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The Bram Stoker International Film Festival – Whitby 

This unusual film festival was first conceived to showcase Bram Stoker’s huge influence on horror literature and cinema. Over the years, it has developed into an eclectic celebration of all that is dark and gothic.


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The Bram Stoker International Film Festival 

The Bram Stoker International Film Festival.jpgWhy Whitby?

Whitby is known as the birthplace of Dracula. In 1890, Bram Stoker visited the town and whilst browsing in a local library he came across the name ‘Dracula’.

This inspired him to name his iconic character and the rest was history! Whitby features throughout the story, and festival visitors can retrace the steps of the characters through the town.


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The films

A wide range of film types are shown throughout the festival – including shorts, documentaries and narrative features. Festivalgoers have the opportunity to see films which they may never find anywhere else – promising a uniquely immersive experience in this culture of horror.

A number of awards are given out at the festival, including Best Film, Best SFX and an Audience award.


Side events

The films are not the only reason horror fans love this festival. They host a range of other entertainments including the Dark Arts exhibition, themed event nights, theatre and the horrifyingly famous Vampire’s Ball.



Whitby lies on the seaside, and it is a popular tourist destination. It’s perfectly placed with access to traditional English seaside and the wilderness of the North Yorkshire Moors. The busy harbour is flanked by the Grade II Listed piers on the East and West side.


Whitby Abbey

The Abbey is an imposing building which looks out to the North Sea. It featured in the Dracula novel and visitors today will not be hard pushed to see why! In the story, a large dog-like beast emerged from the sea, and climbed up 199 steps to the Abbey.

It was established in 657AD and a significant proportion of the building can still be seen. 

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Other places worth visiting

If you have traveled a long way for the Festival, then why not make the most of your motorhome and spend some time seeing the local sights? Yorkshire is a beautiful county with a real mix of attractions.


The Dinosaur Coast

The coastline of Whitby is part of the ‘North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast’, otherwise known as the Dinosaur Coast. At the Whitby beach it is even possible to see dinosaur footprints – as well as ammonites and the best part of a complete crocodile! In the 1800’s a huge Plesiosaurus fossil was discovered, and many more can be seen at the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough.


York Dungeon

If you are still in the mood for a bit of horror after the Film Festival, then York Dungeon will be your next stop. It’s a humorous 70-minute trip into the dark recesses of York’s history – through the last 2000 years. It uses a dynamic mix of actors, special effects and carefully crafted scenes to thrill and terrify.

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The North Yorkshire Moors

The Moors are wild and beautiful. Visitors will not fail to be moved by the rich moorland, and striking dales and headlands. There are ancient woodlands and sweeping bands of heather, alongside rugged ice age coastline and haunting natural beauty. At night, the skies are unpolluted by any light and perfect for stargazing.

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Where to stay

This area is well set up for motorhomes, due to the nature of the tourism and visitors to the Moors. With three sites just around Whitby you have plenty of choice.

A motorhome offers you self-catering privacy, flexibility and comfort at affordable prices. Enjoy the Festival in luxury, knowing you have all your personal amenities right there if you need them – and plenty of space to pack outfits for the themed nights if you so wish!


Sandfield House Farm Caravan Park

Sandfield House Farm, Sandsend Road, Whitby, YO21 3SR

Telephone: 01947 602660

Email: info@sandfieldhousefarm.co.uk


Abbey View House Certificated Site

High Normanby, Whitby, YO22 4PR

Telephone: 07764 155629


Trig Point 49 Camping and B&B

80 Staithes Lane, Staithes, Whitby, TS13 5AD

Telephone: 01947 840888


So if you love your horror films, and you’re dreaming of a trip to the Bram Stoker Film Festival, then book your motorhome online today and start making your dream a reality!



Motorhomes are a great way to experience a festival, get a group of friends together and split the cost between you. At UnbeatableHire we have the largest motorhome vehicle fleet in the UK and have depots in 9 locations around the country, meaning that we have the greatest availability during busy festival periods when other providers are fully booked.

Keep your valuables safely located away off site within your motorhome.

Avoid sharing nasty public chemical toilets with 10,000 other revellers!

Get your head down when you want to in a comfy bed rather than a lumpy tent.

Enjoy the cooking facilities to make your full English when your hung over in the morning!



Having a motorhome means that you can keep your kids routine much more easily with quieter and comfier beds for the kids and cooking amenities. Our motorhomes all come with the crockery and cutlery you need to keep eating healthier foods and keeping to the schedule of dinner time and breakfast.

Also sleep easier know your kids are safe and sound in the room next to yours behind a locked door. Motorhoming offers flexibility to families and a cleaner safer environment for the kids. More and more people are taking their kids to festivals, why not do it in style and safety with UnbeatableHire?


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