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World Ocean's Day - Turning the Tide

Saturday 8 June 10:00 - 16:00

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Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Somerset’s Brilliant Coast project is celebrating World Oceans Day (https://www.worldoceansday.org/) with a day of family activities at Dunster Beach.

The day, run with Dunster Beach Holidays, the Women’s Institute and Plastic Free Minehead and West Somerset will focus on Somerset’s marine life, climate change, sea-level rise and marine litter. Activities will include Tai Chai on the beach, Pebble Poetry workshops, rock-pool safaris, beach cleans and environmental art.

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Between 10 and 11am you can see ladies from Dunster and Alcombe Women’s Institutes dressed in their summer finery having tea and scones in the sea in order to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on sea level - a great photo opportunity to help get the climate emergency message out there!

People can also make their own personal environmental pledges about how to reduce their carbon footprint and plastics use and can help make environmental sculptures out of plastic waste collected from local beaches.

An information hub above the beach will tell people when activities are happening. Most can be joined at any time, but for some places may be limited with set start times.

  • The Pebble Poetry workshops: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (will last about an hour).
  • Tai Chai sessions (all welcome): 11am*, 12 noon and 2pm (about 45 mins each).  * 11am session is planned to take place paddling in the sea – bring wellies!

All activities are free, however, donations to the Somerset Wildlife Trust and Surfers Against Sewage will be welcome.

This event is also being promoted as part of European Maritime Day:

https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/en/events-europe

Where: Dunster Beach, Sea Lane, Dunster, TA24 5UH

Getting there:

Bicycle/foot: The beach is on the Steam Coast trail if you want to arrive by bicycle or walking: http://www.steamcoasttrail.org/

Train: you can walk to the beach from Dunster station if you want to arrive by the West Somerset Steam railway: https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/timetables

Car: follow the signs from the A39 to Dunster Beach. There is pay and display car park at the beach at the end of Sea Lane (sat nav: TA24 5UH). Why not lift share if you are coming with friends?

Clothing: Bring appropriate waterproof clothes and/or sun protection dependent on the weather. We plan to go ahead even if it is rainy! 

Facilities: There are public toilets, two cafes and a BBQ area. Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it?

Booking/Contact information: Contact Mark Ward at mark.ward@somersetwildlifetrust.org for more information.

Cost: free event, donations welcome.

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