Another year begins and 2022 promises to be a busy year for events and shows up and down the Yorkshire Coast!
After a tricky two years, we hope the events calendar can keep going from now on.
We will keep adding events to this blog, too, as they’re announced.
If you’re looking for some entertainment experiences in 2022, feast your eyes on some suggestions, below!
January is a month when many businesses take stock and get ready for the year ahead.
Traditionally a quiet month in terms of events, you can always enjoy a Tea Dance at the Whitby Pavilion. Step back, Strictly!
It’s a great month for catching up with the latest movies, and you can also enjoy a traditional pantomime with Cinderella being performed this month at the Whitby Pavilion.
The month of Valentine’s Day (Monday 14thFebruary – you have been warned!), half term and for Whitby, the eponymous Whitby Steam Punk Weekend (Friday 11th to Sunday 13th).
If you are visiting or staying in Whitby for those dates, you’re in for a treat.
Then if you love a bit of stargazing (and no we don’t mean Tom Cruise, who was filming in our region in 2021), then the annual Dark Skies Festival will make you feel on top of the world!
The North York Moors National Park, which is just a short drive from the Riviera, is one of the best places in country to see planets, galaxies and lots more.
The Dark Skies Festival starts on Friday 18thFebruary and finishes on Sunday 6thMarch 2022.
Whitby Abbey hosts its Half Term Explorer Quest from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th February, too.
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 27th March 2022.
And during March, we truly feel like spring is on its way!
The daffodils appear, the lambs leap about and the equinox signals we’re heading towards summer.
At the Whitby Pavilion, see The Yorkshire Vet, aka Julian Norton, at the Whitby Pavilion on Friday 4th March.
If you love the Punk era, then head to Scarborough on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, as the Scarborough Punk Festival takes place at the Spa
One of our favourite springtime walks is that of Farndale in the North York Moors, famous for its daffodils during March and April.
Another latish Easter … Good Friday takes place on 15thApril, and Easter Sunday takes place on 17th.
Always a busy time for us here at the Riviera Guesthouse, this is when the ‘summer’ season begins for many coastal resorts.
The Easter National Scooter Rally takes place in Whitby on Good Friday, so the town will be busy.
The first of two Whitby Goth Weekend 2022 events take place on 22nd, 23rd and 24th April 2022.
Heading down to Scarborough, the historic Spa will host the ever-popular Sci Fi Scarborough event on the 9th April.
The lovely resort of Filey hosts its first Filey Food and Drink Festival of the year on 16th and 17th April.
One of our favourite months!
This year, May has a slightly different structure due to the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in early June.
This means there is the Early May Bank Holiday as usual (Monday 2nd May). There is no Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May this year.
This has been moved to June to help Her Majesty have her Platinum ‘party’!
We are sure they’ll be lots of things to help The Crown to celebrate.
The traditional Penny Hedge ceremony will take place on 25th May in Whitby.
May 26th is also the date for the 125th anniversary of the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. An event will take place to mark this milestone.
Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre kicks off its 2022 programme on the weekend of the 28th and 29th May with its first live acts. The season kicks off with The Wombats and RuPaul’s Drag Race respectively.
The long Platinum Jubilee weekend lasts four days – so we expect to be fully booked!
The celebrations start on Thursday 2ndJune.
Whether you’re a fan of the Royal Family, or not, it is a remarkable achievement. Seventy years of service and the first British Monarch to celebrate this mega milestone.
Other events in Whitby include the annual Fish and Ships festival throughout the month; and the 60s Weekend takes place from 3rdto 6th June at Whitby Pavilion.
Slightly south of us, the Robin Hood’s Bay Folk Weekend gets underway on 10th, 11thand 12th June 2022.
Then head south to Scarborough on 24th, 25th and 26th June, when the National Armed Forces Day Event takes place, postponed from previous dates due to the pandemic.
The start of the main summer holidays for many, July promises to be a packed month!
The month kicks off with the Northern Soul Weekender (1st, 2ndand 3rdJuly) at the Whitby Pavilion.
Then steam train fans will LOVE the North Yorkshire Moors Railway 60s Fest in July (dates to be confirmed).
Then the 22nd, 23rdand 24th July sees the welcome return of the Whitby Steampunk Weekend to Whitby.
Local attractions such as Pannett Park, the Captain Cook Experience and Scarborough Castle will all feature summer events for the family to enjoy. More details to follow soon!
Scarborough’s SeaFest, its celebration of all things nautical, takes place in July (22nd to 24th).
Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre July line-up includes: Bryan Adams (Friday 1stJuly); Lionel Richie (Sunday 3rdJuly); Elbow (Saturday 9thJuly); The Script (Thursday 14thJuly); Tears for Fears (Saturday 16thJuly); Simply Red (Friday 22ndJuly); Westlife (Saturday 23rdJuly) and Tom Jones (Tuesday 26thJuly).
Many of these will sell out the moment they go on sale, so always check the latest information before you travel.
Some would argue that Whitby Regatta is the biggest event of the summer for our town.
This seafaring events takes place on 13th, 14th and 15th August and you can rest assured the town will be packed.
If you’re a bit of a landlubber, then the Whitby Traction Rally will help you get up steam, taking place on 5th, 6thand 7thAugust.
This year, this iconic event is set to take place close to Whitby Abbey.
Then as we approach the final Bank Holiday of the summer (Monday 29thAugust), you can enjoy Whitby Folk Week (20th to 27thAugust) at the Whitby Pavilion.
Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre includes Lewis Capaldi on 11thAugust.
This month is also festooned with country and agricultural shows of every size and type.
Tuesday 2nd August is great for gooseberry lovers with Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show set to take place on this date.
Other shows along the coast of a country nature include Hinderwell Show (date to be confirmed), Danby Show 10thAugust, and Farndale Show (date to be confirmed).
September can be the month when Whitby comes up for air and says farewell to its summer guests!
Yet for those that want to avoid the hustle and bustle, September is a fabulous month to take your staycation.
The kids are back at school, and a number of events have already been announced including the Goldwing Light Parade in Scarborough on 10th September.
For Motown fans, the Motown Weekender takes place in Whitby from 9th to 11th September 2022 at the Whitby Pavilion.
Lovely Staithes, just a few miles from Whitby, hosts its annual Arts Festival on the same dates.
This is something that is truly different, with over one hundred cottages open up to art lovers, becoming temporary art galleries for the festival.
Historically, the Staithes Group rivalled the Cornish equivalent (St Ives) and included well-known artists such as Laura Knight, Frederick William Jackson and Ernest Frederick Dade.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway hosts its Steam Gala (dates to be confirmed).
Then Whitby has yet another 60s Weekend on the 23rd, 24thand 25th September at the Whitby Pavilion.
The Fish and Ships Festival takes place 24th and 25th September.
Half term and Halloween loom large in this autumnal month.
Musicport takes place this month (dates to be announced); the North Yorkshire Moors Railway 1040s Weekend is also set to take place this month.
Other events include Whitby Blues, Rhythm and Rock at the Whitby Pavilion.
Events that have confirmed dates include Illuminated Abbey which usually takes place during the half term holiday.
And of course, it wouldn’t be October in Whitby without the Whitby Goth Weekend, 28th, 29thand 30th October.
Tomorrow’s Ghosts also takes place 28th October.
It seems likes age off, but it will be here before we know it!
Whitby’s famous Christmas Festival takes place in late November.
Get ready for Christmas with the Filey Food and Drink Festival on 19thand 20th November the last one of the year and perfect timing for all those festive purchases.
The month for the Krampus Run (3rd and 4th) and the Boxing Day Dip.
Also, a time to enjoy family time, putting up the festive tree and decorations, visiting Whitby’s shops for those Christmas gifts and more.
And it’s also panto season …more details to follow soon!
And so, another year ends …
There’s no reason why most if not all of them can get underway and attract the crowds.
The Riviera has its very own What’s On page, featuring some of the main events in Whitby.
And of course, it goes without saying that all the information in this blog is correct at time of publication.
It is down to you, dear reader, to check the events listed above are taking place and if there are any tickets available.
And if you feel something needs to be added to this blog, then let us know!