Severn Wonders of the estuary

PUBLISHED: 10:20 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 24 May 2010

A SPECIAL festival to celebrate the beauty of the Severn Estuary has been launched. The Severn Wonders Festival is running over three weeks and will see a number of activities and events to celebrate the estuary. A series of events will take place until J

A SPECIAL festival to celebrate the beauty of the Severn Estuary has been launched.The Severn Wonders Festival is running over three weeks and will see a number of activities and events to celebrate the estuary.A series of events will take place until June 10 on both sides of the estuary, including water-skiing races, boat trips and guided walks.On the North Somerset side of the estuary, events will include boat trips on the steam tug Mayflower, excursions to both Flat Holm and Steep Holm, saltmarsh and river walks and a Severn Wonders Cruise on the Waverley paddle steamer.There will also be a guided minibus trip around Brean Down.Severn Estuary Partnership officer Natasha Barker said: "The Severn Wonders Festival is calling on people to celebrate and recognise the rich natural and cultural heritage of the estuary by participating in over 40 events over three weeks."The Severn Wonders Festival 2006 will culminate in a forum and cruise on the Waverley, open to all, on June 8."The festival coincides with the Government's consultation paper on the new UK marine bill.WWF and other partners involved with the SEP, have backed the paper which will see the Severn Estuary and the rest of the UK marine environment better protected through establishing a long term, holistic vision for its management.

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