Busy programme of events lined up for the Amble Puffin Festival

Amble Puffin Festival 2014. Picture by Jane Coltman
Amble Puffin Festival 2014. Picture by Jane Coltman

Organisers of a quirky annual festival which celebrates a cute bird are hoping this year’s event will be a flying success.

The third Amble Puffin Festival starts tomorrow (Monday) and runs until Sunday, May 31, although the event will be preceded by a mini beer festival and kite display.

Town councillors Jane Dargue, Helen Lewis and Kate Morrison at last year's Amble Puffin Festival.

Town councillors Jane Dargue, Helen Lewis and Kate Morrison at last year's Amble Puffin Festival.

The event celebrates all things puffin and takes place at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island puffins as they care for their newly- hatched pufflings.

The festival will include guided nature walks, bird watching, local history talks, exhibitions, arts and crafts, watersports and live music.

The mini beer festival will take place from this Saturday to Monday at Coquet Yacht Club, while the kite display will be staged at The Braid during these three days.

The festival will be in full swing from Monday and activities will take place throughout the town.

This year there will be a flying fish auction and seafood cookery displays from local chefs at Amble’s new £2.5million Harbour Village and Seafood Centre.

During the festival, there will be the chance to see the puffins in real life with Puffin Cruises. Ring ahead (01665 711975) to book as places are limited.

There will also be a wildlife photography cruise with internationally-renowned photographer Steve Emberton, who will be giving onboard advice and tips to fellow snappers.

The Colony music festival, which showcases local bands, will take place at the Little Shore on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 8pm.

The festivities come to a close on Sunday, May 31, with a dog show on The Braid. The show includes a dog health check from Westway Vets. On the final afternoon, people will be able to have a go at watersports, including taster sessions in Amble’s skiff.