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Amble Puffin Festival: a fortnight of fun


imageAmble Puffin Festival

Events programme as of 28 May 2013

Events and times may be subject to change.  See Official Amble Puffin Festival website for more information.

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WEEK 1

Saturday May 18th

From 2pm  Opening Ceremony in Town Square

“Arrival of the Pufflings” dance and song by youngsters from Busy Bees, Edwin Street, St Cuthbert’s and Middle School. Choreography by Virginia Kennedy, Joanne Burn & Emma Dunn. Music by Sandra Kerr.

Poet Ian Williams

RSBP photo shoot stall

Stories for Tots with Pirate “Ruby Bloodstone” £2.55 per wristband. Unlimited visits throughout the day

Climbing wall with Amble Cadets

Smithy demonstration with Stephen Lunn

From 3.30pm  Emerge concert in Town Square (young people’s music festival)

BBQ /Face painting

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Sunday May 19th

10am – 3pm RNLI Coffee morning + Lifeboat viewing at Amble Lifeboat Station

From 2pm in Town Square

Environmental groups and organisations stalls

Brass Band

Tribal Dancing

Harbour Lights choir

Stories for Tots with Pirate “Ruby Bloodstone” £2.55 per wristband. Unlimited visits throughout the day

Judging begins at 3pm. Happy Dog show with PARRT (People’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Team) Judge: Jason Atherton (TV vet for Dick & Dom, partner of Westways Vets, owner of Vets to Home) 6 fun classes £2 per class, 3 classes for £5. Sign up on the day

Smithy demonstration with Stephen Lunn

Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority RIB on display

Sea Angling Competition on Warkworth Beach. Contact Les Weller prior to event. 01665 581456

3pm Crab Catch at Harbour Free event. Limited places, so book at IFCA stand in TIC carpark. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Coquet Shorebase Trust will be open for visitors

Granary Leisure Complex Pool party 4 – 5pm (max 60, children under 8 must be accompanied by responsible person over 16)

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Puffin in-flightMonday 20th May

Amble First School story & craft sessions at Amble Library

10-12noon and 1-3pm Pottery making workshops with Graham Taylor at Town Council Offices, Harbour Rd. Free event

4pm Afternoon talk  The Amble Branch: local railway history by Bart Rippon at St Marks Church Hall. Ticket required*

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Tuesday 21st May

1.30pm Health Walk from Amble TIC with Velda Nicholson. Free event

Brambles and St Cuthbert’s story & craft sessions at Amble Library

10-11.30am Rainbow Pottery (painting) workshops for toddlers and pre-schoolers at 42 Queen Street (£4 pp, booking needed: 07788779711/01665 713720 or info@rainbowpotterypainting.co.uk)

4pm Bird watching walk at Hauxley Nature Reserve. With Tim Mason. Booking required. Ring 01665 712929

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Wednesday 22nd May

10-11am An introduction to a healthy lifestyle. At Dovecote Centre. Free event. Call in to Dovecote Centre to book your place or ring 01665 714736

1.30pm Walk from Amble TIC – Hauxley Nature Reserve with Northumberland Wildlife Trust. (includes a Guide in the Hide!) £5pp. Under 10s free. Approx 4km each way. Transport back from Hauxley if req. Tea & cake provided!

From 1.30 Clippy mat making demonstration with Vivienne Dalgliesh at 42 Queen Street

4pm Bird watching walk at Hauxley Nature Reserve. With Tim Mason. Booking required. Ring 01665  712929

Donna Common Zumba classes at Amble Dovecote Centre. Contact Donna on 07878477435 .  Zumba tomic (ages 4-7) 5.30pm – 6.15pm Zumba tomic (ages 8-12) 6.15pm – 7pm Zumba for adults 7pm £3 per session

7pm Evening talk  The River Coquet by Athol Swanston at St Marks Church Hall  Ticket required*

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Thursday 23rd May

Busy Bees story & craft sessions at Amble Library

10 -11.30am Rainbow Pottery painting workshops (Adults) at 42 Queen Street. puffin themed workshop – create a plate or beaker of your own design – no need for artistic talent, simple techniques will be shared. (Price £5.00 per person booking needed: 07788779711/01665 713720 or info@rainbowpotterypainting.co.uk)

10-12am or 2-4pm  Get the puffin look. Fun interactive nail art. At Dovecote Centre. £3 pp per session.  Also Face painting  2-4pm £2 pp. Call in to Dovecote Centre to book your place or ring 01665 714736

Stick dressing demonstration with River Stix at Pride of Northumbria, Queen Street

2pm from Amble TIC Afternoon guided nature walk (Coastal) with Martin Kitching/Northern Experience.  Free event

7pm Evening talk Managing Coquet Island for the various birds by Paul Morrison at St Marks Church Hall Ticket required *

7.30 – 9.30pm Harbour Lights Choir will hold an open Party and sing night at St Cuthburt’s Church Hall. Admission free. Come and listen and join in.

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puffin-with-lunchFriday 24th May

Starts 1pm from Amble TIC. Guided walk: Nordic walking for beginners with Jon Monks/Shepherd’s Walks. . This walk is perfect for those people new to Nordic Walking and for those who want to take it easy or perfect their technique. It is a nice and gentle form of exercise, for all levels of fitness. The session will begin with our fully qualified Nordic Walking trainer taking you through the basics of Nordic Walking. You will then have plenty of time to put your new skills into practise as you are guided around on a short Nordic Walk (maximum 3 miles). This is a very informal group and is a great introduction into Nordic Walking. We will loan you Nordic Walking poles at no cost. Free event.

Leaves from Amble TIC 2pm. Afternoon guided nature walk (Parts of the Town Trail) with Athol Swanston. Free event

2pm Musical entertainment for older people. Tea and cake! At Trinity Methodist Church Visitors welcome. Free event

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Week 2

Saturday 25th May

10am – 6pm in Town Square

Food & Drink Festival

Environmental burial exhibition by Co-operative Funeralcare

Alnwick Playhouse Band

Stories for Tots with Pirate “Ruby Bloodstone” £2.55 per wristband. Unlimited visits throughout the day

Marina Trophy Cup at Coquet Yacht Club

All day: Eco Caravan  at Little Shore (11am storytelling, 12noon crafts, 1pm film, 2pm crafts, 3pm film) Free event

10 -12noon and 1-3pm. Pottery making workshops with Graham Taylor at Town Council Offices, Harbour Rd Free event

Radcliffe Club Family Fun Day at Radcliffe Club. Admission free

Kite display on the Braid. Free event

Stormy Sam and Lifeboat viewing at Lifeboat Station. 

Stick dressing demonstration with River Stix at Pride of Northumbria, Queen Street

Ice Cream making demonstration at Spurreli

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Sunday 26th May

10am – 6pm 

Food & Drink Festival in Town Square

Stories for Tots with Pirate “Ruby Bloodstone” £2.55 per wristband. Unlimited visits throughout the day

Kite display on the Braid

Eco Caravan at Little Shore (11am crafts, 12noon storytelling, 1pm film, 2pm storytelling, 3pm crafts)

1pm – 5pm. Go Canoeing with Coquet Shorebase Trust! Come and try a kayak or canoe at the Little Shore. Cost £3 per head  (bring a change of clothing…!)  Boats to suit every family member. Book ahead 01665 710367.

Stormy Sam + RNLI Coffee morning at Amble Lifeboat Station

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imageMonday 27th May

At Little Shore

10am-2pm Rock Pooling with Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult

From 11am Sand Art with Andy Moss/Sand In Your Eye. Free event ***RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY 30MAY***

1pm Tug of war, organised by the Harbour Inn. On Little Shore or Horseshoe Hill. Contact Suzanne 01665 711317

11-3pm Puffintastic craft workshop with Sheila Cartwright at 42 Queen Street Free event

On the Braid

Eco Caravan   Free event (11am film, 12noon crafts, 1pm storytelling, 2pm crafts, 3pm film)

from 11am Kite display

Chainsaw sculpting demonstration with Tommy Craggs

Children’s fun sports with Red Row Kick Start Sports. Free event. Turn up on the day

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Tuesday 28th May

1.30 from Amble TIC Health Walk with Velda Nicholson Free event

10.30-11.30am Story & craft sessions for 5 – 12 year olds at Amble Library (Booking required. 01665 710419 Parents must stay with children) Free event

10-11.30am Rainbow Pottery  workshops  at 42 Queen Street. kids (4+) workshop, design and paint your own puffin souvenir (on plates or beakers) – price £5.00 per person (booking needed: 07788779711/01665 713720 or info@rainbowpotterypainting.co.uk)

10.30am – 12 noon Squawk and Sing workshop with Harbour Lights choir. For children  8 – 13 years  at  St Cuthbert’s Church Hall  Limit of 30 children. Charge 50p per child.

1pm – 3pm Singing for Fun workshop with Harbour Lights choir. For young people and adults. At  St Cuthbert’s Church Hall. Charge £1.

2pm Talk: Travelling in China by Professor John Shutt. In Conference Room, Fourways2. Free event

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Wednesday 29th May

11am -3pm Puffintastic craft workshop with Sheila Cartwright at 42 Queen Street Free event

All day: Eco Caravan  at  Salt Pans, Island View  (11am storytelling, 12noon film, 1pm crafts, 2pm film, 3pm storytelling) Free event

From 1pm Sand art and Junk Sculpture with Kate Housden and Alan Burnell at Salt Pans, Island View Free event

1.30pm Walk from Amble TIC – Hauxley Nature Reserve with Northumberland Wildlife Trust. (includes a Guide in the Hide!) £5pp. Under 10s free. Approx 4km each way. Transport back from Hauxley if req. Tea & cake provided!

From 1.30 Clippy mat making demonstration with Vivienne Dalgliesh at 42 Pride of Northumbria

7pm Evening talk with video on Seals and Dolphins by Ben Burville at St Mark’s Hall Ticket required*

Donna Common Zumba classes at Amble Dovecote Centre. Contact Donna on 07878477435 .  Zumba tomic (ages 4-7) 5.30pm – 6.15pm Zumba tomic (ages 8-12) 6.15pm – 7pm Zumba for adults 7pm £3 per session

3-5pm Afternoon Tea Party for older people (including tourists!) hosted by Coquet Youth Team at St Cuthburt’s Church Hall Free event

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Thursday 30th May

From 11am Sand Art with Andy Moss/Sand In Your Eye. Take part in creating a wonderful piece of sand art on the Little Shore. Free event. **RESCHEDULED FROM MONDAY** Limited places  (Bring a garden rake if you have one!!)

10-11.30am Rainbow Pottery  workshops  at 42 Queen Street. kids (4+) workshop, design and paint your own puffin souvenir (on plates or beakers) – price £5.00 per person (booking needed: 07788779711/01665 713720 or info@rainbowpotterypainting.co.uk)

2pm Children’s crafts in the “Messy Church” for 5-9 year olds. Limit of 40 at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall Free event

2pm Afternoon talk on White beaked dolphins and other marine wildlife by Martin Kitching of Northern Experience. At St Marks Church Hall Ticket required *

7pm Evening talk The History of Coquet Island by Paul Morrison at St Marks Church Hall Ticket required*

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imageFriday 31st May

9-12noon Photo Workshops for children with Amble Photography Group. Bring cameras and instruction manuals. At Amble Lifeboat Station Free event

Starts midday: Pizza making competition at Zecca Restaurant. Admission free

2pm Afternoon talk: Flowers of Hauxley and Druridge Bay by Athol Swanston at St Marks Church Hall*

Throughout the day: Smithy demonstration in Town Square by Stephen Lunn

8-11pm Ceilidh at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall  Music by Real to Reel. Bring your own picnic (Tickets required**)

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Saturday 1st June

12noon – 9pm at Little Shore

Music Festival aka The Colony:

Mark Bezerk
Last Seduction
First Born Son
Sandy The Godfather
Brian English
Cyan Circus
Eskimo Boys
Nightrain
The Range

Smithy demonstration by Stephen Lunn

Children’s funfair

4-5pm Granary Leisure Complex Pool party. (max 60, children under 8 must be accompanied by responsible person over 16)

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Sunday 2nd June

11am start Race round Coquet Island Coquet Canoe Club

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hes-behind-youOn – going displays and activities over the two weeks:

Puffin Cruises from the Harbour – Ring 01665 711975   or 07752 861914

RSPB stall at Pride of Northumbria, Queen Street

Photography Group exhibition at Amble Lifeboat Station

History photo exhibition at Amble Lifeboat Station

Fishermen’s ganseys (window display) at XIT games shop, Percy St

V-notched Tales (Poetry and Photography) exhibition in the Flowmill, next to Spurreli

RSPB: The Puffins of Coquet Island DVD footage at 42 Queen Street, Spurreli and Pride of Northumbria

Zecca Restaurant – set price special Puffin Menu from Sunday 19th – Fri 24th May: 01665 713575

Quayside Market – Sundays and Wednesdays at the Harbour

AmbleGPX smartphone trails (www.amblegpx.com) Discover Amble on a different level! AmbleGPX mixes videos of local characters and historical information on The Friendliest Port, with fun outdoor trails. Trails require smartphone & 3G. Free to play. Complete a trail and you might win a prize. Say Hi on twitter @AmbleGPX.

Puffin Beer at the Mason’s Arms

Check local pubs for music and events

Slater’s Funfair on the Little Shore 18 – 26 May & 31 May – 2 June

Puffin and Puffling Paddles.    Kayaking/canoeing bird trips. Explore the Coquet estuary or paddle out to Coquet Island and get up close to the bird life.  All equipment provided.   Trips to the Island are weather dependent and previous experience is necessary, but the estuary is suitable for novices. Contact Hilary or Vic at Coquet Shorebase Trust 01665 710367 for bookings and prices.

Children’s Poetry competition (entries to Amble Library by noon 31 May)
Age categories: 5-8, 9-11, 12-16   Themes: Puffins, Puffin Festival, Amble
Prizes for each category. Winners announced at The Colony Music Festival 31 May

TICKETS

*Wildlife talks tickets £1 each. Available from Pride of Northumbria on Queen Street or “Ticket Office” on Town Square on May 19th
**Ceilidh tickets available from Pride of Northumbria. Advance booking: 01665 712929. Cash or cheques only

Rainbow Pottery tickets: 07788779711/01665 713720 or info@rainbowpotterypainting.co.uk

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