Bay set to host annual Victorian Weekend

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The 22nd Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend takes place next weekend, attracting dozens of visitors in period costume for three days of traditional festive fun.

Highlights this year include the marriage of Queen Victoria and a smuggler’s tour of the old village. There will also be an open house scheme which allows visitors a rare glimpse inside many of Bay’s 300-year-old cottages. Regular favourites include carol singing round the Christmas tree in Bay dock and two performances by Dr Busker.

The streets of old Robin Hood’s Bay will be decked in traditional bunting, lighting and Christmas decorations, with the village’s unique seasonal atmosphere being created by visitors dressed in period costume.

The weekend opens with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in the dock at 7pm on Friday December 4.

A re-enactment of Queen Victoria’s wedding to her consort Prince Albert will take place in Victoria Hotel at 11am on Saturday December 5. It will be followed by a new event for this year – starting at noon from the dock, Paul Johnston of Baytown Beers will lead a one-hour tour of old smuggler’s Robin Hood’s Bay.

Dr Busker will be playing his characteristic music at 2.30pm on Saturday in Old St Stephen’s Church and will also be playing a more bawdy set on Saturday evening in the Dolphin pub.

Festive carol singing around the Christmas tree in the dock is one of the weekend’s most popular events, attracting hundreds of singers. This takes place at 4.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other highlights of the weekend will include the return of a town crier who will be announcing events throughout the weekend. Santa Claus will be visiting and there will be a craft fair in the Old Coastguard Station. Other favourites include a magic lantern show in the Methodist church on Saturday at 11am and 3pm.

The village hall will also host a craft fair on the Saturday and other events include a RNLI Duck Race, balls down the bank, games on the beach, a grand tombola, auction, men’s institute art exhibition and pennies down the bank.

A full timetable of events will be included in the December issue of Bayfair, the village’s monthly magazine. Bayfair is available from local shops or contact Jim Foster on 01947 880660 (www.bayfair.co.uk)