Blogs for July 2018

Six Weeks of Summer Fun at Land's End

Posted on Wednesday 18th July, 2018

Six Weeks of Summer Fun at Land's End

Pirates, robots, wild animals and fireworks displays are all coming to West Cornwall as Land’s End gets the summer started with a bang.

Six weeks of free family fun begins this month (24th), at the landmark attraction and runs right through until the end of August.

Highlights include high ropes acrobatics, amazing owls and the return of Land’s End’s summer fireworks spectacular.

Themed event days will take place each Thursday, while Magic in the Skies, the venue’s popular fireworks show set to music, is every Tuesday and Thursday evening until August 30th.

David Bryans, general manager at Land’s End, said:

“This summer we’ve got so much free entertainment for families to enjoy including Pirate Days featuring Pokya Acrobatics and Pirates of St Piran, plus special Family Fun Days with visits from Titan the Robot.

“All of our event days also feature face painting, bouncy castles and the chance to meet the birds from Screech Owl Sanctuary.

“Good evenings follow good days at Land’s End with our twice-weekly Magic in the Skies events combining pyrotechnical wizardry with traditional Cornish storytelling, and for visitors wanting to make a night of it there’s the Land’s End Hotel and nearby Saddle and Stablerooms.

“The show uses fireworks set to a specially-commissioned musical score to retell the legend of the ‘Lost Land of Lyonesse’, a place from Arthurian legend which is said to have bordered Cornwall.

“The entertainment is completely free of charge, guests need only pay for parking and the activities they want to enjoy, such as our interactive Aardman attraction ‘A Grand Experience’, new for 2018.”

All attractions, shops and food outlets at Land’s End will open daily from 10am throughout the summer holidays.

To find out more information and to book tickets, visit: www.landsend-landmark.co.uk or check Facebook: @LandsEndLandmark and Twitter: @VisitLandsEnd

Two adorable lynx kittens born at Newquay Zoo

Posted on Tuesday 10th July, 2018

Two adorable lynx kittens born at Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is now home to two very cute balls of fluff – twin Eurasian lynx cubs. Born on May 21st the two cubs have been in the lynx house out of the public view ever since. Zoo keepers suspected the birth of the twins after mother, Kicsi, didn’t appear at feeding time. Ever since keepers have closely monitored the mother and father for any sign of the cubs.

Known to be secretive animals, the Eurasian lynx prefer hiding in dense shrubs and bushes, often only appearing at dusk and dawn. There are six species of Eurasian lynx; the charity zoo is home to the Carpathian lynx. This species is predominantly found in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe.

The two kittens can be seen playing with each other and with older sister, Tink, who was born in May last year. Parents Kicsi (mother) and Boomer (dad) have been looking after the little ones closely; Mum can be spotted carrying them in her mouth.

Staff at Newquay Zoo are chuffed about the birth. Senior Carnivore Keeper, Mike Downman, who looks after the cats, commented: “I’m over the moon that Kicsi and Boomer have had two new little ones. I’d suspected she was pregnant for a while, so when she stopped appearing for food I thought it was a sign that she was guarding something - and as it turned out she was in fact guarding two little kittens.”

The Eurasian lynx has quite distinctive features, with black tufts at the tips of their ears and a long white facial ‘ruff’. They also have a patterned coat with dark spots.

Newquay Zoo is a registered charity. For more information go to www.newquayzoo.org.uk or ring 01637 873342.

 

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay Get Environmental Art Attack

Posted on Monday 9th July, 2018

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay Get Environmental Art Attack

Newquay’s beach side aquarium has teamed up with a local artist to help promote litter pollution issues.

The environmental inspired artwork on display now at the aquarium incorporates beach litter with marine animals to give out a message about the effects of litter in our oceans.

Cornish artist Lindsey Keates from Redruth Tidalmarks Studio is Blue Reef Aquariums new resident artist and is hoping her artwork will raise awareness and educate people about the importance of the conservation of our planet.

Linsey attended Falmouth Art College where she gained a BTECH Diploma in Art and Design. She then moved to Hartlepool to work in the textile industry liked to greeting cards, fashion designs and colour theory. Here Lindsey was able to travel to Paris, London and Florence to gain inspiration and trends. From these experiences Lindsey went on to develop a surf wear fashion range. With the environment being predominantly Lindsey’s focus she went on to teaching and working with young people’s development.

Now residing back in Cornwall with her family Lindsey is working with schools and the community to educate through art on the pollution and the effects of carbon footprint.

“Being a Mum of two young children makes you realise the future of our planet is in their hands. It’s up to us to educate and pass on what is currently happening and the importance of conservation and sustainability.”

100,000 turtles and marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales and seals, are killed by plastic marine litter every year around the world. Plastics are the most common man made objects sighted at sea, with 18,000 pieces of plastic litter floating on every square kilometre of the world's oceans.

Blue Reef Aquarium are reducing their single use plastics and working with suppliers for more environmentally friendly products where possible.

You can visit the art exhibition in the Blue Reef Café daily from 10:00 am to 4:30pm with free entry.

 

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