In May we co-organised The Ocean Discovery Zone at 2018 Devon County Show, May 17, 18, & 19. This is a new attraction at this well attended show, and our pavilion featured engaging presentations and activities from some of the leading marine conservation organisations in the South West of UK. We provided lots of life sized marine wildlife models and our expertise, and aimed to partly recreate the amazing visual experience we first provided in 2005 for the Festival of the Sea at Souter lighthouse ( see 2005 photo album ) .
In February , Sat 10th & Sun 11th, we returned to the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea, to provide some life-sized marine wildlife models for the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Show.
see the MWDW website http://www.mwdw.net/
see the flyer on the show http://www.mwdw.net/manx-whale-and-dolphin-watch-show/
Edfest Southwest , held during half-term week in October 2017, was aimed at educators, school pupils, and family groups, and set out to inspire all who attended with a sense of wonder at Planet Earth's amazing wildlife and habitats. There was a great variety of ngos and education providers running workshops and showing what they do, and The Whale Workshop teamed up with others to provide the Ocean Discovery Zone. We provided a range of life-sized marine wildlife models, our well travelled Beach Finds tabletop display, and a couple of new ideas being tried out.
Our annual return to this great one day event, held at the Oxford Universities Museum of Natural History, and again we were inside this magnificent Victorian building, sharing space with the museum collections and other Wild Fair contributors. This event is part of Oxford Festival of Nature, which is organised annually by Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. This year we featured Cephalopods, and other creatures that like to eat them, plus we brought the Penguin Roadshow back for a second year.
This annual festival is huge, spread along 1Km of Abu Dhabi Corniche alongside the beach, featuring different zones and hundreds of activities and attractions. Over the 10 days of the festival, between March 26 - April 4 2017, almost 200,000 visitors came from across the UAE and elsewhere in the region, to be amazed and entertained, and many visited on several days so they could see it all. The Marine Wildlife Show was proud to be part of The Happiness Zone, inside an airconditioned 10m diameter Dome, where we created an underwater world.
For the past 20 years The Whale Workshop has been developing life-sized water-filled Rescue Training Marine Mammal models, based on the air-filled ones, but with heavy duty details to take the extra weight, and enhanced features like folding flippers, blowholes, etc. These are used to train volunteers, project officers, rescue services personel, vets, college students, etc, in handling marine mammals and in stranding responses, and The Whale Workshop makes most of these water filled creatures including Dolphins, Porpoises, and Seal adults and pups.
A return visit to this huge show, this time as centrepiece stand for The Oceans Festival, a focus for young and old who like exploring and enjoying the Marine Environment. Put together by the team from WhaleFest and Incredible Oceans, with The Whale Workshop providing life-sized marine wildlife models, and Stage Engage building the stand structure and rigging the lights and stage. the whole concept is unique.
A return visit to Portsmouth International Port for another Marine Wildlife Festival, working with ORCAweb, the Port, and Brittany Ferries, to provide 3 days of awareness raising for visiting school groups and ferry passengers. Each day groups of pupils from local schools were bussed in, and they had a great time, with engaging activities and lots of fun as well.
August 2016 saw us back at this iconic National Trust location on The Coast Road between Newcastle and Sunderland, for a 4 day roadshow in the Foghorn Field . With 1000+ visitors over the 4 days, lots to do inside the marquee as well as sunbathing and sand-play area outside, plus climbing structures and lots of ice cream eating, and the amazing Souter Lighthouse itself.
A return visit for this annual event, organised by Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, and in the same magnificent museum building amongst the wonderful collection of exhibits and artefacts, with over 7500 visitors on the Wild Fair Saturday. We had a corner spot for our Marine Wildlife display, with the Roadshow Penguins adding their presence to the Penguin Watch project which was alongside us.