Festival of the Bay 2018

The Festival of the Bay offers walks, talks, workshops and events celebrating the nature and heritage of this beautiful part of the world.

Take your pick from a programme of walks, talks, tours, workshops, performances, exhibitions and special celebration events and be inspired by the Bay’s extraordinary nature, culture, history and landscape.

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.


The Fishing Hut by Hannah Fox & John Fox

  • Friday 22 June, 1pm – 6pm, Silverdale, tickets free
  • Sunday 24 June – at the Catch The Wind Kite Festival in Morecambe
  • Saturday 30 June – on Grange Promenade
  • Sunday 5 August – at Make My Day Festival, Morecambe
  • Monday 6 August – at Heysham Head


During Summer 2018 The Fishing Hut, a handcrafted travelling gallery shed, will appear at various coastal locations around Morecambe Bay. Visitors are invited to step inside to enjoy a kaleidoscope of short animated films, small illustrated stories and artefacts that explore and celebrate the culture and heritage of the Fishing communities around the Bay.

The highly decorative Hut, created by artists Hannah Fox and John Fox, has been inspired by Morecambe Bay Partnership’s oral history project collecting memories of the Bay’s fishing industry for future generations. It will contain amazing details gleaned from the stories of fishing families.



Deep Cabaret – Wanton Mischief: Songs inspired by the Ecopsychology of the Bay

  • Friday 29 June, Heysham St Peter’s Church, 8pm – 10pm, £6, booking required


Here’s Morecambe Bay as you’ve never encountered her before. Discover music inspired by the extraordinary Bay landscape creating an experience that is fulsome and romantic one moment, edgy and disturbing the next.

A show that starts with Deep Cabaret’s music of riffs and drones; adds words sampled from historical accounts of shipwrecks and slave deaths, the names of cockle beds and the sands of the sea-bed; mashes them up with the work of poets and novelists who live in the area such as Sarah Hymas and Jenn Ashworth; all to create a set of songs that conjure the space and light of Morecambe Bay. Supported by a sequence of images produced by photographers and artists who love the place, Wanton Mischief becomes a homage to, and a wade through, the ‘pickled juices of the peat’ of the Bay.



Gone Fishing

  • Friday 6 July, Morecambe Prom, 3.30pm, tickets free


A wonderful performance piece, showcased on Morecambe Promenade, by local primary school children.

Taking inspiration from the physical nature of fishing and the tides and elements that shape the Bay, the piece captures the spirit of the Bay’s shared fishing heritage and engage the younger generation with this important part of the Bay’s history.

Created by chorographer and dance artist Jenny Reeves, from Lancaster, in partnership with sound engineer Lee Affen and Ludus Dance.


Morecambe Bay’s Wild Weekend Family Camp

  • Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July, Silver Saplings, Silverdale, booking required


Bring a tent and set up home for a few nights alongside the beautiful woodlands and coastline of Morecambe Bay. Discover the natural wonders of the landscape with experts from the region and spend some fun quality time together as a family.

From a peaceful base in the heart of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the weekend promises to be small, relaxed, friendly and inspiring with a range of outdoors activities specially organised to get all generations hands-on with nature.


The Mysteries at Jenny Brown’s Point

  • Wednesday 11 July, Silverdale, 2pm, free, booking required


What was the chimney for, what is that sea wall about, and just who was Jenny Brown anyway? These and other stories explored by local historian Simon Williams. This is a short walk (two and a half miles) around one of Morecambe Bay’s finest beauty spots.



  • Sunday 22 July, Barrow to Lancaster train and Barrow Station, train ticket required


An extra chance to hear this site-specific sound art installation by Fable Arts where you will hear personal memories from Morecambe Bay’s fishing community beautifully combined with music and sounds of the bay, played out in train carriages along the Lancaster to Barrow and Morecambe to Lancaster routes.


Watery Wonders in the Bay – a family workshop with Hilli McManus & Lancashire Wildife Trust

  • Saturday 28 July, The Exchange CIC, Morecambe,
  • 10am to 12.30pm & 1.30 to 3.30pm.
  • One Afternoon workshop from 1.30 to 3.30pm.
  • £2 per child towards cost of materials. Booking required


With the help of Lancashire Wildlife Trust, artist Hilli McManus will help you create your own Watery Wonder in tissue paper, string and PVA glue, to produce a unique, glassy artwork based on the marine animals and plants you will discover under the microscope and in the mud!


Reflections on Heysham Head – landscape drawing & painting workshop

  • Wednesday 1 August, Meet at St Peter’s Church Hall, Heysham Village, 10am – 3pm, £10, booking required


Spend a day at one of the Bay’s great viewpoints with experienced artist and tutor Graham Lowe www.grahamloweartist.com. He will help you to develop your drawing and painting skills on location capturing the landscapes, seascape or inspirational heritage monuments at the site.

Requirements: This session is aimed at amateur painters at any level but you must be able to provide your own materials: brushes, paints, sketchpads etc depending on your preference. A folding chair is also a good idea as is an easel if you have one.


Guided walk for all around Roudsea Wood & Mosses National Nature Reserve

  • Saturday 4 August, Roudsea, 11am – 1pm, free, booking required


Roudsea Nature Reserve, close to the Leven Estuary, is a wonderful place to explore in Summer. One of the most important woodland sites in Britain with mosses that have formed over thousands of years, it is a real treat for nature lovers with butterflies, birds, orchids and insects all to be enjoyed. Recently home toa new Tramper route, this fully accessible walk will be led by the Natural England Reserve Manager. Trampers welcome.


Exploring Hampsfell

  • Saturday 11 August, 2 – 4pm, free, booking required


One of the finest viewpoints on Morecambe Bay, Hampsfell offers magnificant 360degree views of the Lake District fells, the Howgills and across the Sands. Morecambe Bay Chief Executive, Susannah Bleakley will lead a walk to the summit exploring geology, nature and the Victorian Hospice landmark at the summit.


South Walney Discovery Walk

  • Wednesday 15 August, Meet at the car park at South Walney Nature Reserve (LA14 3YQ), 1pm, free, booking required


Join the warden for a walk around South Walney Nature Reserve and discover the history and wildlife of this amazing place.


Walk to Piel Island

  • Sunday 19 August, Piel/Walney, free, booking required


Explore the history and landscape of Piel Island and Castle with a light-hearted guided walk across the sands from Walney Island to Piel Island, led by expert guide John Murphy.Once on Piel Island, John will talk about the island, its castle and share some of the stories of this magical place.


Mud Glorious Mud

  • Thursday 30 August, Half Moon Bay, Heysham, 10am – 12pm, free, booking required


Meet the experts from Lancashire Wildlife Trust and discover the rich life hiding in the mud and rockpools of Morecambe Bay.


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.


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





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