MARINE enthusiasts can look forward to a new attraction opening in Flamborough this summer.
Building has now begun on the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s brand new coastal base, the Living Seas Centre, which promises to offer some fascinating facilities – including North Sea snorkelling.
The centre, at Flamborough’s South Landing, will in fact be a re-build: a devastating fire in 2009 destroyed what was then the Boathouse Cafe.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which owns the site, has had the remaining structure pulled down to its foundations and is now starting the construction process. Once completed the centre will be leased to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
The trust plans to transform the building into a ‘hub of marine education and awareness’, with a packed programme of educational and recreational events.
Anthony Hurd, Living Seas Centre officer, said: “We hope that we’ll be open by August, and we have plans for lots of exciting and educational projects.
“We want to appeal to as many people as possible, and spread the word about the brilliant wildlife that we have in the North Sea.
“People think about Devon – or even further south – for interesting marine life, but we’ve got some really cool wildlife here, and we want people to experience that first hand.
“One programme we want to develop is snorkelling, so that people can experience the underwater environment for themselves.”
With this in mind, the new centre will include showering and changing facilities, and the trust will be seeking funding to buy the necessary equipment such as wetsuits.
Once it is open the centre will be a year-round attraction, with a wide range of educational programmes during term time and events for the public and visitors during weekends and school holidays.
Activities such as Seashore Safaris, Living Seas Safaris, beach art and theme days will take place, as well as established beach cleaning and Shoresearch projects.
Mr Hurd said: “We want to show everyone how fascinating the sea and the shore are – and how important they are, too.
“We want as many people as possible to visit and get involved.”