Festival On The Moor


Welcome to
Festival On The Moor’s ‘Our Heritage’ Website

Since its beginnings in the year 2002, the festival has had close links to the heritage, history and life of the North York Moors and surrounding coastal region. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the habitat of wildlife from the recently introduced Red Kite to Roe Deer, but it also has an interesting industrial past.

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we have involved and encouraged young people to participate in researching many aspects of this heritage such as Whaling and Ironstone Mining, as well researching the history of their own community. Since 2014, with new HLF funding, our Shoots & Roots group has studied aspects of life of folk in Whitby and The Esk Valley during WW1, and those who served on the front line.

The group’s research has shed new light on their own heritage and led us to involve many more young people and members of our communities in creating some memorable performances of theatre, music and poetry.

Click here to visit the British Library's UK web archive for lots more information about World War 1

Our Projects



Our group created a Folk Opera from research into the dramatic wreck and heroic lifeboat rescues of the hospital ship, Rohilla.

Whitby Bombardment

We wrote two short plays based on the day when Whitby was shelled by German battleships just off our coast.

Ghosts of Heroes

A touching and poignant musical play was created in December 2016 from research into some of the names on local war memorials.