Uncover your own legend - The Art and Science of the Submerged Forest

Come and find out more about the submerged forest at Borth, in a day of fieldwork, science, art and stories!

Begin by exploring the forest itself, taking samples, hunting for animal prints, and observing with an artist’s eye. Then we’ll head indoors to examine our findings, learn about the science and history of the forest, and create artworks inspired by the stumps.

Meeting point: 10.00am at Borth Youth Hostel. 

What to Bring: Appropriate clothing and footwear for going out on the beach in whatever the weather! Tea coffee and biscuits will be provided but bring a packed lunch or some money. 

We will start the day by sampling the peat, hunting for animal prints and exploring flood damage, uncovering the science which may lie beneath the sand.

We will also consider the stories which surround this forest, observing the colours and textures of the various sediments, the shape of the sea, the nature of the trees and how it feels to walk amongst their ruined visage.

There will be opportunities to buy lunch, or bring a picnic.

After lunch, we head indoors to undertake science and arts based works:

Room 1: Examination of the samples collected in the morning, microscope analysis of plants and animal remains they may contain and an introduction to how palaeontologists reconstruct the past. 

Room 2: Responding to the scientific fieldwork and walk along the beach participants will create their own visual legend with charcoal and clay, drawing pictures and sculpting models. They could also choose to record the scientific process via illustration and to write their own legend about the forest as a story or poem.

Visitors will be able to move between the two rooms, participating in both. They should be able to take their creations away with them.


  • Scientific experiments
  • Great for kids aged 8+ 
  • Educational 
  • Create artwork based on the day


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