Whitby Goth weekend
The origins of Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW) lie in an ad hoc meeting of around forty pen-pals who Jo Hampshire had met through the NME and which was arranged in 1994. Hampshire states that Whitby was chosen for its Dracula connections, although probably more so because this had already fostered a sense of acceptance on the part of locals and businesses rather than any inherent romanticism regarding the location.
The festival was held yearly until 1997, when it became twice-yearly, now held in April and October. It has since grown into one of the most popular gothic events in the world, attracting attendees from across the UK and around the world. The main event is held at the town’s 1,000 capacity Whitby Spa Pavilion (known just as ‘The Spa’, this is also where the ‘Goth Market’ is held); however, other venues such as The Coliseum, Victoria Place are sometimes used for overspill events and various venues including The Resolution, Laughtons and RAW nightclub are used for unofficial events.
Although referred to as a “weekend” it includes events during the day on Friday and Saturday as well as fringe events on the Thursday, Sunday and Monday. There are often unofficial day events that vary from year to year including sandcastle building competitions, picnics, photoshoots and boat trips.
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