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Scenes from Whitby Goth Weekend

Steampunks joined goths for the fall edition of this alternative music festival in North Yorkshire

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Editor’s note: Twice a year, thousands flock to the seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, UK for Whitby Goth Weekend. What began in 1994 as a small gathering of goth enthusiasts has grown to a sprawling alternative music festival that also draws large numbers of steampunks. The latest event took place Oct. 25-27. It’s also held in April.

One attraction of the town is its association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Much of the inspiration for Dracula came from Stoker’s visit to Whitby in 1890, and a portion of the novel is set there.

Attendee Bill Nesbitt posted an album from the festival on Flickr and kindly allowed us to use his photos. You can view them in the gallery below. You can also find photos on the White Rose Yorkshire Steampunks Facebook page.

Further reading:

Dracula and Whitby (Visit Whitby)

How Dracula Came to Whitby (English Heritage)

Whitby Goth Weekend website

Whitby Goth Weekend attracts thousands (BBC)

Goths and steampunks take over the seaside town of Whitby (Daily Mail)

The story of how Whitby became the goth capital of Britain (Yorkshire Post)

The 25 best photos from Whitby Goth Festival 2019 (Yorkshire Post)

Paddleboarders celebrate Whitby Goth Weekend with witch costumes (The Irish News)

Whitby Goth Weekend: 64 stunning pictures as thousands flock to seaside town (Teesside Live)

Whitby Goth Weekend: Spectacular outfits on show in seaside town (The Northern Echo)

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