What is the Puffin Festival?

Flamborough Cliffs boasts the UK’s best land-based puffin viewing opportunities, as featured this month on the BBC’s Blue Planet UK. Yet studies have shown that while the bird is one of the most recognisable for the public, many people are unaware they breed in the UK.

The festival will raise awareness of a puffin colony that is Yorkshire born and bred. This provides an opportunity to introduce the other wildlife residents of the Headland’s seabird city – and the variety of attractions, events, and activities that can be enjoyed within the area.

The event has gained popularity over the last two years and our funding will enable the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to engage the local community, including businesses and other organisations along the coast, helping them to connect with the opportunity of nature tourism audiences. 

The Detail

The fun begins at Puffin HQ! Based in the car park at Flamborough Cliffs nature reserve, it’s your first port of call for activities and information.

The friendly team will be on hand to answer all your seabird questions, get you booked onto our guided walks, and host various family-friendly activities including:

  • Interactive puffin challenge
  • Puffin crafts
  • Mindful wild retreat
  • Hands-on marine life discovery
  • Self-guided ‘Seabird I-spy’ trail

Who will benefit?

The Puffin Festival will give businesses, residents and visitors the opportunity to:-

  • Help businesses to gain from the profile of the event and the increased footfall at a time of year when numbers dip before the holidays.

  • Encourage locals to engage with the wildlife opportunities on their doorsteps and explore the area in more detail
  • Draw unique visitors to the headland, move them between attractions,
    and increase both footfall and visitor spend

We are awaiting the revised date of the 2021 festival and will issue a further announcement in due course.