The world’s largest free charity beach festival returns to Brighton on Sat 7 – Sun 8 July, with the 2018 edition set to be the biggest yet! Paddle Round the Pier is back with a bang and this year have partnered up with Brighton BikeShare in an aim to reduce our environmental footprint. As a result, everyone who registers online at www.paddleroundthepier.com for an event at Paddle this year will be entitled to 1 hours’ worth of free cycling.
With an average of over 50,000 visitors each year, this initiative was set up in the hope that more people would choose to travel to the festival by bike, seriously reducing the congestion in the city centre and more importantly reduce the environmental impact of the event. All you have to do to be involved is register online as normal, and the codes will be sent through email.
BikeShare are not the only ones who are making giant steps to ensure the event does as little damage as possible. Brighton’s silent disco beach cleaning group Pier2Pier will also be carrying out silent disco beach cleans throughout the weekend. Visitors to Paddle are also invited to join them for a dance along the sea front, while collecting any rubbish and ensuring that once the fun is over, there is no trace left behind.
Paddle Round the Pier has a number of different events going on throughout the two days with enough entertainment to suit everyone. These events differ from a 1.5k swim to a prone race, and even a ‘Paddle something unusual’ race. This ensures that no matter how different people may be, is it possible for anyone to enjoy!
The Saturday line-up for the main stage will see acts such as One-Eyed Jacks, Commands, Jake Jon, J.A.M, Voodoo and the Crypts and many more. On Sunday the likes of Dakka Skanks, Josh Mcgovern, Tilda Allie and The Villas are all performing in what looks to be an enjoyable and exciting festival for all.
As if the event needed more promotion, a ukulele flash mob is being held on June 16th to encourage more visitors and volunteers to attend. It will take place by the Peace Statue on Hove Lawns at 13:00 in the afternoon, and all are welcome to join in!
You can register to be a part of the fantastic events on offer through the Paddle Round the Pier website. The festival organisers are also looking for any volunteers willing to offer a helping hand, which can also be found on the paddle website. Paddle Round the Pier exists to give the local community the opportunity to try out water sports, stay active and have a great time while doing so.
For those who wish to offer a donation, it can be done at www.justgiving.com/paddleroundthepier. It is also possible to link any donation from such website to the paddle round the pier website online.
Paddle Round the Pier has come such a long way since its conception in 1996, winning ‘Best Event in the City’ in the Brighton & Hove Business Awards in 2014. It has also been voted as one of the ‘Top Ten Summer Festivals’ by the Times and ‘Top 15 Summer Destinations’ by the Guardian in the past. It is clear that it is an event in which everyone can appreciate, and we truly recommend you do not miss out!