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All the times I’ve been to Whitby and looked over the Pavilion, this week-end I had my first opportunity to have a good nose inside. Well worth it.

The main entrance is basically where the original Victorian theatre (pre-dating Dracula’s arrival by 20 years) meets the newer function-suite annex. Straight ahead is a very reasonable café; hot and cold food, inexpensive coffee and loos where they don’t “take the pee” (sorry about the pun, but 40p at the in town conveniences?). And just over is a very cosy bar and seating area overlooking the main North Beach. And the staff are very helpful and polite. Bearing in mind that October isn’t exactly “peak season”, but car parking is excellent around the complex; there’s a small car park on the slip round down to the theatre and a small car park on the cliff top over looking it - these are free after 7pm. Otherwise, there’s ample parking up and down the promenade, a short walk from the Pavillion and these are free after 6pm. After that, you’re looking a 10 minute walk into town for the railway station.

On this occasion, the gig was in the original theatre, with it’s proscenium arch (must be a begger to get shoes for….) which has a seating capacity of 380 all told; maybe a few more for wheelchair spaces). Good sized, proper theatre stage, well lit with good acoustics. Only downside, no recording of performers though they do allow photography - just don’t flash! While the seats are comfortable and the place is clean, things are looking a little “tired”, so perhaps a freshen-up maybe on the cards in the near future. In essence though, a very decent venue and worth [for me] a 90 minute drive out.

     

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And of course the Pavillon is used for the bi-annual Goth and Steampunk weekends. Band nights always sell out early and dozens and Dozens of stalls downstairs and other rooms. Very recommended if you have never been to one of these weekends.

Whitby Park and Ride is good too, I forget the price but its cheaper than the car parks.

     
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tilerman - 15 October 2018 04:06 PM

And of course the Pavillon is used for the bi-annual Goth and Steampunk weekends. Band nights always sell out early and dozens and Dozens of stalls downstairs and other rooms. Very recommended if you have never been to one of these weekends.

Whitby Park and Ride is good too, I forget the price but its cheaper than the car parks.

The Goth & Steampunk week-ends are worth visiting Whitby for, even if you’re not into the music. The whole town throws itself into the scene and the atmosphere is amazing, as are the costumes of many of the attendees.

     

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Felicitations fine Ladies, Gentlemen and Coglings and welcome to the most splendid Whitby Steampunk Weekend. What an event we have in store for you to experience and enjoy, FREE daytime entry and all are most welcome!

Whitby Steampunk Weekend is extremely pleased to announce that this biannual festival will be held every February half term and the last week in July.

Positioned in the beautiful Whitby Spa Pavilion, the venue will be full of over 80 colourful and friendly Merchandise stalls offering artisan and bespoke Steampunk, Alternative and unique Gothic products.

There’s even free parking around the venue including airship moorings for sky pirates and charabancs for land lubbers during the February event!

About Steampunk:
Steampunk is an aesthetic based on a mixture of science fiction and the 19th century style, more commonly known as the Victorian era. It combines old with new, so expect to see modern day items made with wood, brass and copper as well as classic Victorian clothing, such as top hats, waistcoats, goggles, corsets, bustles and fascinators.

There’s also a hint of the fantastical as the science fiction allows ray guns, spaceships, giant Octopuses and
alternate realities. Whatever takes your fancy, there’s always time for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake!

And parking is free in town (until March…..)

     

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mcraggs27 - 05 February 2019 01:32 PM

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Felicitations fine Ladies, Gentlemen and Coglings and welcome to the most splendid Whitby Steampunk Weekend. What an event we have in store for you to experience and enjoy, FREE daytime entry and all are most welcome!

Whitby Steampunk Weekend is extremely pleased to announce that this biannual festival will be held every February half term and the last week in July.

Positioned in the beautiful Whitby Spa Pavilion, the venue will be full of over 80 colourful and friendly Merchandise stalls offering artisan and bespoke Steampunk, Alternative and unique Gothic products.

There’s even free parking around the venue including airship moorings for sky pirates and charabancs for land lubbers during the February event!

About Steampunk:
Steampunk is an aesthetic based on a mixture of science fiction and the 19th century style, more commonly known as the Victorian era. It combines old with new, so expect to see modern day items made with wood, brass and copper as well as classic Victorian clothing, such as top hats, waistcoats, goggles, corsets, bustles and fascinators.

There’s also a hint of the fantastical as the science fiction allows ray guns, spaceships, giant Octopuses and
alternate realities. Whatever takes your fancy, there’s always time for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake!

And parking is free in town (until March…..)

Well worth a visit. Don’t go expecting to see a few people dressed up, there are hundreds of them, all dressed up in the most amazing imaginative costumes. (expect to see a lot of men in dresses!) Nothing much on gig wise so might have a look over myself. A little extra would be to visit by train, a scenic train journey and you get dropped off on the quayside.