Today we’d been invited to our neighbour’s daughters birthday party. She works for the Wildlife Trust at the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough and the party was held there. This made a nice change from going to pick up a new disease at another soft play party. Pretty much every time we visit soft play Alice returns with a new cold. I hadn’t visited the centre since it was updated. We tend to go to Bempton on the way to Amy’s dads as it is just of the route. So it was good to get out and see the centre. The plan for the day was rock pooling followed by food.
As we walked down the lifeboat was being towed back to the boat Lifehouse. It’s been a bit of a grey day but luckily not too windy as Flamborough can be unforgiving a bad day. Everyone was dressed for the occasion wellies and waterproofs.
The tractor gets a hose down as it comes back to wash the salt off and stop it rusting up.
The group making their way down to the rockpools.
The birthday girl and her dad.
Alice had a good go walking across the seaweed. She needed a bit of carrying to get down to the shore but did pretty well as one of the youngest. Not easy rock pooling when it comes higher up on you than everyone else.
She needed a few snacks on the way to prevent the grumps. She’d had an early morning and we’d tried filling her up before heading out but clearly not enough. Can never keep a two-year-old full for long.
The guides from the Wildlife Trust were very knowledgeable pointing out different finds as we went.
Alice braved giving the crab a stroke though she wasn’t quite ready to hold it.
We’d been supplied clipboards with ID guides of different things we might find. Between the guides and the group, I think we saw everything on the list.
Alice liked the current artwork outside the centre and enjoyed pointing out all the creatures she could name.
Back at the centre Amy and I warmed up with a cuppa while Alice checked out the tray of finds.
In the centre’s education room, Alice enjoyed crafts colouring and making a plate butterfly model.
Alice enjoyed a jammy dodger.
Alice liked the viewing window watching the birds investigating the bug hotel. Lots of dunnocks and blue tits going in and out of a nest box.
We went outside to gather round to sing happy birthday to the birthday girl.
We had a lovely time and Alice was sorry to go with the usual screams as we drove off telling us she didn’t want to go home. The centre has a good set up and worth visiting. There are regular events for both children and adults if you fancy having the expertise of one of the Trusts guides. With 30 days Wild set to begin it’s a good time to be planning a trip to a reserve. I hope the birthday girl enjoyed herself and we were thankful for the invite. A much more civilised way to spend a kiddies birthday party.