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. 
 
 
 
It’s enough to make you burst with pride and is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s most ambitious events: Saturday 24th June marks Armed Forces Day 2017. 
This year’s event takes place in both Whitby and nearby Scarborough. And don’t forget you can stay with us here at the Riviera
Here in Whitby, head to Dock End for Armed Forces Day events from 10am to 4pm, while at Whitby Pavilion, there’s a packed schedule at this popular venue. 
Over in Scarborough, there’s a hectic itinerary from 10am to 5pm in the town’s spectacular South Bay. 
 

FATHER'S DAY AT THE RIVIERA GUESTHOUSE 

So, Father’s Day is approaching (Sunday 18th June, by the way)! 
How can you thank the father figure in your family? 
Of course, you could book a couple of nights away here at the Riviera Guest House, and we can cook him one of our brilliant breakfasts! 
We always think Father’s Day is a bit of a missed opportunity … Mother’s Day seems to get more attention, and we’re not sure why. 
Just think of all the things dads tend to do: he might be your personal chauffeur; your DIY expert; he might be your sole parent; or he might just be that shoulder to cry on when things get tough. 

CAN YOU SPOT TEN 60'S SONG TITLES IN THIS WRITE-UP 

What do the 1960s mean to you? 
Mini-skirts? Mary Quant? The Beatles? Woodstock? 
 
Whether you lived during this iconic decade, or simply love the music from that era, Whitby 60’s Festival is the leader of the pack and will give you good vibrations on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. 
 
Taking place at Whitby Pavilion, just a hop, skip and a jump away from us, you could be a wild thing, and twist and shout your way through the whole weekend! 
Top billing goes to The Bachelors and The Searchers on Saturday, along with numerous other class acts. 
 
The first Whitby 60’s Festival took place in 2006 and has commanded respect from all who take part in the event. And you can be sure The Pavilion, with its fabulous coastal views, won’t be filled with the sound of silence during this event! 
EVENTS THAT WILL KEEP YOU SANE IN HALF TERM 
Feeling the pressure of the half term that’s looming? 
As a family with young kids, we understand! 
Here are four handpicked events that will help you stay sane and entertain little adults in your clan. 
 

RAVENSCAR HALF MARATHON ON SUNDAY 7TH MAY 2017 

We’re so close to the North York Moors National Park and since it’s so beautiful, you’d be forgiven for thinking the moors are a safe place to walk … as with all outdoor activities, things can go wrong. 
 
Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team (SRMRT for short) are a very welcome sight for anyone who’s in trouble while enjoying the great outdoors. 
This band of skilled and dedicated volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year, come rain, shine or snow. 
 
Now in their 52nd year, the team is made up of fifty active members including paramedics, doctors, nurses and people with hill walking experience. 

STAGE ONE VISITS WHITBY ON FRIDAY 28TH APRIL 2017 

 
Whether you like getting around on two wheels or four, the Tour de Yorkshire is one heck of a tough race! 
 
With three gruelling stages, Stage One visits Whitby on Friday 28th April 2017. 
This year, there’s an exciting sprint section in the town with the historic Abbey in full view! 
 
The event also coincides with the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, so it's the ideal time to enjoy some Riviera Guest House hospitality. 
 
If you want to see the race in all its glory, the competitors are due in Whitby at around 3.50pm. 
ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS IN THE WHITBY CALENDAR 
What’s the connection between an 80’s icon, a Victorian Irish author and some mysterious local folklore? 
 
Well, it has to be Whitby Goth Weekend, of course! 
 
If you’re old enough to remember the 80’s, you’ll remember Toyah Willcox, the colourful singer and actress who has chameleon-like qualities when it comes to costumes and cosmetics. 
 
And if you’re not quite ‘of that age’, then prepare to be wowed by this remarkable performer who’s appearing at the spring ‘helping’ of Whitby Goth Weekend, WGW for short, on Friday 21st April at Whitby Pavilion
WHITBY'S CONNECTION WITH EASTER IS AN INTERESTING ONE 
Easter is a magical time of year: spring has arrived, bouncy lambs are jumping around in the fields, and the Easter bunny leaves us lots of shiny, yummy chocolate eggs on Easter morning! 
 
Yet Whitby’s connection with Easter goes way back through the ‘sea frets’ of time. 
In fact, the link can be traced back to the year 664, some four hundred years before the Norman Conquest of 1066. 

The Fantastic Four 

The Yorkshire Coast is the perfect place for an afternoon of relaxation on Mother’s Day (Sunday 26th March). Why not treat mum to one (or more!) of these four fantastic events … 
 
There’s nothing like a car boot to help get rid – or gather – clutter! Whitby Pavilion is holding an indoor car boot on Sunday 26th March, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Find out more by clicking here