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
Watch Up Spirits! performing on the Music Train
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
An 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.
www.whitbyfolk.co.uk to book online
Another 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: wgw.topmum.co.uk
- Watch Whitby Gothic Photos and Vizvox Productions video of the Whitby Goth Weekend on YouTube
- Watch Sarah Macmillan video of the Whitby Goth Weekend on YouTube
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
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
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
View the calendar below for agricultural shows more events along the line.
Music and Ale Trains
During Halloween Weekend, on Friday 31st October 2014, enjoy spectacular scenery, real ale and live music on the Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale trains. Join us on the 19.19 service from Whitby to Middlesbrough. Fancy dress optional. Bats and rats obligatory. Conquest Brewery will be providing the real ale. Railroad Hobos will provide the live music. This is a legendary night out. Kids in fancy dress welcome. Dogs travel free. This is an extra service provided by Northern and promotes responsible drinking whilst highlighting the value of travel by rail to pubs and restaurants along the line.
This is a good opportunity to visit one of the many great pubs along the line for an evening meal and a few relaxing drinks, before returning on the late train (see left for times).
Sunday Services for 2014
Sunday services return on 30 March 2014 this year until 2nd November. Take advantage of the Sunday service to visit Esk Valley pubs and Whitby for Sunday lunch and a stroll in the valley countryside. There are four return services on Sundays.
In 2014, Santa trains will be running from Whitby at 12.41 on 6th December and 13th December. Normal fares apply. Dogs go free. Duo ticket will also apply.
The Esk Valley Walk is 35-mile waymarked trail which takes you from the source of the River Esk to the sea at Whitby harbour, passing through many of the villages along the Esk Valley Railway line. For more information and walksheets which can be for downloaded, visit the walking page.
Rail Ale Trail
The new 2014 version of this leaflet gives details of many of the great pubs along the Esk Valley Railway line.