The Art of Beachcombing

Join East Lothian artist and SSC staff member Vikki Mackenzie for a spring morning beachcomb followed by a crafting session.

Join East Lothian artist and SSC staff member Vikki Mackenzie for a spring morning beachcomb followed by a crafting session in our Learning Hub. Vikki started beachcombing when she moved to North Berwick at the end of the first lock-down and has since started selling her art online and in our gift shop. She will show examples of what to create with sea glass and pottery and give tips on how to beachcomb successfully. You will go home with your own piece of artwork mounted in a deep box frame.

  • 27 April 10am - 1pm


10:00 meet at the Scottish Seabird Centre and head to the Learning Hub.

  • You will discuss what the sea means to us and how it makes us feel
  • You'll then hear about Vikki's story of moving to Scotland and discovering beachcombing as a full time hobby
  • Vikki will explain how beach-combing can bring us closer to the nature and the history of a place
  • You will then see some examples of what can be made from sea pottery and sea glass
  • Finally, Vikki will explain good beach-combing practices and what to look for and how to beach-comb successfully

10.45/11:00 head down to the beach

  • You'll be shown what to look for and where to best look for it
  • You'll find some pieces of pottery and glass for your art work

11.45/12:00 back to learning hub to make art work for 1 hour (with tea and coffee)


This event will start in the SSC's Learning Hub for an introduction. The beachcombing will then take place out on East and/or West beach in North Berwick, returning again to the Learning Hub for a craft session.

What will we provide?

Vikki will be providing all art equipment.

What do you need to bring?

Clothing and footwear appropriate for beachcombing and weather outside, and sun protection (good weather days).


This event is recommended for those 16+. We will be beachcombing along the main beaches in North Berwick which are mostly easy-going and flat. However, there are some areas of slippy rocks and uneven ground. Please consider whether this will be manageable for you before signing up for the event.

What if the event is cancelled?

If this event is cancelled due to any circumstances, we will get in touch with you the day before to let you know.

All images (c) Vikki Mackenzie