Whitby Winter Festival

We are proud to support the organiser’s Welcome to Whitby CIC to see a brand new event arrive in Whitby, developed and managed by local Whitby businesses.

After consultation with businesses in the town, a small group of business owners started the research process to understand how they might bring and then manage an ice-rink for the festive period, to drive footfall over the Winter period.

We have been involved in the group’s development and are very supportive of all new initiatives and groups that aim to increase activity throughout the Yorkshire Coast.

The group has always looked to work in partnership with other organisations. Under the Whitby Winter Festival banner, it sees the following as contributing activities throughout November and December 2021.

Whitby Ice Rink – organised by Welcome To Whitby CIC
Whitby’s Dazzling Christmas – organised by Welcome To Whitby CIC
Whitby Christmas Market – organised by Whitby Town Council
Whitby Krampus Run – organised by Decadent Drawing
Whitby Literature Festival


What is Whitby Winter Festival?

The Whitby Winter Festival sees partners in Whitby deliver complimentary events and activities in the town, all under one brand.  By collectively promoting all of the activity, the aim is to attract residents on the Yorkshire Coast to visit and get involved and attract outside of season visitors.

We are specifically supporting Welcome to Whitby CIC deliver this and the real ice-rink that will be in place from late November to early January.

Our Support

We are part of the working group, here to offer support to the new organisation, as well as a core funder.  £65,000 has been allocated from the Whitby fund to allow the CIC the ability to bring the event to the town, with a partnering contribution from Scarborough Borough Council of £30,000.

The costs involved in bringing and running an ice-rink are anticipated to be in excess of this, but with paid for entry to the ice rink and sponsorship available, the new CIC will be able to ensure that the event not only breakeven but also turns a profit.

All profits will be reinvested back into the town in the form of additional events next year and we look forward to continuing our support.

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