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Raithwaite Sandsend launches weekly boat charter to experience lobster potting and wildlife safari

Move over New England, this Autumn is all about North Yorkshire, with the launch of Raithwaite Sandsend’s weekly lobster fishing and North Sea wildlife spotting expeditions.

To coincide with the peak of lobster-fishing season, every Wednesday from now until 4th November, Raithwaite Sandsend is giving guests an opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a hands-on at sea lobster and crab fishing experience, with a traditional  fishing boat charter departing from Whitby Harbour, located just 10 minutes from the hotel. 

As dawn breaks, guests will jump aboard the Mistress Whitby, where the experienced Captain will demonstrate how people have been hauling lobster and crab from the North Sea for generations. Guests will then assist the Captain with setting and hauling the pots to ensure the best catch. 

Once the pots are in place, the Mistress Whitby will travel along the rugged North Yorkshire coastline. Guests will need binoculars at the ready, as they just may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the region's wildlife including seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises. 

As the boat heads back to the harbour, guests will experience the anticipation of the pots breaking the water to discover what they contain. Once the catch is onboard, the Captain will demonstrate how to check for legal size and band the claws.

With their catch in tow, guests will then head back to Raithwaite Sandsend. Executive Chef Andy Hill will then cook up the guests fresh catch of the day into a feast for dinner which will be served in the hotel’s restaurant, ‘The Brasserie’.

The experience includes the following:

  • Charter of The Mistress Whitby for Raithwaite Guests (minimum 2 guests, maximum 6 guests)

  • Hands-on experience of lobster and crab fishing

  • An opportunity to view local wildlife including seals, whales & dolphins

  • The guest's fresh catch to be cooked by a Raithwaite Sandsend chef Andy Hill and to be enjoyed for dinner in The Brasserie.

HOW: Raithwaite Sandsend’s Lobster fishing and North Sea Wildlife Safari experience is £120 per person and is available to book every Wednesday 2nd September - 4th November 2020, subject to availability. Rates at Raithwaite Sandsend start from £135 per night on a B&B basis.

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