May Half Term is here and there are plenty of opportunities for days out with friends and family. We’ve listed just a few here for all weather scenarios which you can try out.
If the weather holds up this week, it would be a shame not to visit the beach! It’s a great chance to relax, take in the sea breeze, and even try a bit of rockpooling! Here at the NMA, we’ve been organising 20 beach cleans to celebrate our 20th Birthday. As of half term, we’ve almost finished with just two left – Bovisands on the 2nd of June, and Teats Hill on the 3rd of June (More information here). But cleaning beaches shouldn’t stop there, we’ll continue to keep our local coastline clean and we encourage you to do the same. It’s easy to bring a plastic bag along to the beach, fill it up and put it in the bin or recycling. You’d be amazed what you can find and it’s also a fun and educational activity for children too!
With potentially a bit more breathing space in your schedule, you could swap your weekly shop with a visit to a local market, receive some fresh produce without the single-use plastic packaging from supermarkets. Local produce is fresher, and you might find something new. Look up and head over to your nearest farmers, street food, or other kind of market and support local independent business.
Visiting the aquarium is the perfect wet-weather plan, and we’ve got a fantastic half term lined up for everyone to enjoy. This week, we’ve decorated the aquarium in celebration of our 20th Birthday. There are also pictures and stories to watch out for, detailing the creation and tales from the past 20 years of the NMA. Get involved with birthday crafts and shows throughout the day plus our new Loola Land Soft Play will be open for the little ones to jump on and have fun.
We’ve also got some of exciting events running this half term, such as VIP Behind the Scenes tours, and our Sleeping with Sharks Sleepover on June the 1st. Our focus is to showcase the fantastic work our charity does by involving and supporting our local community as much as possible.
Half term can be a perfect break to try something new – or get involved with an old favourite outdoors activity which might’ve been put aside during the winter. Blissful weather makes for perfect kayaking or paddle-boarding trips, especially when the waters are calm. Just remember to bring sun cream and a sun hat! Or, if you’re up for getting soaked, you could try some surfing or bodyboarding for that great sense of freedom. You could even peruse local waters with a spot of snorkelling, and discover some of the amazing coastal sea life we have here in Britain.
Overall this week is a fantastic occasion to try a new activity, share your experience with friends and family, and connect with the Ocean.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the ultimate test for sailors around the world. The 2017 – 2018 edition will take teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across 4 Oceans, touching 6 continents and 12 landmark Host cities. One of these cities is Cardiff – a sporting capital. This will be the first time the Volvo Ocean Race has visited the UK in more than a decade, and as Cardiff is such a central city easily accessible by train or on the M4 it’s the perfect chance to go for a visit.
The Cardiff Race Village opened its doors on the 27th of May and will be open to the 10th of June. The estimated time of arrival for the boats in Cardiff Bay is Tuesday the 29th of May, which will be a great chance to show your support and soak in the atmosphere! Sailing enthusiasts from all over the globe will be visiting the Cardiff for a fortnight of food, entertainment, and nautical culture.
Our very own Discovery and Learning team will be there to talk about all things related to the Ocean and marine conservation, so when you see the NMA stand, and be sure to say hi!