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Events at the Cornish Sanctuary are all about having fun, making new friends and sharing a story or two. We want you to leave with amazing memories of your time with us, so we’ve created an exciting events calendar which is sure to get your seal of approval.
Events & experiences at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary Fun Dog Show
Sunday 7th September
If your dog is groomed and game for challenges or keen on being the centre of attention then you need to bring them along to The Cornish Seal Sanctuary for our Fun Dog Show.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary dog show will be held on Sunday 7th September at the top field of the Seal Sanctuary in Gweek.
From 11am you can register your precious pups and dolled up Dogs to compete in the competitions starting at 12pm. There will be dog classes for all so don't hesitate to join in the fun!
For one day only on 7th September we will be showcasing the waggiest tails, the dog most judges would like to take home and perhaps even the cuddliest canine! There’s even an award for best fancy dress! If you love your dog and think others will too then this is your chance show them off! All entries will also receive free entrance into the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Everyone is welcome, entries on the day will be from 11am and judging will commence at 12pm. The dog show is in aid of Merlin’s Magic Wand, a children’s charity that helps disabled and disadvantaged children to have memorable experiences and forget their troubles for a day. By taking part you are helping to do this!
Entry is £1.50 per class and all proceeds go to Merlin’s Magic Wand.
Class 1 – Best puppy (under 12 months)
Class 2 – Best under 15”
Class 3 – Best over 15”
Class 4 – Prettiest bitch
Class 5 – Most handsome dog
Class 6 – Best young handler (8yrs & under)
Class 7- Dog most like its owner
Class 8 – Best rescue
Class 9 – Waggiest tail
Class 10 – Best party trick
Class 11 – Best fancy dress
Class 12 – Best condition
Class 13 - Best veteran (Over 8yrs)
Class 14 – Dog with the most appealing eyes
Class 15 – Dog the judge would most like to take home
DON’T MISS OUR RESCUED SEAL PUPS
Seal mating season begins around September time, this also coincides with rougher seas and storms approaching. What this means is that during this time we get a lot of seal pup call outs. The BDMLR, the RSPCA and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary rescue between 40 and 6-0 pups each year. As the leading Seal Rescue Centre in Europe and the only one in Cornwall we then become home to these pups while they are rehabilitated until they are ready for release. Our hospital and pools will be full and it’s the perfect time to for a visit.
25th October – 2nd November
Hauntingly Good Half term
Come along with your little witches and wizards and take part in our Half term Halloween Fun! They’ll be some otterly scary games, spooky badge making, a witches wood trail and even a witches coven.
Spoil yourself with a hot chocolate and cream in our cafe
Get your wellies on and splash about in our woods and take to the trails. Watch our animals come to life with the wet weather months
15th February – 23rd February
Remind yourselves of our Great Outdoors and embrace the British weather by coming along to our ‘Mud Fest’. We will be celebrating all things mud during the February Half term, with a magical Piskie Puddle path along some of our wooded areas. We will also have a Welly wanging competition, a chance to build your own den, plant a spring bulb on site and of course make some mud pies! Book tickets online and in advance for savings.
Pirates will climb aboard our bank on the Helford and will take over the sanctuary for a week. There will be pirate themed activities, a treasure hunt and if you’re caught you may have to walk our plank! Come dressed as a pirate and really get into this week of fun!
At the start of summer months before we go on our holidays the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be making the most out of their Rockpool. They’ll be more talks and information about how to safely rockpool, where the best rockpool sites are and really fill you in before you head off on your holidays! It will be informative and fun and they’ll be great discounts for schools and groups!
Seal Hospital “Behind the Scenes Experience”
Explore behind the scenes at the heart of marine rescue in Cornwall’s only working Seal Hospital. See how we carry out life-saving work with our animals and nurture our new arrivals. You can also experience what it takes to become a marine expert.
From a sneak peek at our food preparation area, to getting hands on in our hospital pup pen you’ll get an insight into the science behind the Sanctuary.
What We Do - Experience animal welfare in action at Europe’s busiest Seal Rescue centre.
Encounter fascinating seals, playful otters and comical penguins in our fantastic underwater viewing areas. Visit a working Seal Hospital and meet our resident sea lions. Daily interactive talks and feeding demonstrations make this a day out for the whole family.