Bromley is in for a ‘sea-riously’ ‘fin-tastic’ time when The Marine Conservation Society team, sails into town early next week to host a series of free workshops and craft activities at The Glades Shopping Centre.
The UK’s leading marine environment organisation has partnered with The Glades for its ‘You, Me and the Sea’ event and will be ‘shell-abrating’ the beauty of our oceans and creatures within them during special, drop-in sessions on the lower mall from 10am until 4pm on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August.
Little nippers and their families are invited to stop by and discover nautical and sealife-related objects, which they can look at, handle and identify with the aid of a seashore safari guide. There will also be a litter timeline where visitors can use cards to guess how long it takes each item of rubbish to break down.
The fun doesn’t stop there, as mini-marine enthusiasts can dive in with arts and crafts, which include making a turtle hatchling or colouring in a sea animal to be included in a display.
Mark Haynes, Director of The Glades, says it is a privilege to have the Marine Conservation Society on board and enhancing the experience further for event-goers. “This is a magnificent opportunity for our young ones – and adults too – to learn even more about our seas directly from the country’s leading authority on the subject.
“The team will be sharing lots of fascinating things for families to engage with and may even unearth a new-found appreciation of all-things aquatic,” added Mark. “How wonderful it will be for children to return to school full of extra knowledge about our planet to tell their friends and teachers.”
Kate Whitton, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager – South East at the Marine Conservation Society, said: “I’ll be bringing the seashore and beyond to the shopping centre! We really hope that children of all ages will come and have a go at the activities and take part in the workshops and get a real understanding of how important the ocean is to our everyday lives, even if you live miles from the sea.
“We’ll be running our national Great British Beach Clean in September and hope some of the people we meet at The Glades will feel inspired to join in and register.”
Since the launch of ‘You, Me and the Sea’ last week, it has been creating waves of excitement in Bromley and beyond. Hundreds of children have had boat loads of fun on the deep-sea adventure, which involves a journey to the ‘ocean floor’ in a submarine, swashbuckling times on a pirate ship, as well as a variety of exhibits to view.
The event is free to attend but tickets are required and can be booked by visiting The Glades website at www.theglades.co.uk. Booking for the Marine Conservation Society workshops is not required.