Sea Creatures Tour Opens It’s Doors To The Public

 

On Saturday 4th of August the UK welcomes the Sea Creatures: Life Beneath The Oceans Tour opens it’s doors to the general public.  Sea Creatures is a groundbreaking new exhibition that allows visitors to explore the secrets of life beneath the ocean waves through incredible cross-sections of marine animals. Full body specimens include whales, penguins and great white sharks, and visitors can also get an up-close glimpse into the complex organs and body parts of a large number of species.

We were lucky enough to visit the tour for a sneak peak before it’s doors are opened to the general public to see how exciting this fascinating exhibition was. The event was a press only event with lots of famous faces (I felt a little underdressed!) and we even got to rub shoulders with Bill Oddie!

The overwhelming message of the exhibition is about reducing the amount of plastic waste that we find in our oceans. A hot topic that currently fills all of our news sources, TV shows, social media and even slaps us right in the face when experiencing our British Coastlines in the flesh.

The Sea Creatures tour, which – in a UK first – allows visitors to explore life beneath the ocean, with over 200 exhibits including 50 incredible cross-sections of REAL animals like whales, penguins and Great White Sharks, using the same plastination process developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The main attraction is the perfectly preserved Minke whale, sourrounded by a huge stingray, dolphins and porpoises.

Alongside the complete creatures, visitors can explore the VR experience, watch episodes of The Blue Planet II and children can play in an interactive ball pit. There really is something for everyone. Step aside old school museums and make room for an immersive and interactive touring masterpiece.

The exhibition is being held at the Royal Horticultural Society halls in The Westminster area of London. I’ll be honest I was a little surprised at what the venue was like .I imagined a Grand Hall full of plants (as the venue name suggests) so I was a little taken aback that we were effectively in what looked like a school hall. But despite the surroundings the exhibition was truly marvellous.

We visited with Willow our six-year-old. She did find it hard to understand that the specimens were real because yes they do look very plastic! It’s hard for her small brain to process that a sea creature can be so immaculately preserved forever for her to see and that these creatures were once alive within our oceans.

All of the specimens are ethically sourced and were not murdered for the sake of art. They are there to teach scientists (and the rest of us!) about the wonders of our oceans and the horrific affects and the dangers of plastic found within the oceans. This event is truly spectacular and well worth a visit for every member of the family. If you are looking for something to do this summer holidays I urge you to take your children to visit the Sea Creatures Tour. Not only to show them how amazing our sea creatures are, nor to just look at wonderful specimens or learn about the Anatomy of these creatures , but also to teach our children about the awful impact that plastics are having on our oceans and the incredible creatures that that live there.

Sea Creatures: Life Beneath The Ocean is stopping in Edinburgh, Harrogate, and Belfast, and will see 50 real-life specimens of creatures including a Minke Whale, Baleen Whale, Whale Shark, Great White Shark, Dolphin, Seal, Octopus, Penguin and Sting Ray on display, allowing visitors to glimpse inside the majestic beasts, learning about the complex life systems within and why we need to protect precious ocean life.

For more information of the tour, and to buy tickets visit the Sea Creatures Tour website here.

Discover The Wild Outdoors In The Green City- It’s the MK Festival Of Nature

I’m  Milton Keynes born girl, and I LOVE nature. To see that Milton Keynes is hosting another Festival Of Nature really makes me happy!

Explore the wilder green spaces of Milton Keynes with wildlife experts to guide you on walks to discover bats and moths, find out where small mammals like shrews and voles live, create your own mini-nature garden, visit the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve and the beautiful Little Linford Wood

This year’s 10-day MK Festival of Nature from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 July 2018 is an easy way for families to celebrate the beautiful and inspiring nature close to where they live, and in parts of the city they may have never explored before!

Thanks to the expert staff and volunteers at The Parks Trust, the MK Natural History Society and the local team from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, the Festival of Nature offers activities for people of all ages.  Visit www.MKfestivalofnature.org to book on events.

The Parks Trust’s education centre, Linford Lakes Nature Reserve is the location for several events during the Festival, starting on Friday 6 July with an evening walk at to discover the nocturnal animals and insects that fly through the skies above the city.

Get Into Nature at intu in Milton Keynes on Saturday 7 July, where the Wildlife Trust will be displaying entries from the 5 Days Wild scrapbook challenge which local schools have been taking part in.

Create your own mini-wildlife garden at the Garden Life event on Tuesday 10 July at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve, and pick up lots of ideas to try out in your garden at home.

The new Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve reveals its unusual wetland wildlife when experts from the Milton Keynes Natural History Society take visitors on a special guided walk on Tuesday 10 July.

Discover dragonflies and wetland birds around the lakes at Stony Stratford Nature Reserve with The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning team’s guided walks on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 July.

Teens go wild at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve on Thursday 12 July, when 12 to 15 year olds can enjoy an evening of adventure, including fire making and camp cooking, pond dipping, searching for bugs, mammals, birds etc. and much more.

The Nature Day on Saturday 14 July at Shenley Wood promises to be a great day out with lots of events; details on www.MKfestivalofnature.org

This is the second year that The Parks Trust, the MK Natural History Society and Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust have partnered to hold the city’s Festival of Nature. Due to the popularity of last year’s Festival, this year’s has been increased from a week to a 10-day period.