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‘Going with the flow – tides and the Deben estuary’

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - October 27 @ 7:00 pm


Most people have experience of the impact of tides on beaches where land meets the open sea but many know much less about the major influence tides have on estuaries such as the Deben.  This ambitious project aims to increase appreciation and enjoyment of the estuary environment through a wide range of information and activities (serious and fun) that enable people of all ages to gain an understanding of why tides occur, the impact of tidal flow on the ecology of the estuary, tidal terminology and forces involved in navigating the river.  It is designed to appeal to experts and to people who find science uninteresting or opaque. The project is being supported through a grant from the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB Sustainable Development Fund and sponsorship including Dance East, Woodbridge Arts Society, Suffolk Cottage Holidays and Drain Doctor.  Plus many volunteers across various organisations.


Workshops September and October– professional choreographer Caroline Mummery will lead ten half-day workshops for local primary schools in the Farlingaye Pyramid – learning about “Flow through movement – the making of the Deben Estuary”

16 October evening in the Longitude – SEAS THE POWER  talk by William Thomson

(£6 entrance ticket inc booking fee available from 1 September)

William is the author of the best selling The Book of Tides
Drawing upon his experiences travelling to the world’s most extraordinary tidal environments, William’s ‘Seas The Power’ talk celebrates the fascinating natural workings of tides, connecting them on a global scale with what we experience locally in the Woodbridge waterfront. Incorporating stories, videos, models and demonstrations [expect audience participation!] William simply unlocks the secrets of the tides – not just in a fascinating sense, but so we can better understand how to tap into their energy and ‘Seas The Power’, whether it’s harnessing the currents to explore a coastline, or safely navigating a rip current.
See also YouTube Channel [TidalCompass] and Episode 1 ‘Introducing the Tide’: click here for the link. Tidal Compass is uploading a new episode every week, on the days of the four main moon phases.



19 October – 27 October 10am – 4pm in the Longshed free entry

  • Astronomy – effect of moon – models. Farlingaye High School Science Department
  • Tidal Energy – Types and examples. Farlingaye High School Science Department
  • RSPB – Deben Estuary birds
  • Nautical Corner – understanding tidal terms including games “Deben Journey”, “What’s the tide doing” photos and a paper challenge,  plus background images of the river.
  • Changes in the River Deben – maps, images and information, floodwalls, formation of saltmarsh, shifting shingle etc.
  • Access now- Sea Change Trust planning to bring a barge up toWoodbridge
  • Historical Access/board – interesting stories posts, jetties etc.
  • How far can you row with and against the tide
  • Model estuary – what happens when the tide impacts on the land tbc
  • Images of the Deben at different states of the tide – drone shots commissioned to show what happens as the tide rises.

Talks in the Longshed – reserve free tickets – available from 1 September

“Time and Tide” Paul Whiting, Orwell Astronomical Society Ipswich

19 October 2pm

22 October 2pm for accompanied children 7-11

“How we got a moon and how we can’t live without it” Dan Clery, science writer

20 October 2pm

“Working with the tide” Meredith Scanlon, hydrographer Harwich Haven Authority

21 October 2pm

“Tidal Tales” storytelling with Justine de Mierre

23 October 11am for accompanied children under5 23 October 2pm for accompanied children 5-11

24 October 11am for accompanied children 5-11

“Why the Deben is special for birds” Paul Hetherington RSPB

25 October 2pm

27 October 7pm  in the Woodbridge Community Hall “Imagining and Managing the Deben Estuary into the future” 

Introductory speakers:  Dr Helene Burningham, Coastal Scientist University College London

Dr Ben Evans, Cambridge Coastal Research Unit,

Q&A with expert panel

(Tickets £6 including refreshments – available from 1 September)








Sustainable Development Fund


October 16 @ 7:00 pm
October 27 @ 7:00 pm

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