Goth weekends started as an alternative music event that was held at a bar in Whitby. Today the town has become the nesting place for Goths worldwide who come together two weekends in a year to celebrate Goth music and culture. These biannual weekends in Whitby are known as Goth Weekends, and they are characterized by concerts and lots of other fun activities. If you plan on experiencing a Goth Weekend, here are some tips you'd need.
There are thousands of people from all over the world flocking to Whitby, so yes, there will a need to book accommodation as early as possible. Bear in mind that not all B&Bs accommodate Goths, so that further reduces the already limited accommodation. Some great options to stay include Poet's Corner, St Hilda's cottages, and Poets Corner. These places are quite popular so you might not get accommodation there if you don't book early enough. There are also several nice hotels and B&Bs in town.
What to Wear
This would have been an obvious question but for the fact that Gothic fashion is eclectic. So while you must have your black outfit, it would be a great idea to be willing to explore as many Gothic fashion styles as possible, whether Vintage clobbers, Victorian, Promenade, Victorian or Casual. Don't forget your boots.
Get Ready To Do Fun Stuff
There will be lots of gigs, so get as many tickets as you possibly can. Then there are lots of avenues for shopping like all those great stalls to explore at the Pavilion. There is the Bizarre Bazaar and some Steampunk markets to check out in Whitby.
If you are not into shopping, you might want to try some wandering around since Whitby is not large. You can cover the town on foot if you are a bit fit. There is the Abbey with its great ambiance and the Shambles to explore. Whitby is a seaside town, so be prepared for some cold winds when you put up your Gothic ensemble. If you are a party person, then you might want to explore the RAW nightclub on Baxtergate. They host special nights at the venue over the weekend.
What to Eat
There is always a lot to eat and drink at a Goth Weekend. Tea, cakes, fish and chips, cannonballs, or fry-ups. There are great places to get some great food and drinks while at a Goth Weekend. Some of the places we recommend include Magpie's, Sherlocks, Elsinore, Sanders Yard, Becketts, The Duke of York, and the Tin Angel. Festivals of the sort have many weird characters, so you need to be wary of some of the drinks and foods being passed around at the festival.
There you have it! Above are some tips for surviving a goth weekend. Going on a gothic weekend vacation can be an amazing experience. You get the opportunity to meet with other goth enthusiasts, have lots of fun, enjoy the Steampunk experience, and every other thing the event has to offer. By following the tips provided above, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful Goth weekend experience.