Homeward Bound is taking place at sites across The Living Coast on the 2 & 3 October 2021. It’s a celebration of the fishing and maritime industries, as well as the region’s rich folk music tradition and ocean-bound cultural heritage.

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Raise your pint as you sway to rousing sea shanties, savour a hot-buttered mackerel bun or a serving of salty fresh scallops as you wander along the promenade.  Discover unexpected sea life in chalky-white rockpools, spot the unusual plants and wildlife that thrive in the saltmarshes, on the wind-swept shingle and beneath the waves, and learn how this unique natural environment has shaped local traditions, crafts and livelihoods. … This is a festival of culture and nature for the whole family!

 

Start planning your weekend on our What’s On page here.

There’ll be live music and fine-dining opportunities, and sea-themed talks, exhibitions and events presented by passionate individuals, local businesses, charities and community groups. We’ll be celebrating, learning and tapping our toes at pubs, on the pier, on harbour walls, in the waves and on the beaches all along the coast between Shoreham and Newhaven.

There’ll be live music and fine-dining opportunities, and sea-themed talks, exhibitions and events presented by passionate individuals, local businesses, charities and community groups. We’ll be celebrating, learning and tapping our toes at pubs, on the pier, on harbour walls, in the waves and on the beaches all along the coast between Shoreham and Newhaven.

Visitors can browse our listings of What’s On, plan their route for a day of festival activities, or just stroll down to the shore and enjoy the best of sea-inspired music, food, drinks and activities.

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About Homeward Bound & The Living Coast

Festival curator Zack runs regular immersive nautical sea shanty experiences both on land and sea. These fun workshops are popular with hen and stag parties and also great ice-breakers for corporate functions. Passing on the century’s old classics of the golden age of sail, guests are left set for the day ahead with a warm heart, a great outfit that compliments every soul, and a unique and bonding experience to treasure. Homeward Bound Shanties usually take place out of Brighton but Zack has sailed many a sea in other towns and ports.

The Living Coast is a UNESCO World Biosphere Region that stretches between the River Adur and the River Ouse in Sussex. Its green chalk hills (the ‘Downs’) roll down to white cliffs, shingle beaches and chalky offshore reefs, sheltering rare and remarkable natural habitats as well as thriving hubs of human activity.

From the commercial ports at Shoreham-by-Sea and Newhaven, to the historic seaside city of Brighton & Hove, the region has a long heritage of humans benefiting from a close relationship with nature and the sea.  

As a biosphere, the Living Coast aims to encourage people to connect with nature and to enjoy, celebrate and reinvigorate the natural wonders of our shared space while also protecting cultural heritage.  Through Homeward Bound, a tribute and a celebration of the sea, the coast and the region’s rich maritime heritage, we hope to achieve exactly that. 

The festival has been made possible through funding from the BioCultural Heritage Tourism Project. One of four English and French UNESCO Biosphere Regions taking part in this pilot project, The Living Coast benefits from funding from the Interreg Channel region programme to develop tourism opportunities around natural and cultural resources while reducing environmental impact.  In short, to celebrate and safeguard heritage and the environment while connecting people and nature. 

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