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Festival of the Tides

Festival of Tides 26th October to 2nd November 2019

During a week of exceptionally low tides join us to explore an island shaped by the sea.

Some of the most astonishing tides in the world circle and cover the coast of Jersey. When the tide recedes, a fascinating seascape is revealed. 

Our festival of exciting walks and kayak tours will take you across rocky seabeds, through jungles of seaweed and into a marine aquarium.

Explore a place where it feels as if someone has pulled out the plug for a few hours before the ocean rushes back to erase our footsteps.

Go with the flow by Kayak

25th October – Fri 13:45–16:00

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26th October – Sat 14:45

Our professional guides will take you through incredible channels or beneath rock faces, over seaweed forests and into hidden places, where only the seabirds observe our journey.

En route, sample some fantastic sea vegetables.

Join us on the water.

Bioluminescence on the Beach

26th October – Sat 22:45

As night descends, star-like shapes of luminous green twinkle and sparkle in only a few unique coastal spots at low tide to illuminate the seabed at your feet.

Few local residents ever see -or even know about- these remarkable creatures.

Walk with the stars at your feet.

Wild Vegetables of the Ocean – Seaweed Foraging

27th October – So 10:30–13:00

Green, brown, delicate, bold and sometimes smelly, seaweeds often remain unnoticed. They are, however, an essential ingredient in sushi, miso soup, jellies and sweets.

Discover their value on a gentle coastal walk with an expert local resident.

We’ll nibble our way along, and you’ll be able to collect exquisite flavours for your herbal larder. Remember to bring scissors and small containers.

Join us for a forage.

Karame – A Walk to the End of Jersey

28th October – Mo 11:00–15:15

Way beyond the well known Seymour Tower this navigation mark with a huge K on top is familiar to sailors but reveals itself to the keen walkers only on the lowest tides of the year. We’ll reach huge seagrass beds and kelp forests and explore pink rock pools which explain why this area is called the Violet Bank.

You may even get a peep inside Seymour Tower on our return.

Walk to the end of Jersey.

Following the tide to the P-Marks around Seymour Tower 

29th October – Tue 11:00–14:00

250 years ago, seaweeds were an essential fertilizer gathered by farmers. Follow in the footsteps of the Payn family -then the Seigneurs of Grouville- who were prepared to fight for their rights to collect seaweed in court.

Walk beyond Seymour Tower in search of the boundary stones marking their offshore harvest ground on an exceptionally low tide. 

Explore the Seabed around Seymour Tower.

Seabed walk to Icho Tower

30th October – Wed 12:15–15:15

Walk over a lunar-like seabed -which led to the expression “Moonwalk”- and pass extensive oyster beds to reach the water’s edge. Here Razor clams orchestrate a ballet of tiny fountains.

One mile offshore Icho Tower stands guard over a marine wonder world. Between big boulders, the delicate arms of sea anemones show off dressed in striking green with purple tipped fingers and seagulls hunt in the sandy areas for sand eels. Time for a snack – maybe with some seaweed.

On our return, there is the rare opportunity to go inside Le Hocq Tower, one of 28 Conway Towers which were constructed to defend Jersey against French attack. 

Your Seabed exploration starts here.

Wild Vegetables of the Ocean – Seaweed Foraging

31st October – Thu 13:30–15:00

Green, brown, delicate, bold and sometimes smelly, seaweeds often remain unnoticed. They are, however, an essential ingredient in sushi, miso soup, jellies and sweets. Discover their value on a gentle coastal walk with an expert local resident.

We’ll nibble our way along, and you’ll be able to collect delicate flavours for your herbal larder. Remember to bring scissors and small containers.

Join us for a forage.

Low water exploration towards Seymour Tower

2nd November – Sat 14:00–17:00

Far from shore is a wild and remote place where land and sea merge together to become the intertidal zone. Here we are all visitors.

Join Trudie, Derek or Shiela to enter this wild and remote place over a mile from shore.

Discover hidden sea creatures and algae meadows where shellfish, crabs and flocks of birds scurry about in search of food.

From the top of Seymour Tower imagine being a British soldier in 1782 keeping watch over the vast sandbanks, eelgrass beds and rocks that might hide a French attack.

Explore the Seabed.

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