Puffin Festival plans are hatching
Plans are well underway for the Amble Puffin Festival which will be held at the end of May. The two week event takes place at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island puffins as they care for their newly hatched pufflings.
Ann Burke of Amble Action Group said: “We wanted to organise an event to encourage visitors to come to Amble and spend some time here. We live in such a beautiful part of the country. The North Northumberland coast is a wonderful place, there’s so much history and wildlife. The puffins live almost on our doorstep and we want to celebrate that fact.”
The festival will take place in Amble from Saturday 18 May to Saturday 1 June. Throughout the fortnight, there will be something to interest all age groups, and activities will be held in a variety of locations throughout the town. Events will include local history talks, photo exhibitions, a local food and drink festival, street entertainment, arts and crafts and live music. There will also be environmental activities, such as guided nature walks, bird watching, pond dipping, crab catching, sand art and fun workshops in an eco caravan.
“There is so much enthusiasm for this festival. Everyone loves puffins. I’m so excited by this, it’s turning into such a fantastic community event,” said Ann.
From the harbour, visitors can take a boat cruise around historic Coquet Island. Weather permitting it will be possible to see and photograph the colony of some 36,000 Puffins who make this RSPB managed nature reserve their home. Puffins on Coquet Island are bucking the UK trend, because here their numbers are actually increasing.
Coquet Island is also famous for being home to the UK’s sole colony of roseate terns as well as providing a safe haven for sandwich terns, arctic terns, common terns, kittiwakes, fulmar, eider ducks and grey seals. Please note, no landing is allowed on the island.
“We would love more people to visit Amble because we really are the Friendliest Port,” said Ann. “During the Puffin Festival there’ll be lots of fun and enjoyment, beautiful scenery and lots to do. The puffins like being here and we hope visitors will too.”
You can follow the festival plans on Facebook (AmblePuffinFestival), Twitter (@AmblePuffinFest) and www.amblepuffinfest.co.uk.