Families celebrate Low Tide Day

FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park.
FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park.
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OH, we do like to be beside the seaside.

Visitors turned out in force to make the most of an annual fun day.

FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park. Punch and Judy.

FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park. Punch and Judy.

Organisers welcomed about 1,000 people to this year’s Low Tide Day in Seaham.

About 100 people pulled on their wellies for a rockpool ramble, where Steve Metcalf, a Natural England education officer based at Castle Eden, showed explorers how to find dog whelks, barnacles, starfish and anemones.

Tree sculptor Tommy Craggs also drew the crowds using his chainsaw skills to create a crab, which will go on view along the coast between Ryhope and Hartlepool when a suitable spot is agreed.

Punch and Judy, arts and crafts and a chance to test fitness levels at a mini gym were also part of the programme.

FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park. from left, Jacob Noonan, Lisa Gustard and Mark Taylor.

FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park. from left, Jacob Noonan, Lisa Gustard and Mark Taylor.

Visitors were also able to use the new cafe, which opened at the Seaham Hall car park last month.

Niall Benson, an officer with the Durham Heritage Coast, said: “This was the first time we’ve held the event at Seaham and it was really busy.”

The Durham branch of the Wildlife Trust, Limestone Landscapes, The National Trust and Durham County Council also got involved in the day.

The next event in the Durham Heritage coast calendar is the Celebrating Our Coast day, which will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, July 28, at Dalton Park.

FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park.

FAMILY FUN: Lowtide event at Seaham Car Park.

It will feature a display of live sea creatures, street entertainers, crafts and face painting.

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