The printed programme is hot off the press! Look out for it around town over the coming weeks or download a PDF version here. SoS_Programme_digital Download
With more than 60 events and activities across 9 days the
festival spans Hastings and Rother, from Winchelsea in the East to Bexhill in
With each event taking a different approach to promoting a
sustainable future the programme has something for all ages and many activities
are free to attend.
Highlights include the Car Free Day street party (Sunday
22nd September, 12pm until 6pm) as Hastings marks the international event for
the first time, turning the seafront road into community space for socialising,
alfresco dining, entertainment and play.
The festival culminates in The Big Green Fair at the Stade
(Sunday 29th September, 11:00am – 6:00pm) bringing together a wide range of
local stallholders in an ethical marketplace, a programme of talks on
sustainability issues, craft and culinary workshops, great food, entertainment
and info stands for various local environmental campaigns.
The time has come for businesses and local groups to get involved with our eco-friendly festival: Sustainability on Sea.The festival will take place between Saturday 21st-Sunday 29th September 2019, culminating in an all-day Big Green Fair with stall holders, information stands, talks, activities for children and entertainment.
The theme this year
will be “What we can do” showcasing the meaningful things we can
all do to live more sustainably.
Last year we had a whole mix of events from speaker
events, beach cleans, walks, bike rides, work- shops and family fun days.
It’s a chance for individuals to share their interests and get others involved,
for businesses to organise
events to bring new customers through the door and for green organisations to showcase what they do.
We welcome all ideas! Here’s some more inspiration:
A day of learning about climate change at a
youth group or school.
Planting a community space.
Walks and cycle rides.
Litter picks and tackling plastic waste.
A day of sustainable food at your café.
Plant based food cookery lessons.
Launching a campaign.
Eco fashion show.
What people thought of last year’s
Sustainability on Sea Festival:
“Well organised lots of information” “Great! Lots of useful info, goodies and optimism” “All stalls very interesting – not too texty or selling” “Loads for kids, very interested in electricity and bikes” “Really useful – good to see a very diverse range of groups” “Absolutely excellent! Lovely to see the level of optimism” “10/10 would come again”
We’ve had an extremely positive response to our call out already. Local people are very aware of the issues around climate change and are keen to get involved in the festival.
We’ve been working hard fundraising and we are very happy to say we (that’s the community/public/everyone!) are going to create the Mosaic at Warrior Square Station this summer.
This will consist of 11 days of workshops from 10th-19th July at Zoom Arts (right by the station and the mosaic site).
We would love your help at the workshops.
It would be easy things like: Getting room ready Doing some of the mosaic- most important! Watching that people don’t put their grubby hands on the artwork!!! Keep an eye on things not getting too messy in general Sweeping floor occasionally Keeping table and work area clean & regularly wiped Showing people where toilets are Equipping people with aprons/shirts etc Giving out refreshments
Join us at Warrior Square Gardens on June 2nd 2019 (12-3pm) for our biggest Big Lunch yet!
Simply turn up on the day with your food to share, something to sit on and your favourite game. We usually have a fabulous selection of food and play rounders and other games, depending on what people bring.
It’s a great way to get to know people in the community and it’s free! This is an alcohol free event. Bring the whole family!
The new growing season is upon us and we are looking for keen volunteers to help the team at the community garden in St Leonards Warrior Square train station.
The garden has raised beds for vegetables and lots of fruit tress and bushes where we are growing food that the public can help themselves to. We want to improve the area around the station as well as show how you can eat more sustainably by growing organic foods collectively in the local area.
Generally, we alternate weekly between Saturday (10-1) and Sunday (3-6) but always check the events page before coming to a session!
The Sustainability on Sea (SOS) festival acts as a showcase for local
projects inspiring local residents, young and old, to learn, explore and try
the latest in all things environmentally friendly, whilst also having fun.
a successful pilot of SOS Festival in September 2018, Transition Town Hastings,
along with other local partners, have started planning for this year.
festival will take place between Saturday
21st–Sunday 29th September 2019, tying in nicely with
World Car Free Day (Sep 22) and culminating with an all-day Big Green Fair on
the 29th. The Green Fair will have stall holders, information
stands, talks, activities for children and entertainment.
theme this year will be What we can do,
encouraging everyone to live more sustainably, in small or big ways.
invite you to take part in one or all of the following ways:
Volunteer your time to help the festival team plan and run the festival.
Take part as an organisation, school, community group, church group, local project or business. Plan an activity that we can add to our programme.
Add an event or activity to the programme that you know is already happening.
Sign up as a stallholder, information stand or activity for the Big Green Fair.
Let us know of any burning ideas that you would like to try out as part of the festival.
Being a seaside town, Refill Hastings is very conscious of the issue of single use plastic. It washes up on our beaches on a daily basis.
In the past Hastings has had a reputation for being a down and out seaside town but it is now experiencing a bit of a resurgence. It is a very creative and somewhat eccentric place and also has a very socially and environmentally aware and active community.
We’re a small group of volunteers and, so far, we have signed up over 50 venues in the local area to be Refill Stations.
We launched the scheme at the Ocean Symposium at St Mary in the Castle in September 2018.
Julia Hilton of Hastings Green party said:
“The UK currently uses 13 billion plastic bottles every year, but only 7.5 billion of these are recycled with the remaining 5.5 billion either landfilled, littered, or incinerated but we are also lucky enough to have some of the best quality tap water in the world — and with the Refill app it’s easier and cheaper to carry a bottle and refill it than to constantly buy new bottles. We can help make carrying a bottle the norm and make sure people know how easy it is to find their refill.”