Great things to do in Staithes
1 - Stop the Clocks Watch the tide, not the time. Whatever your age you can stand and stare out to sea like the fishermen of old. Visit the places featured in CBeebies’ “Old Jack’s Boat” which features Bernard Cribbins as ‘Old Jack’, a retired fisherman who lives in Staithes.
2 - Wander the Alleys and Ginnels The old village is a maze of little snickets, all with intriguing names. Each alley offers a wonderful variety of views of the village – out to sea, over the harbour, up and down the beck all glimpsed from among a fascinating huddle of cottages.
3 - Follow the Painted Illusion Trail Look out for the mind-boggling painted illusions that have been created around the village by world-renowned trompe l’oeil artist Paul Czainski. Is that a seagull perched on the ledge? Clap your hands and if it doesn’t fly away the chances are it’s a painting.
4 - See through the Eyes of Artists Home to the impressionist art colony known as the Staithes Group, Staithes has long been a magnet for art and artists, never more so than today. The work of a range of artists making art in an infinite array of media and styles can always be seen in the village.
5 - Visit the Staithes Heritage Centre A fascinating museum like no other, with a plethora of intriguing artefacts relating to Captain Cook, who came from Staithes, and his travels as well as other items and documents relating to the village.
6 - Take a Longer Walk Staithes is a walker’s paradise. The Cleveland Way stretches high up onto cliffs and then down to beaches and coves. There are also some splendid inland walks into the hills and valleys of the spectacular North York Moors.
7 - Beachcombing and Rockpooling The wavecut platform from Staithes all the way round to the beautiful old, decaying Port Mulgrave is exposed at low tide. Potter among the rock pools. If you’re lucky you might see seals. You’ll certainly find fossils.
8 - Go Fish Catch crabs with the kids at high tide along the beckside. Cast your rod out on the pier. You can even go out on a boat. Fishing and lobster-potting has been the mainstay of life in Staithes for many centuries and it’s easy to see why.
9 - Eat, Drink and be Merry After all this activity and fresh air you’ll have worked up quite an appetite. You can eat cake on the sea front, enjoy a meal or snack on your way back to the car. Stay for dinner there are some fabulous bistros and pubs to choose from.
10 - Do your Own Thing We could go on forever, but we’re leaving this one for you. Staithes is a place where we can find time and space, let a little bit of light and air into our crowded busy lives. Do just what you want. Or don’t do anything at all.