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Sandcastles and seabird activities on the West Cumbria coast this weekend

Sandcastles (c) Sophie badrick and Razorbills Whitehaven coast (Cath Tyrrell)
Sandcastles (c) Sophie badrick and Razorbills Whitehaven coast (Cath Tyrrell)

[T]he Colourful Coast partnership and National Trust have lots going on along the coast this weekend. With the sunshine putting on a fabulous display recently these events are a great chance to get outside and explore Copeland’s coastline, with something for everyone.

On Saturday 3rd June the National Trust will be hosting their annual sandcastle competition on Whitehaven’s Golden Sands between 12 noon and 4pm. The National Trust’s ranger Chris Gomersall says; “If you’ve got super speedy sand skills then this is the event for you! Last year we had some fabulous sand castles and even a sand mermaid sculpture so I can’t wait to see what people do this year.”

The event is free to enter, all you need to do is bring a bucket and spade and join in our afternoon of fun on the beach. There is no need to book this event, just turn up and have fun.

Then on Sunday 4th June the Colourful Coast Partnership are running a 7 mile guided walk to St Bees Head to view the well know RSPB seabird colony.

Project Officer Sophie Badrick said: “Everyone should make the effort to see the birds packed onto the sheer sandstone cliffs at some point. The sights and sounds are fantastic with razorbills and guillemots on the cliffs, in the air and rafting out to sea as well.

“We’ll also probably experience the smells of the colony which aren’t that great but add to the experience!”

The walk starts from St Bees and will follow the cliff top path to the RSPB viewing stations, then head to St Bees Head Fog Signal Station for a lunchbreak and chance to look around this iconic building before heading back along the cliffs to St Bees.

It’s a free event but please book a place by emailing [email protected] or calling 07342 088015.

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