25 Oct 2012
Having a whale of a time in Brighton
Whale-watching is one of those things I’d love to do, and slightly inexplicably haven’t done in a whole string of countries – usually for weather-related reasons. But without leaving dry land, there’s the chance to explore a 55ft long life-size Blue Whale, step inside the belly of a Sperm Whale and experience the sights and sounds of the oceans… in Brighton.
The city’s WhaleFest 2012, at the Metropole Hotel on October 27 and 28, celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the moratorium on commercial whaling. And the Azores, my last overseas destination pre-Minnie, has marine experts, holiday companies and whale-watching tours taking part.
The nine islands are home to over 20 species of whale and dolphin, and after centuries of whale hunting, have become one of the world’s best places to spot the creatures.
Tickets cost £9 for adults and are free for kids.
Image: Joseph Wu Origami/Flickr