The Ellen Hutchins Festival 2016 will take place in the Bantry, Ballylickey and Glengarriff area of West Cork in Heritage Week. Last year’s festival was a great success and won the Heritage Council’s Hidden Heritage Award.
As last year, the 2016 Festival has walks with botanists, a talk, a children’s event, a botanical art demonstration, exhibitions about Ellen, including a pop-up with some of her letters, books and an original watercolour drawing of seaweed. New this year will be a one day botanical art workshop run by Shevaun Doherty, and a two day lichens foray run by Howard Fox & Maria Cullen.
The Whiddy event will involve an exploration of the seaweeds on the shores of Whiddy Island with Dr Susan Steele (Sea Fisheries Protection Authority). Susan will lead us in the footsteps of Ellen Hutchins, reimagining the difficulties of collecting, identifying & drawing specimens in the early 1800s.
As the shore is rough, participants must wear walking boots and be reasonably fit.
Note: The ferry leaves Bantry’s pier at 11am. For all ferry times and prices see: http://whiddyferry.com