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RSPB Puffin & Gannet Cruises, Bempton Cliffs post-21 June 2021

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Bridlington Harbour

West End


YO15 3AN

United Kingdom

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Fantastic wildlife cruise to the magnificent cliffs at Bempton Cliffs to see thousands of puffins, gannets and other seabirds

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See underneath this description for important Covid information - please read before booking

The towering cliffs at Bempton, part of Yorkshire's stunning heritage coast, come alive each year with almost half a million seabirds including the iconic puffin and the UK's largest seabird the gannet. Sailing from Bridlington Harbour with the RSPB aboard the famous MV Yorkshire Belle is a chance to get nose-to-beak with the stars of the show on an incredible wildlife adventure.

On a three hour journey of discovery, passengers will sail to the base of the 400-foot chalk cliffs as clouds of seabirds swoop, soar and circle above and around the boat. RSPB volunteers are on hand to identify what's what and the on-board commentary gives a unique insight into the seabird spectacle. For nature lovers of all ages, this is the stuff that memories are made of.

Our last five sailings will look for puffins on the sea rather than the cliffs, while gannets will dive around the boat for mackerel that is thrown for them – a truly unforgettable sight as they plunge like lightning into the waves.

Early booking is essential as these cruises will sell out very quickly.

Puffin & Gannet cruises before 21 June are listed separately. Please click here to go to this booking page.

We are also running 4 specialised Diving Gannet cruises during August where, as well as sailing up to Bempton Cliffs to see gannets and other seabirds still nesting on the cliffs, you will be treated to the once-in-a-lifetime sight of gannets diving around the boat. Please click here for further information and to book.

There will be one Pelagic cruise taking place in September to search for migrating seabirds as they fly south for the winter. Please click here for further information and to book.

Important Covid information

Cruises from 23 May to 19 June

  • Government Covid regulations mean we are restricted to only 30 passengers per cruise, which has inevitably led to an increase in ticket prices.
  • However, this greatly reduced number means more space to relax and take in the amazing views. Each sailing promises to be a truly exclusive voyage of discovery.

Cruises from 23 June to 24 July

  • Following the lifting of the Government Covid regulations on 21 June we have decided to increase the number of passengers on these cruises, but only to 80.
  • This reduced number will still give passengers more space to relax and enjoy this fantastic cruise.
  • If the government should postpone the date of 21 June for the lifting of restrictions, we will have to reduce to only 30 passengers. The fairest way will be to refund the later passengers to book so the cruise can still run for those who booked earliest. These refunds will be processed automatically and you will of course be notified at the earliest opportunity.

All cruise dates

  • We are introducing the following additional measures for your safety:
  1. The boat will be fully sanitised after each trip.
  2. Social distancing will be requested when queuing on the quayside.
  3. All tickets should be printed out so these can be handed to the member of staff on the quayside. This is to avoid the handling of numerous mobile phones to scan tickets.
  4. Hand sanitiser will be given to each passenger on boarding.
  5. Social distancing will be maintained on board and passengers will be shown to designated seats by the crew depending on group size. Unfortunately you will not be able to choose where to sit. Note this will not apply to cruises after 21 June (or a postponed date if applicable).
  6. Masks should be worn by all passengers on the quayside, for embarking/ disembarking the boat and if you need to move during the cruise. They can be removed when seated.
  7. Once seated, passengers should not move around the boat except to use the toilet facilities. Please bring suitable clothing (eg. waterproofs) in case of bad weather as you may not be able to move under cover.
  8. Refreshments will be available for sale but, to avoid passengers moving, a member of the crew will take orders and deliver these to you.
  9. All tickets must be pre-booked.
  10. Volunteers will still be on board all cruises, but in fewer numbers situated at strategic points around the boat.

Lastly please note:

Children aged 2 and under sail free, but please notify us on 01262 422211 so we can add them to our passenger list.

This amazing wildlife spectacle occurs in the North Sea so please think carefully before booking if you suffer from seasickness.  

Accessibility:  Please check the Yorkshire Belle website here for assistance and boarding information as there are unfortunately limitations.

Sorry - no dogs (except accessible), tripods, telescopes or smoking on board.

No refunds except if the cruise is cancelled by the skipper or RSPB, due to poor sea conditions or any changes in Covid regulations.   Refunds will automatically be given in these cases.

For any other enquiries contact the RSPB cruise office on 01262 422211 (Monday to Thursday).

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The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.  Together with our partners we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again.  We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

Since we started on our mission in 1889 the threats to nature have continued to grow, but we have grown to meet them too.  We're now the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves.

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