Birmingham on Sea

Birmingham's location, about as far away from the sea as you can get, won't stop the tide from washing in when a giant seashell will land in Victoria Square on Monday August 24th.

The giant seashell is part of the National Trust's #ilovethecoast campaign aimed at reversing the decline in people visiting Britain's coastlines.  In the last decade there has been a drop of 20% in the number of people visiting the coast.

The seashell will be a 4D experience with the aroma of salty sea air, the sound of waves and seagulls, not of the local variety, and magical interior lighting.  There is also a coastal photo booth so you can capture the seaside moment 

The UK coastline is a magical place and can offer such a diverse range of experiences,’ says Gwen Potter, our wildlife and countryside ranger and coastal champion. ‘We’re hoping the Shellsphere will trigger people’s love of the coast and encourage them to explore the great UK coastline this summer and beyond.’

The seashell will be brought on the tide to a number of cities starting from today when it washes up in London and will open from 10am - 4pm.

  • London, Southbank (Observation Point) – 19 August
  • Cardiff, Queen Street and Churchill Way – 21 August
  • Bristol, Central Promenade – 22 August
  • Birmingham, Victoria Square – 24 August
  • Leeds, Briggate – 26 August
  • Manchester, Queen Victoria Statue – 28 August
  • Belfast, City Hall Ground – 31 August

Author's Note: Time Out Birmingham has reported the seashell as washing up in Centenary Square, whereas the National Trust website reports it in Victoria Square.


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