Whitby Goth Weekend write-up (April 2018)

Last April, we were invited to Whitby Goth Weekend and got passes as a gift from the founder of the event herself, Jo Hampshire. We are ever so grateful as we were treated like goth royalty and got to experience a fantastic festival in one of the most beautiful seaside towns in England. Whitby Goth Weekend has been the life and soul of the town for over 20 years. The town becomes a bit like The Nightmare Before Christmas when goths are out and about and of course, we love that.

First of all, we stuffed our bellies with fish and chips, tea and cake and went to meet up with our great goth friends. Later on, we picked up our tickets, freshened up and attended a jaw-dropping performance from the Circus of Horrors at the Spa Theatre. It was proper old-world flair. We got the best seats upstairs and enjoyed the humour, acrobatics and aerial performances. That night we got professionally photographed by Bob Slassor, the official event photographer. We felt like supermodels! Only we are a bit too small, and have fangs, and Wolfy is a bit too furry for the catwalk… and he is a wolf.

On Saturday morning, we went to the goth market, which is called The Bizarre Bazaar. We met the fantastic artist Dark Wolf, who paints wolves and donates all his earnings to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. Whitby Goth Weekend has always supported animal charities that have helped hundreds of cats, dogs and bats over the years. The April edition was for wolves, and Wolfy was naturally chuffed. We will tell you more about this wonderful artist in our next post and will show you exclusive photos.

Later in the evening, we enjoyed what goths love the most: goth music! Our favourite bands were 1919 and The Last Cry but we also enjoyed Voltaire and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. By the way, we used our backstage passes and got to meet 1919 in person, and they graciously accepted to appear in one of our videos.

In the following mini vids, you can see us enjoying the gigs. Wolfy is rocking to the rhythm of 1919’s “Cry Wolf” and Clovis is dancing to The Last Cry.

Last but not least, we danced at Restoration, the best goth night in Whitby, hosted by Martin Oldgoth, the best goth DJ in the world. He spared a few moments to pose with Wolfy.

And here we are, with our VIP WGW passes that gave us a magical holiday. Thanks to Jo, Bob, Andrew and the WGW team for a smashing experience.

Bites and howls,

Clovis and Wolfy

Whitby’s finest: La Rosa Hotel

Hello, boys and girls. And girls and boys. Long time no read. We are relaunching our tea blog with new posts and new adventures from our travels, in no particular order. And what better place to start our tea adventures than the Madhatter Tea Room, at Whitby’s La Rosa Hotel?

We have been visiting La Rosa for years and it has never ceased to amaze us. This is truly a unique place. Its Madhatter Tea Toom is remarkably cosy and quaint, with a dash of fun and quirkiness. They have a wonderful long table with all sorts of homemade goodies that Wolfy simply could not resist.

Clovis is a lot fancier, of course, and more interested in reserving a fine-looking table to have his tea. He was not disappointed.

We are very fond of the lovely and slightly kooky details that make La Rosa so very special and an all-round quintessentially British tea experience. We enjoyed, in particular, the company of La Rosa’s Alice.

They have a great selection of teas. Clovis tried the Mad Hatter’s brew, which was simply delicious.

If you happen to visit Whitby on Halloween, don’t miss La Rosa. They have the cutest Halloween decorations on their tables.