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Heritage Open Days - extra events

Cayton & Flixton Carrs Wetland Project logoExtra events have been added to next month’s Heritage Open Days programme.


Under the collective title of Wetlands Ancient and Modern – interpreting the Carrs landscape, the additional events will all take place on Saturday 8 September:


Landscape history guided walk – Scarborough Borough Council’s Wetland Project Officer Tim Burkinshaw will take participants on a journey of discovery through Scarborough's wetland heritage. Learn the origin of the black peat soils at Flixton, explore the natural history of the wetland ditches and ponds, and observe an active archaeological dig. Max of 40 per session: 9.30-10.30am and 12.00-1.00pm


Children’s discovery activities – Wetland soils and minibeasts with Helen Percival, Scarborough Borough Council Community Engagement Officer, and Bob Briggs of the Discover Filey Project. The Discover Filey tipi will be on site with microscopes to get close up and personal with wetland nature. There’ll be a range of guided activities including studying soils, mini-beast hunting and pond dipping. Children must be accompanied – maximum of 15 children per session, plus accompanying adults: 9.30-10.30am and 12.00-1.00pm  (Extra sessions may be held at 10.30-11.15am and 1.00-1.45pm, subject to demand.)


Visit to Flixton Island archaeological dig – a rare opportunity to observe an ongoing scientific investigation at this important Mesolithic site. Meet the archaeologists conducting the dig, observe work in progress and find out why this site is so important to understanding the environment in the Stone Age.10.30 – 11.15am and 1.00-1.45pm


The meeting point for all the events is Flixton Bridge.


Tim Burkinshaw says: “This is a rare opportunity for the public to get guided access to this area which is nationally important both environmentally and archeologically.”


For further information, please contact Tim Burkinshaw on or 01723 374039.


The extra events join the ‘Stars of Star Carr’ evening in the Woodend Conference Room on Thursday 6 September from 7pm-8.30pm, when visitor can see important archeological artefacts from the Star Carr collection, including Stone Age flints and the mysterious antler ‘frontlets’, which may have been worn as headdresses by human hunters. Tim Burkinshaw will also be on hand to explain how farmers are bringing wetland wildlife back to The Carrs. Only a few spaces remain on this event.


All events are free – to book, please call 01723 374753 (10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday).


For further information, please contact Tim Burkinshaw on or 01723 374039.


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