Welcome to the Living Seas Centre, Flamborough

Welcome to the Living Seas Centre, Flamborough

(c) Anthony Hurd

During a visit to the Living Seas Centre you will find a wealth of information about Yorkshire's fascinating marine and coastal wildlife. Exciting events are run from the centre across the year for all ages.

Join us for a Seashore Safari, come along for an evening talk, create a marine-themed masterpiece or learn about Yorkshire's valuable shellfish! With all this on offer, the Living Seas Centre is a great place for any one, any age.

Discover the weird and wonderful creatures to be found hidden below the waves, learn how the upwelling of the Flamborough Front supports such a huge variety of life, watch locally shot video of undersea kelp forests and chalk reefs, embark on a storyboard trail around Flamborough Cliffs and find out how we can all do our bit for marine wildlife all whilst enjoying a cup of tea or an ice cream. Like the Living Seas Centre on Facebook.

Plan your visit

Public opening times

Our opening times are 10am to 5pm (4pm October to March)

The Living Seas Centre is open every Sunday year round and daily from Saturday 10th February until Sunday 25th November.

Our Discovery Room is reserved for visiting school groups during term time but is open to the public every Sunday year round and every weekend between 10th February and 25th November. It is also open every day during school holidays as per the dates below:

  • Summer holiday: Saturday 21st July to Sunday 2nd September
  • Autumn half-term: Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November

Please note: we are only open Sundays through the Christmas holidays.

There may be times when the Discovery Room has restricted opening times or is closed to the public due to training courses etc. Dates are listed below:

  • Friday 10th August: The Discovery Room will be open from 10am at 1pm.
  • Saturday 11th August: The Discovery Room will be open from 10am to 1pm.

  • Monday 13th August: The Discovery Room will be open from 1pm to 5pm.
  • Sunday 30th September: Discovery Room open from 11.00am.
  • Sunday 21st October: Discovery Room open from 11.00am.

Prices

It is free to visit the Living Seas Centre and we welcome donations to help keep the centre running. Profit from any sales made at the Living Seas Centre, such as hot drinks, are ploughed straight back in to our fantastic conservation work here in Yorkshire.

Certain events run from the Living Seas Centre are free while for others there will be a small charge. Again, alongside donations, all money from events are put straight back in to our conservation work in Yorkshire.

Where to find us

Address
Living Seas Centre, South Sea Road (South), Flamborough, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1AE

Contact
Telephone:
01262 422103 Email: livingseas@ywt.org.uk

How to get to the Living Seas Centre
The Living Seas Centre is located at South Landing, Flamborough.

By car

  • From Bridlington take the B1255 towards Flamborough and as you enter the village, follow the signs to South Landing.
  • From Scarborough take the A165 towards Bridlington. At the Dotterel Roundabout take the 1st exit towards Flamborough.

By public transport

  • The nearest railway stations are Bridlington (4 miles) or Bempton (3.5 miles).
  • The nearest bus stop is in Flamborough village (3/4 mile) which is served by EYMS bus route 510 (Bridlington to Flamborough).

Car parking

There is ample parking available for both cars and coaches right outside the Living Seas Centre. Parking is controlled by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and charges apply as below:

60p for the 1st hour; then 80p per additional hour or £2.90 all day.

You can also purchase an East Riding of Yorkshire Council wide car parking day ticket for £5.40. This will allow parking in any ERYC Long Stay car park on day of purchase. Other ERYC car parks near to the Living Seas Centre include Flamborough Head, Danes Dyke and Sewerby, alongside several car parks in Bridlington.

Coaches are charged at £7.50.

What to bring

Whilst the Living Seas Centre is warm and dry, much of what you'll be enjoying is outdoors on the coast so come dressed for the weather! Wellies or sturdy, water-tight shoes are suggested, particularly for activities such as Seashore Safaris, and warm waterproof clothes are essential as it can get quite breezy out on the beach. If it is a sunny day, don’t forget to bring a hat and sun cream.

Facilities

  • Shop - Browse and buy a fabulous selection of nature-inspired gifts. Profit from any sales made at our visitor centres are ploughed straight back in to our fantastic conservation work here in Yorkshire.
  • Light refreshments - enjoy hot and cold drinks, snacks and of course an ice-cream!
  • Toilets (including disabled access)

What to enjoy

Have a 'whale' of a time!
Come have a play with our interactive displays and activity stations! We also have daily art and craft activities, colouring sheets, books and microscopes complete with numerous marine artefacts gathered from the beach at South Landing. We actively encourage families with children to get involved and ask questions about our fantastic local wildlife – and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Special events for all ages
Browse our events pages (search under 'Living Seas Centre') to discover the range of activities you can enjoy, from beach cleans to bird workshops, insightful talks, marine-inspired arts and crafts and even whale-watching!

Living Seas Safari boat trips
Taking place on regular weekends between April and August (departing from North Landing, Flamborough - just a short trip away from the Living Seas Centre) - see the section below for more information.

Seashore Safaris
Held regularly at the weekends all year round, you'll be guided by our expert marine team as you discover the marine wildlife that lives in the rockpools at South Landing on a Seashore Safari (starting at the Living Seas Centre). A member of the Living Seas Team will help give you a glimpse into the secret lives of weird and wonderful creatures such as beadlet anemones, shannies and crabs. Browse our events pages (search under 'seashore safari' to find out when you can next enjoy.)

Participants on these events often enjoy it so much that they join in with the formal seashore surveying programme that helps inform the Trust's conservation work. Find out more about Shoresearch here.

Home Education Connection
Designed especially for home-schooled families these monthly sessions span a wonderful array of subject areas with a different theme each month, from coastal geology to marine biology. Browse our events pages (search under 'home education' to discover the choice of sessions coming up next).

Living seas safari boat trips

Enjoy a Living Seas Safari
Head out to sea on a traditional fishing boat for an unforgettable trip around the spectacular chalk headland of Flamborough and see for yourself why Flamborough Cliffs is so special for wildlife. Marvel at the seabird colony between April and July, and delve deep into the largest sea cave on the coast. Dates for the Living Seas Safaris are published in March each year and pre-booking is essential.

From a traditional Yorkshire coble, you’ll enjoy unrivalled views as you sail along the spectacular chalk cliffs. A member of our Living Seas team will provide commentary about the fantastic diversity of marine life found above and beneath Flamborough waves.

Dates, times and booking
Living Seas Safaris typically run between April and July. Sailings are subject to weather conditions. These 45 minute boat trips leave around 1pm or 2pm.

Trips will only be advertised when the sea conditions permit. Please be aware this can be less than a weeks’ notice.

Trips will be listed on our 'Events' pages and via social media. 

Prices
£8 per adult; £4 for children (aged 16 or under). 

Ticket payment and collection
You can book online via the events pages or by calling the Living Seas Centre on 01262 422103. Important: You will need to visit the Living Seas Centre on South Sea Road (South Landing) before the trip to pay and collect your ticket. Please allow enough time to do this so that you are not late for the trip. It is a 5 minute drive from South Landing to North Landing where you get on the boat.

Hiring the Living Seas Centre

The Living Seas Centre is available to hire (subject to availability) for private groups/sessions.

Facilities include: A computer linked to large screen and internet; seating for 25 (seated only) or 15 working on tables; toilet facilities; hot drinks and light refreshments (for sale); and basic microscopes. A staff member will also be on hand to open up and close down the LSC.

Hire is available weekdays and evenings only and not during July and August, though some evenings may be available. The LSC is not available for hire daytime during weekends.

Call 01262 422103 or email livingseas@ywt.org.uk

Nearby

Make a full day of your adventure and take the opportunity to explore and enjoy other wild places close by.