22: Visit the Living Seas Centre

Since opening its doors in February 2013 the Living Seas Centre has welcomed over 20,000 visitors from across the country.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust developed the Living Seas Centre to engage people of all ages with the wealth and diversity of marine habitats and wildlife within the North Sea and along the east coast of Yorkshire.

Set amongst Flamborough’s stunning chalk cliffs, it’s hard to beat the Living Seas Centre when it comes to remarkable surroundings. After all, this natural spectacle has been on show for millennia.

As you approach the centre you are greeted by an impressive art installation by Anna Kirk Smith, entitled ‘encrustation.’ The piece charts the fascinating story of shellfish from folklore and fantasy to their natural history and value.

Within the centre, hands-on activities, interactive zones, photographs, videos and interpretation boards all highlight the diverse marine wildlife found off the Yorkshire coast.

The Trust’s staff and volunteers are on hand to answer and questions and the centre also offers hot drinks, snacks and ice cream.

While the great outdoors is the venue for most of the Trust’s activities the centre is currently being extended to include a large classroom facility which is expected to be completed by Easter 2015.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are also campaigning from the centre for better protection for the marine habitats and wildlife found off Yorkshire.

The Friends of Marine Conservation Zone’s campaign encourages everyone to support the designation of three recommended Marine Conservation Zones, Runswick Bay, Holderness Inshore and Compass Rose. It is vital that these areas are better protected so we can continue to enjoy healthy productive seas.

Throughout December and January, the Living Seas Centre will be open on Sundays only, from 10am to 4pm.