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Bram Stocker International Film Festival... October 2012
f you’re one of those strange people who gets a kick out of scaring themselves silly, you’ll love the Bram Stoker International Film Festival.
Named in honour of the Dracula author, who found inspiration in the North East fishing town while writing his creepy classic, this festival of scary flicks is held every October.
There’s everything a gore enthusiast could want – including screenings of classic and new horror movies, Q&A sessions with directors and an awards ceremony (think the Oscars, but scarier). Climax to the four-day scare-fest’ is the Vampire’s Ball – an extravaganza that promises illusionists, magic and distinctly dark surprises.
Spookiness aside, though, Whitby is actually rather pretty - with a myriad of narrow winding streets to explore. One place you shouldn’t miss is Whitby Abbey; climb the 199 steps to the top of the Gothic ruins and you’ll be treated to dramatic views of the coastline and North Sea.
Just make sure you get home after dark…