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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

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Mid afternoon on the last day, and people still pouring into the pavilion
People often blocked the entrance as they just take it all these visitors. It had a characteristic buzz of activity, of talking and enquiry, of enjoying the ambience and sharing the space.
Teresa Naylor, author of Benny the Blenny, explaining some of the beach life. She did this for 3 busy days, like all the other ODZ participants, well done them all
Busy on Marine Institute stand, with their activity game and Nick with the scoreboard. Not sure who won, but great fun for all involved
Devon Wildlife Trust could not attend on Saturday, but left their Wembury Marine Centre display
On the beach finds table, lots of self explanatory discovery, pick things up, compare with the ID charts, ask if not these mermaids purses
Having a closer look at the Seal pup's rear end on the British Divers Marine Life Rescue stand
Still busy towards the end of the last day, not much grass left after over 5000 visitors passed through The Ocean Discovery Zone
Expert litterpicker Gary from " till the coast is clear" gives some tips to a youngster having a go
Virtual Reality headsets from NMA always busy...a bit special, and the only way you might go deep into the oceans to Discovery what lies there...special !
Meanwhile, across the showground in The President's Arena, the Grand Parade of Livestock, with our Shetland Sheep Champion covered in Rosettes
Almost closing time, after 6 months planning, meetings, email and phonecalls, and lots of hassles too, we did it.....and we will be back in 2019 with an even better Ocean Discovery Zone