Marine Wildlife Festival and Big Watch Weekend 2014

9th Jul 2014

North East Wildlife Marine Festival

Saturday 19th July - Friday 25th July

Come along to the North East's annual Marine Wildlife Festival - a week-long festival celebrating all things coastal!

Marine Wildlife Festival

Main Exhibition

Walk amongst ocean giants in our exhibition of life size inflatable whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles! The Whale Workshop is back for a second year with more even more models including a life sized Sperm Whale and juvenile Blue Whale! Free activities will run throughout the festival; take a ‘Whale Tour’ with one of our guides; have your face painted like your favourite sea creature; try your hand at whale rescues and seal first aid and have a cuddle with a 20ft Giant Squid soft toy!  We will be welcoming guests from marine charities and coastal visitor attractions throughout the festival, come along and find out more about your local coastline and how you can get involved.

Marine Wildlife Festival Leaflet

All evening events are free but booking is essential.  Please contact ERIC North East; email: or tel: (0191) 222 5158

North East Marine Wildlife Festival's Big Watch Weekend!

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th July

Join ORCA and ERIC North East for a landmark cetacean data collection exercise in the North East of England in July 2014!

The Festival culminates in the North Sea Big Watch Weekend. To celebrate National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week we have organised a weekend of whale and dolphin watching along the North Sea coastline!

ORCA staff members Catherine Bowley and Lucy Babey will be leading the shorewatch at Dunstanburgh Castle and we're hoping for lots of eagle-eyed volunteers!

The project will promote the benefits of recording wildlife sightings to the public; engage more people in wildlife recording in the region and, for the first time, provide a comprehensive snapshot of cetacean presence and distribution around the North East coastline.

July is well accepted amongst local experts as the best month to see a range of marine mammals in the North East, including White-beaked dolphins!  We expect a good number of sightings over the weekend and volunteers will be visible at key coastal watching sites and will offer the chance for the public to join in.

Whale and dolphin survey training events are taking place 13-14 July for people who would like to get involved.  Training is free but booking is essential.

North Sea ID Guide

Please register your interest for one of these free volunteer training sessions by emailing:

or call 0191 222 5158

Find out more about the Great North Museum's North East Marine Wildlife Festival.