Coastal Crafts Day Course

a typical program for a day spent with Sean & family

£75.00 per person including lunch

group size limited to a maximum 8 people… minimum of 4…


  • we will be heading south along the foreshore to Port Mulgrave… which means you will be exploring a site of Special Scientific interest  ‘SSSi’ with an experienced guide…
  • this is an opportunity for you to go beachcombing with someone who is very knowledgeable about our foreshore… Sean will be pointing out all the ‘useful flotsam and jetsam’ to be found…
  • jet…a quite dull looking piece of ‘stone’ really…  but when polished and carved can be made into wonderful jewellery… Queen Victoria wore it after the death of her beloved Prince Albert… which lead jet to become the jewellery of mourning…  jet is found in seams in the cliff but as the sea erodes the cliff  jet breaks free… collecting in secret pockets along the foreshore… which Sean will be able to lead you to…
  • there is a long history of mining in the area… which continues to the present day… Potash is mined today whereas once it was jet… alum… and iron stone that was been extracted from the area…
  • something else to be found along our foreshore are fossils… this area is renowned for it’s wide range of well preserved fossils… dinosaur, marine reptile & fish remains have all been found on this coast…you should be able to find some excellent ammonite and belemnites specimens… Sean knows all the best spots…
  • along the way we will be hauling in the lobster pots… this will give you the chance to learn how to check & bait pots for lobsters and crabs…  and stay within the law… there is a strict by-law in force  to conserve stocks…
  • learn what to do when checking  and baiting longlines set from the shore… under Sean’s watchful eye…
  • while walking the foreshore…  listen for Sean’s cry of ‘there’s a ……’  if your quick you might just manage to see a peregrine falcon… or a whimbrel… Sean wouldn’t describe himself as an expert ornithologist … but maybe a gifted amateur…!
  • this area is steeped in history… dramatic tales and stories abound… along the way and around the picnic table we will share with you the local customs & traditions…
  • the main ‘roadway’ in and out of this area… before the railway came… was the sea…  shipwrecks litter the seabed along this coast… Sean has found most of them… they make for great fishing opportunities…
  • Port Mulgrave… as the name suggests… was once a port from where locally mined ironstone was shipped from…  today the harbour is no more …but Port Mulgrave is full of fishermen’s huts… it’s here that a seafood picnic lunch will be waiting for you…
  • there will be plenty of time for you to explore this part of the rugged north east coast… before a climb up the cliff… then it’s a scenic walk along part of the Cleveland Way… with wonderful views out to sea…  along the coast Boulby Cliff dominates the vista… the walk will bring you back to Staithes down Church Street which leads straight down to the harbour…

 

Read what Anna Lupton has to say about our Coastal Craft Day Courses here…  In fact Anna, who runs Carr House Farm Bed & Breakfast in Ampleforth was so taken with her day our with us she has made the following offer…

I got so much pleasure from my day out that I would love my guests to partake in it too I am offering any guests who stays with us and books to go on a Real Staithes day out a complimentary bottle of wine from us to take with them to enjoy with the lobster lunch. ..”    Thanks Anna, we really appreciate your lovely offer….