Winterfest to make Whitby a wonderland

We Are Whitby Winterfest organisers
We Are Whitby Winterfest organisers

Whitby is set to welcome a host of festive activities this December as part of ‘Winterfest’.

The weekend is organised by We Are Whitby and kicks off on December 2 with a parade led by Dr Crank’s vintage wedding car which will house Castleton-born musician, Alistair Griffin and Santa.

Winterfest is split into three key areas around the Whitby Pavilion.

The outdoor pavilion showcases Whitby food and drink producers and includes a 35 person ice-rink.

‘The way we work an the way we live pavilions’ will be located inside the pavilion and includes traditional market stalls and entertainment.

‘The way we celebrate life pavilion’ promises to excite youngsters in the town as it includes a tent offering the chance to meet Santa, alongside singing performances from the local Brownies.

Chairman of We Are Whitby, James Fearnley said: “We want people to come to this event to see how a whole community has come together to illustrate the power of community at Christmas.

“We also want to highlight the people who nourish and enrich our community through art, music, education, schools and we hope to reflect that in Winterfest’s three different areas.”

The event marks the first time Winterfest will have been held in Whitby and We Are Whitby is hopeful for a successful event to be repeated for years to come.

The weekend will bring together the whole Whitby and District community, including businesses, environmental groups, social and citizen groups, alongside cultural and spiritual groups.

A whole host of businesses, groups and individuals are set to be involved in the weekend.

Katherine Breckon, a school caterer who recently won ‘Educatering Excellence Primary School Caterer of the Year,’ will give demonstrations on making items for a Christmas menu, meanwhile several groups will also be in attendance, including: Whitby Civic Society, the Rotary Club, Mind and the WI group.

A toy swap will take place on the Sunday to help families in need to save money this Christmas.

A series of local businesses will also be involved, the Golden Fleece pub will host a horsebox serving ale in the outside area, while Whitby Deli and Whitby Cheese Maker will also be there, along with many other firms.

We Are Whitby has existed for four years, originally as Totally Locally, and during that time the group has organised two Whitby Christmas markets, helping bringing local people together at Christmas.

Its aim is to build a healthier local community for all.