The school summer holidays are kicking off in style next week with British Beach Week taking place from 23 to 31 July and events being held all across the UK. The fun begins in Brighton this Saturday, with a masterclass in beachcombing led by television presenter, conservationist and celebrity wildlife photographer, Chris Packham.
Beachcombing is not the art of fashioning a large beehive hairdo out of the shingle although that does sound like a fun way to spend an afternoon. It is of course the art of finding small treasures and objects of curiosity washed up on the shore.
Brighton is the ideal place for such a masterclass, as the city has an interesting history of curious and unusual things being washed ashore. In January 2008, over 2,000 tonnes of timber covered the beach after shipping vessel the Ice Prince lost its cargo just off the south east coast and in October the same year an 8ft Lego man washed up on shore! Beachcombers attending this Saturday should probably expect to find treasures a little bit smaller than these however. The masterclass runs from 10am until 2pm and will be held on West Street Beach beside the pier.
Also taking place on Brighton Pier on Saturday 23 July is a live broadcast from Juice FM, as part of their 1950s week with competitions and prizes to be won, whilst the pier fairground, rides and amusements will be open until 10pm.
The weather forecast for Brighton this weekend is mostly sunny with temperatures due to sit somewhere between 15 and 20 degrees, perfect for a short break or day out at the seaside. Just make sure you ask Chris Packham for some top wildlife tips before you invest in an ice cream or you might find yourself sharing it with one of the resident seagulls!
Image: Horizon seen from Brighton Beach by Dominic’s pics, on Flickr