Visitors are in for a fin-tastic time at Fish. Fillet. Feast!

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Staithes fisherwomen by Tony Bartholomew / Turnstone Media (the lady pictured is wearing an outfit that would have been worn by fisherwomen in Staithes when the fishing industry was in its heyday in the 1800s

Free tasters of freshly caught and barbecued seafood, sea shanties, sketching workshops, and a fortune-telling salmon are some of the family-friendly treats lined-up during an event celebrating the fishing heritage of the coastline that lies within the North York Moors National Park.

The inaugural Fish. Fillet. Feast! event on Saturday 18 June will include an array of activities for all ages across 10 locations between Saltburn and Ravenscar. Villages such as Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay are taking part and so too is Staithes, which was the largest fishing port along the North East coast of England back in the late 1800s.

The day will begin early in the morning when local fishermen will venture out to sea to bring back the day’s catch. From mid-morning onwards chefs at various seafront venues will share with visitors how to prepare and cook the freshly-caught fish before serving visitors with free tastings of barbecued morsels.

A string of restaurants along the coast such as Cleveland Corner Bistro in Staithes, the Cliffemount Hotel at Runswick Bay and Dunsley Hall near Sandsend will also be serving special, affordable fish dishes to mark the occasion.

The day’s entertainment continues with storytellers sharing fishy tales, interactive performances such as the fortune-telling Salmon of Knowledge, sea shanties and folk music, and opportunities for visitors to knit, paint, sketch or print their own fish design.

Visitors can also browse the numerous art galleries and studios showcasing the talent of local artists and craftsmen.

The day runs from 11am until 7pm and most of the events will be free of charge. Timings of events varies and there are different activities happening in each village.

The full programme and further details can be found on the North York Moors National Park’s website:  

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Coble Staithes by Brian Nicholson NYMNPA (a coble is a traditional fishing boat that can still be seen in the village of Staithes)

Notes to editors:


The event is part of the Coastal Communities Fund ‘Sea Life, See Life’ project delivered by the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government, with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The ‘Sea Life, See Life’ project covers a 36-mile stretch of coastline from Saltburn to Cloughton, just north of Scarborough, the majority of which is within the North York Moors National Park. This section of the coastline includes Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

The National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth national park. The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire. 15% of its staff are apprentices from local families. For more information go to


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