The Event Ethos
The objective of the day is to be a free, educational, entertaining and awareness raising event, which brings the community together to celebrate and learn about our most important recource on our doorstep - the sea. We try to make everything interactive and inclusive and come up with new ideas each year to get everyone involved and immersed in the ocean activities. We also try and include local groups, organisations and businesses wherever possible (without the event becoming a sales / stalls event).
About the Event
The Downderry and Seaton Ocean Day was first started in 2013 by local photographer and filmmaker Anthony Butler with support from local resident Simon Wainright. Anthony's original idea was to organise an ocean photography exhibition and had the idea of adding a few additional activities to make it more appealing. Once the ball was rolling, the idea of a small photo exhibition evolved into a large community event featuring several charities, awareness groups, local ocean enthusiasts and businesses and other participants.
In the second year Rhona Doyle joined the main planning team and with the reputation of the first event was even more successful and busy with more activities.
The third year took the event to another level. Even busier and with even more focus on interaction, engagement and education, the 2015 event was a big hit with everyone that came, and most stayed for nearly the whole event.
The scale of the event and time to plan, organise and promote has become too large for one person to continue to take on the bulk of the work. We are therefore will be looking for more funding in the future to be able to keep the event running at the size and level it has reached and with more improvements each year.
We would like to thank Deviock Parish Council and Downderry Village Hall for supporting the event from the start.