Five Reasons to Visit Whitby...
So the summer holidays might be over, the kids packed off back to school and September is upon us but that doesn't have to spell the end of seaside fun.
In fact, some say this is the perfect time to visit Whitby as the hustle and bustle has passed and the town takes on a much more relaxing pace of life.
Whether you are looking for a fun-filled family activity or you just want to take in the fresh air and countryside, Whitby won't disappoint you.
Check out this top five:
1. For the third time Whitby will be hosting a war weekend , capitalising on the success of events at Pickering further down the moors. There will be 1940's fashion, food and music as well as a celebration of steam as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs services up and down the line just as it would have done back in the day.
Sat 12 and Sun 13 October
2. One of the busiest events of the year in Whitby is the now world famous Whitby Goth Weekend. Starting in a pub with a few bands almost 20 years ago it is now attended by thousands of people who come for the music, festivals and the fashion with wonderful and weird outfits forming a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed.
Friday 1 November to Monday 4 November
3. It might be a far cry from the Great Yorkshire Show but get into the heart of real communities as the last of the summer shows take place. Lythe show is one of them in a close knit village on the outskirts of Whitby with all the traditional attractions and fun of the fair on Saturday 14 September.
4. With the nights drawing in, that brings with it Hallowe'en, and what better way to get into the spirit (pun intended) than with one of Whitby's famous ghost walks? Story teller Harry Collett will regale you with the dark and dastardly secrets from the hidden and haunted yards of the town.
5. But if you prefer to do your walking by daytime then take to the cinder tradk and see the autumn colours unfolding in front of you. The Whitby section starts in the town centre and will take you all the way to Robin Hood's Bay and beyond taking you over the spectacular viaduct and through rolling countryside overlooking the coastline.
If you are tempted by ghost walks, goths and greenery then why not make a weekend of it letting Ingrid Flute's Holiday Cottages find you the perfect seaside getaway.