Marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first expedition to the South Seas, the Yorkshire towns of Whitby and Staithes will be hosting a weekend of merriments from July 6 to 8, and everyone’s on the crew! Learn how Whitby shaped James Cooks love of the sea sending him off with success in his sights with him and his crew making a true voyage of discovery. See the splendid tall ships making the centrepiece to the festivities with The Atyla, Pickle and Endeavour in harbour. Nautical tunes will drift from every ginnel with the bandstand and backyard concerts presenting a full line-up. View the towns’ Cook 250 Festival Programme below.