When: 26th – 28th May 2018
Where: Amble, Northumberland
£: Most events are free. There is a small charge for some events such as the crafts and talks
What is it?
This bank holiday weekend, Amble in Northumberland will be celebrating the return of the puffins to the nearby Coquet Island, with their annual festival.
Amble Puffin Festival will take place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May with eclectic events including walks, talks, music, dancing and beach art.
The festival is held at the time of year when puffins are busy preparing for the arrival of their pufflings; so visitors will be able to see them in their thousands around the island, on the water, or flying past at high-speed, often with their beaks crammed with sand eels.
This year’s festival will include nature and local history guided walks, and wildlife, environmental and local history talks. There will also be live music, stalls, children’s entertainment, puffintastic crafts, beach art, a ‘pop-up-poet’, performances from local children, and ‘Pete the Puffin’s Big Day Oot’.
In addition, there will be maypole dancing, tribal dancing and the first performance from the newly-formed Amble Sword dancers. There’ll also be watersports, walking football and a dog show.
Visitors can take guided canoe and kayak tours of the estuary, paint a puffin stone or have a go at stand up paddleboarding.
Visitors who would like to see the Coquet Island puffins can book a puffin cruise out of Amble harbour. The sailings are tide and weather dependent, but take place all summer long.
The main festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend but there will also be some fringe activities taking place over the half term week, including estuary tours and pottery painting.
More info: www.amblepuffinfest.co.uk