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2018 Roadshows...Ocean Discovery Zone at Devon County Show in May

In May we co-organised The Ocean Discovery Zone at 2018 Devon County Show, May 17, 18, & 19. This is a new attraction at this well attended show, and our pavilion featured engaging presentations and activities from some of the leading marine conservation organisations in the South West of UK.  We provided lots of life sized marine wildlife models and our expertise, and aimed to partly recreate the amazing visual experience we first provided in 2005 for the Festival of the Sea at Souter lighthouse ( see 2005 photo album ) . Our creatures large and small provided the realism and wow factor to enhance the many engaging activities provided by the different organisations participating. 

Project partners were Seadream Education and Devon County Show, and main sponsors were Devon County Show, University of Plymouth Marine Institute, and Coastal Recycling....thank you to them and to all the participants who helped make it such a great success.  For info on ODZ sponsors and participating organisations, do an online search

For publicity info on this show, see         ... and scroll down to Ocean Discovery Zone

For details of the School Competitions we ran as part of this show presentation, and a list of ODZ participants , see  and click on the ODZ logo for the pdf flyer

For more reportage, do an online search for Ocean Discovery Zone at Devon County Show

Show attendance for 2018 was almost 90,000 over 3 days, and we estimate that over 5000 visited the Ocean Discovery Zone, including 16 different schools.

There are already plans and new ideas to improve the Ocean Discovery Zone for the 2019 Devon County Show, and to take it to other shows and events

Enjoy this photoalbum of our contribution to The Devon County Show 2018

Click on pictures to enlarge them

Marine Litter being examined in great detail on the TCCI stand
ah arrrrggg..them Pirates is 'ere...quite friendly too, and full of good pirate advice on keeping the oceans clean
Pirates getting lots of attention from the school kids....they must be "celebrity" pirates, is it Jonny Depp and his pirate girlfriend?
" can I have your autograph please? "
Meanwhile Marine Biological Association and Devon Wildlife Trust are busy
Lots to identify on the Beachfinds table, using the laminated species cards or just ask and they will help you find out which is which
Just takes one person to do some litter picking and there is a crowd around
Another school group arrives...hey this looks good!
Make it a competition, and then see how everyone engages with it...look how focused these pupils are....Serious Litterpicking !
Nearing the end of day 2, and the grass inside ODZ is getting a bit worn....between 1500 - 2000 visited us today
On the final day, Saturday May 19th, its busy from opening time at 0900 onwards, and by mid morning, the ODZ is getting crowded
Paul from National Marine Aquarium sets the visitors off on their virtual reality underwater journey
A dolphin's eye view of the Ocean Discovery Zone on the busiest day
Lots of great photo opportunities
Move on to the Beach finds table in the Seashore zone