Families encouraged to get involved in free Sea In The Park events

Free events are taking place at parks in Plymouth throughout August.

We are bringing the sea to Plymouth parks over August with our partners Blue Marine Foundation and Marine Biological Association (MBA).

Sea in the Park is an initiative to support Britain’s Ocean City becoming the UK’s first National Marine Park.

The team will be visiting green spaces and play areas with events to help children explore the natural wonders of Plymouth Sound as the first step to reconnecting communities with the sea.

Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City council, said: “There are over 1,000 species living in the waters off Plymouth Hoe. However we know that nationally 18 per cent of children have not been to the beach or coastal spaces. What’s even more shocking is 17 per cent of Plymouth children haven’t had the chance either to visit the beach or our fabulous coastline. We want to change that. This is a great opportunity to connect children with Plymouth Sound and build their excitement for our oceans. Thanks to Plymouth City Bus these Sea in the Park events are also a great opportunity to also get children from some of our deprived communities to the coast and interacting with the inspirational Plymouth Sound.”

Plymouth City Bus have also partnered to help, connect children from some of these inland communities city with an additional series of Beach Ranger events the partnership is delivering across the waterfront (also included in table).

Richard Stevens Managing director of Plymouth City Bus said, “The National Marine Park is a great opportunity for us to develop sustainable communities and business whilst coexisting with nature. We are really proud to be helping with Sea in the Park by getting children to the Beach Ranger sessions around the waterfront. We hope this can be a first step for many young people to develop a love of our ocean that is such an integral part of our city.”

Event details

A full list of activities and locations is listed below, where a snack lunch for children will be available during the sessions on a first come first serve basis.

Venues Day Date Activity Site/Meeting Point Times Ward
Devonport Park Thur 8 Aug Sea in the Park Next to Café and Playground 11am – 3pm Devonport
Whitleigh Green Fri 9 Aug Sea in the Park Bodmin road Playground 11am – 3pm Budshead
St Levan Park Mon 12 Aug Sea in the Park At top end of greenspace , over the road from playground, 11am – 3pm Stoke
Astor Park Tues 13 Aug Sea in the Park Next to Playground 11am – 3pm Sutton and Mount Gould
West Hoe Park Wed 14 Aug Sea in the Park Next to Playground on the grass 11am – 3pm St Peter and The Waterfront
Kinterbury Creek Thur 15 Aug Beach Rangers By Creek at end of path. 10am – 3pm St Budeaux
Central Park Fri 16 Aug Sea in the Park Next to Meadow Cafe 11am – 3pm Stoke
Trefusis Mon 19 Aug Sea in the Park Next to Playground 11am – 3pm Efford and Lipson
Mount Gould Tues 20 Aug Sea in the Park Next to Playground 11am – 3pm Sutton & Mount Gould
Ham Woods LNR Wed 21 Aug Sea in the Park Directions at entrance 11am – 3pm Ham
Freedom Fields Park Thur 22 Aug Sea in the Park Next to Café, and Playground 11am – 3pm Efford & Lipson
Victoria Park Fri 23 Aug Sea in the Park Next to café and Play ground 11am – 3pm St Peter & Waterfront
Honicknowle Green Mon 26Aug Sea in the Park On greenspace next to Playground and MUGA 111am – 3pm Honicknowle
Mount Wise Park Tues 27 Aug Sea in the Park Next to playground and the pools. 11am – 3pm Devonport
Ernesettle Green Wed 28 Aug Sea in the Park On Green space by path 11am – 3pm Budshead
Teats Hill Park Thur 29 Aug Beach Rangers Meet on seating by outdoor theatre area. 11am – 3pm
Devil’s Point Fri 30 Aug Beach Rangers Meet next to pool. 11am – 3pm
Mount Batten Beach Sat 31Aug Beach Rangers – Seashore Safari Meet on the beach. 10am – 2.30pm

More information

Find out more about the National Marine Park plans at www.plymouth.gov.uk/marinepark