Amble Puffin Festival readies for launch

Preparations are in full flow for the third annual Amble Puffin Festival, which kicks off with a mini Beer Fest at Coquet Yacht Club on Sat 23rd, Sun 24th and Mon 25th May. On the same days, there will be a kite display on the Braid, and the opportunity for a cuddly toy parachute jump, so bring along your bravest teddy bear!

From Bank Holiday Monday 25th to 31st May, there will be the usual mix of family fun, guided walks, local history and nature talks, crafts, watersports and live music.

Throughout the week, Amble will be celebrating the arrival of the puffins to nearby RSPB bird sanctuary Coquet Island. The festival marks the return of thousands of the iconic little birds back from their winter sojourn on the North Sea. The middle to the end of May is the best time of year to see the puffins preparing for the birth of their young, known as “pufflings”.

There will be music, dancing and stalls in the Town Square on Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday, ‘Puffin Island’ (festival information) and children’s amusements in the Square Monday - Friday, and of course (weather permitting) the chance to see the wonderful puffins in real life, with Puffin Cruises. Please ring ahead to book as places are limited. Puffin Cruises: 01665 711975.

For those with lots of energy, we have children’s sports on the Braid and Football Fun at the Welfare on Monday, as well as a circus skills workshop in the Town Square on Tuesday.

Activities will be held throughout the town. This year, there will be a ‘Flying Fish auction’ and seafood cookery displays from local chefs at Amble’s brand new £2.5m Harbour Village and Seafood Centre. On Wednesday morning, special guest 007 Bond villain ‘Jaws’ lookalike actor Gary Tiplady will be available to talk about his work. Gary is also a talented artist and some of his wire sculptures will be on display throughout the week.

Throughout the half term holiday week, there will be plenty to see and do for all the family. For children, there will be crafts, sports, children’s amusements, storytelling and a chance to meet Tommy Noddy the Puffin, who will gladly pose for photos!

Fun is mixed with an environmental aspect too, with guided nature walks by local experts, and for those who want to know more about the Friendliest Port, we have Harry’s potter around historic Amble.

The Festival’s evening talks consisting of a wide range of local history and wildlife subjects; The History and Future of Amble RNLI; Puffins, Wildlife and RSPB Coquet Island; The Amble Branch Railway; Wildlife Photography; and Northumberland’s Secret Seas.

Photographers can take a specially chartered Puffin Cruise, with internationally renowned photographer Steve Emberton, or learn how to take better photos on their phones with a smartphone photography workshop.

Our music festival The Colony, which showcases local bands will take place at the Little Shore on Sat 30th from 12 - 8pm. If you’ve ever wanted to try canoeing, you can do that too, courtesy of Coquet Canoe Club. Festivities come to a close on Sunday with our very popular dog show on the Braid, which includes a well-dog health check from Westway Vets. In the afternoon, you can try-your hand at watersports and a Skiff race all on Sunday 31st.

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