The Wow factor on the beach

The annual World Oceans Week (WOW) celebrations will be back on the beach again this June.

This year there were two fantastic, marine-themed, activity-filled celebrations for all the family on the beaches of Rockcliffe last Sunday and again in Port William this Sunday.

Activities include sea kayaking and archery with Galloway Activity Centre. The rangers from the National Trust for Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council will explore the beaches and rock pools with their sea shore safaris.

Experts from local and national organisations such as the RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society will be on hand to tell you about our seas and coasts and the creatures that live there.

Top chef Douglas Lisi will be at Port William with his ever-popular seafood cookery demonstration and, new for this year, Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Food is doing some Seashore Foraging – accompanied walks to find edible foods on the shore and followed by a cook in of your delicious finds!

The one-hour walks are free, but booking is essential – ring 01387 702162 to book your slot (walks start at 11am or 2pm).

Award winning Scottish author Karen Campbell will be running workshops at Rockcliffe and Port William on how to create your own poems, stories and song lyrics. Karen’s Pearls from Grit Creative Writing workshop will use seashore finds and the sights, smells, sounds and moods of the sea will be used in the same way an oyster makes a pearl, building up ideas to make your own piece of creative writing. There’s also beach art, music and face painting.