Whitby Regatta … its very name conjures up billowing white sails, crowded quays and spectacular firework displays! 
 
This year’s event - Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st August - marks 177 years of aquatic-related entertainment. 
 
Possibly the oldest of its kind on the northeast coast, Whitby Regatta is always a huge crowd-puller for the town. 
 
Yet ... how did this iconic event even begin? Keep reading! ... 
 
The RNLI Whitby fundraising weekend is at close quarters to all of us here at Riviera Guest House! 
 
It’s a case of batten down the hatches at this popular event that raises funds for RNLI Whitby on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017. No doubt Whitby will be chock-a-block during the two-day event. 
 
Ahoy me hearties - 'sea' if you can spot 12 nautical phrases in the rest of this maritime-themed blog ... answers at the bottom, shipmates ... no cheating! 
 
The 2017 list of Trip Advisor’s Certificates of Excellence has just been announced. 
We are absolutely delighted to have received our own Certificate of Excellence (from this famous travel website) for the fifth year running. 
And when we received our very own 2017 Certificate of Excellence, we were absolutely delighted. 
We would like to thank all our guests for making this possible. 
We're so lucky here at the Riviera Guest House ... 
Not only do we have a sensational sea view, enjoy sparkling blue skies and have the Whalebone Arch just a few metres away ... we can also hear the sounds of the seaside: the seagulls; the sound of the pleasure boats chugging in and out of the harbour; a boisterous sea breeze on hot, sunny days! 
 
Yet we never forget our ties to the countless tides that sweep in and out of the nearby beaches, and we always remember the many men and women who make a living from the sea. 
 
Paying homage to this dangerous yet evocative industry is the Blessing of the Boats, taking place on Sunday 9th July at 4pm in Whitby Harbour. 
 
 
EVER WONDERED WHERE WHITBY JET COMES FROM? 
Our lovely town is famous for its association with the precious black gemstone, known as Whitby jet. 
 
Beautiful and distinctive, we love seeing jet jewellery in Whitby’s shops, but then we started to wonder where it came from … 
 
Did you know that jet is actually fossilised wood, created from the Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria tree, for lovers of Latin)? 
OUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN HAS A BUZZ ABOUT IT! COULD IT BE THAT SPRING IS ON ITS WAY? 
That we’ve had some beautiful winter sunshine?  
 
Maybe … yet we think it’s because the much-anticipated inaugural Steampunk Weekend is nearly here. 
 
If you are wondering what Steampunk means (but were afraid to ask), we’ve gone all Sherlock Holmes and investigated this fascinating genre that includes fashion, lifestyle, art and music. 
RENOVATION SEASON REVEALS MORE HISTORY OF OUR BUILDING 
Zed ‘dusted off’ (ironically!) and donned his ‘rubble’ gear again to begin our annual renovations here at the Riviera Guesthouse. 
 
This month, it’s the turn of two single rooms to undergo their transformation – and then we found some fascinating ‘treasure’ underneath the floorboards! 
 
With our Guesthouse being a Victorian building, we’re forever unveiling quirky items while we’re renovating, revealing a little more of the Riviera’s interesting history. 
 
This time, we found a collection of items belonging to a Lieutenant Bewley and Lieutenant Hogg dating from during World War Two (around 1942) to 1969. 
 
Among the finds, there was a laundry order slip from 2nd November 1942 where Lt. Bewley had: “1 Shirt, 3 Gent’s Pants, 1 Bath Towel, 1 Collar and 2 Handkerchiefs laundered at a price of 14.5p” in total. No doubt it would be more expensive these days! 
JEREMY CLARKSON, RICHARD HAMMOND AND JAMES MAY VISIT WHITBY ! 
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were in Whitby this month filming their new Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour. 
 
This brought Jimmy Carr to Whitby and he was seen whizzing around on a Jetski in the mouth of Whitby Harbour. 
 
Carr's performance in Whitby harbour was straight out of a James Bond film, culminating in a dramatic crash into the side of a boat – although the comedian was replaced by a stunt-double for the actual impact. 
ANNOUNCING THE BIRTH OF ANIYA RASHIDA KHAN 
Zed, Emma and big brother Zak are incredibly proud to announce the birth of ANIYA RASHIDA KHAN 
WE'VE HAD A BIT OF A MEDIA FRENZY THIS MONTH! 
We have appeared in the Whitby Gazette due to being awarded both TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2016 and LateRooms ‘Simply The Guest’ Award 2016.