Festival of the Bay 2018

The Festival of the Bay continues throughout September with unique art installations, fascinating exhibitions and talks, inspiring dance performances and wonderful workshops. All unique in the landscape and all celebrating what we love about the Bay.

Through to March 2019, visitors and locals will encounter Headlands to Headspace,  sculptural installations and performance works celebrating the uniqueness of Morecambe Bay – the largest intertidal area in the UK, where four estuaries join to form a landscape of spectacular scale and grandeur. September brings both Settlement and Longways/Crosswise to the Bay.
Find out more below, browse the Festival leaflet or have a look at our events listings.

Some events may be subject to change or dependent on the weather and some have age restrictions so do please check on https://www.morecambebay.org.uk/ before attending an event.


Settlement – a stunning new temporary land art installation

  • Saturday 1 September – Wednesday 12th September, The Barrows, Heysham Coast


Settlement is a newly commissioned temporary public artwork by British sculptor and environmental artist Rob Mulholland.

A series of mirrored structures, based on early Anglo-Saxon dwellings, and six, mirrored figures invite viewers to consider human settlers’ influence on Morecambe Bay. The reflected landscape will alter and distort, appearing and disappearing as the viewer passes by the sculptures.



Morecambe Bay’s Hidden Heritage

  • Saturday 8 September – Sunday 4 November, Dock Museum, Barrow, Wed-Sun 11-4pm (last admission 3.30pm), free

Celebrating the rich but often hidden cultural heritage of Morecambe Bay, this exhibitio showcases the stories, memories and remains of Morecambe Bay’s past , as uncovered by the Bay’s communities over the last 5 years.



Warton Crag: Shining new light on a scheduled hillfort in Lancashire


  • Wednesday 12 September, Silverdale Gaskell Hall, 7.30pm, free

A talk exploring Historic England’s recent investigations at Warton Crag by Marcus Jeacock/Historic England. In 2016, Historic England and the Morecambe Bay Partnership jointly commissioned new, high-resolution, lidar imagery of Warton Crag to facilitate detailed aerial mapping of the alleged Iron Age hillfort located on the crag summit.



Cutting a groove in the Bay

  • Tuesday 18 September, The Exchange CIC, Morecambe, 10am – 4pm, £10, booking required

Artist Hilli McManus will guide you to translate the glories of our Bay marine life into a permanent lino print. With the help of Lancashire Wildlife Trust, learn how to observe, draw, design and cut for print whilst looking at and learning about the animal and plant life in Morecambe Bay. Anyone who can hold a pencil can do this, as Hilli is there to be teacher and guide throughout the day. Bring a cheap sketchbook or paper and soft pencil.



Longways/Crosswise – Specially commissioned Bay-inspired dance


  • Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September, Silverdale

This newly commissioned work, co-choreographed by Jenny Reeves and Ellen Jeffrey and performed by About Time Dance Company with a cast of community participants, is inspired by David Cox’s provocative paintings of Morecambe Bay crossings.

Commencing an hour before sunset, together the audience and performers will witness the phenomenal transformation of the Bay at day’s end.



Autumn Migrants- avian arrivals and departures

  • Saturday 29 September, Foulney Island, 1.15pm – 4.15pm, free, booking required

Join us for a tour of the wild and remote Foulney Island, to see coastal birds such as dunlin, turnstone and grey plover just back from their Arctic breeding grounds, and song birds including pipits, swallows and wheatears as they head south for warmer climes. The walk will be led by Mike Douglas from south Lakes Ecology



Hidden heritage Exhibition

  • Monday 12 November – Monday 25 February, Lancaster Maritime Museum

Delve into the exciting new exhibition Morecambe Bay’s Hidden Heritage and unearth some of the Bay’s lesser-known maritime, industrial and archaeological stories. The exhibition includes an enthralling mix of objects and stories that celebrate the Bay’s social history, myths and legends, heritage and archaeology.



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