Crab lines and buckets are available to buy at the Kessen Bowl gift shop a few doors away, (although often there are some left in the boiler cupboard in the kitchen)
The National Trails walk goes through Staithes both northwards and southwards. South is a 3 mile walk to Runswick Bay and to the north the often deserted Skinningrove beach is 5 miles away.
There are always fossils to be found at Staithes and also at Port Mulgrave. If you’d prefer a tour from someone with some knowledge try www.realstaithes.com and check their website for details.
Get your wellies on and explore the rockpools at low tide on the flat rocks (but please stay away from the cliff edges as large rocks often fall from her) and discover sea anemones, star fish, hermit crabs, mussels, snails, limpets, crabs, and small fish.
Visit an art gallery
Historically Staithes was home to an influential group of artists which included Dame Laura Knight at the end of the 19th century who were inspired by the impressionists and worked outside (plein air) and currently hosts the annual Art & Heritage weekend which attracts a large array of independent artists and artisans many of whom exhibit in the village anyway. There are a couple of art galleries in the village: www.staithestudio.com, www.staithesgallery.co.uk, www.staithesartsandcraftscentre.co.uk
Visit the Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre
Situated further up the hill this gives an interesting insight into what Staithes would have been like when Captain Cook began his career as a seafarer here in Staithes.
There are many yards, back streets, steps, pathway, nooks and crannies around the village. You can even try and spot the many tromp d’oeil paintings put on buildings around the village by artist Paul Czainski (these include a mermaid with a mirror a plaque to Dame Laura Knight and Noah’s ark)
If you walk up the beck at low tide, you’ll discover stepping stones across the water and a little sandy bay ideal for children to play in supervised.
The RNLI Lifeboat Station
Across the beck this is situated just above a slipway into the harbour. While not in use the station is left open for people to see the lifeboat. Every year there is a fundraising weekend for the RNLI in the middle of August run in conjunction with the station at Runswick Bay. The weekend features rescue demonstrations, a nightgown parade through the cobbled streets, demonstrations by the local coastguards, raft and duck races, stall and games for all ages. The weekend culminates in a firework display, a beach front BBQ and services of thanksgiving in local churches. In 2019 this will be held from 16th -18th August.