Esk Valley Railway to Whitby
From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 15 stations along the route
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Music & Ale Trains | Whitby Esk Energy | Land of Iron Gallery at Danby | Goth Weekend | Ghost Walks | Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show | Meander Down the Esk


Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale Trains for 2017

Train between Danby and Lealholm. Photograph by Phil Brown, A mobile party, featuring musicians and a real-ale bar, runs every Friday during the summer, starting on Friday 2nd June and then every Friday through June, July and August, until Friday 25th August, inclusive. Travel on the train departing from Whitby at 19.18 and be entertained with live music performed by local bands. Returning from Middlesbrough at 20.49, which arrives back in Whitby at 22.20.

An additional service will then return to Middlesbrough, leaving Whitby at 22.25 and arriving at Middlesbrough 23.51 (Please note this train will not have muisc or ale).

Apart from the glorious scenery, refreshments and live music this is an ideal way to visit local hostelries at villages along the line for a meal and a relaxing few drinks before picking up the return train.

Steve Chapman SmithOn Friday 2nd June Steve Chapman Smith will be our guest musician. He is from Barnsley. He has recorded four John Peel sessions with Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Ghostdance. Steve will be playing guitar and singing a mix of covers and his own compositions.

Station Inn, whitbyThe bar is being run by Andrew Waller of the Station Inn, Whitby, and will be serving 'bright' real ale from the Whitby Brewery, wines and soft drinks.

We are very grateful to Andrew who, together with Northern Railway and North Yorkshire Moors Railway, are funding a splendid selection of musicians for your entertainment this summer.

So no extra charge – just an ordinary fare to sit back and enjoy a social evening of music and fun.

Musicians performing on the Music and Real Ale Train

Here's the line-up of musicians performing on the Friday night Music and Real Ale trains during the summer months.


  • 2nd: Steve Chapman Smith
  • 9th:  Dan Webster
  • 16th: Serenity 
  • 23rd: Roger Sutcliffe 
  • 30th: Rebekah Findlay


  • 7th: Serenity 
  • 14th: Steve Chapman Smith 
  • 21st: Highway 61 
  • 28th: Lisa Marie Glover 


  • 4th: Roger Sutcliffe 
  • 11th: Rebekah Findlay
  • 18th: Steve Chapman Smith 
  • 25th: Serenity


Whitby Esk Energy Event at Ruswarp, near Whitby on Saturday 8th July  -  The story of the Hydroelectric Turbine so far....

Turbine Five years on - find out about the journey from the   arrival of the Archimedes screw in the summer of 2012 to how we work now as a community energy company exporting electricity to the national grid. There will be a talk at the Village hall at 2pm (Turn right out of the Station and it is 100 yrds on the right) and after, a site visit to the hydroelectric turbine at Ruswarp weir (bring wellies if wet).

Train from Middlesbrough 10:28 Arr. Ruswarp 11:52. From Whitby it is 12:15 one stop to Ruswarp Arr. 12:19 or a 30 minute walk along the cinder track ( Try the Bridge Inn for lunch or Jackson's Butchers do excellent bacon & sausage butties. Return 16:04 from Ruswarp towards Middlesbrough or 15:28 for the short ride back to Whitby. Book a place via

This Exploited Land of Iron

This Exploited Land of Iron logo This Exploited Land of Iron tells the fascinating story of this trailblazing period of industrial growth and exploitation. The project will conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces, and ensure this important part of our history is not forgotten.

Esk Valley Railway will be working with NYMNP and Moors Bus to enable access to the project sites via public transport. To this end, the recent announcement of year-round Sunday train services is a timely boost to this aim.


Inspired by... Gallery at Danby

Inspired by... Gallery at Danby The beautiful Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors. Artwork including prints and photography, and artisan crafts, from ironwork to jewellery, are available for sale in the gallery shop and craft area.

Danby Moors Centre is a 20 minute walk from Danby station. The 10:28 from Middlesbrough gets to Danby at 11:17. You can return on the 12:55 or 16:40. From Whitby, the 08:45 gets to Danby at 09:25 and the 12:15 at 12:55. Return to Whitby on the 11:17, 14.55 or 18.29.


Whitby Goth Weekend Spring 2017

The first Goth Weekend of 2017 will be held on the weekend after Easter. Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April.

Sunday trains will be running between Middlesbrough and Whitby. 

Note: No dates yet set for the late Autumn Whitby Goth Weekend.


Dracula and Ghost Walks

Street in Whitby at night. Photograph by Angela Thirkill

Learn more about the history of the town and its myths and legends and meet Harry at the Whalebones on West Cliff for a Dracula or Ghost Walk ... after dark. Advance booking recommended:

Harry Collett 01947 821734




Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show

Gooseberries On the first Tuesday in August, St Hedda's schoolroom is the venue for the Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show run by the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society annually since 1800. Gardeners enter their biggest gooseberries into one of four classes: red gooseberries, yellow ones, greens and white ones. The heaviest gooseberry is determined by an apothecary scale, measured in drams and grains.

Tuesday 1 August, open to the public from 2 pm


A Meander Down The Esk

Watercolour by John Freeman

A book of watercolour paintings thatportray the River Esk in all seasons and moods by the artist, watercolouristJohn Freeman.

It highlights the wildlife, history and architecture through his watercolours and drawings of the River Esk from its source, Esklets in Castleton, to the sea at Whitby. Three years in the making, the watercolours are complemented by detailed line drawings. The scenes along the river include heritage railway bridges along the route of the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway, which criss-crosses the river on its journey through the North York Moors National Park.

ISBN 978-1-903506-42-4

Further details see the Inspired by... exhibition page or

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