. Meanwhile blues can be found at the Saltburn Blues Club who arrange monthly sessions. Look out for the Howzat Festival a local blues festival in the autumn.


Staithes offers a rich artistic tapestry in its Festival of Arts & Heritage in early September. Not only does it feature exhibitions from over 100 artists, it includes lots of music in pop up venues around the village.

Dotty's hosts a music evening on the first Saturday of every month. Resident band 'Dire Staithes' often play, alongside anyone else who wishes to bring an instrument or sing along. Licensing restrictions means you can bring your own drink. For further information, give Dotty's a call.


Located 2½ miles from Runswick Bay, The White Hart Inn in Mickleby accommodates the local folk club on Saturday evenings. You’ll find live music most weeks, but be prepared for a sing-a-round – in other words audience participation!


Gothic rock is at home here given its associations with Dracula. Now a popular festival, goth's flock twice a year to Whitby Goth Festival, which takes place during autumn and spring.


If blues is your thing, The Endeavour holds a music evening on Tuesdays. And don’t forget the Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival in October.

For World Music, visit the annual Musicport Festival in October. Keep your eyes open for other smaller events advertised on their website and Whitby Pavilion’s listings for other types of music throughout the year.   

You’ll find Sea Shanties galore, traditional folk dancers and music at Whitby Folk Week every August. Held in numerous locations, this event is not one to be missed. Further folk music can be enjoyed at Whitby Folk Club every Wednesday night at the Friendship Rowing Club.

Robin Hood’s Bay

Folk music abounds in Robin Hood’s Bay. Ye Dolphin Inn facilitates a folk club most Friday evenings. You can also find this genre at Tea, Toast and Post plus so much more!  

Don’t miss the annual Folk Weekend in the summer. This free festival is packed full with music sessions, traditional dance and singarounds at numerous locations. 

Hayburn Wyke, near Cloughton

Set in a beautiful wooded cleft close to a waterfall, Hayburn Wyke Inn provides a traditional country pub atmosphere to listen to music. For further information on their music nights, contact the pub directly.

See Discover Yorkshire Coast for more music events in Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and along the coast.

Music on the move

Fancy listening to music and supping a pint while being gently transported through stunning scenery? Esk Valley Railway’s Music and Ale train runs on Friday evenings during summer months.