Staithes: Beautiful mermaids have been caught in fishermens nets in the fishing village.''Legend has it two mermaids were swept ashore during a storm. They were imprisoned for months before charming a fisherman to set them free.

IN PICTURES: Myths and legends of our Yorkshire coast and countryside

Hobgoblins, smugglers, vampires and lands that time forgot – there is more to the coastline and countryside than meets the eye.

“We’ve never needed magic more in our lives, and the Yorkshire Coast is one of the very few places left in the UK where you can still find it,” said Janet Deacon, tourism and corporate marketing manager for Scarborough Borough Council and area director for Welcome to Yorkshire.

Author Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland in Whitby - one of his favourite places to stay. You can follow the White Rabbit Trail round the town

5. Curious and Curious

Author Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland in Whitby - one of his favourite places to stay. You can follow the White Rabbit Trail round the town
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Whitby Abbey: a sacred place of magic and miracles, dreams and dragons.'New for this year: the holy and unholy in English Heritages new 1.6m visitor centre will be launched at Easter.

6. Awesome abbey

Whitby Abbey: a sacred place of magic and miracles, dreams and dragons.'New for this year: the holy and unholy in English Heritages new 1.6m visitor centre will be launched at Easter.
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Tomorrows Ghosts Festival will run across Whitby from Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28 and Friday November 1 to November Sunday 3.

7. Glamorous Goths

Tomorrows Ghosts Festival will run across Whitby from Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28 and Friday November 1 to November Sunday 3.
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Whitby also plays host to Steampunk Festivals. The next one runs at Whitby Pavilion from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28.

8. Sensational steampunks

Whitby also plays host to Steampunk Festivals. The next one runs at Whitby Pavilion from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28.
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