Courtesy of Roderick Bowen Library and Archive, University Wales Trinity Saint David. 10 Ships and Sea Monsters 76 Jan van der Straet 1630 “Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium: Pugnae Bestiariorum & Mutuae Bestiarum” Tapestry Design

Clean Seas Cragen

Small World Theatre’s mythological monster that appeared along Wales’ epic coastline during Year of the Sea funded by Visit Wales.

Cragen is said to dwell off the coast of Wales and experts predicted that she would appear along the coastline at nine locations with an important clean seas message. Visitors and communities gasped at her ingenuity and were amazed by her size (20m long) as she returns unwanted plastic waste from the sea to the land.

Cragen is attracted the support of local businesses and plastic free community groups. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Lord-Elis Thomas

The Year of the Sea gives us an excellent opportunity to show our fantastic coastline to the world.  From our 50 islands, our 230 beaches with more Blue Flags per mile than anywhere else in Britain – to our world-first 870mile long Wales Coast Path.   However, it also gives us a platform to raise awareness of the need to care for our environment – and the impact our activities can have on our seas and coastline.  The Welsh Government is committed to reducing the use of single use plastics, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support this innovative project by the Small World Theatre.  Cragen will help raise awareness of the impact of single use plastics and the backdrop of our amazing coastline will be a reminder of the beauty that needs to be kept for future generations.

Over 30K visitors attended Cragen performances between July – December 2018 and participate in exciting activities and events alongside the Wales-wide tour, including The Wildlife Trusts ‘Sea Wales 7D’ Augmented Reality Roadshow, beach cleans organised by Keep Wales Tidy, pop-up events organised by National Trust Wales, Sea Trust etc. and family activities galore organised by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and others. Cragen joined in the celebrations at established events such as Beaumaris Food Festival, Sea2shore Food Festival and the Giant Lantern Parade, Cardigan.

Catch a glimpse of Cragen and her travels online and search Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the many photos uploaded by visitors on social media using the hashtags #cleanseascragen #findyourepic #cleanseas

Contact for further information: Sam Vicary,, 01239 615 952

Image credit

‘Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium: Pugnae Bestiariorum & Mutuae Bestiarum’

Design for a tapestry 1630. With the permission of Roderic Bowen Research Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

This project has received funding via the Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) and supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government.