Fishing skills

Christophe Novelli among the chefs showcasing their skills as the Whitby Fish and Ships Festival returns – here’s what else is on

Tom Seymour ready to help day visitors on the harbor at the Whitby Fish and Ships Festival. Photo: Richard Ponter, 192055p

Festival-goers can look forward to a celebration of Whitby’s fishing heritage on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, including live cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend in the Seafood Kitchen on Endeavor Wharf, with particular emphasis on seafood.

Frenchman Novelli, 61, owner of the Novelli Academy, will be under the Seafood Kitchen Marquee at Dock End on Sunday at 12.30pm.

Local chefs taking part in the marquee over the weekend are Paul Gildroy from the Magpie Cafe, Andrew Nightingale from The Hare and Hounds, Hawsker, Rob Green, British Chef Ambassador for Seafish, Ryan Vasey, Lockers Fish and Christopher Thornally from Star Inn the Harbour. .

Jenny Reynolds and Lynne Roberts take a step down memory lane at Whitby’s Fish and Ships Festival. Photo: Richard Ponter, 192055p

The Fish Craft Marquee at Pier Road Fish Quay will also see plenty of action.

Hosted by Lockers Fish, there will be talks and demonstrations of fish crafts including net repair, lobster trap repair, cooking and filleting, including master filleter Andrew Hodgson.

The tent will also play maritime music.

Whitby Sea Festival will entertain crowds with sea balladeers and shantymen as well as local bands, a special concert, song contest and more.

There will be plenty of stalls, showcasing local produce, children’s activities such as face painting and balloon making, and ride shows.

You can also take part in interactive workshops, tours, lectures and children’s activities at the Captain Cook Museum, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby Museum, W Hamond – Whitby Jet Museum, Quayside, Whitby Harbour, Whitby Lobster Hatchery, RNLI Whitby Open Day and Blessing of Boats, Parkol Engineering and Whitby Library.

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Whitby Lifeboat Station The lifeboat and boathouse will be open to visitors on both days, with a special boat blessing service on Sunday at 2pm with the Bishop of Whitby.

The Lobster Hatchery on Pier Road will be available for behind-the-scenes tours and a small Living Seas exhibit.

A Shoal Waves arch with aluminum fish created by fourth and fifth year pupils from West Cliff School, East Whitby Academy, Ruswarp School and Airy Hill will be on display at Dock End.