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Second puffin fest takes flight

Amble Puffin Festival logo.

Amble Puffin Festival logo.

A quirky festival to celebrate a cute black and white 
species of bird flies into a seaside town next week.

The second Amble Puffin Festival starts on Monday and will run until Sunday, June 1.

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

The festival is aimed at promoting tourism, enhancing community spirit and building on the unique identity of the town.

There will be wildlife and environmental walks and talks, exhibitions, watersports and children’s crafts.

Monday’s opening day will include an arrival of the pufflings parade into the Town Square at 11am.

Boat cruises to historic Coquet Island to see the colony of 36,000 puffins will run from Monday to Saturday from the harbour at various times. Call 01665 711975 to book.

From Monday to Friday, Zecca will be offering a two-course puffin menu for £12.95.

The Colony Music Festival, which was popular at last year’s inaugural event, will take place on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1. It will feature a host of local acts, including a Foo Fighters tribute band.

For more details, visit www.amblepuffinfest.co.uk, see the Facebook page by searching Amble Puffin Festival or follow @AmblePuffinFest on Twitter.

MONDAY, MAY 26

Town Square* (from 11am): Dancing and singing by local children; Tribal dancing from Tribe Zuza; Singing from Harbour Lights choir; Stalls from local organisations; Smithy demonstration by Stephen Lunn; Climbing wall with Amble Army Cadet Force; Bird-themed fancy-dress competition; Children’s fun-fair.

Old Fourways Centre (Noon-3pm): Puffintastic crafts for children, £1pp.

Radcliffe Club (Noon–4pm): Family Fun Day and Party; Fun-fair rides, disco, face-painting.

Town Council Office (10am–4pm): Photographic exhibition.

Little Shore (Noon–4pm): Stand up paddles.

The Braid (from 10am): Kite display; Free children’s sports.

St Mark’s Church Hall (7pm): Talk with video - Seals and dolphins off the North East coast by Ben Burville, £2pp.

TUESDAY, MAY 27

Town Council Office (10am–4pm): Photographic exhibition.

Pin Cushion, Queen Street (9am-4pm): Fishermen’s ganseys exhibition.

42 Queen St (10am–2pm): Rainbow Pottery Painting, items from £4-£8.

Little Shore (Noon-4pm): Stand up paddles.

Town Square: Smithy demonstration by Stephen Lunn.

The Old Storehouse (2.30pm): Free family film - LEGO The Movie; (7pm): Talk - Rescued from the Sea: uncovering the archaeological secrets of the Low Hauxley dunes by Clive Waddington, £2pp.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28

Town Council Office (10am–4pm): Photographic exhibition.

Pin Cushion, Queen street (9am-1pm): Fisherman’s ganseys exhibition.

Little Shore (9.30am): Join in beach art.

Old Storehouse (10am–4.30pm): Art and handmade crafts fair.

Amble Library (10.30am): Open story/crafts for children. Call 01665 710419 to book.

St Cuthbert’s Church Hall (2pm–4pm): Messy crafts for children.

Little Shore (Noon-4pm): Stand up paddles; (1.30pm–5pm): Come and Try watersports, £3pp.

St Mark’s Church Hall (7.30pm): Talk with slides - Wildlife and History of Coquet Island by Paul Morrison, £2pp.

THURSDAY, MAY 29

Town Council Office (10am–4pm): Photographic exhibition.

Pin Cushion, Queen Street (9am-4pm): Fisherman’s ganseys exhibition.

42 Queen St (10am–2pm): Rainbow Pottery Painting, items from £4-£8.

Hauxley Nature Reserve (11am-1pm): Northumberland Wildlife Trust Guide in the Hide - an expert look at birds.

Amble TIC (10.30am & 2pm): Walk – historical points of interest in the town with Bart Rippon. Little Shore (Noon–4pm): Stand up paddles.

St Mark’s Church Hall (7.30pm): Talk with slides - The Northumberland Coast – Holy Island to Amble by Athol Swanston, £2pp.

FRIDAY, MAY 30

Little Shore (from 9.30am): Join in beach art.

Town Council Office (10am–4pm): Photographic exhibition.

Old Fourways Centre (Noon-3pm): Puffintastic crafts for children, £1pp.

Amble TIC (2pm): Nature walk with Martin Kitching.

Pin Cushion, Queen Street (9am-4pm): Fisherman’s ganseys exhibition.

Little Shore (noon–4pm): Stand up paddles.

Hauxley Nature Reserve (1pm-3pm): Northumberland Wildlife Trust Guide in the Hide - an expert look at birds.

Coquet Estuary (5.30pm–8pm): Estuary Paddle, £25 per head.

St Mark’s Church Hall (7.30pm): Talk with slides - The Amble Railway by Bart Rippon, £2pp.

SATURDAY, MAY 31

Artique (10am–4pm): Birthday party complete with music, workshops and more.

Dunes at Park Leisure (11am): Litter pick, with prizes for most litter picked

Little Shore (11am): Tug of war, maximum eight people per team, call 07732 415778.

Pin Cushion, Queen Street (9am-4pm): Fisherman’s ganseys exhibition.

Zecca: Kids pizza-making competition.

Little Shore** (Noon-9pm): Colony Music Festival with children’s fun-fair.

Pride of Northumbria (Noon-3pm): Erica Yeoman book signing.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1

Quayside (all day): Quayside market; (10am): Amble RNLI coffee morning.

Dunes at Park Leisure (1pm): Dog show with prizes.

Little Shore** (2pm–6pm): Colony Music Festival with children’s fun-fair.

- If wet, some events will transfer to *St Cuthbert’s Church Hall **Radcliffe Club. Keep checking for further announcements. During the festival week, there will be daily updates at the Flowmill, which is based at Spurreli Ice-cream, the TIC and on the puffin boards.*

 

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