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February


Scudamore's Punting Company
www.scudamores.com
VALENTINE'S PUNTS
Location: From Scudamore's Punt Station, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dates/Times: Available 8th February - 16th February 2013, bookings from 10am - 7pm for 30 minutes
Prices: Weekdays before 5pm �65, all other times �75
We are offering couples a special private chauffeured punt to celebrate Valentine's Day. The romantic trip takes couples along the beautiful College Backs snugly wrapped in blankets with hot water bottles. Tours include a long-stemmed red rose and for those leaving after dusk, punts will be lit with Chinese lanterns.

GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
www.gxsa.org.uk
GXSA Talk Wednesday February 27th - David Horn and Paul Farrell - 'A Cruising Cornucopia'
Longstanding members of GXSA Paul and David are both highly experienced yachtsman. In this talk they will us about some of their most memorable cruising experiences in the English Channel, Brittany and Ireland - from croissants to Devon scones. This is an opportunity to see how others do it and learn from their experiences, see new cruising destinations and gain a few planning tips for this years summer cruise. Irish Sail Training Ship 'Asgard' in Kinsale. She sank off the French Coast in 2008 after hitting a container. Note: This is a change from the advertised programme - Our planned talk on ropes has been postponed until the autumn.
GXSA Talk Wednesday February 20th - Nick Beck - From City Streets of the Open Seas
It was a dreary January afternoon in 2012 when a new TV Star cruised onto our television sets. In the company of TV Celebrity Dick Strawbridge, his son James and her crew Nick & Steve, the 44 foot traditional pilot cutter Amelie Rose stirred the hearts and souls of sailors everywhere as she carried the team from Fowey ever Eastwards towards Tower Bridge where she was conceived. Over a million tuned in to watch the journey and many were inspired to find out more about her history - and the people, effort and sacrifice to drive her dramatic transformation. Join Nick as with video, slides, animations and plenty of laughs he takes you from the excitement of launch-day right back to the humble beginnings of their dream - a small inflatable on a French Lake. From here the story winds its way back toward the present day, taking in a love story (or two), explosions, directions on how to build a pilot cutter and finishes back in Gweek for Amelie Rose's first sail.
GXSA Talk Wednesday February 13th - Jeff Carter - from Oars to Jet Propulsion
Learn about the technical history of the lifeboat from the earliest known rowing boats to the latest RNLI designs and see a working scale model. Jeff Carter is a member of the Lifeboats Enthusiast's Society and uses his model lifeboats to help raise funds. It was the research needed to make an accurate scale model that has helped to provide the material for this story of the development of the lifeboat. The talk is mainly concerned with UK lifeboats with some examples from other services. There have been many different designs of lifeboats some more successful than others and the talk concentrates on some of the more significant designs. A great talk for Sailors, Lifeboat Enthusiasts and nascent model builders.
GXSA Talk Wednesday February 6th - Roger Mustoe - A circumnavigation of Sweden
During a recent informal discussion round the office water cooler, Roger's passion, indeed almost obsession, for sailing soon emerged when it became apparent that his story of spontaneous decisions, archaic boats, and dubious maintenance was much richer than many of those overheard on Wednesdays in the GXSA bar. Roger tells an excellent story of his adventures in the Baltic, possibly the most beautiful cruising grounds in Europe, where he lived for several years. You will hear about this wildlife haven, see its extensive photographic delights and learn of some of its surprises: uncharted rocks to Nazi submarine pens. Roger's talk a "Circumnavigation of Sweden" is a tale of endless days, endless gale force winds, endless repairs, a broken engine, a bent prop shaft, wonderful scenery ... and some sailing.

Scottish Seabird Centre
www.seabird.org
The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS. 01620 890202. Also on Facebook /ScottishSeabirdCentre and twitter @SeabirdCentre.
All events are FREE for members, or included in the entry price to the Discovery Centre for non-members, unless otherwise stated.
Entry to the Discovery Centre is �7.95 for adults, �4.95 for children and �5.95 for concessions. Prices from 1 March will be �8.95 for adults, �4.95 for children and �6.95 for concessions. Under 3's are free. Family tickets are also available. Book tickets online in advance at www.seabird.org.
For further press information please contact Laura Adamson or Diane Smith, Scottish Seabird Centre info@seabird.org 01620 890202.
February
Mini Makers
Weekends, 14:00-15:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
2-3 February - Owl Play - Make your very own wise owl to take home out of a pine cone and feathers.
6-11 February - Diving Gannets - Gannets can reach speeds of around 100kph when diving. Come and make your very own diving gannet from card and see if you can beat that!
12-14 February - Valentine's for Birds. Make a special Valentine treat for the birds in your garden out of popcorn.
15-17 February - Greedy Gannets. Create your own hungry gannet puppet, complete with snapping beak!
23-24 February - Krazy Kites Competition. What better way to celebrate our breezy North Berwick weather than flying a kite? Design and decorate your own kite and take it down to the beach for a test run (weather permitting of course)!
Nature Photography Awards exhibition
Opening hours, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Now in its seventh year the Nature Photography Awards exhibition showcases the shortlisted entries from our prestigious competition. View stunning images from each of the categories: Landscape, Worldwide Wildlife, Scottish Wildlife, Creative Visions of Nature, Environmental Impact, World Flora plus the Juniors.
Derek Robertson exhibition
To 30 April, opening hours, Picture Gallery, FREE. Derek Robertson is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning wildlife artist who has written and illustrated many books and presented several TV programmes. This exhibition will be a display of prints and sketches from his new book Puffins, An Artist's Sketchbook to coincide with the arrival of puffins on the Firth of Forth islands after their winter out at sea.




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