Seafarers’ returns to bring good tidings

NAUTICAL by nature, the Seafarers’ Festival is set to sail onto Bellerive Boardwalk once again, bringing fun activities for the whole family.

Centred on a theme of “Happy Oceans”, the free family festival will bring together the most interesting aspects of ocean science.

A special feature will be Alchemic Ally, focusing on three areas – Creatures of the Sea and Sky, Water and Wilderness, and Going Down…Islands to Antarctica.

Each area has hands-on activities and displays for children to learn about the ocean and its living systems.

This year’s MC will be Mark Horstman, science communicator and former reporter for ABC’s Catalyst program.

“We hear lots of concerning things about our oceans, but there is much to celebrate too and Tasmania’s seas are teeming with unique life that we don’t always get to see,” Mr Horstman said.

“There are many small things that we can do to help our oceans and these will be on display at Seafarers’ Festival, as well as a chance to see some of the amazing creatures and science from around our beautiful island.”

Seafarers’ Festival also welcomes new activities including the Tas Rocks Challenge (a virtual reality ocean adventure), the Hunt for the Ancient Mariner, table top games at Bellerive Yacht Club, as well as favourites including the dress up competition and giant battleships.

A full stage program will round out the 2017 event with salty sea bands, activities on the water and the best of local food and drink.

The Seafarers’ Festival will be held at Bellerive Boardwalk on Sunday 29 October from 10.30am-4pm.

Information about the full program is available at www.clarenceartsandevents.net.

Caption: The Seafarers’ Festival will return to Bellerive Boardwalk on Sunday 29 October.