WhaleFest 2012

By Jamie Maguire

WHALEFEST returns to Brighton this autumn with a wild weekend of whale and dolphin inspired activities from the 27-28th of October.

Following the success of last year’s event, which attracted over 2,500 people, WhaleFest 2012 will be the largest celebration of whales and dolphins in the world.

Held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel, the event marks the 30th anniversary of the world’s governments’ vote to suspend the hunting of whales, which was announced outside the hotel in 1982.

The event is the culmination of a whole week of WhaleFest Fringe activities in Brighton offering a host of music, arts and cultural events themed around whales and dolphins, backed by Visit Britain and Visit Brighton.

The weekend will be packed with exciting activities for visitors of all ages including: sailing on a virtual whale-watching trip, coming face-to-face with a 55 foot long life-sized Blue Whale, stepping inside the belly of a Sperm Whale, and diving into crystal waters at the try dive pool.

This year’s event will also see conservationists, divers, experts and celebrities sharing their passion for the endangered marine life with the public.

Planet Whale will be inviting the public to support its new Save The Whales: Reloaded campaign which aims to bring people across the globe together to help identify the next generation of Marine Protected Areas.

Advance tickets to WhaleFest are now available from £9 for adults at www.whale-fest.com. FREE entry for children under 16 all weekend.

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