SEASIDE safaris and free nature-based activities will be among the attractions celebrating World Ocean Day on Minehead Esplanade and beach tomorrow (Saturday, June 8).

Organisers of the seaside event promise a fun-filled day for the whole family, from 11am until 4pm, with plenty to see and do. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a day by the sea while learning about ocean conservation and engaging in fun activities,” said Zara Aitken, co-ordinator of the Minehead and Coast Development Trust, which is supporting the event with Somerset Wildlife Trust, Exmoor National Park and West Somerset Plastic Free Communities.

She added: “We are excited to bring the community together to celebrate and protect our oceans. World Ocean Day is a global celebration which promotes sustainable practices and conservation efforts.”

Highlights of the day’s attractions will include nature-based activities with Forest Catkins, a local organisation which offers creative forest school-based events for all ages, and a “Down to Zero” pop-up shop to help to reduce single-use plastic.

Families can also enjoy seashore safaris and shoresearch surveys with Somerset Wildlife Trust and National Park experts will be on hand to identify species found on the beach using the latest digital technology.

Seashore safaris are scheduled for 12pm and 1.30pm and the shoresearch survey at 12.30pm. No booking is required. Other environmental activities include citizen science, beach cleaning and mud sampling.

As part of the celebration, the Jubilee Café on the Esplanade will provide a discount on their crazy golf fees for anyone participating in the Ocean Day festivities.

World Ocean Day is an international occasion that takes place annually on 8 June and is designed to promote collective action for a healthy ocean and a stable climate, working in collaboration with youth leaders and a wide range of organisations.

For more information, contact zara@mineheadand