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Events and Activities

Looking forward to the summer holidays?

We have had a busy season with lots of exciting events.  Highlights listed here include kids and family workshops, but there is much more to come over the season. 

And there are always activities and trails for kids in the Museum - Make your Mark is extremely popular and allows kids to respond to some of the things they have seen.


6th-8th July - Cook 250 Festival!  

250 years ago, Captain James Cook left Plymouth for the South Seas on the first of his three great voyages of discovery.  Exhibitions and events around the country commemorate the occasion, and none more relevant than Whitby!

There will be a huge variety of events around the town, a selfie trail with Tintamaresques (Face in the hole photo boards), cooking demonstrations, music and talks.  We will be showing the Timewatch documentary presented by Vanessa Collingridge at 2.00 pm on each day of the Festival.

Come and see our wicker sculpture of 'Stubbsy', the kangaroo, and the replica painting of Stubbs' dingo.


Friday 20th July - Annual Captain Cook lecture 

Peter Moore 'Endeavours (1764-1778): fourteen years that shaped the Western world'

Author Peter Moore has discovered much fascinating material about Cook's famous ship while researching his new book and will give us a preview of some of his findings. 

2.30, Normanby Room, Whitby Museum - NB Note venue is in the Whitby Museum.  Free event but booking essential.  Info@cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk



Watch this page for updates throughout the season

Activities with an Australian theme!

Tuesday 24th July - Dotty Dingoes!

Make dotted artworks with artist Jo Whitney, inspired by Australian aboriginal paintings.  Get creative with stencils, collage and paint and learn about dingoes and other strange animals never before seen by Europeans.   Drop in 11.00am - 4.00pm


Thursday 2nd August - 'All Teeth and Claws'!

A workshop for Kids and Grown-ups with artist Rachael Boddington.  Cook and his companions often found it difficult to find words to describe some of the new creatures they saw.  Delve for descriptions, then create a collage based on what you have found.  Using textures and colourful media, your portrait of that elusive beast will take shape!    Drop in 11.00am - 4.00pm

All workshops £1 or free with Museum entry!


Friday 3rd August - 'Painting with Wax: George Stubbs and his Portrait of a Large Dog

Conservator Anna Don recreated Stubbs' portrait of a dingo for the National Maritime Museum, now showing in our Learning Centre.  Stubbs painted in wax!  Anna will share her experience of exploring Stubbs' wax painted pictures and demonstrate some of the techniques she used.

11.00am and 2.00pm - Free event but essential to reserve your place!


George Stubbs Portrait of a large dog (dingo)

Stubbs' Portrait of a Large Dog, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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