Museum courtyard hosts folk performance

One of Heather Gatt's batiks, Evening, Whitby Harbour
One of Heather Gatt's batiks, Evening, Whitby Harbour

LOOKING for something different to do this bank-holiday weekend?

There’s plenty going on at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby.

This Friday at 11.45am a special Folk Week performance will take place in the museum courtyard, presented by the Captain Cook Company.

Captain Cook and the Transit of Venus will combine stories, music, song, dance and science in a beautiful setting by the harbourside.

Saturday will see the return of the Whitby and District Astronomical Society, demonstrating solar viewing with special telescopes 11.30am to 3.30pm weather permitting.

On Sunday, 11am to 3pm, there’ll be a Beachcomber Beasts children’s activity – decorate fossils and other ‘beachcombed’ finds to create undersea mini-beats to take home.

On Bank Holiday Monday, why not try your hand at the beautiful and exciting medium of batik? Batik is the ancient and exotic art of making paintings using wax resist and dye.

Heather Gatt is a renowned local batik artist who exhibits widely across the region. The museum is delighted that she will present a drop-in batik taster day (10-4pm), sharing her skills and talents first-hand with visitors.

Heather’s work is influenced by the coastal scenery of Whitby and her stunningly colourful pictures often explore the effects of light on water.

Suitable for beginners, experienced batikers, and especially for those who think they have no artistic ability, step by step Heather will show you how to create your own colourful batik to take home.

Create the effects of water and undersea creatures, corals, and underwater plants waving in the current.

Splash on the wax to create foaming waves, or an exotic island paradise like those encountered by Captain Cook on his voyages of discovery.

Adults and children aged seven years and up welcome. The workshop is included with standard museum admission (£4.50 per adult, £4 per senior, £3 per child or £11 per family). Booking is not necessary – just drop in and spend as much time as you like creating your batik.

Call (01947) 601900 or see for more details.