Are you getting ready to visit Whitby?

At the time of writing (May 4th), Step 3 of the hospitality is still due to reopen on Monday May 17th 2021.  That is just under 2 weeks away.  In the period of May 17th-June 21st, we still need to adhere to the rule of 6 or 2 households when meeting up.

As our coastal town of Whitby on the East coast of England, begins to open it, we have tried to summarise below what we need to be aware of and what is open/what is not.



Step 3 From Monday, 17th May:

You can meet who you like outdoors however you can’t meet in groups of over 30 people.

Restaurants, cafés and pubs will be able to serve people sitting at a table inside.

Other indoor places will also open, like cinemas, children’s play areas, hotels and bed and breakfast places plus amusement arcades.

Some larger outdoor sports and shows will be able to have people watching.

Up to 30 people will be able to go to weddings, and events to remember someone (funerals are currently being discussed).


What this means for yourselves on holiday:-

1. You can pop to the pub for a drink however you will have to order at your table (popping to the bar to order a drink still isn’t allowed)

2. Restaurants will probably have to be booked in advance to secure your table and time.  Remember that every person over 18 needs to use the governments track and trace – check in system (this applies to accommodation as well).

3. Social distancing and masks remain in place.

4. Whitby has an amazing beach and we don’t need to wear our masks outdoors.

5. Some things will still feel a bit different but with an amazing Uk vaccination programme, we are starting to get back to a way of life that is more enjoyable than staying in indoors all the time.



Step 4 from Monday 21st June

If all goes well, step 4 will start on Monday, 21 June.

We hope to remove all the remaining rules that are stopping people from getting together.

Nightclubs will open and large events will be able to take place.


Planning something different


Whitby has many quaint historical streets filled with lots to see and do, but they are quite small and can get crowded easily. If you are looking to avoid the crowds and enjoy other areas of Whitby, then here are some ideas for all the family.

The Whitby Walking with Heritage Trail

This new Trail features nine of local artist Emma Stothard’s unique life-size sculptures inspired by Whitby’s fishing heritage dotted around Whitby.


The trail takes visitors around Whitby to discover the fascinating fishing heritage of the town. From the first female skipper in the North East (Dora Walker) to Victorian Photographer; Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.  The Trail is one of 4 available with an interactive guide in the APP ‘Love Exploring’ (Go to your APP Store to download it or The ‘Love Exploring’ app also offers family quizzes for Whitby and the surrounding areas making the most of your visit with all the family.


North York Moors National Park Walks

Looking for options to explore the local area’s heritage or countryside views, then choose one of the many walks within the National Park. Walks from 3 miles upwards are available on the National Park’s website. Explore the Rail Trail from Goathland to Grosmont, explore the line of George Stephenson’s original Whitby to Pickering line. All walks are accessible online and can be downloaded and printed off.


Whitby to Sandsend

Enjoy a beach walk from Whitby to Sandsend, stopping off for lunch or a snack in one of the many local eateries in the village before returning- but watch out for the tide!! Tide times available here. The walk is approximately a 5 mile round trip, but you could always walk there then get the X4 bus back!

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