Homeward Bound is a new sea-themed festival of music, food and culture taking place at sites across The Living Coast on Sat 2 – Sun 3 Oct 2021.
It aims to celebrate the maritime history of the region, through shining a light on the people and habitats that make our part of the Sussex coast a unique area to live and visit.
There will be live music and fine-dining opportunities, sea-themed talks, exhibitions and events presented by experts, local businesses, charities and community groups.
Participants will be celebrating, learning and tapping their toes at pubs, on harbour walls, in the waves and on the beaches between Shoreham and Newhaven.
The aim for the festival is to put on a wide range of events with something for everyone, allowing all to embrace the close connection to the cultural heritage of the region.
A family-friendly approach to the schedule means that you can discover unexpected sea life in chalky-white rock pools and learn how this natural environment has shaped local traditions, crafts and livelihoods.
Over the weekend there will be a wide range of both free and paid-for events, including storytelling, craft workshops, guided walks, boat trips, food tours and shanty bands playing in pubs and on the seafront. Whether you plan a day full of events or just go to one or two that are calling out to you, the choice is yours.
“This festival will be a joyous and rousing celebration of music, food and culture in old pubs and taverns, smugglers caves and caverns, all along The Living Coast,” says Homeward Bound Festival curator, Zack McCracken.
You can find the full festival programme, details of individual events and ticket information on the Homeward Bound Festival website.
The Living Coast is a UNESCO World Biosphere Region which embraces the wonderfully diverse stretch of the chalky South Downs and Sussex coast between the River Adur at Shoreham-by-Sea and the River Ouse at Newhaven, with the city of Brighton & Hove at its heart.
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. It has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the BioCultural Heritage Tourism Project.
One of four English and French UNESCO Biosphere Regions taking part in the BioCultural Heritage Tourism Project, the aim is to develop tourism opportunities around natural and cultural resources while reducing environmental impact.
Homeward Bound Festival comes to a range of venues along The Living Coast, between Shoreham-by-Sea and Newhaven, on Sat 2 – Sun 3 Oct 2021.