Yorkshire - Visit to Whitby
Alumni and guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society of North and West Yorkshire for a visit to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby. This award-winning small museum houses a superb collection of original exhibits relating to the life and voyages of Captain Cook who served his apprenticeship with Captain E Walker in this Grade 1 listed building.
- 11am; tea/coffee and cake on arrival at Captain Cook Museum
- 11.30am conducted tour by Dr Sophie Forgan, chair of the trustees (this year's temporary exhibition has a strong botanical art theme and looks at the work of Joseph Banks).
- The tour will last approx. an hour and a half, after which there are many options for lunch, and we are spoilt for choice, especially if fish and chips is on the menu
- Lunch recommendations are The famous Magpie Cafe has excellent fish and chips (but always queues); Albert's Eatery/Jet Museum in Church Street has wonderful slabs of jet and jet carvings and is within easy walking distance; Mr. Chips also Church Street (across the road from the museum) for excellent food and a slightly 50s banquette-seating experience; The Marine, Marine Parade excellent food and lobster when in season (all are reservable except The Magpie).
- Afternoon: there are several options for members to take by themselves including
- wander around the old town
- Whitby Abbey (English Heritage free for members, or £8; a newly refurbished Visitor Centre recently opened) and nearby St. Mary's Church (free and said to be one of the most interesting in England); fit members can climb the famous 199 steps up from the old town otherwise there is an EH car park on the top of the cliff area near the Abbey.
- Whitby Museum (entry £5; an early multi-disciplinary museum with notable fossil and jet collections amongst many others) and adjoining Pannett Art Gallery (free entry; small but especially worth seeing are Staithes Group paintings/Weatherill seascapes).
If you would like to attend this event please contact John Harris, using the link below by Friday 30th August.
The ticket price includes: refreshments and tour of the Cook Museum but not including lunch