Hundreds celebrate Seaton’s heritage - naturally!

PUBLISHED: 12:15 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:15 24 July 2013

Pasengers ready  to board  the Pride  of Exmouth  for a cruise in Lyme Bay to celebrate Natural Seaton

Pasengers ready to board the Pride of Exmouth for a cruise in Lyme Bay to celebrate Natural Seaton

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Two day festival showcases resort’s pre-historic past and the on-going work to preserve its living heritage.

Seaton’s pre-historic past and the on-going work to preserve its living heritage were celebrated at a two day festival.

Hundreds of people took part in a series of fun events to showcase “Natural Seaton”.

Festival-goers enjoyed boat trips around Lyme Bay, Landrover trips to Goat Island, a special riverside tram ride, a fascinating geological talk as well as live music and a barbecue.

There was also a huge array of stalls from Axe Estuary Wetlands team, Devon Wildlife Trust, the Jurassic Coast team, Natural England, Axe Vale and District Conservation Society and RSPB booths, where everyone could take part in crafting willow, making mud monsters, and painting fossils.

Bernard Dunford, Chairman Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, which organised the event, said: “It was great to see so many organisations concerned with our environment, conservation, wildlife and the Jurassic Coast all coming together in Seaton. We are sure this bodes well for the future of our Seaton Discovery Centre, when it is built.”

* During the festival children at Seaton Primary School took part in a hands-on, interactive day to learn about the natural world in Seaton and the Earth’s history via funds donated from the primary school’s PTA and Axe Valley Runners.

During the day Key Stage 2 pupils at the school participated in a “Portals to the Past” workshop with informative displays, scale models and fossil specimens and pupils in Key Stage 1 experienced a woodland exploration with the wetlands Eco Rangers.

The day was a huge success and Mr Dunford noted: “We are always pleased to have the opportunity to help open young minds to the natural beauties that surround them in this area.”

Ed Hunt, Key Stage 2 teacher at Seaton Primary added: “Last year, the Natural Seaton Festival made it possible for our pupils to explore a giant sea lizard, Horace the Pliosaur, which they really enjoyed with comments including ‘it’s awesome”, “wicked” and “gruesome”, “we even got to clean its teeth!”. This year’s day inspired them to explore the Jurassic Coast on their doorstep.”


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