Old Jack's Boat Bernard Cribbins and Salty Dog

The latest offering from BBC’s CBeebies, ‘Old Jack’s Boat’ looks set to do for Staithes what ‘Doc Martin’ did for Port Isaac and ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ did for Holmfirth

Starring veteran Jackanory and Womble’s narrator, Bernard Cribbins as retired fisherman Old Jack, alongside his trusty hound Salty, the children’s story-telling programme was filmed last summer in the picturesque harbour village of Staithes, near Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast.

And its growing popularity looks set to put Staithes on the map, attracting visitors form afar, in the same way that Holmfirth in Yorkshire has done for years for fans of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ as well as the picturesque seaside village of Port Isaac in Cornwall for ‘Doc Martin’.

Set in Staithes near Whitby in North Yorkshire

Once a thriving fishing port, this timeless coastal hamlet, with its winding streets, quaint little cottages and beach is nestled quietly amongst steep sided cliffs – an ideal base for discovering the north east coastline and perfect for bird watchers and fossil hunters alike.

Staithes North Yorkshire

What to do on holiday in Staithes

Staithes has a stunning natural heritage to explore, including bracing walks along the Boulby Cliffs or, further inland, the wild and rugged  North York Moors National Park.

And if you have a dogs, bring them along – there are hundreds of walks near Staithes as well as many stunning cycle routes along the Yorkshire coast, from which to take in the sights.

Explore the coastline in and around Staithes

Whether you choose to explore the coastline or wander round Staithes itself, this area has something to offer visitors of all ages.

Combine sea views and freshly caught sea food in one of its welcoming restaurants or just sip a flat white and watch the world go by in one of its coffee shops.

Visitors can also explore contemporary art in the local gallery or shop for handmade souvenirs.

And the more adventurous might fancy a local fishing trip for wreck and ground fishing – perfect for older families too – whilst younger children and their parents can explore the foreshore, beachcombing for jet and fossils on one of Staithe’s foraging tours.

Days out from Staithes

Open up your holiday to even more history, beauty and coastal bliss with a short drive from Staithes, to the nearby port town of Whitby. Eat fish and chips, browse its quirky stores or explore its coastline.

Book a child friendly holiday cottage in Staithes

So if you’re still wondering where to take the kids this year, then look no further than these holiday cottages in Staithes. 

You might, however, want to think ahead about your answer to any requests to see Old Jack’s magical boat, ‘The Rainbow’…

You might also like to take a look at holiday cottages in Whitby.

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