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Yorkshire coast day and night

Event info


This event will be subject to public health advice and, as such, is liable to potential postponement or cancellation. Please see our cancellation policy below for further details.

Whitby is a gem of a seaside town nestled around a small harbour at the mouth of the River Esk on the North Yorkshire coast. With its sweeping piers, Victorian architecture, Benedictine abbey and cobbled side-streets, Whitby has attracted artists and photographers from around the world for over a hundred years. Due to its popular Goth weekends held twice a year and one of the locations of the  Dracula novel (where the vampire turns into a wolf, flees a capsized ship and scrambles up the cliffs towards the abbey), Whitby has built a lovable reputation with a more sinister, dark side.

This, led by Mark Banks, workshop will be based at the Royal Hotel situated in the very heart of Whitby - just a stone's-throw away from the sea-front and piers.  Please meet in the bar on the first day at 18:30.  Workshop prices are based on single-occupancy rooms with dinner and breakfast.

After breakfast, a typical day will see us heading out to either of Whitby's piers for sunrise or take a small 5-minute journey along the coast towards Saltwick Bay or Sandsend.  There will be plenty of photographic opportunities each day where we may explore further afield to Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes and Mark will be on hand with tuition throughout the day.

After an early evening meal, we will head back out into the dark streets and alleyways of Whitby where Mark will once again be on hand to explain how to make sinister-looking night-time images amongst the dark side-streets and alleyways - a lot of them lit by imitation Victorian-style gas-lamps for a more authentic effect.

During the week, there will be plenty of time for processing your images using Mark’s laptop or your own where he will explain exactly how to get the very best out of your images using Adobe Lightroom Classic software.

A moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop due to Whitby being steep in some areas - but all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access.  This workshop is unsuitable for wheelchair users due to the steep and rugged terrain that we will sometimes find ourselves in.

We will make plans for lunch each day depending on our chosen location and weather conditions. This is likely to be a local cafe but occasionally it might be more suitable to purchase food from a local bakery for instance. Lunch is not included in the price of this workshop.

Please bring / wear:

  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • Tripod
  • 6- and 10-stop neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Graduated neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the weather, location and time of year
  • Wellies
  • Torch / headtorch


This will be a category C event for up to 5 people.  Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  


Your data

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  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Bay Royal Hotel

West Cliff


YO21 3HA

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