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Real Staithes

White House Church Street Staithes North Yorkshire TS13 5DB 01947 840 278

We say

Sean and Tricia offer exciting, low-impact, sustainable tours from their home in Staithes, an absurdly quaint and atmospheric old fishing village on the North York Moors National Park coast, not far from Whitby. These aren't any old tours by the way, but rather immersive experiences with a family deeply rooted in their community. Go beach-combing or mackerel-fishing (Sean's been in boats or exploring the shore all his life), or learn how to make your own natural paints from foraged materials. Hang out with the family, eat homemade soup and freshly caught lobster on the beach, scour for fossils, spy on the wildlife  – it's pretty much guaranteed that you haven't done a tour like this anywhere else. And if you've not been to Staithes before, you'll love it – the young James (later Captain) Cook had his first job here (as an apprentice grocer, oddly, not a seaman), and the cobbles, alleys and cottages are pretty much as they were in the eighteenth century.

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How much?

Day courses from £50 per person; usually minimum of 4 required. Mackerel-catching, £10 per person per hour. Three-day foraged colour workshops £110.


  • Arts & Crafts Courses
  • Fishing Courses
  • Foraging Courses

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Getting There

Staithes is on the A174, 11 miles northwest of Whitby. Park in the upper car park, in the new part of Staithes – you can't take a car down into the old village.


Courses on various dates, January to November, details on the website.

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