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Whitby Ahoy! is a weekend celebration of a proud maritime heritage, based on the coastal town’s connections to fishing, and the sea.

The festival began life as the Captain Cook festival back in 1993 and has gone from strength to strength, in recent years finding its true home in Whitby. The town’s busy harbour and historic atmosphere make for a perfect setting.

The festival welcomes sea balladeers, shantymen, folk musicians and singers from all over the world, alongside UK and local performers. In the past, guests have come from as far afield as Senegal, the US, Luxembourg and Canada.

Most of the indoor fun takes place in Whitby Pavilion, which will host concerts, open mics, the Song for the Sea Competition, sessions, workshops, children’s events and trade stalls.

Outdoors, you can enjoy free music all weekend at the Bandstand, and the shanties and sea songs are sure to break out in a few local pubs, too.

Saturday evening’s Grand Festival Concert is a must see for all fans of the humble sea shanty. Tickets can be purchased from the Whitby Pavilion website

Parking: Nearby parking in the town

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