RSPB Scotland launch first ever Dolphin Festival in Aberdeen

Adam Ross

Thursday 7 February 2019

Bottlenose dolphin

RSPB Scotland’s popular Dolphinwatch project is excited to announce the dates of the first ever Dolphin Festival in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen’s first ever Dolphin Festival, dubbed DolphinFest, will take place over the last weekend of April, it was announced today. The Festival will give locals and visitors to the Granite City the opportunity to get even more engaged and enthused with their local marine wildlife.

Torry Battery, overlooking the busy harbour, has a growing reputation as one of the best places in Europe to see bottlenose dolphins. This year, thanks to funding from ScottishPower Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund, RSPB Scotland can bring Dolphinwatch into the city for the first time.

Running from Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 April, DolphinFest will take place at four locations over four days and delve even deeper into the incredible world of the bottlenose dolphins that are seen regularly from Torry Battery.

With a special guest speaker at the Beach Ballroom, a science day full of talks, stalls and hands-on activities at the University of Aberdeen Zoology Building, a family fun day with activities, games and music at Duthie Park and finishing off at Torry Battery for a day full of activities to help connect people with the marine environment and take action to protect it, the inaugural DolphinFest looks to have something for everyone.

Sadie Gorvett, Dolphinwatch Community Events Officer, who is organising the festival said: “I am very excited and honored to have been able to organise the very first dolphin festival in Aberdeen. We live in an amazing part of the world, where we can see bottlenose dolphins in the middle of a city – no other city in Europe can say that! I hope DolphinFest will showcase the incredible opportunity people have to view and help protect bottlenose dolphins and the marine environment. I want to encourage even more people to get out and enjoy the wildlife right on their doorstep, because we are privileged to have it.”

DolphinFest forms part of the popular Dolphinwatch project which is now in its seventh year. Dolphinwatch viewing has evolved into a popular seasonal event, which brings both locals and tourist to the iconic Torry Battery site.

Sadie added: “I am very excited to have so many other amazing organisations involved with the festival, partnership working is so important if we are to make a real difference for nature. I am also incredibly grateful to the ScottishPower Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund because without their funding we wouldn’t be able to run Dolphinwatch, our new schools programme or the festival.”

DolphinFest kicks off on Thursday 25 April with a launch event at the Beach Ballroom, followed by three more days of talks, film screenings, activities, games and practical actions to protect marine wildlife. Dolphinwatch viewing will take place throughout the weekend of the festival, with staff and volunteers on site to help visitors view and learn about the bottlenose dolphins that call the North Sea their home.

The full programme of events will be announced at the beginning of March. For more details please visit

Dolphinwatch is a ScottishPower Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded project led by RSPB Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).

Keep up to date with all aspects of the project at or (#RSPBDolphinwatch; #DolphinsABDN).

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