Staithes arts festival is back for a second year

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an arts festival will return to the seaside village of Staithes for this summer for the second time.

Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival will feature exciting new paintings, sculpture, live art events as well as great food.

It will take place this year on 14 and 15 September and this year, there will even be tea rooms appearing alongside the art and heritage so visitors can refresh themselves as they browse.

Festival chairwoman Barbara Govan said: “We aim to tempt people with art, history and a great cuppa into the ginnels and side streets to truly appreciate what our National Park village has to offer.

“We’d like to thank Taylor’s of Harrogate for promising us a great supply of tea for our thirsty guests.

“Visitors loved last year’s festival and everyone wanted it to come back again, so we hope we can build on that success but keep the original, intimate feel that makes our festival so distinctive.”

Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival celebrated the launch of its second annual event with artist Garnet Dore presenting Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity with a portrait at their base in Leeds.

Garnet began the painting when Gary visited the inaugural coastal festival in the heritage village last September.

The tourist chief was one of a number of subjects who posed for portraits at Garnet’s pop up studio in a harbourside cottage.

Dozens of historic homes hosted artists and their works as “pop up” galleries over the two day festival last year.

The portrait is one of a series created especially for the arts and heritage festival.

Welcome to Yorkshire have confirmed that they will once again be supporting the event again this year.

Barbara added: “We are delighted that Welcome to Yorkshire are supporting us again and that they recognise that after just one year the Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival is already a stand-out event in the Yorkshire tourist calendar.”

Mr Verity praise the efforts of the organisers.

He said: “The Staithes Festival is a great example of how people can create unmissable new events for visitors to Yorkshire.

“I really applaud the efforts of all those involved and wish them every success with the second festival in September.”

Over 2,500 people visited the two day festival last year and evaluation reports show that it created over £155,000 worth of business for the local and regional economy.

The festival is also supported by the North York Moors National Park and Scarborough Borough Council.