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11th May 2018

Wild Seas Week FULL EVENTS LIST – 3rd to 12th August

Welcome to Wild Seas Week 2018. This year The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership is coordinating a series of marine theme events around The Wash and Norfolk coast celebrating the remarkable nature and rich culture of this unique and very special part of the Great British coastline.

The events have been prepared by many organisations and volunteers in the local community to show-case the natural, cultural, historical heritage and conservation value of the region. We hope you enjoy the wide variety of events that we have put together for you.

 

Image credit Chris Knights

General Tips and Guidelines


Booking and costs

It is best to call ahead and book events although with many you can just turn up to enjoy free activities on the day.

Food and drink

Unless otherwise stated, assume that they are not provided on the day.

Transport and parking

If you are unfamiliar with the area we have provided a map to show the locations of events over leaf. Please contact event organisers directly for more detailed information. Car parks are often available and can incur and charge.

Children

Children are welcome at almost all events unless otherwise stated but they must always be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Dogs

Dogs with a responsible owner may be welcome at some events. Please check with individual events organisers first. In all cases dogs must be kept on a lead and you must clean up after then.

Accessibility

Please contact event organisers to check details and discuss arrangements where appropriate.

 

Wild Seas Week Events


Friday 3rd August


Birds and Breakfast

0800 – 1000: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Experience the reserve at this peaceful time of day with a guided walk onto the marsh followed by a continental breakfast on the terrace, which has spectacular views across the reserve. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Binoculars recommended and available to hire.

Cost: £10 Members/£12 Non-Members (includes breakfast)

Booking required: please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Image credit Neil Smith

Saturday 4th August


Seal and Bird watching Cruise with the RSPB

0900 – 1330: Boston Marina, Witham Bank East, Boston, PE21 9JU

Cruise aboard the historic Boston Belle as it travels from the centre of Boston and out into The Wash, before cruising up the Welland and then returning to Boston. Your commentator will highlight both the wildlife, local buildings and stories of interest. The boat serves hot and cold drinks and snacks (try the bacon baps!). We have never had a case of sea-sickness (yet!)

Cost: Adults £21. Under 16’s £11.

Booking required: Book via South Holland Centre, 01775 764777 Southhollandcentre.co.uk. Contact on-the-day: Chris Andrews 07795 616969 chris.andrews@rspb.org.uk

Beach Clean

1030 -1200: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Help us to clean up our shore to benefit coastal wildlife. There are always lots of exciting wildlife and mysterious marine objects to be found on the shore too. In the event of adverse weather please contact the visitor centre in advance to check for cancellations. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, all other equipment provided.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Toby Hay (Live Music)

1900 – 2130 (approx.): Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Hailing from Rhayader in Mid-Wales, Toby released his album of evocative instrumental pieces, The Gathering, in 2017. With liner notes by Robert Macfarlane the album displays a strong sense of place and a deep connection with the natural world. A bar will be open on the site for the evening.

Cost: £12 Members/£15 Non-Members

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Image credit Peter Welberry Smith

Sunday 5th August


Seal and Birdwatching Cruise

1000 – 1430: Boston Marina, Witham Bank East, Boston, PE21 9JU

Cruise aboard the historic Boston Belle as it travels from the centre of Boston and out into The Wash, before cruising up the Welland and then returning to Boston. Your commentator will highlight both the wildlife, local buildings and stories of interest. The boat serves hot and cold drinks and snacks (try the bacon baps!). We have never had a case of sea-sickness (yet!)

Cost: Adults £20. Under 16’s £15. OAPs £18.50

Booking required: Please contact visit http://www.bostonbelle.co.uk/ or call 07595045387

Image Credit Pete Westwell

Monday 6th August


Beach Guardians

1100 – 1500: RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve

Beach activities that focus on conserving shoreline habitats for nesting seabirds, seals and invertebrates. Activities may include rock pooling, beach art, a mini beach clean, limpet surveys, beachcombing along the tide line.

Cost: £2 per child

No booking required. On-the-day 01485 210779 or email: titchwell@rspb.org.uk

Coastal Birds and Breakfast (walk and meal)

0800 – 1000: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

We’ll be heading to the beach first thing for some coastal bird watching followed by a continental breakfast back on the visitor centre terrace, which has spectacular views across the reserve. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Binoculars recommended and available to hire.

Cost: £10 Members/£12 Non-Members

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

 

Tuesday 7th August


Signs of Summer (family event)

1030 – 1230: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

The reserve is alive with wildlife in the summer, with birds singing, butterflies fluttering, fish swimming and colourful flowers blooming. Join us searching for summer wildlife on the reserve. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Cost: £4 + accompanying adult free.

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Walk the Attenborough Way (walk)

1030 – 1230: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Walk along the new footpath opened by Sir David Attenborough and discover the huge variety of wildlife along the way. The walk takes in reedbeds, grazing marsh, freshwater dykes and scrapes. NWT staff will describe the work involved in maintaining this fantastic habitat for wildlife. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Cost: £3.50 Members/£5 Non-Members.

Booking required.  Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Mini raft building

1100 – 1200 and 1400 – 1500: RSPB Frampton Marsh,

Frampton Roads, Frampton, Boston, PE20 1AY

Your kids can try their hand at the ancient art of raft-building, without getting wet! Before the area was drained rafts were the best way to get about through the shallow water of the fens. Your children will use natural materials to make miniature rafts, and then see if they float! Sorry, no dogs please.

Cost: £2.50 per child

Booking required: 01205 724678 lincolnshirewashreserves@rspb.org.uk

Contact on-the-day: Chris Andrews 07795 616969 chris.andrews@rspb.org.uk

Seal and Bird watching Cruise with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

1215 – 1645: Boston Marina, Witham Bank East, Boston, PE21 9JU

Cruise aboard the historic Boston Belle as it travels from the centre of Boston and out into The Wash, before cruising up the Welland and then returning to Boston. Your commentator will highlight both the wildlife, local buildings and stories of interest. The boat serves hot and cold drinks and snacks (try the bacon baps!). We have never had a case of sea-sickness (yet!)

Cost: Adults £20. Under 16’s £15. OAPs £18.50

Booking required: Please contact visit http://www.bostonbelle.co.uk/ or call 07595045387

Litter pick

13:30 -15:30: Meet at Sutton Bridge car park for a litter pick along the sea wall

Join Natural England for a litter pick along the sea wall by Sutton Bridge. Once the litter pick is complete we will run interactive activities including a litter sculpture competition (using the litter collected) and a litter line.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: please contact Heidi Richardson on 0208225 8991 or Heidi.Richardson@naturalengland.org.uk

 

Image Credit James Moore

Wednesday 8th August


Walk the Attenborough Way (Walk)

1030 – 1230: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Walk along the new footpath opened by Sir David Attenborough and discover the huge variety of wildlife along the way. The walk takes in reedbeds, grazing marsh, freshwater dykes and scrapes. NWT staff will describe the work involved in maintaining this fantastic habitat for wildlife. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Cost: £3.50 Members/£5 Non-Members.

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Plankton Party (Family Event)

1030 – 1230: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Discover the huge variety of tiny animals (plankton) that live in the sea and learn why these fascinating mini creatures are so important. Meet on Cley beach to have a go at sea dipping and then head back to our education centre to look under the microscope at these tiny creatures. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Cost: £4 + accompanying adult free

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Walk with the Warden

1030 – 1230: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Bernard Bishop has been the warden for more than forty years and is the third generation of his family to work at Cley Marshes. Hear about the history of Cley, how the reserve has changed over time and what life is like as a warden on a coastal nature reserve. Suitable for all walking abilities.

Cost: £3.50 Members/£5 Non-Members

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Marine Litter Day

10:00 – 16:00: Old Coastguard Station, Gibraltar Point, Gibraltar Road, Skegness, PE24 4SU

Are you concerned about marine litter? What litter do we find in our seas?  Surely the waves break down materials? Should we be concerned? A day focusing on marine litter for children and adults.

Come and spend some time in our Information Hub at Gibraltar Point. Quizzes, craft activities, creative writing activities, reflective activities- there is something for everyone, come and enjoy a day in this wonderful environment.

Cost: FREE

No booking required. Contact on-the-day: education Team 01754 898079 opt 2 or gibeducation@lincstrust.co.uk

An education in marine litter

1400: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Join Natural England and come to learn all about marine litter, where it comes from and the impact on the environment, wildlife, people and the economy. We will also be showing you how to make small changes so that you can be part of the solution.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: please contact Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley visitor centre 01263 740008

The Wash Wildfowlers

1000 – 1600: Anglia Motel, Club Room, Wash Way Road, Fleet Hargate, Lincolnshire, PE12 8LT

Come along to the Anglia Motel and learn all about the age old local tradition of wildfowling with informative displays and old wildfowling guns.

Cost: FREE

No booking required. Contact on-the-day: Peter Catling 07919441010

Image Credit Will Brown

Thursday 9th August


The Wash Wildfowlers

1000 – 1600: Anglia Motel, Club Room, Wash Way Road, Fleet Hargate, Lincolnshire, PE12 8LT

Come along to the Anglia Motel and learn all about the age old local tradition of wildfowling with informative displays and old wildfowling guns.

Cost: FREE

No booking required. Contact on-the-day: Peter Catling 07919441010

Sea, Fisherfolk & Chapel

1300 – 1430: True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum

A guided walk with local historian Dr Paul Richards from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum to St Nicholas Chapel.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: Please contact Lindsey on 01553 770479 or info@truesyard.co.uk   Contact on-the-day:  Dr Paul Richards True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum 01553 770479

Wash Walk

1200 – 1400: Shep Whites Car Park (Holbeach Marsh) Holbeach St. Mathew’s, Barge Road, PE12 8EQ

Join Lincolnshire saltmarsh expert Graham Wall on a guided tour on the green shore as he shares 30-years of marsh stories and knowledge about life on the saltmarsh. Wellingtons or good walking boot are essential. The walk is roughly 2-miles, so you must be reasonably fit.

Cost: FREE

Booking required. Call Graham Wall on 07768981387

The Great Holkham Egg-case Hunt

10:00 – 16:00: Holkham Beach, Lady Anne’s Drive

Join us as we hunt for shark, skate and ray egg-cases (mermaid’s purses) on the strandline. At least 21 species of skate, ray and shark are found in UK waters and we will be collecting the empty egg-cases to discover what species may be laying their eggs in the North Sea. We will be identifying the species of egg-case and will be sharing our findings with The Shark Trust, who keep a record of UK finds. Please dress appropriately for the weather and join us on the beach!

Cost: FREE

No booking required. Contact on-the-day: Jonathan Holt 07769181219 or j.holt@holkham.co.uk

Shingle Vegetation (Workshop)

1030 – 1530: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Author of ‘Flowers of the Norfolk Coast’ Simon Harrap will lead this detailed workshop on shingle vegetation. Discover what plants live on Cley’s shingle ridge and how they are adapted to living in this harsh environment. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. An information email will be sent out to attendees in advance of the workshop

Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members.

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Bug Hunting

1100 – 1200 and 1400 – 1500: RSPB Frampton Marsh, Frampton Roads, Frampton, Boston, PE20 1AY

Let your mini monsters meet ours! Your children will enjoy searching for beetles, bugs and butterflies, led by an experienced guide. Sorry, no dogs please.

Cost: £2.50 per child, entry fees apply

Booking required: 01205 724678 lincolnshirewashreserves@rspb.org.uk

Contact on-the-day: Chris Andrews 07795 616969 chris.andrews@rspb.org.uk

Nature Rangers with the RSPB

1030 – 1500: Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, Hunstanton

Discover the magic of our marine environment and the wildlife that lives on our coastline.

Take the strandline challenge, create some sand art or join in with our beach scavenger hunt. Lots of reasons to get down to the beach and have some fun while learning how to conserve and protect this special habitat.

Cost: FREE

No booking required. Contact on-the-day: Judy Simmonds/Carrie Carey 01485 210779

Rock Pool Rummaging

1030 – 1200: Meet at West Runton Beach outside the Seaview Beach Café, Water Ln, NR27 9QP

Once again, we are rummaging in rockpools in search of life. Come along with sturdy shoes and keen eyes and help us carefully investigate the secrets of the seashore.  If you don’t know a barnacle from a belemnite the experts will be on hand to identify your finds. Please arrive 15-mins early to sign up. Please wear stout shoes/waterproof footwear. All equipment is provided.

Cost: £3 NWT members. £3.50 non-members. One adult free with each paying child.

No booking required. Sign up and pay on the day. Further details on our website https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/all-events Or call: 01603 625540

Fascinating Fossils

1300 – 1430: Meet at West Runton Beach outside the Seaview Beach Café, Water Ln, NR27 9QP

You won’t believe the creatures that used to call Norfolk home! Come along and see the remains of some of the amazing beasts that lived here millions of years ago. Keen explorers may be lucky enough to find a fossil to take home.  Please arrive 15 mins early to sign up. Please wear stout shoes/waterproof footwear. All equipment is provided.

Cost: £3 NWT members. £3.50 non-members. One adult free with each paying child.

No booking required. Sign up and pay on the day. Further details on our website https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/all-events Or call: 01603 625540

Image credit, True’s Yard Fisher folk Museum

Friday 10th August


Wash Walk

1200 – 1400: Shep Whites Car Park (Holbeach Marsh) Holbeach St. Mathew’s, Barge Road, PE12 8EQ

Join Lincolnshire saltmarsh expert Graham Wall on a guided tour on the green shore as he shares 30-years of marsh stories and knowledge about life on the marsh. Wellingtons or good walking boot are essential. The walk is roughly 2-miles, so you must be reasonably fit.

Cost: FREE

Booking required. Call Graham Wall on 07768981387

Underwater Nursery – Family drop-in event

11:00 – 15:00: Old Coastguard Station, Gibraltar Point,

Gibraltar Road, Skegness, PE24 4SU

The Wash is a great place for young sea life to grow up. Come along to investigate the creatures that call it home while following an underwater trail, making crafts and having a paddle as you sea dip to find some of the animals for yourself. Waterproof shoes must be worn to sea dipping.

Cost: £3 per child.

No booking required. Contact on-the-day: education Team 01754 898057 opt 2 or gibeducation@lincstrust.co.uk

Rock pool Rummaging

1130 – 1300: Meet at West Runton Beach outside the Seaview Beach Café, Water Ln, NR27 9QP

Once again, we are rummaging in rockpools in search of life. Come along with sturdy shoes and keen eyes and help us carefully

investigate the secrets of the seashore.  If you don’t know a barnacle from a belemnite the experts will be on hand to identify your finds. Please arrive 15-mins early to sign up. Please wear stout shoes/waterproof footwear. All equipment is provided.

Cost: £3 NWT members. £3.50 non-members. One adult free with each paying child.

No booking required. Sign up and pay on the day. Further details on our website https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/all-events Or call: 01603 625540

Fascinating Fossils

1400 – 1530: Meet at West Runton Beach outside the Seaview Beach Café, Water Ln, NR27 9QP

You won’t believe the creatures that used to call Norfolk home! Come along and see the remains of some of the amazing beasts that lived here millions of years ago. Keen explorers may be lucky enough to find a fossil to take home.  Please arrive 15mins early to sign up. Please wear stout shoes/waterproof footwear. All equipment is provided.

Cost: £3 NWT members. £3.50 non-members. One adult free with each paying child.

No booking required. Sign up and pay on the day. Further details on our website https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/all-events Or call: 01603 625540

Love your saltmarsh

1300 – 1500:  Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

‘Love your saltmarsh’ is an activity about the benefits we get from nature and making difficult choices about coastal management.  When there is no saltmarsh and mudflat in front of a LEGO® town, participants discover that they spend more of their chocolate coins to build and maintain a higher sea wall. Suitable for 7 – 11 years with a resource pack aimed for researchers and STEM ambassadors.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Living by the Shoal

1900 – drinks reception and entertainment, 1925 – 2030 – talks, 2030 – 2115/2130 – question and answer: Rocket House Cafe, Cromer

A panel of local people, including fishermen, divers, artists, scientists, walkers, and other local ocean enthusiasts and coast lovers take a moment to reflect on what it is that they love about their local marine environment. The session will be chaired by Councillor Hilary Cox, who will help ensure there is time at the end for a few questions.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: please contact Hilary Cox: 07704 971955 or email hilary.cox22@gmail.com

Saltmarshes in art and literature

1600 – 1700:  Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

A talk by saltmarsh expert Angus Garbutt on how the perceptions of saltmarshes have changed throughout history and how it’s portrayed in popular literature and how it occupies the popular psyche.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Image credit Robert Enderby

Saturday 11th August


High Tide Wader Watch

1830 – 1930: RSPB Freiston Shore, Shore Road, Freiston, Boston, PE22 0LY

Wonder at the spectacle as hundreds of waders crowd onto the reserve to escape the incoming tide on the mudflats of The Wash.  Our expert guides will be on hand to point of the different species of birds to you. Bring Binoculars if you have them. Sorry, no dogs please.

Cost: £10 per person

Booking required: 01205 724678 lincolnshirewashreserves@rspb.org.uk. Contact on-the-day: Chris Andrews 07795 616969 chris.andrews@rspb.org.uk

Living by the Shoal

1900 – drinks reception and entertainment, 1925 to 2030 – talks, 2030 to 2115/2130 – question and answer: Sheringham Museum, Sheringham

A panel of local people, including fishermen, divers, artists, scientists, walkers, and other local ocean enthusiasts and coast lovers take a moment to reflect on what it is that they love about their local marine environment. The session will be chaired by Councillor Hilary Cox, who will help ensure there is time at the end for a few questions.

Cost: FREE

Booking required: please contact Hilary Cox: 07704 971955 or hilary.cox22@gmail.com

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Workshop)

1030 – 1530: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

Pam Taylor from the British Dragonfly Society will lead this detailed workshop on the dragonflies and damselflies of Norfolk including an illustrated presentation and a field trip to a site within the Cley and Salthouse Living Landscape. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. An information email will be sent out to attendees in advance of the workshop.

Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members.

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

 

Sunday 12th August


Geology Walk

13.30 – 16.30: St Edmund’s Point, Hunstanton. Meet in public car park near Lighthouse (at ticket machine)

An easy beach walk southwards along the coastal section to look at the Cretaceous rocks that tell us what this part of the world was like around 100 million years ago. There is a chance to collect some fossils and to look at things of interest in The Wash along the way. Decent footwear and sensible clothing required. Suitable for non-specialists of all ages.

Cost: Adults £6 and Children (8 – 16) £3.

Booking required. Visit www.northfolk.org.uk or call Martin Warren on 07887 389804

Birds of Cley (Walk)

1030 – 1230: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

If you are new to birdwatching and want to learn more about birds, no matter what your age, join us for a walk onto the reserve with the chance to see marsh harriers, avocets, little egrets and many more. Binoculars can be provided. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear

Cost: £3.50 NWT members, £5 non-members

Booking required: Please contact NWT Cley Marshes on 01263 740008

Summer stroll

1400 – 1600: RSPB Frampton Marsh, Frampton Roads, Frampton, Boston, PE20 1AY

Join our local guide for a tour around the reserve to see the best of the seasonal wildlife. What will we see? We never know! The walk can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Bring Binoculars if you have them. Sorry, no dogs please.

Cost: £4 per adult, children half price. Reserve entry fees apply.

Booking required: 01205 724678 lincolnshirewashreserves@rspb.org.uk Contact on-the-day: Chris Andrews 07795 616969 chris.andrews@rspb.org.uk

Walk with the Warden

0700 – 1030: RSPB Frampton Marsh, Frampton Roads, Boston, PE20 1AY

Join our warden on his monthly bird count. Find out the secrets of the reserve whilst watching wonderful wildlife in a small intimate group. This event involves a 5 mile walk over rough paths. Precise details may vary, confirmation on booking. Booking imperative. Bring binoculars. Sorry, no dogs please.

Cost: £25 per adult.

Booking required: 01205 724678 lincolnshirewashreserves@rspb.org.uk

Contact on-the-day: Toby Collett lincolnshirewashreserves@rspb.org.uk

Litter pick

1000 to finish: Hunstanton, 4 Beach Terrace Rd, PE36 5BQ

Join Surfers Against Sewage and The Green Britain Centre on a litter pick to help clean up Hunstanton Beach. All equipment will be provided.

Cost: FREE

No booking required. Contact on-the-day: Jo Symons 07508187173

Trips on Dunkirk Little Ship Lucy Lavers in Wells Harbour

All summer long: Wells Quay NR23 1AT

An hour or so spent aboard a special Little Ship, that actually went to Dunkirk. Be part of her amazing story. Why not the Maritime Heritage Centre, at Stiffkey, open at weekends from 11am to 4pm.

Cost:  Adults £20 Children (4-15) £15 Visit www.rescuewoodenboats.com.  Booking required for boat trips. Please contact Wells Tourist Info on 01485 710885

Image credit Barry Madden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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