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Full details of HMS Pickle’s visit to the Cook250 Whitby Festival

HMS Pickle prepares to appear centre-stage at Whitby’s Cook250 Festival as the full programme for the weekend is released.

Scarborough Borough Council and the Cook250Whitby Festival Committee have today released the exciting full programme for the upcoming events in Whitby which will run from 6th July to 8th July.

Cook250 LogoThe festival commemorates and celebrates the expeditions of Captain James Cook who in 1768 set out aboard the HM Bark Endeavour on a voyage to observe the transit of Venus at Tahiti and search for the fabled Southern Continent.

HMS Pickle will join the celebrations on Thursday 5th July by anchoring off the village of Staithes where Cook spent his early years as a young farm hand. Pickle will be the first vessel of this type to visit the quaint village for over ten years and locals are excited to see her sail into the bay.

Friday 6th July will see HMS Pickle enter Whitby Harbour on the morning high water with the Spanish Tall Ship Atyla. They will be welcomed by a committee of local school children who will later visit the vessels and take in other Maritime related attractions around the town.

Pickle will be open to the general public on both Saturday and Sunday and her crew will be involved in other activities including Captain Mal Nicholson showing off his cooking skills in the Cook themed Kitchen marquee on Saturday morning.

Full details of the event can be found on the official website HERE and the full programme can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

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Other things to see at the Festival:

Cook’s Kitchen

You will be able to enjoy the delights of Cook’s Kitchen on both, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. For FREE, you will be able to catch all the gourmet galley action on Endeavour Wharf, between 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Pavillion Theatre

On Thursday 5 July at 7:30pm, the Pavillion Theatre will be showing ‘Eye Of The Wind’ by Richard Grainger. It tells the story of James Cook and his first voyage of discovery aboard ‘Endeavour’. A cast of Yorkshire musicians, actors and performers from Eskdale Schools Drama Group will pay tribute to the life and achievements of James Cook.

Whitby Abbey

Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook’s first expedition by visiting Whitby Abbey.

Enjoy the views, the history and some theatre! A specially commissioned play by Time Will Tell theatre will transport you back to the 18th Century and throw you into an age of exploration and discovery.

The play will be shown at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on festival weekend. The  captivating Cook related performance will also be shown at the same times on other weekends including, 21-22 July, and 28-29 July.


  • HMS Pickle will spend the evening of Thursday 5 July moored offshore in Staithes Harbour.
  • On Friday 6 July, the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage centre will be open all day with exhibitions of James Cook and his Endeavours.
  • On Saturday 7 July, local historian Bill Hinchley will conduct a history tour of the village at 10am and 2pm
  • On Sunday 8 July, “Dire Staithes” will be performing and entertaining outside the Staithes Art Gallery.
  • Also on Sunday the Staithes fisherman’s choir will be performing outside the Cod and Lobster.

Evening Fireworks

To round off a busy day of activities and entertainment. On Saturday 7 July at 21:45 there will be a colourful firework display! The build-up will start from 21:00 and include a performance from Whitby Music Centre Big Band!

Treasure Hunt & Selfies

Hunt around Whitby for Cook clues! Every treasure hunter will have the chance to enter a competition to win a prize! A magnificient Brass and wood telescope, courtesy of the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.

Discover new ways to navigate and explore Whitby with the ‘Tintamarresques Selfie’ challenge. This will comprise of a series of cut-out Cook characters located across the town.

Live Music

The live music and action will take place on Whitby’s streets. Inlcuding a rare appearance by Hughie Jones from legendary folk group the Spinners. Other musical performances will also include, Richard Grainger and Steve Turner, Pont Neuf, Flash Jack Shanty, Sea-Balladeers and Monkey’s Fist from West Yorkshire. They will be joined by fishermen’s choirs, acoustic duos, and shanty groups from the Yorkshire Coast.

Most performances will be free to visitors.

Street Theatre & Dance

Street theatre from comedy duo Inner State Theatre, and 18th-century costumed characters by living history group ‘People from the Past’, including Ol’ Abel Parkin who sailed the seas with Cook on board the Endeavour.

Ngāti Rānana with Maori music and dance, fresh from performing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Also do not miss the Whitby Brewery’s boat-shaped bar that will be on the HM Bark Endeavour!

The Endeavour Experience

HM Bark Endeavour arrived in Whitby on June 1st and is to become a permanent visitor attraction.

The full-scale replica of Captiain Cook’s 18th Century vessel will become a Whitby resident and open its doors on July 1. Just in time for the festival itself!

The opening of The Endeavour Experience will show you what it was like to be a memeber of Cook’s Crew on-board the ship for the 3 year voyage! Incredible graphic design, lighting and interactive features will transport visitors back in time!

The School & College VOYAGE

Students Cook250Whitby VoyageSeven Whitby students and a teacher will feel the wind in their sails as they embark on a truly memorable experience sailing the high seas.
The students from Caedmon College, Eskdale School and Whitby Fishing School will spend five days living on board the Atyla, in celebration of the 250th anniversay of Captain Cook’s first voyage on the South Seas.

They will take an active part in crew life from setting sails to washing dishes, from helming the ship to reading the navigation chart, and from doing engine checks to pulling ropes. The places have been funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Councillor Locality Budgets Scheme and Scarborough Borough Council.

Their trip down to London has been sponsored by Virgin Trains and Northern Railway. Craig from Virgin Trains East Coast Communities said: “The Cook250 Festival is a great opportunity for people from all over the country to explore Whitby, uncover its history and take part in a weekend of discovery and entertainment for the whole family.Wirgin Trains East Coast are passionate about supporting lacal communities and are proud to support the fantastic event by sponsoring the travel of 7 students from local schools and colleges, to travel to London then sail back to Whitby…we’re certain it’ll be an experience to remember.”

During the trip, the young people will also work with artist Fiona Macdonald and writer Natasha Pulley to document their journey through film, drawing and writing, part of an ambitious arts project by the County Council’s library service, supported by science organisation Invisible Dust with Arts Council funding.

Their trip will finish in Whitby where they will be sailing into the harbour in time for the Cook250 Whitby festival taking place on 6-8 July.

Spanish vessel Atyla who will be joining Pickle at the festival.

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