Organisers of Amble Puffin Festival are delighted to announce the lineup for this year’s event. The main festival will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, with the usual quirky, arty, nature-based and family fun activities.
There’ll be stalls, live music, a seashore safari, sand art, nature walks and talks, a dog show, and of course PUFFINS! Most activities take place in Amble Town Square, and the beach-based events will be at the Little Shore.
This year’s festival comprises aerial dancers, world music, Latin sambas, tribal dancing and rock music to keep the crowds entertained.
Amongst the live entertainment, are the Baghdaddies, Salida, Caribbean Crew steel band, the Auckland Shanty Singers – and poet Katrina Porteous will read poetry she wrote for the Amble Bord Waalk sculpture trail. Aerial dancers Bare Toed Dance co will also offer the public a chance to have a go on their trapeze.
Tommy Noddy the giant puffin will also be meeting and greeting visitors of all ages.
To see the colony of over 30,000 Coquet Island puffins in real life (weather permitting), the public are encouraged to book a boat trip from Amble harbour. This time of year is perfect to see the puffins as they prepare for their newly hatched pufflings. Visitors should note, Coquet Island is a bird sanctuary and there is no landing.
With climate change and avian flu on everyone’s minds, if you have any questions about the welfare of the puffins or any of the other amazing seabirds on Coquet Island, the RSPB will be in the Town Square to answer your queries.
Before the main festival, there are two evening events; a talk on the reintroduction of Harvest Mice to Chevington reserve by Sophie Webster from Northumberland Wildlife Trust on Thursday 25 May, and popular local folk group the Wild Cloudberries will be performing on Friday 26.