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Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds

Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds sponsored by Belfast Harbour

Minding Blue Spaces

In living on an island, a wealth of serene marine scenes surround us. For our wellbeing, it is vital that we capitalise on the mental-health benefits that they can offer us.

Healthy Oceans Healthy Minds is an annual invitation for communities and individuals to come together and reconnect with the full array of our waterways, which the global Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted.

Since 2020, Belfast Harbour has generously provided funding for groups up and down the country to create a series of events that allow the public to immerse themselves in our best blue places. These have included everything from family fun days at the shore, drum circles on the beach, to litter picking while out on a barge.

Healthy Oceans Healthy Minds takes place during late summer/autumn each year and sets itself the following goals:

  • Inspiring and re-establishing people’s connection with our seas and oceans
  • Raising awareness of the benefits a healthy marine environment can make to our physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Educating people on alterative choices/habits they can adopt that help protect our oceans from further damage and pollution
  • Motivating and empowering people to take individual positive actions to protect our seas and oceans
  • Celebrating and showcasing groups connecting people to blue spaces

It also participates in Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) campaign.


Activities during 20-31 August

Take a look at the events on offer and see what you can join!

Educational workshops

Sunday 28 August 2022 (tbc) -- the Ards Canal Path Bat & moth walk

View the Ards Canal Path Community Group Facebook page for more details.

The Ards Canal Path Community Group invite you to their bat & moth walk along the Ards Canal. They will dicuss the importance of a clear waterway and the species that thrive in this urban area. Followed by refreshments.

Beach litterpicking

Saturday 20 August 2022 at 1pm -- Live Here Love Here Hazelbank Beach Beach

View the Live Here Love Here Facebook page for more details. Join the Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey for a litterpick along Hazelbank beach.

Sea swims

Sunday 28 August 2022 at 11-12pm -- Browns Bay B*tches at Browns Bay

For a sea swim with refreshments, join these lovely ladies for a sea swim and a bit of craic!

Kids activities

Monday 22 August 2022 at 10-11am -- Beach Schools NI at Portstewart beach

Kids educational beach activities, see the Beach Schools NI web site for more details. Or register on their: Eventbrite page.

An event for 4-8yr olds at the Wee Beach Portstewart rockpooling and educational beach activities for 15 children with each family accompanied by a supervising adult.

Sunday 28 August 2022 at 12pm -- the Without Waste shop at Seapark

You can participate in Beach clean, brunch & kids activities. View the Without Waste Facebook page for more details.

Beach clean and brunch at Seapark Holywood with beach clean bingo for the kids to enjoy!

Have an idea that you would like to explore? Please share it with us at enquiries@liveherelovehere.org.