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Whitby Goth Weekend 2014

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We can now announce the dates for Whitby Gothic Weekend for 2014.

The 2014 Spring Whitby Goth Weekend will run from 25th April to 27th April
The 2014 Autumn Whitby Goth Weekend will run from Dates To be Announced

Whats On At Whitby Goth Weekend 2014

You can view photographs from all The Whitby Goth Weekends Here.

The History Of Whitby Goth Weekend

The Whitby Gothic Weekend (WGW) is an established and popular gothic festival located in Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK.

The WGW’s official line is to provide musical entertainment with bands and DJs, although the culture of the WGW has far outgrown that simple agenda. Whitby Gothic Weekend, often abbreviated to WGW or simply referred to by attendees as Whitby, is a twice-yearly festival for goths in the beautiful seaside town of Whitby North Yorkshire.

The event is organised by Jo Hampshire who runs Top Mum Promotions. The roots of the Whitby Goth Weekend rest with a group of around forty pen-pals who had met through New Musical Express Magazine  The group of friends first came to Whitby in 1994. Whitby was the choice venue because of  its Dracula connections.

In the following years the locals came to accept the event and the goths were welcomed back on a yearly basis, before the event became a twice a year weekend in more recent times.

Sophie Lancaster

After posting some of my images to Facebook and reading some of the most bigoted and disrespectful comments Ive ever had the displeasure to read, I have decided to dedicate all Goth related pages and photographs on this website to the memory of the the late Sophie Lancaster. I urge all our readers to show respect and tolerance to all people we meet regardless of their looks or chosen attire. You can read about Sophie here.

2014 Whitby Goth Weekend Itinerary – Full details on the Whitby Goth Weekend Website.

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19 Responses to Whitby Goth Weekend 2014


  1. plentyohorne Reply

    November 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    For your Information, Jo Hampshire is not the Official Organiser of Whitby Goth Weekend. She was the brains behind it, 17 yrs ago after she sent an advert to NME looking for a pen pal. She arranged to meet in the Elsinore Pub, and over 200 ppl turned up.

    But that was 17 yrs ago, Jo Hampshire still runs the Official Whitby goth weekend production company (Topmum) which hosts events at the SPA Pavilion. There are now plenty of smaller production companies such as Kev and Michelle's Pitch Black events at the resolution. – http://www.facebook.com/?sk=ff&ap=1#!/group.p

    and Hazel Wainwrights team that host the Sexy Sunday and Manic Monday nights at the Met Hotel see exceprt from Whitby Gazette http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/lifestyle/entertai

    These are just two of the other excellent production companies working hard on behalf of the gothic community for events at whitby during the generically named whitby goth weekend. This doesnt take into account events that were held at the lord granby, the Shambles, the angel etc throughout the entire town.

    Please take at look at this group on facebook for a veiw of just what happens around the town during that weekend, and not just the events at the Spa such as your article seems to imply

    http://www.facebook.com/?sk=ff&ap=1#!/home.ph

    Yrs -

    Plenty o Horne

  2. admin Reply

    January 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    New forum topic about the Goth Weekend :

    http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=16.0

  3. Frank L. Chalmers Reply

    March 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Cracking set of pictures!

  4. Trizia Norris Reply

    October 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    And Alt.Whitby is happening over the Hallowe’en weekend this year. I think that it is only fair to publicish both.

  5. Trizia Norris Reply

    October 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Argh! ‘publicise’

  6. admin Reply

    October 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Trizia, please you found our site. We would happily publish the other event but we never get sent any information. A detailed press release from the organisers would be useful. The Topmum organisation promote themselves very well and their web presence is more significant to the breakaway group. Just out of interest, what are your thoughts on the slitting of the event ? Also I dont know if you do facebook ? but if you could tell all your friends and family about our site we would be really grateful to you.

    • arthur jones Reply

      March 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Looking at the Goth article on dates for 2014 it appears to give them for 2013 as shown below?

      “We can now announce the dates for Whitby Gothic Weekend for 2014.

      The Spring Whitby Goth Weekend will run from 26th April to 28th April 2013
      The Autumn Whitby Goth Weekend will run from Nov 1st – Nov 4th 2013″

  7. Trizia Norris Reply

    October 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I think the splitting of the event is a bad thing as most of us can’t get the time off/can’t afford to do all of the weekends now happening. And, considering the nastiness of the spilt I can’t see how it can be fixed.
    And here is the Alt.Whitby fb page http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=143213465748305

  8. tasha Reply

    October 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I have no problem with the split as I support the original (and best) event Topmum’s Spa Events…. Means less crowds, less tourists, fewer photographers.
    Just like the old days

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  10. John Field Reply

    December 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Meanwhile, some canny lass has managed to get the Gazette to publish a letter from a Miss Lavinia Haversham of Rochester. She even writes that she has ‘great expectations’ of the town. Champion!

  11. Trevor34 Reply

    April 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I am a regular goth weekend goer and photographer and love it all… the place, the people, the outfits and the usual feel good atmosphere…..
    take a look at my site which includes many goth images from whitby!

  12. Stuart Goodwin The Guardian Reply

    April 22, 2012 at 12:54 am

    whitby goth weekend 2012

    Goths and the seaside might sound like strange bedfellows, but since 1994 those immersed in gothic culture have moped to this coastal North Yorkshire town in their thousands. And with Whitby a key part of Bram Stoker’s Dracula you can see why. This spring there’s a gothic dog walk, a “Goth Express” steam train ride, plus a gothic pool tournament (first prize: Jaffa Cakes), not to mention a return for the goths v local paper hacks football match. Bands include the Spiritual Bat, Ugly Buggs, plus Gene Loves Jezebel featuring original member Jay “no, not the Bucks Fizz one” Aston. Don’t get excited by the picture, however: St Mary’s Church cemetery is off limits due to persistent lounging on graves.

    Various venues, Thu to 30 Apr

    Stuart Goodwin – http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/apr/21/this-weeks-new-events

  13. The Celts Reply

    June 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

    We came across Goth weekend by accident two years ago – on holiday, bored, Hallowe’en, lets go to Whitby for fish and chips, and there you all were. We were being stared at because we were dressed like a middle aged boring couple but we absolutely loved the atmosphere, the joy, the good humour, the imagination, the shop windows. For a couple of hours we forgot our mediocre working selves and just enjoyed your event, so much so we have booked a Yorkshire holiday to return to Whitby for that same fish and chips in amongst you all in November. Sorry about the photographers attitudes, sorry that things have gone a bit sour for some. We hope this event is as fun and successful as 2010 seemed to us, as innocent onlookers.

  14. Sarraceniac Reply

    August 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I was going to come up to Whitby for this weekend but on balance I am probably too miserable. Also, isn’t that the weekend that Scarborough Borough Council is going to close the whole of Whitby for repairs?

  15. Ron L Reply

    September 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The Goth events are fantastic for Whitby and they must be fantastic for all the Goth folks who attend or they would not return year after year.
    Keep coming back folks and keep enjoying yourselves.
    I am intrigued by the Steampunk look !

  16. jen robinson Reply

    October 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    i carnt wait to go to the whitby goth festival ive always wanted to go but never could

  17. D Whitehead Reply

    April 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I visited Whitby on Friday and was so impressed with the warmth of the atmosphere and the people who had taken the trouble to design and make fantastic outfits. They were so creative. I asked several individuals and couples if they would mind me taking a photograph of them and everyone was friendly and charming. It was lovely to meet them. It was one of the highlights of my stay in Whitby. WGW is a brilliant idea and long may it continue.

  18. Larissa Nikolaus Reply

    April 27, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Hi all, what’d be the easiest way to get to the goth weekend from Ireland (Dublin)


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