Sustainability on Sea- A Festival of Sustainable Ideas

Here at The Honeycomb we’re into the environment and looking after our planet- why wouldn’t we be? We live by the sea, so the plastic that makes its way onto our beaches and harms our local wildlife is literally right on our doorstep. We can’t ignore it. We’ve written a few post already about this topic- we visited Wonderfill, the plastic-free refill shop and the first Norman Goes Green Market and it seems as if our local community is totally on board with changing the way we do things. We’re ready for more ideas on how to look after our dear old planet and Transition Town Hastings have come up with a brilliant way to inspire us- the Sustainability on Sea Festival.

Festivals are celebrations and Sustainability on Sea is all about championing the local businesses, charities, projects and organisations that promote sustainable living in our community. The Festival is nine days of non-stop activities, beginning tomorrow, Saturday 21st September and ending with a Big Green Fair at The Stade on Sunday 29th September- there’s so much going on over the next week, so here’s some things that I’ve cherry-picked from the official programme of events- which you can pick up in shops around town download straight from the Transition Town Hastings Website.


There’s nothing better, in my humble opinion, than getting children interested in nature- Polly and I regularly take my nephew on our dog walks and while she’s off chasing rabbits, Henry and I talk about the things around us and explore ‘the wild’, as I call it. Get Hastings Reading, with the support of The Literacy Trust, have come up with a super-fun way to engage children with their surroundings- by looking for ‘lost local words’ from the natural world in St Helen’s Woods, Gensing Gardens and Church Wood. You can find the activity sheets on their website.

Saturday 21st September

Rewild Communities- FREE DROP-IN ACTIVITY

Carrying on the family theme, why not drop-in at Church-in-the-Wood and enjoy some really wild time with outdoor games and play, woodland crafts and nature-based activities, storytelling and lots more. Hosted by Project Rewild, who are flippin' awesome.

10am until 3pm, Church-in-the-Wood, church in the Wood Lane, Hollington, TN38 9PB

Great British Beach Clean Bexhill- FREE DROP-IN ACTIVITY

Meet at Bexhill Sailing club at 10am and go a’litter-pickin’… all equipment is provided and refreshments are available at the end at 12noon. There are lots of beach cleans happening across the week, so please check the programme for info.

10am until 12noon, Bexhill Sailing club, De La Warr Parade, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 1LA

Sunday 22nd September

Healthy Living Fair- FREE

Alexandra Park will be chockablock with all things healthy living- talk to professionals abut fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, spirituality and try all sorts of well-being activities such as yoga and martial arts. For all the family.

10am until 2pm, Alexandra Park, St Helen’s Road, Hastings, TN34 2LQ

Car Free Day Street Party

The seafront with NO TRAFFIC? Unheard of! But that’s exactly what’s going to happen this Sunday between Warrior Square and the Pier. There will be all sorts going on… you can try out electric bikes (I’m there, man) and legally graffiti the road with… erm… chalk, enjoy picnics and barbecues, do some yarn bombing and make bunting and just enjoy a lovely leg-stretching day by the beach.

12noon until 6pm (the road will be closed between 10am and 8pm)

Tuesday 24th September

Paper Collage Workshop with Jane Robbins- £23 BOOK IN ADVANCE

I’m ridiculously excited about this as I love a bit of papercraft and Jane Robbins’ work is beautiful. The workshop includes a brief history of collage and then a guided session where participants get to leave with their very own completed piece. It’s too thrilling for words.

2pm until 4.30pm, Wonderfill, 35 Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6RJ

The Big Weave- Weaving Mats from Plastic Bags- FREE DROP-IN

The Big Weave is a weekly drop-in workshop where participants weave mats for the homeless using plastic carrier bags- why not pop in and have a go yourself? It’s run by The Art Shack and supports Surviving the Streets UK, a worthy cause if ever there was one.

6pm until 8pm, Y-Centre, St Paul’s Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6RS

Wednesday 25th September

Green Fingers Community Garden Project- FREE DROP-IN

Gardening is such a lovely, calming activity, so why not do it en mass and spread the joy? Green Fingers meets twice a week to grow vegetables and flowers and bring people together with their community garden project. How charming.

1pm until 3pm every Sunday and 11am until 3pm every Wednesday

Y-Centre, St Paul’s Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6RS

Beeversity- FREE DOP-IN (Donations Welcome)

Learn all about the how, what and why of bees and how we can support these vital pollinators. Find out which flowers, shrubs and trees you can grown in your own gardens to keep the bees happy and all about about the beekeeping year. Now this sounds wonderful- sit around a woodland fire and go on a mindful bee journey, where you will find out what it takes to be a honey bee on a foraging mission. BUZZ BUZZ!

4pm until 5.30pm

Hastings Countryside Park Visitors Centre, Woodland Educational Site, Lower Coastguard Lane, Fairlight, TN35 4AD

Saturday 28th September

Norman Goes Green Market- FREE

We recently wrote about the first Norman Goes Green market and this here is the second! Hooray! As well as local traders selling sustainably made and low waste products, there will be recycling collections for the following:

  • Torn tights and hosiery

  • Broken inflatables

  • Small and medium cardboard boxes and jiffy bags

  • Glass and metal cosmetic containers

10am until 1pm every last Saturday of the month

Tommy’s Pizzeria, 28 Norman Road, St Leanards-on-Sea TN38 0EJ

Sunday 29th September

The Big Green Fair- FREE

Sustainability on Sea’s grand finale! The Stade will be transformed into a sustainability themed marketplace with stalls, information, music, food, talks and interactive workshops. Get your green on and pick up some tips on how to make changes in your lifestyle.

There is so much to get involved with over the coming week, we really hope you’re as excited as we are. Whether it’s reducing plastic, switching to non-dairy products, growing a wild garden or joining a local beach cleaning group, there are so many little things we can do that add up to big change when we all inspire each other.