This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Illuminated Abbey event at Whitby Abbey, the ruins of which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Sitting on the cliff overlooking the idyllic fishing port of Whitby, the 13th-century ruins of the abbey have inspired generations. But none so more than Stoker, whose tale of Dracula has become synonymous with the Yorkshire seaside town. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that Whitby is considered the Goth capital of the UK.
English Heritage have illuminated Whitby Abbey for three nights over Halloween weekend to celebrate its gothic splendour. In addition to displaying the abbey in a whole new light, there are performances throughout the evening telling tales of Yorkshire folklore and Victorian ghost hunting, as well as the story of Dracula himself.
The event runs until Saturday, October 29 and tickets can be bought here. If you’re likely to miss it fear not, as promenade performances of Dracula are also taking place throughout the day on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.