Vampires and bejewelled demons turn out for the Whitby Goth Festival

A dark day out by the seaside: Vampires, cyberpunks and bejewelled demons turn out for the Whitby Goth Festival (and there’s even BLACK ice cream)

Thousands of goths have descended on a quiet seaside town to celebrate the art of darkness.

Steampunk, Cybergoth, Romanticism or Victoriana fans travelled over the moors to Whitby, which has become their spiritual home twice a year, for the Whitby Goth Weekend.

Steampunk comes from science fiction and celebrates both Victorian fashion and industry, combining top hats with brass goggles and elaborate guns.

The town in North Yorkshire was chosen for the bi-annual event because it was where Bram Stoker wrote the gothic classic Dracula.

It is filled with Goth landmarks including Whitby Abbey, which is said to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s castle. 

The festival, which has been running since 1994, is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is so popular that in 1997 is began running twice a year, in April and October – to coincide with Halloween. 

Emily Baldwin, 16, from Barnsley, visits Whitby Gothic Weekend, wearing a headband decorated with lace and red roses

Steampunk fans Stephen and Deborah Dutton from Guisborough pose on Whitby pier, with Stephen wearing an elaborate gas mask

Hannah Dutton (L), 14, and Isla Catherine Grossett, 14, from Guisborough stand on the pier with their Victorian-style brollies

Alison Hartley, wearing an elaborate floor length black gown, and Graham Oldroyd, wearing steampunk accessories, from Wakefield pose for the cameras 

Megan Watts from Scarborough smiles as she eats a special Goth Weekend ice-cream designed by Trillo’s of Whitby

Deborah and Philip Banks from Newcastle dress in matching outfits as they walk across the beach during Whitby Gothic Weekend

Jeff, wearing steampunk glasses, and Sue Higginbottom, wearing a lace eye mask and an ornate flower headband, from Newcastle

A couple dressed in gothic clothing sit outside a cafe, sat next to a couple dressed in normal, everyday clothing

Brian Lowe from St Helens dresses in a Rourke’s Drift style outfit as he poses with the idyllic seaside town in the background

Kieran Martin from South Shields works as a rep for an alternative modelling company during the festival in the North Yorkshire town

Adam Fleran from Rotherham models his impressive purple and white mohawk as he stares into the distance

Frank Spence from Reading dresses as a 19 Century explorer, wearing a tartan flat cap and tartan raincoat as he poses for the camera

Sally Betts from Leicester wore platform leather boots with large buckles and leather trousers coupled with a matching corset to the event

L-R: Phil Robinson, Sarah Jenkins, Baiba Robinson and Craig Jenkins dress in a Steampunk style as they walk along the beach

Barbara Williams and Roger Stainforth from York smile as they pose in the bandstand wearing elaborate clothing for the northern festival

Sally Betts poses for the camera wearing her ornate metal horns with intricate detailing, coupled with striking purple eye shadow

Jill McCreath, wearing stripped leggings and heeled black boots, and David Leonard, wearing a top hat and steampunk accessories, from Darlington stand by the seawall 

Gavin Woodward from Newcastle paints a macabre figure as he dresses as the Grim Reaper, complete with scythe and cape

A twosome relax on a bench during the festival with one of them wearing an ornate red and black dress decorated with lace

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