THE underwater world is set to come alive for visitors to Flamborough thanks to the completion of a brand new marine education centre which is the first of its kind for the Yorkshire coast.
And the Free Press has been given a behind the scenes sneak preview at the new Living Seas Centre which is set to become a ‘hub of marine education and awareness’ with a packed programme of educational and recreational events when it officially opens to the public on Sunday January 13.
The centre occupies the site of the former Boathouse Cafe which was destroyed by a fire in 2009.
The site, which is owned by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and is now leased out to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, has undergone a £150,000 re-development to become the centre as it stands today.
The construction process started earlier last year and progressed well in spite of the wet weather experienced over the summer.
Next Sunday, to mark its opening, the centre will hold its very first Seashore Safari, something which Living Seas Centre officer Anthony Hurd is excited about.
“We are going to have our first event run from the centre which will be a seashore safari to give people the opportunity to get out on to the rocky shore and have a look at some of the wildlife out there and to have a look at some of the wildlife on display at the centre too,” he said.
From then on the centre will be open every Sunday throughout the year, and on weekends from Easter through to the end of November.
Its doors will also be open every day of the week during the school holidays giving youngsters the chance to learn more about the wildlife that the East Coast has to offer.
During term time there will be a school education programme running, while the centre will also be used as part of the Nature Heritage Coast Walks currently being run in conjunction with the RSPB.
During February half-term the centre will be holding a beach clean, while a series of talks will start at the end of February with the first being about the geology of the Yorkshire coast.
Training courses will also be held at the centre, including a sea searcher observer course which aims to equip recreational divers with the skills needed to obtain information about marine life while out diving.
“On the days when we are not down on the shore there will also be something on at the centre such as arts and crafts.
“There are lots of things for the kids to get involved in such as wildlife sightings board, pictures on the screen, and an interactive floor,” Mr Hurd said.
“What we are trying to do is to have something for everyone,” he added.
For further information about the courses and activities on offer at the Living Seas Centre call 422103 or email living firstname.lastname@example.org