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WHALEFEST ADULT DAY TICKET SAT 27 OCTOBER. 9.30am - 5.30pm   more info £9.50 £0.00
WHALEFEST ADULT DAY TICKET SUN 28 OCTOBER. 9.30am - 5.30pm   more info £9.50 £0.00
WHALEFEST ADULT WEEKEND TICKET 27/28 OCT. 9.30am - 5.30pm   more info £16.50 £0.00
WHALEFEST STUDENT DAY TICKET SAT 27 OCT. 9.30am - 5.30pm   more info £7.50 £0.00
WHALEFEST STUDENT DAY TICKET SUN 28 OCT. 9.30am - 5.30pm   more info £7.50 £0.00
WHALEFEST STUDENT WEEKEND TICKET 27/28 OCT. 9.30am - 5.30pm   more info £14.50 £0.00
FREE Children's WhaleFest Weekend Ticket 27/28 OCT. 9.30am - 5.30pm   more info Free £0.00
WhaleFest Live Gig   more info £7.00 £0.00
WORLD WHALE CONFERENCE -Friday 26 October. 8.30am - 5.00pm   more info £99.00 £0.00
WORLD WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCH CONFERENCE - Friday 26 October 8.30am - 5.00pm   more info £99.00 £0.00

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WhaleFest 2012

Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK.

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th October 2012



In 2011, Planet Whale organised Europe’s largest Whale Festival. Loved by visitors and hailed as a huge success, over 2,500 people from 15 countries celebrated their passion for wild whales and dolphins.


Now, in 2012, WhaleFest is going global! The event is shaping up to be the largest celebration of wild whales and dolphins there has ever been, reaching out to the public, the world’s press, businesses, people passionate about whales and dolphins, celebrities, you, me, your gym instructor, everyone!

Packed with life-sized whales, virtual whale watch trips, fun family activities, celebrity speakers, careers workshops, plus exhibiting whale and dolphin trip operators and charities from across the globe, WhaleFest takes a new campaign to the whole world and inspires us all.


And it’s unbelievable fun . . .


• Never seen a whale or dolphin before? Get splashed on our talked-about virtual whale watching trips, or take an inspirational guided tour around our life-sized whales.

• Just fancy a day out with the family? Climb inside the world of a whale’s insides, take part in ton of activities, get involved in whale and dolphins crafts, and check out amazing films.

• Love whales and want to get more involved? Learn more with workshops on everything from, career opportunities and sustainable fish eating, to whale origami and more!

• Need advice on whale watching? Planet Whale can give you lots of invaluable, public-rated independent advice before you check out the biggest selection of exhibitors on earth.

• Want to support whale and dolphin conservation? Learn about the world’s leading campaigns and talk face-to-face with the people who run them.

• Rather just chill out with whales? Go to more top-class presentations by world-leading experts than you imagined possible under one roof!

There’s more . . .


During the build up to WhaleFest Brighton will play host to life-sized whale exhibits, there will be schools visits and involvement of the local community

What you said about WhaleFest 2011

“What an amazing success that was. Thanks for making it such a grand experience.  Putting all those like minds together was inspired.  It will have created whole new webs of influence and ideas... I think it was an important occasion, and I look forward to it being even bigger and better (if that's possible) next year.”

Philip Hoare, award-winning author of Leviathan, and Clash of the Titans speaker

 “Just a short email to thank you for the brilliant event WhaleFest. I attended both days with my son and we both had a very good time .The number and topics of the talks and workshops were very good and informative, At times I wished I could have split myself in half to attend two things at once.
The stalls also were very good and gave me lots of ideas for suitable places to go whale watching both near and far. Thank you again to all your staff for organising such I wonderful event and I cannot wait for next year s event. I also want to be off now to go whale spotting to some of the wonderful locations. Thank you."

Jane Baldwin, member of the public
“I usually hate that word ‘awesome’ but it’s the only phrase I thought you’d all recognise and understand - for me to use the word about anything is truly awesome in itself! The weekend was a great success and a lot of fun for all, including us stallholders!
Our amazement at the level of interest was only outdone by our admiration for the amount of work that you all had put in before the event and the slick organisation on the day.  Not to put too fine a point on it, the WhaleFest volunteers were ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!  I’m welling up! Upwards and onwards!"

Stephen Marsh, BDMLR Operations Manager, running the whale refloatation courses in the Great Hall

World Whale Conference 2012

Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK.

Thursday 25th - Friday 26th October 2012


On the 30th anniversary of the decision to ban whaling – which took place at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, near London, UK – it’s time to return and join forces on behalf of whales and dolphins again!

To the many people, businesses, charities, and governments with a desire to do more to help whales and dolphins and a willingness to work together in partnership – your time is now. Welcome to the World Whale Conference!

The World Whale Conference is a two day conference running from Thursday 25th to Friday 26th October 2012. The conference will discuss and agree actions in the following areas:

  •     Protecting whales and dolphins? It’s time for a new approach.
  •     The formation of a new global partnership – how will it work?
  •     Unveiling a new global campaign: Protecting the 1,000 places where cetaceans most need our help.
  •     Our pledge. Launching the partnership to the world’s media.

It’s a tremendous opportunity. Together we can make the most of it.


World Whale/Dolphin Watch Operators Conference 2012

Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK.

Thursday 25th - Friday 26th October 2012


On the 30th anniversary of the decision to ban whaling – which took place at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, near London, UK – it’s time to return and join forces on behalf of whales and dolphins again!


It’s time to give the global whale and dolphin watching industry a voice – starting with the first ever World Whale & Dolphin Watch Operators Conference! This gathering of whale and dolphin watching businesses from around the world will be a fantastic opportunity to form a new alliance, share ideas, and learn from the best practitioners in the business. The conference will focus on helping whale watch businesses to be more sustainable, and more profitable, than ever before!


Conference will include:

  • Planet Whale’s role in a new direction for whale and dolphin watching
  • Launch of the first report written by the whale and dolphin watching industry on the commercial advantages of a sustainable and responsible approach
  • Case study presentations by market leaders
  • Lectures and workshops by industry experts to help whale watching businesses
  • Discussion on the value of forming an alliance of whale and dolphin watch operators
  • Planet Whale Awards ceremony for the whale and dolphin watch industry
  • Unique opportunity to get involved with a new global campaign to save whales and dolphins



Do you have questions about WhaleFest 2012? Contact WhaleFest


Hilton Brighton Metropole
King's Road
BN12FU Brighton
United Kingdom



WhaleFest is the global gathering that gives whales and dolphins a more powerful voice. Our events are popular and entertaining, touching the hearts and minds of a huge audience, inspiring them to be an army of ambassadors to defend whales, dolphins, marine life and oceans. Not-for-profit we support a global partnership of orgs working together: the World Cetacean Alliance (honorary president, Jean Michel Cousteau).

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