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Water Day

The Explorium

This is an event from the 2018 edition

The Explorium

Dive into the deep and discover how valuable unpolluted water is to the planet, the creatures that live in it, and us. Join Anglian Water in a quest to reduce water use. Try the Reduce Reuse Recycle game from Cefas and meet some of the aquarium animals! Learn about marine microbes with biologists from UEA, and find out about Refill Norwich and how you can help reduce plastic use. Plus, meet the Broads Authority, RSPB and more.

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Anglian Water

Join Anglian Water in a quest to reduce water use. Get interactive with displays on water efficiency, keeping our waters clear, and stopping leaks. Find the wandering magician, who’ll astonish you with their water-based tricks. See a moorhen sculpture made out of discarded single-use plastic bottles that have been collected by schoolchildren. See if you can spot some ‘wildlife’ outside The Forum – you may even see a rare “shopping trolley” kingfisher or great crested newt! Plus much more!

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The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science is working in the UK and across the world to help ensure that seas and rivers are healthy and productive. Our science helps protect our marine environment from pollution, litter and over-fishing. Try our Reduce Reuse Recycle game and meet some of the aquarium animals!

Cefas is the UK’s most diverse centre for applied marine and freshwater science. Starting as a small fisheries laboratory in Lowestoft I 1902, we now employ some 550 staff between our main sites in Lowestoft and Weymouth, and our offices in English ports, Kuwait and Oman.

Our scientists work across the world to provide research and advice to help tackle the challenges and harness the opportunities relating to the marine and freshwater environment. Our science helps ensure thriving marine economies, sustainable fisheries and food safety, and addresses the threats of climate change, marine litter and pollution.

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MicroScientists: marine microbes

A drop of water is like a city: every individual has a role and they need to organise to survive. Did you know that bacteria can affect the climate and help create clouds?

Discover the amazing number and diversity of microbes in just one drop of the ocean and learn how they interact with each other. Play our interactive game and learn how these tiny creatures can survive in the most extreme conditions.


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Refill Norwich encourages the use of refillable water bottles instead of plastic bottles, to help reduce plastic consumption and pollution. We do this through a network of ‘refill stations’ – friendly local businesses who agree to fill up bottles with tap water for the public, free of charge.

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Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Come and learn about marine wildlife in Norfolk. Make your own marine wildlife bookmark, learn about different species using our touchscreen quiz and play our Mystery Matching game!

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the first and oldest of the UK’s Wildlife Trusts, working to protect the future of wildlife and to help people connect with and be inspired by Norfolk’s wildlife and wild places. It is supported by more than 35,500 members across the UK and 1,400 active volunteers. NWT is a leading provider of outdoor learning and nature experiences in Norfolk through its visitor centres, school outreach, volunteering opportunities and the huge number of wildlife events on offer every year for all ages.

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A splash in the Broads – Broads Authority

Broads Authority Royal Norfolk Show 2018 credit Julian Claxton
Broads Authority at Royal Norfolk Show 2018. Credit Julian Claxton

Explore how water is at the heart of the Broads – be it for wildlife or recreation. The observation pond will allow you to see watery mini-beasts close up. Activities will help you learn about wetlands and boats as well as finding where to visit and enjoy the Broads.


The Broads Authority works to care for the Broads National Park working with others to look after its landscape, wildlife and culture. It also promotes opportunities to understand the area and get out and experience it – on land and water.

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Come and meet the RSPB and have fun learning about giving nature a home in your own garden.
We love nature — we’re passionate about wildlife and wild places. Come and hear about our work in Norfolk and beyond making changes for the better, for wildlife and people.

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The Wonders of our Seas, Rivers and Broads of Norfolk – Hoveton Great Broad

Natural England’s Hoveton Great Broad Restoration Project will be working with the public to create a 3D installation of an underwater scene reflecting the wonder of our waterways!

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Riverlands – the National Trust brings rivers to life

Our rivers not only help make the British landscape so picturesque, they’re also a vital source of fresh water for people, industry, farming and wildlife. However, they’re in need of our help. Join us as our activities explore why rivers are so special and make your pledge to nature.

The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy.  More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does. Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More than 25 million people visit every year, and together with 5 million members and over 62,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.

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Help scientists survey coral reefs – Wildlife Conservation Holidays

Find out how your next diving holiday could help scientists survey the disappearing coral reefs. With Wild Days Conservation and Biosphere Expeditions.

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Developing Experts

Visit the Developing Experts stand to discover the importance of water, and how water is transported to our homes. Can you work out how to transport water from the water tower to the model city, without spilling a drop?!

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Marine Conservation – Love the Oceans

Love The Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. We study the diverse marine life found here, including sharks, rays and humpback whales and do community We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Love The Oceans recruits volunteers to help with our marine research and educational outreach activities. We have designed an ethically sound volunteering program that gives individuals a chance to work alongside our marine biologists, achieve dive qualifications at a variety of levels, learn new skills and help the local community.

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Help slow the flow in Norwich: Community-based climate change and flood mitigation project

To help reduce the risk of flooding in Norwich, Norfolk County Council is working with partners (Anglian Water, Broadland District Council and Norwich City Council) to offer households, businesses and schools the chance to install a water butt or rainwater planter completely free of charge as part of the CATCH project.

Water butts and planters are two types of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) that can potentially reduce flooding by slowly releasing or collecting rainfall. They also have other benefits as they can be used to grow plants, attract wildlife and store rain for watering your garden. If you live in the following wards (and some surrounding areas) you could be eligible for a free water butt or planter: Catton Grove, Sewell, Nelson, Town Close. To find out more and register your interest in having a free water butt or planter go to and complete the form.




Marsh on the Move – Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Free, short fun activities and workshops about local wildlife, animals and local marshes, including smelly pots, guess the sound, dress up as local people from the past, feely boxes, and an animal detective clue game.

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