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Free Activities & Events

A wide range of exciting events is being planned to celebrate all aspects of water for everyone to enjoy throughout the week, along Eastbourne seafront. The main focus will be on walking to visit the Refill Stations along the route. 

Full information about events follow below, and you can click to see our walking eventsconservation events, health and wellbeing events, including water safety events, and celebratory arts events. You can view all event listings in chronological order here.

Pebble Stone Beach

Celebrating 'Spring Water Way'

The Spring Water Festival celebrates our water, our beach and our network of Refill stations, located along some of the 19km of Eastbourne's seafront and coastline. By providing free mains 'spring water' we can raise awareness for everyone to 'refill' reusable water bottles and reduce the amount of single use plastic, to help protect our environment.

Water - a precious resource

Our Downlands is a precious resource, as the rain percolates down into a vast chalk aquifer that provides the town with about 75% of its fresh drinking water. Through Refill App and Refill Eastbourne, we launched our campaign to expand the network of Refill stations in the town in January 2019, with the first Refill Station opening in the Enterprise Centre. This Festival is an important opportunity to celebrate this initiative and to encourage further expansion. We welcome everyone to download this free App and to use it.

FREE ACTIVITIES & EVENT DETAILS

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 WALKING EVENT

along the seafront to locate and use Refill Stations

Friday 14th May - Sunday 23rd May

This is a self-guided walk to celebrate the Spring Water Way. There is no need to register, just join this walk in your own self distanced groups. Covid-19 regulations must be adhered to. 

See map of Refill Stations.

See guidelines for safe use of Refill stations.

 

We encourage you to take photographs of yourselves at each Refill Station you visit for our photo competition.

Routes are available to follow using Festival Walking App, developed by East Sussex College Group. To install, click the button below using your mobile phone. Once the page is open, press ‘share’ and find  ‘Add to Home Screen’ tap that and the app will be installed on your home screen. If you share your location with the app, you will be able to view your location on the routes within the app.

 

 


 

You will be expected to visit our Refill Stations to top up your refillable drinking water bottle. This could be as an individual visit, a walk to several Refill Stations
or a whole walk along the whole Spring Water Way.
You are encouraged to take a photo of yourself at Refill Stations to enter our photography competition: to enter, send your photos to our Facebook Page for
the chance to win prizes including £25 WHSmith gift vouchers and Chilly's Refillable metal bottles!. 

ADOPTERS'

BIG BEACH CLEAN

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Sunday 16th May 10.00 am

This is an event for our Plastic Free Eastbourne  Adopters to clean all of our 94 beaches ! As not all our adopters can participate, some beaches are available for volunteers to help for the day. Please join us if you would like to help. You will need to register to join this event.

PHOTO COMPETITION
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Pilgrimage - Exploring the history of the "Old Way"

Tuesday 18th May 10.00 am

From Southampton to Canterbury along the South Downs, used by one of our Kings on a pilgrimage. This route starts from Butts Brow car park and follows a branch of The Old Way pilgrimage route from Southampton to Canterbury, a branch that follows the eastern escarpment of the South Downs from Butts Brow to Holywell, passing many sites sacred or special to both prehistoric and present-day people. The walk finishes at Holywell where a spring emerges from the chalk cliff and where pilgrims both past and present, secular and religious, have often stopped to pay homage to this special place. The walk is expected to last 2.5 hours, see route map

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The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. We work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. Our vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.

The Marine Conservation Society’s work covers 3 main areas -  Clean Seas, Ocean Recovery and Fisheries and Aquaculture. Within this and as part of our public engagement and community efforts we have a fantastic volunteer team and carry out work including citizen science surveys such as Beachwatch beach cleans and litter surveys and the Big Seaweed Search, campaigning for a healthier ocean and highlighting the importance of our Marine Protected Areas.

Wild Coast Sussex is a partnership project led by Sussex Wildlife Trust, with Marine Conservation Society, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and Brighton Sealife and funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Over the next three years, Wild Coast Sussex aims to inspire and connect people living in coastal Sussex to their local sea and encourage people to act in more ocean-friendly ways. 

 
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BIG SEAWEED SEARCH 

The Big Seaweed Search is a joint initiative between the Marine Conservation Society and the Natural History Museum. We will survey fourteen key species of seaweed known to be indicators of climate change and to help track the arrival of non-native and invasive species. This Big Seaweed Search event will include information on how to identify seaweeds and conduct the survey, plus information on uploading the data and the option of how to become a Big Seaweed Search Champion. Do you know your knotted wrack from your spiral wrack? Or your wakame from your wireweed? We can show you! 

 

Saturday 15th May at Cuckmere Haven

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Discover and learn about some amazing and different seaweeds!

https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/volunteering/big-seaweed-search/

The River Cuckmere is accessible by car or bus. Parking is available at the Seven Sisters car park or Friston car park. Both signposted from the A259. Our activity location is at the beach, which has very limited facilities and will require a 30min walk to the site meet both before and after the activity, plus a low tide beach walk. 

Saturday 22nd May at Holywell

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Discover and learn about some amazing and different seaweeds!

https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/volunteering/big-seaweed-search/

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MERMAID'S PURSE CHALLENGE

 

This Mermaid’s Purse Challenge is taking place as part of our Wild Coast Sussex programme. 

The sea off Sussex is a really special place and home of the endangered undulate ray. We will look through the strandline of the beach to find signs of our local sharks, skates and rays, usually hidden under the sea. We can find evidence of what’s in our seas by looking for their egg cases! By identifying and recording the egg cases we find, we will be help increase understanding what’s in our waters! If we are lucky, we will find signs of the rare undulate ray, as well as taking the opportunity to record some of their more numerous cousins!

 

Saturday 15th May at Cuckmere Haven

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Discover your own egg cases! What can YOU find? 

https://www.sharktrust.org/great-eggcase-hunt

The River Cuckmere is accessible by car or bus. Our activity location is at the beach, which has very limited facilities and will require a 30min walk to the site meet both before and after the activity, plus a low tide beach walk to do Mermaids Purse Challenge. This activity is subject to weather and Covid-19 regulations.

Saturday 22nd May at Holywell

10.00 am - 12.00 pm 

Discover your own egg cases! What can YOU find? 

https://www.sharktrust.org/great-eggcase-hunt

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BEACH WATCH BEACH CLEANS

 

Beachwatch is the beach cleaning initiative run by the Marine Conservation Society. Beachwatch is carried out all year round and volunteers not only collect the litter off beaches but also carry out a litter survey. This is incredibly useful and contributes information to a 27 year litter data set which increases positive change and tackles various types of litter polluting our beaches. This session will include the beach clean, how to carry out the beach litter survey and details of uploading the litter data with the option of becoming a Beachwatch 

 

Saturday 15th May at Cuckmere Haven

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Be a litter hero! Help us collect beach litter and record what we find. 

https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/join-a-beach20-clean/

This beach clean event is made even more special by its location, taking place by the mouth of the beautiful Cuckmere River, in the protected Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone, home to globally rare and fragile marine chalk reefs and vulnerable short-snouted seahorses.

The River Cuckmere is accessible by car or bus. Our activity location is at the beach, which has very limited facilities and will require a 30min walk to the site meet both before and after the activity, plus a low tide beach walk to do Mermaids Purse Challenge. This activity is subject to weather and Covid-19 regulations.

Saturday 22nd May at Holywell

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

This Beachwatch beach clean event is made even more special by its location, taking place at Holywell beach, in the recently designated Beachy Head East Marine Conservation Zone, home to globally rare undersea chalk reefs and vulnerable short-snouted seahorses.

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Each day will be full of #OceanOptimism and we can’t wait to see you there!

BEACH WATCH BEACH CLEAN

BIG SEAWEED SEARCH SURVEY 

Saturday 15th May at Cuckmere Haven

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

SEASHORE SAFARI &

GREAT EGG CASE HUNT

A host of various activities to appreciate and understand the importance of marine conservation

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Saturday 15th May at Cuckmere Haven

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Saturday 22nd May at Holywell

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

This Big Seaweed Search event is made even more special by its location, taking place at Holywell beach, in the recently designated Beachy Head East Marine Conservation Zone.

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Strandliners’ volunteer activities range along the coast from the River Cuckmere in the west to Dungeness in the east; from Pett Level and Camber Sands on Rye Bay, up the River Rother to Crowborough, Hailsham and beyond. 


Strandliners survey for plastic pollution through identification, and record the data for organisations including the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage and Break Free From Plastic.


If we want to stop plastic pollution, we need to know what it is and where it comes from. By creating a data-rich picture of environmental pollution, we can begin to put the steps in place to stop it. Beach cleans are great for awareness, though they are only a stop-gap. 


To scale up the local effort, Strandliners CIC has launched a Community Action Team programme, with support from the United Nations Climate & Oceans, to train volunteers as citizen scientists and team-lead volunteers in their local communities to join the fight.

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MICRO & MESO PLASTIC SURVEYS

Event duration: 1 hour

 

We are inviting you to discover this horrendous but yet fascinating world to gain vital identification and forensic skills. These skills can help to create a data rich picture of what the plastic pollution really is and then can help speed the necessary change needed to reduce the harm to the environment.

Saturday 15th May along Cuckmere River

 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm

Saturday 22nd May at Holywell

 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm

Please bring your own gloves, other equipment will be provided and sanitised beforehand.

Please wear sturdy footwear for walking on the beach and the river bank.

Hand sanitiser will be available on the day.

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SEA SWIM

Sunday 16th May 10.30 am - 11.15 am

Come and join us for a swim towards the pier and back. This swim is approximately 800m (one way) -1600m (both ways). This Swim is not for beginner swimmers.

 

SEA DIP

Sunday 16th May 11.45 am -12.15 am

Come and join us for a relaxing sea dip in between two groyns. No non swimmers.

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HARBOUR LITTER PICK UP

Monday 17th May 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

Come and join us for a fun walk from the Defiant Sports Inclusion Hub, around the harbour and back whilst looking out for rubbish and other bits to keep our harbour clean! (Litter pickers provided) 

 

HARBOUR SPOTTING WALK

Friday 21st May 10.30 am - 12.00 noon

Come and join us for a fun walk from the Defiant Sports Inclusion Hub, around the harbour and back whilst looking out for different animals, locations and points of interest! 

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SUP SOCIAL

Sunday 16th May 9.00 am -11.00 am

Come and join us at Eastbourne Beach, near RNLI Museum, groyne 30. Bring your own equipment.

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VOLUNTEER LIFEGUARD DEMONSTATIONS

Saturday 15th May 9.00 am -10.00 am (Nippers)

Satuday 15th May 11.15 am -12.15 pm (Youth Team)

Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards offers vital training to the community, training in water safety skills, personal survival skills, water based rescue skills and first aid skills. 

The Nipper and Youth Beach Lifeguard teams train on the sea and shore in Eastbourne and compete in Lifesaving sport competitions across the country. For a demo of their training go and watch them in action. 

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Compass Community Arts  exist to combat exclusion even at its most benign level.  We recognise that supporting access, practice and engagement in the arts strengthens a person’s sense of identity and ability to build relationships.  We wish for everyone, who upholds this vision, to afford the time to be creative in exchange for improving our environment and the lives of people in our environment.  

The Studio on The Beach is taking place as part of The Compass Community Arts, “Art in The Landscape” programme. Art in The Landscape has been funded by a grant from The Duke of Devonshire Trust to support outdoor arts delivery, during covid, to creative people vulnerable to social isolation.  

Waterweek Together Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still have been following water, an organic process wondering where, being with and thinking about “water will take them”. Looking for ways to learn more, share their experiences and convey their rapidly growing concerns and reverence for water led to the creation of Waterweek, a now annual public event. 

 
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Promenade

Environmental arts exhibitions

supporting the Spring Water Festival

Tuesday 4th May - Friday 4th June

(during normal opening times)

painting, mixed media, poetry & drawing

COMPASS COMMUNITY ARTISTS

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Morrison's

Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, BN23 6QN

Promenade is a Spring Water Festival project, supporting artists whose practices reflect the coastal environment of Eastbourne and concerns for the health of water.

Compass is a community of artists who use their practice to engage with people vulnerable to social exclusion as a way

to affect change, improve society as a whole and to help other people find their own means of creative expression.

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Promenade

Environmental arts exhibitions

supporting the Spring Water Festival

Monday 17th May - Sunday 20th June

(during normal opening times)

view paintings and photography by artists

Sheena Bourn and Andrew Forrest

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Hydro Hotel

In the garden room and library

Mount Rd, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ

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Promenade

Environmental arts exhibitions

supporting the Spring Water Festival

Monday 17th May - Sunday 20th June

(during normal opening times)

view paintings and photography by artists

Sheena Bourn and Andrew Forrest

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Hydro Hotel

In the garden room and library

Mount Rd, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ

Promenade is a Spring Water Festival project, supporting artists whose practices reflect the coastal environment of Eastbourne and concerns for the health of water.

 Temporary gallery spaces have been gifted by local hoteliers and sit in public areas of the hotels where refreshments are available for walkers and festival visitors.

Visit with social distancing in mind
 
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Promenade

Environmental arts exhibitions

supporting the Spring Water Festival

Monday 17th May - Sunday 20th June

(during normal opening times)

view recycled mixed media by artists

Anita Chester and Tania Long

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Landsdowne Hotel

In the Regency Blue Room

King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4EE

Promenade is a Spring Water Festival project, supporting artists whose practices reflect the coastal environment of Eastbourne and concerns for the health of water.

 Temporary gallery spaces have been gifted by local hoteliers and sit in public areas of the hotels where refreshments are available for walkers and festival visitors.

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Studio on the Beach

Environmental arts and conversation

supporting the Spring Water Festival

Saturday 15th May, 10am - 4pm

Artists creating a studio practice on the beach

and reflecting on art, science, community, flow,

complexity and the environment

hosted by Compass Community Arts with

Waterweek, Clare Whistler & Charlotte Still

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Cuckmere Haven

Accessible by car or bus. Parking is available at Seven Sister car park or Friston car park. Both signposted from the A259. The beach has very limited facilities. 

 

10am - 12noon: a studio on the beach with artists working

12noon - 2pm: a happening with Waterweek

2-4pm: conversation and flow

A happening is a partly improvised or spontaneous performance, typically involving audience participation.

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Celebrating Spring Water way ... 

Walk along Spring Water way ... Eastbourne Refill stations

See the interview with Oliver Sterno and Radio Sussex discussing the Spring Water Festival.

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Studio on the Beach

Environmental arts and conversation

supporting the Spring Water Festival

Saturday 22nd May, 10am - 4pm

Artists creating a studio practice on the beach

and reflecting on art, science, community, flow,

complexity and the environment

hosted by Compass Community Arts with

Waterweek, Clare Whistler & Charlotte Still

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The Holywell Spring

Car parking is available on Eastbourne seafront, on King Edwards Parade Road and walking down to the beach. It is also accessible by bus. The Holywell Spring can be found to the west of the promenade past the public toilets and 100yds along the beach to the foot of the steps from Bede's School. 

10am - 12noon: a studio on the beach with artists working

12noon - 2pm: a happening with Waterweek

2-4pm: conversation and flow

A happening is a partly improvised or spontaneous performance, typically involving audience participation.

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Celebrating Spring Water way ... 

Walk along Spring Water way ... Eastbourne refill stations

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See the interview with Oliver Sterno and Radio Sussex discussing the Spring Water Festival.

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COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS

The Festival is being planned carefully, to be compliant with social distancing and other government requirements for Covid -19.  As a result, the Festival will be more modest this year because of these constraints. The safety and welfare of everyone involved and attending will be our utmost priority. There will be risk assessments and safety briefings for every event. 

Plastic Free Eastbourne are delighted to be collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders and local businesses from around the town, including: 

Beachy Head Story, BHASS EXPLORE, Compass Community Arts, Dark Horse Marketing, Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Friends of the Earth, Eastbourne Strandliners, East Sussex College Group, EcoAction Network, Marine Conservation Society, Refill, South East Water, Southern Water, Surfers Against Sewage and United Nations Association.

ORGANISERS:

 

Oliver Sterno ~ The Walk and related Activities

Sue Dixon ~ History

Andrew Durling ~ Pilgrimage

Fenya Sharkey ~ Arts and Exhibition

Rachel Cunningham ~ Publicity

 Nicole Allen ~ Events Manager

Cllr Colin Swansborough ~ Council representative

Please contact us to register your interest in helping, or setting up any events or activities.

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