Showstopping 50-foot whale the star of Scunthorpe’s free family-fun day

Planning and Environment
16:03, Monday, 18th September 2023

Explorers will be able to journey into the belly of an enormous inflatable whale at a brand-new family-fun day coming to Scunthorpe town centre on Saturday 30 September.

Visitors to the recently renamed Queen Elizabeth Memorial Gardens at Church Square will be transported into the depths of a kelp-swirling ocean as the tale of sea creatures and their battle to survive in an ocean full of rubbish comes alive with exquisite puppets, comedy and music.

The extraordinary spectacle is the centrepiece of a free Green Future day packed full of hands-on activities exploring how we can make our corner of the planet cleaner and greener, now and for future generations.

Other mind-blowing experiences include the chance to walk beside a beautiful giant tortoise and join a special screening in the world’s smallest solar powered cinema.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The brilliant activities at this event will help young people think about one of the biggest issues of our time – protecting the environment – in a fun, interactive way.

“Across North Lincolnshire we are driving forward with our green priorities. Earlier this summer we reached an incredible milestone – planting the 100,000th tree, with residents, community groups, local businesses and the council all pitching in. Our ambitious rollout of EV chargers and solar panels for schools is also progressing at pace.

“Young people I talk to are incredibly enthusiastic about environmental change and are eager to get involved and shape the future they will inherit. I hope this event will inspire and entertain them.”

Photo shows a giant inflatable whale laying on fishing nets and sea debris. Photo by Circo Rum Ba Ba

Journey into the belly of a giant inflatable whale at the Green Future Day on 30 September

The Green Future day is the latest free family event to take place in Scunthorpe town centre this summer.

In July more than 600 people joined the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge at Scunthorpe Central Library, enjoying a variety of sport and play themed activities.

Last month hundreds came to meet Britain’s Got Talent and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway star, Titan the Robot, as part of 20-21’s Robotic Showstopper event, and most recently, all ages came together to put on their dancing shoes and join the Folk Dance Remixed celebration.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment, said:

“Many of these activities bring the themes of our Green Future strategy to life in engaging ways – including conserving and creating new habitats for wildlife and disposing of our waste correctly and recycling wherever possible.

“Caring for the environment is something that touches every resident and business in North Lincolnshire – even the smallest steps of turning off appliances or walking more all add up to make a big difference.

“I am sure lots of families will look forward to seeing the whale up close.”

To find out more about A Green Future – North Lincolnshire’s far-reaching plan for environmental change – visit our website.