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Wick Waves Festival 21st - 26th September

18th September 2015

Photograph of Wick Waves Festival 21st - 26th September

Week Long
Children's Sea Themed Reading Competition - Wick Library - Pop along to the library this week and have a look at the books about the sea. Take one out to read and when you return there will be a prize waiting for you.

Sea Coast Tours - Wick Harbour (This is not a free event) - Book directly with Sea-Coast for a thrilling ride out on the Geo Explorer and see the amazing coastline from the water or if you have younger children (2+) have a leisurely cruise around Wick Harbour. Special prices this week adults go for the same price as children. Phone them on 01955 609200 or 07747404128 to find out more and book.

For more information about the events and activities please contact
The Countryside Rangers on 01847 821531

Monday 21st

National Beach Watch - Hillhead Primary School and the local Ranger will pick and record litter at North Baths as part of the National Survey.

10:00 - 12:30 - Wick's Old Herring Mart will be opened with a special display from the Johnston Collection.

14:00 - 17:00 - Explore the Wick Lifeboat - RNLI will open their lifeboat for you to have a look around and ask any questions you may have about the lifeboat service. As a working lifeboat this may be changed at short notice due to call outs.

14:00 - 17:00 - Wick Coast Guided Walk - Join the Ranger on a walk along out to the Castle of Old Wick and Brig O' Trams looking at wildflowers and stunning coastal scenery. Please wear stout footwear and outdoor clothing. Meet at the Old Herring Mart on Wick Harbour.

19:00 - 20:30 - Astronomy for Seafarers - Meet at PPP - Come along for an evening talk by Gordon Mackie of Caithness Astronomy Group all about astronomy and the sea. Learn about the tides and how they work and what to look out for in the night sky in relation to navigation.

Tuesday 22nd
10:00 - 12:30 - Wick's Old Herring Mart will be opened with a special display from the Johnston Collection

10:00 - 16:00 - Books for a Beachcomber with Joanne Karr - Booking Essential - Phone 07818588256 or e-mail Marina.Swanson[AT]highland.gov.uk - If you have any waterproofs that aren't waterproof any more, wellington boots that have sprung leaks or rucksacks that have devel-oped holes and the zips are broken, Joanne would be delighted to help you give them a new life as covers for ‘books for a beachcomber'. An experimental bookbinding workshop, each book will be unique, with pages made from watercolour paper. Some pages will fold out for long panoramic sketches, while others will give you information on what to look out for while walking on the shorelines e.g. birds, sea life, and shells. Packed lunch required. Tea and coffee provided.

13:00 - 14:00 - Introduction to Scuba Diving Illustrated Talk - Meet at Wick's Old Herring Mart - Join Hugh Mackay of MUT Watersports (www.mackayunderwater.com) for a fascinating talk about scuba diving and the wonderful dive locations that can be found in the North of Scotland.

14:00 - 17:00 - Explore the Wick Lifeboat - RNLI will open their lifeboat for you to have a look around and ask any questions you may have about the lifeboat service. As a working lifeboat this may be changed at short notice due to call outs.

16:00 - 17:00 - Discover Life Beneath the Waves - Meet at the PPP. Join the Countryside Ranger to see our live seashore tanks and fascinating illustrated presentation on sea life. Suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Wednesday 23rd

10:00 - 12:30 - Wick's Old Herring Mart will be opened with a special display from the Johnston Collection.

10:00 - 13:00 - Explore the history of Wick Harbour at the Caithness Archive Centre - An exhibition of old maps and records of Wick Harbour dating back to the early 1800's.

14:00 - 16:00 - Explore the history of Wick Harbour at the Caithness Archive Centre - An exhi-bition of old maps and records of Wick Harbour dating back to the early 1800's.

14:00 - 17:00 - Explore the Wick Lifeboat - RNLI will open their lifeboat for you to have a look around and ask any questions you may have about the lifeboat service. As a working lifeboat this may be changed at short notice due to call outs.

14:00 - 15:00 - Bumblebees of the Coast - Meet at the PPP -Join Katy from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for an illustrated talk on the bumblebees of Caithness. If you have time why not join her for the guided walk after to look for some bumblebees.

15:00 - 16:00 - Bumblebee Safari - Wick Harbour, meet at the Old Herring Mart- Join Katy for a bumblebee hunt around Wick harbour and learn how to identify the species you are likely to find up here.

18:00 - 19:30 - Coastal Rowing Come and Try Session - pop down to Wick harbour and have a go at Coastal Rowing and learn more about the Rowing Club, their boat building and other
activities.

19:30 - 21:00—Whales and Dolphins of Scotland - Meet at PPP -
Whale and Dolphin Conservation will be delivering a talk on the whales and dolphins that can be found in Scotland and the conservation of these species.

Thursday 24th

10:00 - 12:30 - Wick's Old Herring Mart will be opened with a special display from the Johnston Collection and Whale and Dolphin Conservation will have their Shorewatch stand outside if you want to learn more about the cetaceans found along the coast.

14:00 - 16:00 - Explore your local coastline - Meet at the car park at the very end of Wellington Avenue - learn how to spot and identify whales and dolphins with Whale and Dolphin Conserva-tion. This is a local Shorewatch site, from here we can learn how to identify whales and dolphins and also record our data, as part of the Shorewatch research programme. Come prepared for all weather, wear warm cloths and appropriate shoes, there are no facilities available on site.

14:00 - 16:00 - Kids Sea Theme Craft Event with the Countryside Rangers— Meet at the PPP
Booking Essential, children must be accompanied by responsible adult - Join the local Country-side Rangers for a sea themed craft event. Make a herring sun catcher for your window, a basking shark from a toilet roll tube and cast and decorate your very own shells. To book please contact Kirsty Rosie on 07500784123 or Kirsty.Rosie[AT]highland.gov.uk

14:00 - 17:00 - Explore the Wick Lifeboat - RNLI will open their lifeboat for you to have a look around and ask any questions you may have about the lifeboat service. As a working lifeboat this may be changed at short notice due to call outs.

16:30 - 17:30 - Family Crabbing Competition - North Baths - Pop along to North Baths and join the Countryside Rangers for a fun competition to see who can catch the biggest crab. Crabbing lines will be provided, children must be supervised by responsible adult.

18:00 - 19:30 - Coastal Rowing Come and Try Session - pop down to Wick harbour and have a go at Coastal Rowing and learn more about the Rowing Club, their boat building and other
activities.

18:30 - 21:30 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Shorewatch Training Program - Meet at the PPP - Want to do more to help Whale and dolphin conservation in Scotland why not volunteer to carry out shorewatches, this is a fun training workshop teaching you to ID cetaceans and how to record them.

Friday 25th

10:00 -12:30 - Wick's Old Herring Mart will be opened with a special display from the Johnston Collection and Whale and Dolphin Conservation will have their Shorewatch stand outside if you want to learn more about the cetaceans found along the coast.

11:00 - 13:00—Sea Kayaking Come and Try Session—Meet at Ackergill Harbour
Booking essential: e-mail Samuel.watson[AT]highland.gov.uk or phone 01847 821531 - Bring a change of clothes
and old trainers. Participants must be able to swim 50m - Weather Dependent.

14:00 - 16:00 - Explore your local coastline - Meet at the car park at the very end of Wellington
Avenue - learn how to spot and identify whales and dolphins with Whale and Dolphin Conservation. This is a
local Shorewatch site, from here we can learn how to identify whales and dolphins and also record our data, as
part of the Shorewatch research programme. Come prepared for all weather, wear warm cloths and appropriate
shoes, there are no facilities available on site.

14:00 - 16:00 - Sea Kayaking Come and Try Session - Meet at Ackergill Harbour, Booking essential,
e-mail Samuel.watson[AT]highland.gov.uk or phone 01847 821531 - Bring a change of clothes and old trainers.
Participants must be able to swim 50m - Weather Dependent.

14:00 - 17:00 - Explore the Wick Lifeboat - RNLI will open their lifeboat for you to have a look around and answer
any questions you may have about the lifeboat service. As a working lifeboat this may be changed at short
notice due to call outs.

16:00 - 16:30 - Sea Themed Play Away Music Class - Tesco Community Space
Join Fiona Murray for a fun filled music session with a sea theme, perfect for younger children.

16:00 - 17:00 - Jim Cowie Seasonality, Sustainability and Sea Food - Venue to be confirmed.
Join the well known Jim Cowie from the Captains Galley Restaurant, for an interesting talk about the
importance of seasonality, sustainability and seafood. For more information contact Sam Watson -
01847 821531 or e-mail - Samuel.watson[AT]highland.gov.uk

18:00 - 19:30 - Coastal Rowing Come and Try Session - pop down to Wick harbour and have a go at Coastal
Rowing and learn more about the Rowing Club, their boat building and other activities.

18:30 - 19:30 - Kayaking Beginners Session at Wick Swimming Pool - Booking essential: e-mail
Samuel.watson[AT]highland.gov.uk or phone 01847 821531 participants to pay pool charge. Participants must be
able to swim two lengths of pool(50m)

19:30 - 20:30 - Kayaking Beginners Session at Wick Swimming Pool - Booking essential: e-mail
Samuel.watson[AT]highland.gov.uk or phone 01847 821531 - participants to pay pool charge. Participants must
be able to swim two lengths of pool(50m)

Saturday 26th

11:00 - 13:00 - Sea Kayaking Come and Try Session—Meet at Ackergill Harbour - Booking essential: e-mail
- Samuel.watson[AT]highland.gov.uk or phone 01847 821531- Bring a change of clothes and old trainers.
Participants must be able to swim 50m - Weather Dependent.

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