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Goths and steampunks take over the seaside town of Whitby for the twice-yearly Goth Weekend



Sun, sea and spooky! Goths and steampunks take over the seaside town of Whitby for the twice-yearly Goth Weekend paying homage to Dracula author Bram Stoker

  • The unique festival, which has been running since 1994, is one of the largest of its kind in the world for goths
  • Whitby was traditionally seen as welcoming to goths because of its links to Dramula's Bram Stoker's novel
  • The goths are hugely popular with tourists who come to admire the impressive costumes that are on display

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Visitors descended on the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby today for the October edition of the Goth Festival, which sees goths and steampunks gather to enjoy live music, quirky fashion and beer tasting.

The goths are hugely popular with tourists who come to admire the impressive costumes on display when the festival-goers stroll along the beach and walk through the grounds of the Whitby Abbey ruins.

During the three-day festival there are club nights, a modeling contest and the Bizarre Bazaar – a market featuring more than 100 stalls.

Whitby was traditionally seen as welcoming to goths because of its links to Bram Stoker's Dracula's novel, which was inspired by the Abbey there.

The festival, which has been running since 1994, is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is so popular that since 1997 it has been held twice a year, in April and October – to coincide with Halloween.

Accommodation is often booked up to two years in advance for the festivals and there are many shops and other businesses that cater for the goth and steampunk trade.

Lesley Scaife from Harrogate poses for pictures during Whitby Goth Weekend in Yorkshire. She placed red roses around her head and had a black mask covering her face

Lesley Scaife from Harrogate poses for pictures during Whitby Goth Weekend in Yorkshire. She placed red roses around her head and had a black mask covering her face

Stunned residents look on as two goths dressed in black capes with white faces masks strolling around the town showing off their impressive costumes

Stunned residents look on as two goths dressed in black capes with white faces masks strolling around the town showing off their impressive costumes

A man in purple steampunk clothing sits and has a cup of tea outside a cafe during Whitby Goth Weekend today. The festival began in 1994

A man in purple steampunk clothing sits and has a cup of tea outside a cafe during Whitby Goth Weekend today. The festival began in 1994

This man donned a leather jacket, sunglasses and a black hat as he carried a bat cage along the seaside promenade in Whitby today

This man donned a leather jacket, sunglasses and a black hat as he carried a bat cage along the seaside promenade in Whitby today

A woman wearing a red gown, black jacket and detailed mask as well as headgear smiles in the sunshine as she strolls around the center of town

A woman wearing a red gown, black jacket and detailed mask as well as headgear smiles in the sunshine as she strolls around the center of town

Clive Trivett from Nottingham poses for pictures during Whitby Goth Weekend. He wore a Captain America themed jacket and hat adorned with characters from the comic books

Clive Trivett from Nottingham poses for pictures during Whitby Goth Weekend. He wore a Captain America themed jacket and hat adorned with characters from the comic books

This festival goer wore an impressive beak mask with a hat covered in feathers for the celebrations which take part in April and October every year

This festival goer wore an impressive beak mask with a hat covered in feathers for the celebrations which take part in April and October every year

A man with a spooky skull make-up on his face and a silver jacket poses for a picture during Whitby Goth Weekend which attracts tourists every year

A man with a spooky skull make-up on his face and a silver jacket poses for a picture during Whitby Goth Weekend which attracts tourists every year

A passer-by looks on as a person who is attending the Whitby Goth Weekend sits in a graveyard near St Mary's church in Whitby, Yorkshire

A passer-by looks on as a person who is attending the Whitby Goth Weekend sits in a graveyard near St Mary's church in Whitby, Yorkshire

A woman in a black corset with dramatic face makeup smiles as she enjoys a stroll with beautiful views of the seaside town in the background

A woman in a black corset with dramatic face makeup smiles as she enjoys a stroll with beautiful views of the seaside town in the background

Two men with impressive hats and suits were out and about today to show off their costumes for the three-day festival which attracts people from around the world

Two men with impressive hats and suits were out and about today to show off their costumes for the three-day festival which attracts people from around the world

During the three-day festival, there are club nights and the Bizarre Bazaar - a market featuring more than 100 stalls. Pictured: a man in a long black coat and hat takes a stroll along the sea

During the three-day festival, there are club nights and the Bizarre Bazaar – a market featuring more than 100 stalls. Pictured: a man in a long black coat and hat takes a stroll along the sea

The festival, which has been running since 1994, is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is so popular that in 1997 it began running twice a year, in April and October. Pictured: a woman in a white dress, fur shawl and veil braves the windy conditions today

The festival, which has been running since 1994, is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is so popular that in 1997 it began running twice a year, in April and October. Pictured: a woman in a white dress, fur shawl and veil braves the windy conditions today

Two goths with scary face make up and even blue hair enjoy a coffee break by the seaside during the event which runs for three days overall

Two goths with scary face make up and even blue hair enjoy a coffee break by the seaside during the event which runs for three days overall

A pumpkin carved to look like Donald Trump advertises a shop during Whitby Goth Weekend. It has a hat on it which says 'Buy British gemstones to make Britain great again'

A pumpkin carved to look like Donald Trump advertises a shop during Whitby Goth Weekend. It has a hat on it which says 'Buy British gemstones to make Britain great again'

A man with the skeleton of a rat attached to his hat attends Whitby Goth Weekend. The sun was shining in Yorkshire today for the much-loved event

A man with the skeleton of a rat attached to his hat attends Whitby Goth Weekend. The sun was shining in Yorkshire today for the much-loved event

Lesley Scaife from Harrogate poses for pictures during Whitby Goth Weekend. She wore a full length red gown, black jacket and gloves and a rose adorned headpiece

Lesley Scaife from Harrogate poses for pictures during Whitby Goth Weekend. She wore a full length red gown, black jacket and gloves and a rose adorned headpiece

This couple smiled as they took a selfie showing off their outfits in the sunshine. Thousands packing out the cobbled streets this year to celebrate the event

This couple smiled as they took a selfie showing off their outfits in the sunshine. Thousands packing out the cobbled streets this year to celebrate the event

Two festival-goers wore striking white face masks with characters drawn on the front for the event which attracted many visitors

Two festival-goers wore striking white face masks with characters drawn on the front for the event which attracted many visitors

A family sit and have breakfast in a cafe decorated with Halloween ghosts during Whitby Goth Weekend which is now held twice a year

A family sit and have breakfast in a cafe decorated with Halloween ghosts during Whitby Goth Weekend which is now held twice a year

As well as shopping, attendees will be able to partake in multiple beer tasting opportunities during the course of the festival which started on Friday

As well as shopping, attendees will be able to partake in multiple beer tasting opportunities during the course of the festival which started on Friday


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