Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Thanet Costal Event

A major event in Ramsgate later this month will give people the chance to learn more about fishing and eating for a healthy sea.

It’s part of the line-up of events, being organised by Thanet Coast Project to celebrate Kent Coastal Week, which runs from Saturday 24 October through to Sunday 1 November.

The event takes place over the weekend of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October from 11am to 4pm and will include a variety of wildlife, maritime and fisheries exhibits, wet-fish stalls, local food market, sea shanties and music, and children art workshops and storytelling walks.

The focus will be the area next to Ramsgate Pier Yard car park and the needle beside the harbour. A range of organisations and conservation groups will be taking part, including the Thanet Fisherman’s Association, Kent & Essex Sea Fisheries, Marine Conservation Society, Kent Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the Balanced Seas project. There will be local market stalls and entertainment from ‘sea shanties’ on the Saturday to a ‘Cool Seas’ Roadshow and the Chris Taylor’s All Stars on the Sunday A number of harbour side restaurants and cafes will also be cooking in on the action.

Inland, the Thanet Coast Project will have displays and SeaART2009 based within 4c York Street - opposite Wilkinsons. SeaART2009 starts on the 24 October, and involves art and photographic exhibitions and workshops inspired by the fishing theme and coastal environment. Exhibitions can be found at the Belgian Café, Ramsgate Visitor Centre and with Red Herrings, sponsored by the Westcliff Boating Pool Gallery.

It is sponsored by the Ramsgate Fund from the Ramsgate Town Council, Thanet Offshore Wind Ltd (Vattenfall), Kent Community Grants, Orbit South and the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills. Children workshops are also run with support from the Big Lottery Fund

Thanet Coast Project Manager, Tony Child, said: “Our Ramsgate event will be a great way to kick off Kent Coastal Week, with a variety of things to see and do. Ramsgate is such an important area for fishing that we thought it was really important to put on an event like this, so people could find out more about how to fish and eat for a healthy sea. It also fits in really well with the theme of this year’s Kent Coastal Week, which is all about that very subject and celebrating what Thanet’s beautiful coastline and the sea has to offer.”

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