Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: The Spirit of the Goths – Whitby Goth Weekend

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The Spirit of the Goths – Whitby Goth Weekend

Highlights include…

  • Historic town of Whitby
  • Fishing Port
  • Ruins of Whitby Abbey
  • Captain Cook Monument
  • Goths, Ghouls, Vampires & Steampunks
  • Jurassic coastal scenery


The Whitby Gothic Weekend has its origins back in 1994 when its founder, Jo Hampshire, met a group of pen pals through New Musical Express, one of the UK’s longest running independent music magazines. This celebration of all things Gothic and Ghoulish has now established itself as one of the largest gatherings of its kind in Europe. It’s easy to see how this atmospheric fishing port inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula not least because so many sites from the book remain true to the Victorian author’s depiction. The medieval abbey, the churchyard below it, overflowing with mariners’ graves, and the old “red roofed houses”, which drape the hillside down to the harbour. Descend the 199 worn stone steps into a warren of cobbled streets full of old smugglers’ dens and low-beamed pubs, which spill down the steep edges of the North York Moors to the North Atlantic breakers, and you can understand its appeal.
Soon after Bram Stoker wrote his epic Gothic novel in the late 1800’s, the Victorian photographer, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe began a comprehensive and thoughtful record of the life in Whitby, which remains an inspiration for many artists today.
However it is the Bram Stoker pilgrims of today – Goths, Ghouls, Steam Punks, Vampires and Hell Raisers – who will be the focus of our attention. Some of their costumes and demeanour may curdle the blood, but you couldn’t wish for a friendlier bunch and this bodes well to help create some wonderful portraits of a sub culture destined to remain vibrant and eclectic for years to come.

Your Photographic Guide

Paul Harris is a documentary, travel and adventure photographer steeped in the premise of engagement and curiosity in the world around him. Raised on a diet of coastal wanderings, hill walking and mountaineering, Paul began documenting news and current affairs before expanding his brief to cover longer term projects in environmental conservation, global education and exploration. Find out more about Paul…

Locations & Itinerary

For full details please download the trip description PDF

The town of Whitby will be our backyard with its cobbled streets, historic harbour, extensive promenade and the majestic ruins of the Abbey. All our locations are within walking distance and subject to the whims of wandering Goths!
One of the joys of this event is the willingness of our subjects to be photographed. The challenge will be to create images which tell us something more than the surface glamour, glitz and gore.
We will keep an eye on scheduled events as part of the festival. We will also make time for downloading images and critique sessions during the day at our house, but the emphasis will be on active photography and engagement with your subjects and themes.
On our final morning we will also make time, weather and tides permitting, to explore some of the dramatic ‘Dinosaur’ coastline near to Whitby as well as some in-depth critique and assessment of your images.

What’s Included

  • 3 nights accommodation in private house
  • 3 Breakfast & 3 Dinner
  • Photographic tuition
  • Transport in and around Whitby during the trip

What’s not Included

  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Transport to and from Whitby at beginning and end of the trip
  • Lunches


We will be staying at our own private house in the village of Fylingthorpe, 6 miles from the centre of Whitby. We will be fully catered for breakfast, lunch and dinners. There is free Wi-Fi access and roadside parking.

Travelling to Whitby

Train & Bus

There is a scheduled train and bus services to Whitby from Middlesborough, York and Pickering. Please see www.whitbyonline.co.uk for transport services. We will provide pickup from bus or train in Whitby.

Car Parking

There is roadside parking outside our house. In Whitby itself the best street parking is available in the area west of the train station or up by Whitby Abbey. Alternatively, a good value Parking permit can be obtain in advance or on the day from the Whitby Tourist office opposite the train station.

Flights to the UK

The nearest airports to Whitby are Newcastle and Leeds Bradford. Or fly to London and then get a Grand Central or North East Coast Train to York or Northallerton and connection to Whitby.

Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our trip description PDF
It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.