On Sunday (6th March 2011) 80 members of the West Cornwall Branch of the National Autistic Society enjoyed a fabulous day at the National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, courtesy of Merlin´s Magic Wand.

A Charity dedicated to delivering magical experiences to seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children across the world.

The children and their families were greeted by Wally the Walrus and went on to meet some of the resident animals and rescued pups before diving into the adventure of the Cornish Coast Experience, touching starfish and learning about the creatures found around our coasts.
Merlin Entertainments
Starsky juggling Penguins were next on the list where the children played hide and seek in the underwater viewing with Gilbert the Penguin as he chased them from window to window. After a short trek through the woods, entertainment was provided by Starsky (photo left) and Hutch the juggling, Asian Short Clawed Otters. Parents enjoyed a well deserved coffee break while the children, expelled even more energy on the Pirate Ship play area.

Tracy Mears from the NAS said ″It was fascinating for the children to be able to get so close to the seals and penguins as they could sit and feel as if they were touching them through the glass windows.″
The day was a fun filled success and ″our thanks go to Merlin´s Magic Wand who offered us the tickets to the Sanctuary. We are very grateful to them as our branch is self funding and the generosity of other organisations helps us to support or families″ continued Tracey.

If you would like to experience the antics of our residents and seal pups the Sanctuary is open everyday from 10am.
Press release issued by: The National Seal Sanctuary
For more information please contact: Steph Gregg-Waller on 01326 221361
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Date: 11th March 2011