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Cook Museum Whitby

Events and Activities

Looking forward to the holidays!

We have had a busy first half of the season with lots of exciting events.  Highlights included the batik workshop, which was so popular and may be repeated, and John McAleer's fascinating talk on the strange afterlives of Captain Cook.  

Now there's lots to look forward to over the summer holidays!

Saturday 22nd July - Embroidery in the Museum

  • Alison Larkin, pictured opposite, is an expert in historic embroidery and will be showing visitors the sort of embroidery done by Cook's wife, Elizabeth.  Such small stitches!  Alison will be working again on Saturday 26th August.

Tuesday 8th August - Eruption! Create your own Krakatoa

  • You can create your own erupting volcano - not as big as Krakatoa - but join in a fun science workshop for kids! Drop-in 1100 - 1600. £1 or free with museum entry
Tuesday 15th August - A Thing of Rags and Patches
  • Inspired by the patches sailors used to mend their clothes on long voyages, make a patchwork picture from Chinese silks in this craft workshop for all the family.  Yes, sailors even used silks!   Led by Rachael Boddington.  Drop-in 1100 - 1600. £1 or free with museum entry
August 19th-25th - Folk in the Courtyard!
  • Come and see music and dance in our beautiful courtyard as part of Whitby's Folk Week.   Free at 1200 every day
 Tuesday 22nd August - Smells Amazing!  Spice Workshop
  • Discover the smells and spices of 18th century travel in the fragrant workshop for all the family!  Grind your own spice mix and make a pomander to take home.  Drop-in 1100 - 1600. £1 or free with museum entry
 Tuesday 29th August - Banner Art Workshop
  • Handpaint a beautiful banner using traditional Chinese inks and brushes in an art workshop for all - Drop-in 1100 - 1600.  £1 or free with museum entry
Wednesday 30th August - Wager!  Drama in the Museum
  • Bidi Iredale brings to life the mutiny and the adventures of a real 18th century sailor - Performances throughout the afternoon.  Free with museum entry
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September
  • Come and join our old friends from the Historical Maritime Society!
Watch this page for updates throughout the season


Alison Larkin at work on a map sampler showing Cook's voyages across the oceans.  She will be appearing in the Museum to talk about her work on Saturday 22nd July and Saturday 26th August.  Free with museum entry

Don't forget, there are always activity cards to 'Make your Mark!', and a special Museum trail sheet - something for all ages!

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