Family Fun // A Weekend in Whitby

At the beginning of September, we headed to Whitby with Nick’s parents to stay in their neighbours’ holiday cottage. I’d never visited Whitby before and it’s gorgeous (much better than Scarborough). It has a similar arty vibe to Lewes in Sussex. It’s also steeped in history and with the added benefit of the most amazing beaches!

We had such a marvellous weekend away – lots of beach exploration, fish and chips, sandy sandwiches and laughter. It was H-Bear’s first time on the sand since he’s been walking, and I think he must have walked miles that first day on the beach. He was amazed by the sea and paddling caused much amusement.

I thought I’d share some photos from our weekend away.

The children were buzzing on the first night we arrived so we headed to the local park to run off some energy!

Whitby with children

We headed off for a wander and to search for coffee in the morning…

Whitby with children

Someone on Instagram had recommended Rusty Shears for cake, so after exploring the town we set off back up one of the hills!

the rusty shears whitby

the rusty shears whitby

Rusty Shears is just off the main high street; it has a sort of secret garden and a vintagesque Alice in Wonderland theme. The coffee and cake were absolutely amazing, and the staff were all very friendly. They have a gin tasting menu for later in the day – something Nick and I are eager to return and try!


the rusty shears whitby

After we were suitably caffeinated and full of cake, we made our way down to the beach. It was Whitby’s Pirate Weekend, so Busby was in her element pointing out all of the pirates.


The tide was just starting to go out when we arrived on the beach, and H-Bear was asleep, so Nick and Busby got to work with building!

Whitby with children

I had a great time taking ALL the photos!

Whitby with children

Everyone played on the beach for a good hour or two, until our tummies started rumbling again… so off we went to find fish & chips (well, when in Whitby!). The tide had gone out quite far by this point, and we decided to walk across the sand instead of scale the cliff back to the top!

Whitby with children

I can’t resist photographing an ice cream van on the sand… It’s always such a novelty for me having grown up on Brighton beach!

We stopped at The Fisherman’s Wife, and the smell woke H-Bear up from his nap – excellent timing!

the fisherman's wife whitby

We filled our bellies… and then headed back down to the beach for more playing.

Whitby with children

This time H-Bear was awake and full of beans. Busby was full of ice cream!


Both children were exhausted by the time we finally left the beach…

On Sunday we visited Staithes, which was super busy due to the annual Arts Festival. I’ve been desperate to visit Staithes ever since we moved to Yorkshire as it’s where Captain Jack is set, and it was beautiful.


I want to go back when it’s not so busy as there were people everywhere. Busby enjoyed the little beach, and even got involved in Captain Kipper’s pirate magic show!

staithesstaithes captain kipper

As it was so busy, we decided to return to Whitby beach via the supermarket for picnic goodies. We spent the rest of the afternoon in the sunshine on the beach playing frisbee, drinking prosecco and eating yummy food.

Whitby with children

Whitby with children

Whitby with children

Whitby with children

Whitby with children

Whitby is such a gorgeous town, and I can’t wait until we can visit again… And there will definitely be another visit (or ten) to Rusty Shears… Yum!


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  1. 27th September 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Awww they look like they had a great time! Wonderful pictures and such a lovely looking place.

  2. 27th September 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I haven’t been to Whitby for ages! Must take Luca. They do some amazing weekends, like the goth weekend and 40’s weekend.
    We should do Whitby as a get together one day. Sandsend is just up the road and that’s beautiful too.
    As always Hannah, beautiful photos of your beautiful kids x

  3. 27th September 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Awh, these photos are so lovely! Whitby looks really nice, it’s somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit for a while now.

  4. 3rd October 2016 / 11:43 am

    What a lovely, happy post! You definitely cannot go to Whitby without fish and chips, although I wish we went to that coffee shop when we visited! xx

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