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A family-friendly celebration of our blue planet with activities suitable for all ages

Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) will celebrate World Oceans Day on 10 June 2023 with a free festival at the National Maritime Museum. RMG is working with scientific organisations, conservation charities, artist collectives and community groups to produce a day full of oceanic activities. Featuring live music, expert talks and demonstrations, craft workshops, face painting and more,

At the heart of the festival is a celebration of the ocean, and the vital role it plays in sustaining life on Earth. Over 70% of the Blue Planet is covered in water and this World Oceans Day, RMG want to bring the ocean into focus and shine a light on what can be done to protect marine environments.

Highlights Include:

A very special performance from VOU, a ground-breaking contemporary dance company from Fiji.  Be transported to the Pacific, and discover Fiji’s ancient stories, tradition and culture.

Expert Talks: Head to the lecture theatre for a series of talks with working marine scientists, featuring experts from the Manta Trust, British Antarctic Survey and more.

VR and the ocean: Want to explore the ocean without getting your feet wet? Strap on a virtual reality headset and discover life beneath the waves.

Hidden treasures:  World Oceans Day is your chance to discover some rarely seen objects with Royal Museums Greenwich curators.  Over 90% of the museum’s collection is in storage.

Coral Corner: continue the building of a crochet coral reef begun during World Oceans Day 2022 and create more coral on the day or bring pre-made creations.

Merfolk Face Painting: Look out for artist Anna Kompaniets and her magical merfolk wearing intricate outfits made from recycled materials and be transformed with ocean inspired painted face designs. 

World Oceans Day is a fantastic opportunity for families to learn more about contemporary maritime and environmental challenges. 

Further Information on all events:  World Ocean Day 2023