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Blimey, a bonkers lego competition and some very special and exclusive Morecambe Bay events for you...
Discover the intriguing history of Gleaston with special events 8-11 Sept.

We're particularly looking forward to expert historian Neil Whalley talk about Medieval Gleaston Castle and the Harrington family, Sun 11 Sept 11am, please book. Plus other events in the village which focus on our recent research around the Castle, all free, check for full details.

Another exclusive event in Gleaston - your own personal tour of the working water mill with the owners, Vicki and Mike Brereton, daily from 8-11 Sept also free, but please book

Lego competition, build a Bay monument

And, for lego fans, a competition for under 16s to build monuments, maybe a clocktower, pele tower, castle, stately hall, town hall, any historic building from around Morecambe Bay. Use lego or other similar bricks, and email us your photograph to arrive by 30 September, full details. 



More events highlights: 

Writing the Flotsam and Jetsam of the Bay: Join poet Sarah Hymas in a Morecambe Bay inspired creative writing workshop, 9 October Bardsea, book here

Fishy Tales: Join storyteller Jeff Wallcook for entertaining stories woven around fishing in the Bay, and you. During half term in Morecambe library 25 October, please book.

Thank you to all our volunteers, fancy joining in? 

We were delighted to meet so many of you at our first festival of Archaeology this summer. Over 2 weeks we held 18 events with more than 500 people taking part in guided walk, talks, family events and more.  Many thanks to all those who supported us, and the volunteers who shared their passions. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did, and that we will see you at one of our events soon.

Volunteers and training: Our volunteers are a fun and friendly bunch and we're always looking to welcome new volunteers. There's more information here or just contact us. We've archaeological training, Birkrigg bracken clearance and 18 more beach cleans this year. 

Morecambe Bay Electric Bike Network Information Event

Tuesday 13th September 2016 - Silverdale Golf Club - 17.30 - 19.30

We're holding an information event for local businesses interested in participating in a hire and charge point network for the exciting Electric Bike Network we are planning for Morecambe Bay.  
Following the success of our award winning Bay Cycle Way, we want to give even more people the chance to cycle around the Bay and explore our stunning sea and landscapes.

We want you to be a part of this new venture. Come along and find out how to take part, how to apply for a grant for free e-bikes and kit and become part of the network - you can even try an electric bike, but beware - e-bikes are addictive.

Find out more and book free tickets
 

Economic boost for Morecambe Bay

Great news - figures just in for 2015 confirm that visitors to Morecambe Bay are increasing, with people staying longer and spending more. 

A total of £811 million was generated within the local economy in 2015 – that’s a huge 10.6% more than in 2013 – coming from visitor and tourism business expenditure and supporting nearly 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs.
 
The new Bay Cycle Way, a fantastic programme of events and festivals in Ulverston, Lancaster and Morecambe as well as top attractions such as RSPB Leighton Moss, the Dock Museum in Barrow and Lancaster Castle all offer our visitors lots to see and do in Morecambe Bay.  Couple that with the stunning scale and grandeur of the views and a warm welcome from fabulous hotels and cafes and we’ve got the perfect recipe to give our visitors a truly memorable visit.

Heritage Open Days and the fascinating history of Gleaston

Again, we are pleased to have teamed up with some of the great heritage providers of Morecambe Bay to present a packed programme of events for Heritage Open Days 2016. These include Gleaston Mill, a superb opportunity to experience the wonder of a working water powered corn mill lovingly restored by its current owners. Book here 
Exploring Gleaston: talks, tours and drop in events at Gleaston Village Hall to discover the extraordinary history of Gleaston Castle and explore the village history. Book here

Our events to Piel and Grange Lido are fully booked, but there are Heritage Open Days all around the country - you can search for an event near you. 
 

History revealed at Birkrigg Common

Our dedicated volunteers have been tackling the bracken at nationally important Heritage at Risk sites. The team is making amazing progress, with areas opened up and cleared of bracken. the archaeology is now more visible helping us to better understand the site, give a better visitor experience, and encouraging grazing which weakens bracken growth. The aim is to reduce the bracken around carefully targeted sites, ultimately removing them from the Heritage at Risk Register. Maintaining the grassland areas also encourages and promotes the growth of a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare wax cap fungi. 

We have uncovered a large bank, enclosing a ‘pear-shaped’ parcel of land and possibly traces of hut circles (former houses). However, our work is far from done and we'll be back on 27 September. Get involved and contact Louise
 

Vintage Bike Ride - Sat 3 September 

Experience a vintage bike ride from Lancaster to Morecambe, meet at 10am, and arrive in style at Morecambe's Vintage by the Sea festival. A second ride at 11.45 from Morecambe to Heysham will culminate in best dressed, best bike and best family group prizes. 

Bring your classic racer, sit up and beg, or 60's shopper. Not got an old bike? No worries, just dress up, and join in the fun in your best togs - red lipstick not compulsory. 

There will be spaces for the vintage bike ride available on the day, or you can pre-book your place with Sustrans

Morecambe Bay Lives: A Sea of Stories

"I have memories of Engelbert Humperdinck floating down the Morecambe Swimming Stadium on a four poster bed being filmed for Irish television" Ginny

Tell us what you remember for our new project Morecambe Bay Lives: A Sea of Stories.
Do you have special memories of the Bay or observations about how the Bay has changed over time? Did you swim outdoors at Grange, or work in the shipyards? Have you been watching birds for years?

Emma Aylett would love to hear from you. 
Contact: 07981 042895

Mapping the Military - Recording Walney 

Building on earlier work this year, with experts from Manchester Metropolitan University we are offering archaeological survey training on South Walney Reserve on 7 and 8 September. We'll use a variety of non-intrusive archaeological survey techniques to create an accurate record of the garrisons, old gun positions, artillery stores and other military remains. Help us discover all that now remains of the defensive network of military sites that were positioned to protect Barrow in Furness from enemy attack.  
Booking essential.
Image credits:   Louise Martin, Sussannah Bleakley, Janet Barton, Peter Cairns.
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