Awaiting the furnace tech to arrive to give my furnace its annual cleaning, I found a very nicely written article by David Barnett published yesterday on The Guardian.com about Whitby in Yorkshire, England, the town that inspired Bram Stoker to write the story of Dracula. This year is the 125th anniversary of Stoker's visit to the seaport town, so I'd say it's going to be a good year for all of the tourism spots in town that base themselves on Dracula!
Whitby sounds like a cool town to visit with a Dracula walking tour, Dracula Experience, the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and a Goth Weekend occurring twice a year. I bet there will be extra special activities to celebrate the anniversary. In fact, if you check out VisitWhitby.com events calendar, you can see everything planned month-by-month, Dracula related and not. There's an interesting event called Get Gruesome With the Hands on History Crew that teaches about the plague and medieval burials "with an array of children's interactive activities." I'm curious to know what those activities could be!
Whitby looks like a really scenic, fun and educational place to visit, especially if you're a fan of Dracula.