Kittiwakes & Doughnuts

The Urban Seafarers of Newcastle

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the worlds most inland seabird colony on Wild Intrigue’s popular Kittiwakes & Doughnuts event.

After spending half of the year out at sea, the Tyne Kittiwakes return to nest on the buildings and bridges of Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside, their calls a wild backdrop to a lively hub of restaurants, galleries, hotels and pubs.

Wild Intrigue have teamed up with the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership, to provide a fascinating talk and Proven Goods Co. to supply delicious local doughnuts.

You will first set off on a leisurely hour long circular walk from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, where the Kittiwakes are welcomed back to nest on the iconic building by BALTIC each year. From there you will be guided along the quayside, where Wild Intrigue will share the fascinating story of the Tyne Kittiwakes. With a picture-perfect, world-famous backdrop of the Tyne, you will have the opportunity to observe these true Geordie birds up close.

Afterwards, local ornithologist Dan Turner from the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership will share the intriguing ecology of the lives of the Tyne Kittiwakes in a fascinating illustrated talk. Before settling in to enjoy the talk, you can choose an irresistible, handcrafted doughnut by artisan, Newcastle based Proven Goods Co. to enjoy with a brew.

A percentage of profits from Wild Intrigue’s 2021 Kittiwakes & Doughnut Safaris will be donated to BALTIC’s Care for Our Kittiwakes campaign, which helps pay for the maintenance of vital Kittiwake nesting habitat on BALTIC. This costs BALTIC on average £50 per Kittiwake, every year! The Kittiwakes are an intriguing and important addition to the gallery’s architecture and the city’s heritage, so Wild Intrigue are proud to support BALTIC in this campaign.

There are plenty of wild encounters to enjoy in northern England, explore our full Mini Exped collection here.


Adults £25

Under 18’s £15

Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 under 18’s) £65

Under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-booking essential.

Location & Dates

2022 Dates


Saturday 2nd | Sunday 3rd

Saturday 9th

Saturday 16th | Sunday 17th

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Mini Exped

Discover the intrigue behind Newcastle-Gateshead quayside's summer soundtrack, the Tyne Kittiwakes.

Your Wild Intrigue guides will lead you on a fascinating tour of the colony, who return to the North East each year to raise their young. After your safari, discover how this urban architecture is vital to the survival of the Tyne colony in an illustrated talk by the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership, whilst enjoying a handcrafted artisan doughnut by Proven Goods Co. A percentage of profits from this Mini Exped are 'dough'nated to BALTIC's Care for our Kittiwakes campaign.


This urban safari takes place on the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside, the summer breeding site of the Tyne Kittiwakes, setting off from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

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