Whalefest 2014

Published On March 10, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Things to do features

The Hilton Brighton Metropole
15th-16th February 2014 – 9am- 5.30pm
Day Tickets £9.75/£12.50 on the door/ £7.75 advance
Children under 12 go free all weekend if accompanied by an adult

Whalefest returns to Brighton on the 15th – 16th March for a celebration of all things Cetacean. Gok Wan will kick off proceedings, opening the festival on Saturday morning to the 10,000 odd visitors expected to join in the homage to these Ocean giants.

The star studded festival will feature presentations by TV personalities, as well as some famous faces and experts from the world of aquatics and marine life. The main stage will present a stream of experts, celebrities, media, movies and music, guaranteed to stir up the passion for the formidable creatures. Hear from the people who work and swim with Killer whales, Dr Ingrid Visser and ex SeaWorld trainer Samantha Berg, star of the Oscar nominated documentary “Blackfish”. The One show’s Miranda Krestovnikoff and ocean action hero Pete Bethune, star of “Whale Wars” and “the Operatives” will also grace the stage.

Feel like something a bit more hands on? The Virtual Whale Watch is a full on immersive experience. Don a lifejacket, hop aboard and feel the salty spray of the sea on your face as you sail across the ocean in the 180° submarine movie dome. Surround yourself in the world of Whales in the exhibition arena, which hosts stalls from over 100 whale and dolphin oriented businesses from around the world.

WhaleFest is a not-for-profit event that will raise funds for the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). This is a global partnership of NGO’s, scientists and individuals headed by Jean Cousteau. The WCA will use funds to campaign on two vital issues:
The plight of the 45 orcas who remain in close confined captivity at water parks around the world, and the threatened extinction of the 50 remaining Maui’s dolphins off New Zealand’s North Island.

Co- founder Dylan Walker says: “By coming along and enjoying what WhaleFest has to offer, every visitor is effectively making a positive contribution to these incredibly important campaigns.”

This promises to be a fantastic event! Come for a unique experience and to support these beautiful and awe inspiring creatures!

For further info please visit http://www.whale-fest.com.
For more information on the plight of the whales and the World Cetacean alliance, visit http://www.worldcetaceanalliance.org


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I grew up in Cambridge but after studying History at Sussex University, I couldn't bring myself to leave Brighton! As well as writing for We Love Brighton I study Journalism and hope to one day make it as a features writer. Brighton is the perfect place to get inspired!