Esk Valley Railway to Whitby
From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 16 stations along the route
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 Goth Weekends | Music & Ale Trains | Agricultural Shows | Whitby Regatta | Folk Week | Egton Gooseberry Show 

For a full list of events, see calendar below.

Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale Trains for 2014

Train between Danby and Lealholm. Photograph by Phil Brown, A mobile party, featuring musicians and a real-ale bar, runs every Friday during the summer. The proposed dates for 2014 are from 20 June to 15 August 2014 to take advantage of the long evenings to appreciate the spectacular scenery. Travel on the train departing from Whitby at 19.19 and be entertained with live music performed by local bands. Returning from Middlesbrough at 20.49, it arrives back in Whitby at 22.20. An additional service will then return to Middlesbrough at 22.25.

Apart from the glorious scenery, refreshments and live music this is an ideal way to visit local hostelries at villages along the line for a meal and a relaxing few drinks before returning on the train.

Fridays in the summer

Up Spirits!  performing on the Music Train Watch Up Spirits! performing on the Music Train

Whitby Regatta 2015

The oldest and most important weekend annual festival of aquatic competition and entertainment.

  • View the town from a bird's-eye vantage point by helicopter.
  • Watch the rowing and yacht racing in and around the harbour.
  • Browse around the stalls set up along the pier and marvel at the Red Arrows’ aerial display over the harbour.

To round off the three day event, admire the spectacular firework display on Monday evening. A special late-evening train is provided by Northern Rail for passengers travelling back to the Esk Valley and Middlesbrough.

Saturday 15th August , Sunday 16th August, Monday 17th August 2015

Whitby Folk Week

Morris Dancers in front of the Grand Turk at Whitby. Photograph by Angela ThirkillAn extremely popular event of music and dance around the town for 7 days. Teams of morris dancers perform around the town, keeping alive this ancient and uniquely English traditional dance. The atmosphere is well in keeping with this ancient town and the local pubs are filled with live entertainment, musicians simply gathering ad hoc, with the general public joining in with lively enthusiasm.

Saturday 16th August to Friday 22nd August 2014 - details can be obtained from the website below. to book online

Whitby Gothic Weekends

Street in Whitby at night. Photograph by Angela ThirkillAnother hugely popular themed weekend for Whitby, with its Gothic scenery providing the perfect backdrop for a Gothic experience. Here the ancient streets and alleys are shrouded in atmospheric darkness. The brooding abbey and churchyard on the East Cliff loom over the harbour and the houses clustered under the cliff. More about the weekend and its history:

Friday to Saturday:
25-27 April 2014 Whitby Goth Weekend
31 October -2 November 2014 Whitby Goth Weekend

Esk Valley Railway Music Train for Halloween

on Friday 31st October 2014 [see above for times] - Transylvanian Express - bats, rats and spiders galore!

Dracula and Ghost Walks

Learn more about the history of the town and its myths and legends and meet Harry at the Whalebones on West Cliff for a Dracula or Ghost Walk... after dark. Advance booking recommended: Harry Collett 01947 821734

Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show 2014

On the first Tuesday in August, St Hedda's schoolroom is the venue for the Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show run by the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society annually since 1800. Gardeners enter their biggest gooseberries into one of four classes: red gooseberries, yellow ones, greens and white ones. The heaviest gooseberry is determined by an apothecary scale, measured in drams and grains.

Tuesday 5 August, open to the public from 2 pm

Agricultural Shows Along the Line

Castleton Village Show. Photograph by Phil Brown,

View the calendar below for agricultural shows more events along the line.

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The Coliseum, Victoria Place, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1EZ
Telephone: 01947 601987

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