First Mate Crew

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Streets, parks and open spaces throughout Essex have been taken over by some unusual visitors… giant painted octopus sculptures! For 10 weeks in the summer of 2021, it’s an octopus extravaganza!

Octopus Ahoy! in association with 150 years of Clacton and the Mayflower celebrations is a mass appeal, large-scale public art and charity event.

We need enthusiastic volunteers, with good communication skills and a sense of fun, who are:

Available weekends from 25th June until 5th September 2021

Available for four-hour stints (either 10am-2pm or 2-6pm)

You can do as few or as many slots as possible, even all day – but don’t forget to bring your lunch!

To find out more information or to apply for this role, please email us at

The Role

We need volunteers who can assist with Octopus Ahoy! in Tendring:

Weekly check to report damage
Check trail map stocks
Act as a signpost (weekends only) for the trail
Advise tourists
Answer questions about the Octopus Ahoy! project and its legacy
Hand out trail maps
Advise people how to reach the trail
Highlight the app
Answer questions about Mayflower 400 or 150 Years of Clacton
Assist CJ, the Octopus Ahoy! Mascot, during his appearances at events to promote the summer trail