Whitby Lifeboat History and Flag Day

The History of Whitby Lifeboat

Whitby has had an operating lifeboat station since 1802, and in 2007 a new building was built to house the inshore lifeboat and the larger all weather lifeboat. There is also training rooms, a galley and an office.

In 1802 Whitby lifeboat station was one of the first to be established. Whitby has had 4 stations, the Old No 1 (west side of Whitby) - this closed in 1934. Upgang station (1865-1919), Whitby No 2 station (east side of Whitby) - which closed in 1954 and the present station in the harbour. 

Whitby has a history of lifeboats that have been stationed here. They are:

Original No 1 Station (west side)
Lucy -                                                       1861-1870
A second Lucy -                                       1870-1871
Renamed Robert Whitworth                    1871-1881
Robert & Mary Ellis -                              1881-1908
Robert & Mary Ellis -                              1908-1934
the station then closed in 1934
Original No 2 Station (east side)
A lifeboat -                                               1861-1872
Hariott Fortheath                                      1872-1879
2nd Hariott Fortheath                               1879-1881
3rd Hariott Fortheath                                1881-1887
Christopher -                                             1887-1895
John Fielden -                                           1895-1914
William Riley of Birmingham                  1919-1931
Jacob & Rachael Vallentine -                    1931-1938
Richard -                                                    1938-1941
renamed Jacob & Rachael Vallentine        1941-1947
Robert and Ellen Robson -                        1947-1959

Present Lifeboat Station
Margaret Harker Smith -                           1919-1938
Mary Ann Hepworth -                              1938-1974
The White Rose of Yorkshire -                 1974-1988
City of Sheffield -                                     1988-1996
George and Mary Webb -                          1996-present
OEM Stone III -                                         present 

Every year the RNLI hold a Flag Weekend which is a fun packed fundraising event for all the family.

there will be a host of stalls, homemade baking, books, tombola and pick a peg.

The Lifeboats will put on a public display for everyone to view, including an air sea rescue display. A Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield will take part subject to operational availability.

This years Whitby Flag Weekend is on 30th and 31st July 2016, so if you are staying with us or looking to come and stay then why not choose this weekend and join in the fun weekend!



7th Charity Beer Festival 2016

Whitby District Lions Club 7th Charity Beer Festival 2016

This year the Whitby Lions which is a local charity will be raising funds for the following charities in the area: The Yorkshire Ambulance and The Great North Air Ambulance.

The Beer Festival is ran by volunteers and they have over 30 real ales, ciders and perrys to try from both local and regional micro breweries, along with some delicious locally produced food, I'm sure you will find something for everyone to enjoy!

So if you love real ales and want to relax on a great atmosphere, then bring the whole family along for a great day! While you are there you can vote for the best recommended draft beer or cider at the end of the festival. 

This is the third year running and they are hoping for another successful year! 

The Beer Festival is being held between 28th and 31st July 2016.

The location is at the Whitby Mission and Seafarers Centre and is open 12noon - 10pm (Sunday 12noon - 4pm).
All children are welcome so you can come along as a family!

£5.00 per person entry and this includes a festival tankard (like the one opposite) and a beer token. Additional beer tokens are available at £1.50 each or 7 for £10. 

You can like them on facebook - facebook.com/whitbybeerfestival or you can follow the on twitter - @Whitbybeerfestival 

There is also a Scarborough Seafest on for the same dates so if you fancy a trip to Scarborough be sure to head along and sample a few of the beers they have on offer along with the food stalls. They will also be having cooking demonstrations in the Seafest kitchen marquee too! 

We have a lovely grassed touring field with 16 amp electric hook up points to each pitch. So if you are thinking of touring the Yorkshire Coast then why not come and spend a few days with us here at Whitby Holiday Park. We also have a Family Club with bar and entertainment area, Cafe and Shop on Park

To book please call our office on 01947 602664


Coastline Festival


This year The Stables restaurant of Whitby is holding a unique musical extravaganza, the likes of which Whitby has not seen before!  It is going to be a one day, and one day only festival, with some fantastic music by some amazing acts!

Headlining the festival is the one and only 10cc.  They will perform many of their classic hits including I'm Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday, Life is a Minestrone, Art for Arts Sake and Wall Street Shuffle plus many many more.

Playing alongside 10cc is the British Soul Band The Real Thing who will also be playing many of their classic hits.

Joining both of these amazing groups is the  former lead guitarist of Catfish and the Bottleman, Billy Bibby and The WrySmiles.  They have been working hard recently creating some wonderful masterpieces, and are just starting to tour not just in the Uk but across Europe too!!  The team who have put together this amazing one day event are thrilled to have secured this booking and are looking forward to seeing him perform.

Hosting this amazing event is top radio host 'GOFFY' who will be introducing the above amzing acts plus other special guests throughout the day.

I've been informed that gates open from 1.30pm on Saturday 6th August with the ability to be able to park all day at the venue.

The Stables also serves some amazing food, so why not treat yourself to meal too (that's if they are serving!  Nothing has been mentioned about food, so it may be an idea to check in advance first!)  If you are unable to try the food on this day, then make sure you get yourselves booked in for another day, but make sure you book as it is a very popular place!!

Tickets for Coastline Festival are on sale at a cost of £38.00 each.  These can be purchased from one of the following places: Whitby Town FC, Whitby Pavilion, The Stables or by calling 0114 2233777

If you want to attend this event and need somewhere to stay, then why not book your touring caravan or motorhome in with us here at Whitby Holiday Park!?  We are only a 10 minute taxi ride from The Stables, so we are ideally situated without being too close to the venue!

We have room for 120 tourers and motorhomes on site, but don't leave it too long to book as we do get busy!  Some of our pitches have an amazing view out over the sea and an area known locally as Saltwick Bay, and from some pitches you get a stunning view of the Abbey!  Call us today to book your pitch on 01947 602664!

Don't leave it too long to purchase your ticket for this amazing event or to book your pitch as both will fill up fast!

Come along and dance away the day to hits from the past!!

Blog done by Kayleigh


Special Events on the North Yorkshire Moors

Next weekend (Friday 17th June - Sunday 19th June) sees the stations along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway transform back to the Seventies with it's 70's Heritage Diesel Gala.

At Levisham Station you can rock back to the 70's with returning band The Glamned who are being supported by Monty Scott (who apparently looks a little like Leo Sayer.....depending on who you ask!)  There will be a real ale bar available so you can enjoy a little light refreshment as you pass through!

They will be rocking out the tunes from the 70's on Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 4pm.

At Goathland, DJ Lynn will be spinning the discs from the 70's across the whole weekend for you to enjoy.

At Pickering station, new for this year, there will be a 1970's pop up museum which will be on display in the Learning Centre on Platform 2.  There will also be several stalls selling all sorts of pictures and images over the weekend.

Refreshments will be available at both stations throughout the weekend.  There will also be a display of classic vehicles at both stations.

Fancy dress is highly encouraged!!

Entry to the music is free if you have a valid travel ticket for that day, or you can pay a £5 platform charge per person.

Visiting Engines over the weekend will be:

Class 55 'Pinza' 55022 (running as 55007) (Deltic locomotive) Beaver Sports (Yorks) ltd

Class 26 'Tom Clift' 26038 6DLA Group

Class 40 D213 'Andania' restored to excellent working condition and making it's debut back in traffic 2016.

2nd - 3rd July
Swinging Sixties

Following on from last years success, New Amen Corner will be playing on both Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July at Levisham.  They will be supported by Little Miss Sixties.

Playing at Goathland are Jive Express and Tex Leon and Friends.

DJ Lynn will be spinning the decks again but this time at Pickering!

Pickering will also have 60's memorabilia on display in the pop up museum from 29th June through until 3rd July.


If you are a fanatic of classic cars and vehicles, then this is the weekend for you!  You can look back on your motoring memories from the past in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors.  Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont will be showcasing a spectacular display of classic cars, vehicles and motorbikes throughout the weekend.

There will also be miniature traction engines on display at Levisham.

So if you love the 60's, 70's or are a fan of classic cars, then make sure you pay the North Yorkshire Moors Railway a visit over the next few weekends and revel in the past!!  Don't forget to don your glad rags as fancy dress is highly recommended for all events!

Blog done by Kayleigh


Julie's Blog

Julie's Blog

Why not come to Whitby as it's one of the top best tourist towns in Yorkshire. There are lots of lovely places to visit such as Goathland - where the TV programme Heartbeat was set and filmed. 

We also have the Steam Train that runs from Whitby all the way to Pickering, making a great day out for all the family. In the summer holidays we have the Whitby Regatta starting from 19th August until 22nd August. Here you will find the rowing racing, fancy dress parade, rides and stalls. I think it will be such a shame to miss out on all the fun of the Regatta. I was there last year with my family and grandchildren. everyone loved the whole day on all the fun ridges and the firework display at the end of the night on the Monday was something not to be missed.

It is a lovely place to stay at our Holiday Park as you can still have a nice walk into Whitby along the cliff path with some lovely views as you walk. You then have to walk down the 199 steps and you will come across some beautiful little shops that sell Whitby Jet Jewelry and Whitby Lucky Ducks! 

there is a little walk back up the 199 steps and along the cliff path back to Whitby or a lot of our customers opt for a taxi ride home! Once back on Park you can pop into our Family Club house to relax with some cool drinks from our Bar and stop off for a friendly chat with the Bar Staff. I work in the bar so please do come along and say hello!
We have lots of fun for you to participate in, in our Family Club, with games, bingo and lots of entertainment for the children as well as for adults! We do have an adults only room if you don't want to be sat in the main entertainment area. We are dog friendly and you are more than welcome to bring your dog along where you can sit in our lounge area to enjoy a drink or two as well!

We have a brand new children's outdoor play area which has a big sand based area with water pump, so you can dig away all day!

we have a lovely cafe on Park where you can treat yourself to a fresh ground coffee, homemade cakes,  and lots of lovely items on the menu for lunch or tea! Our shop sells homemade bread and cakes from the cafe too! It is stocked with everything you may need or have forgotten to bring with you! 

It would be nice to see you in one of our static accommodation caravans, ranging from Pet Friendly all the way to Platinum, or why not bring your tourer or motorhome and stay on our Touring Field. 

We do have access from the Park to the beach so you don't have to drive with all of this on your doorstep 



The owner of the Whitby Surf School - Sam Pepler has had over 18 years experience in the UK and also 9 years experience as an instructor. 

As Whitby Surf School cater for surfing lessons for beginners all the way up to intermediate level, if you fancy trying a new sport while on holiday, then this could be the sport for you. 
They provide tailor made lessons for groups or individuals, making it perfect for those of you who are just looking to see if this is the sport for them.

You don't have to worry about hiring or borrowing any equipment to try surfing as Whitby Surf School provide a winter wetsuits, hoods, gloves and boots to keep you nice and warm in the North Sea! They also provide the correct boards of the appropriate size and volume for your learning experience. 

The staff have experience with working with children and have all been DBS checked, RLSS Beach Life Guards, Surfing GB and WSA trained they use the best equipment in the business. 

There are different lessons that you can try. You can try: basic lesson, private lesson, open lesson, juniors for the children, school lesson, corporate groups or surf parties!

Surf lessons last for 2 hours and all equipment is provided. A beginner surf lesson costs £25pp, group lesson (6 attending as minimum) £20pp, junior surf club £10pw or junior surf camp U18's (5 lessons in total) £100pp.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle) lessons are: SUP beginner £30pp, SUP Safari (various locations) £35pp

You can also hire equipment to: Surfboard £7.00 - £15.00, Wetsuit £7.00 - £15.00, Bodyboard £3.00 - £8.00, SUP £10.00 - £30.00, Kayak (single seater) £15.00 - £30.00 and Kayak (double seater) £25.00 - £40.00. 

So if you are holidaying with us and you are looking for something new and exciting to do then why not head on down to the Whitby Surf School where they are located on the beach at the bottom of West Cliff. 

you can find out more details on their website www.whitbysurfschool.co.uk. They are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Swinging Sixties Returns to Whitby

This weekend sees the return of the Swinging Sixties to Whitby with the first of the annual Sixties weekend!

Starting today, Friday 10th June, the town will be full of the sounds of the Sixties.  You'll find that most pubs in the town will be getting into the mood by playing all your favourite Sixties classics throughout the whole weekend.

For any fan of the Swinging Sixties, there's nowhere better to experience this spectacular decade than here at the Whitby Live Music Festival, on the stunning coastline that is the North Yorkshire Coast!

Performing tonight in Whitby's Spa Pavilion:

From 6.30pm - 1am

Wayne Fontana
Cupid's Inspiration
The Ivy League
Vanity Fair

Saturday Afternoon from 12pm -3pm

Top tributes to:

Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and more......

Saturday Night from 6.30pm - 1am

The Manfreds
The Fourmost
The Shakers

Sunday Afternoon 12pm - 3pm

Tributes to:

Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, Billy Fury and Bobby Vee

Sunday Night from 6.30pm -1am

Marty Wilde & The Wildcats
Dave Berry & The Cruisers
Mike Berry & The Outlaws
Little Miss 60's

Full weekend tickets are priced at £80

Afternoon tickets are priced at £12

Evening tickets are priced at £28

So whilst you're visiting Whitby this weekend, why not pop along and have a dance and a boogie all night long to the classics from the 60's.....plus it's a chance to wear that outfit that's been hiding at the back of your wardrobe since the 60's!!