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.
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.”
From local, organic food grower Pea Pod Veg‘s Abby Nicol…
“It’s time to amend the agriculture bill. Click on the link below to write to your MP and share the news far and wide. In the face of devastating climate change and widening inequality in society we need a agriculture bill that is progressive and serves everyone and looks to the future. We need to be able to shout about how the solutions exist and not feel embarrassed about calling for agroecology, organic farming, nature based farming, farming jobs, rights for rural workers and more. We need farmers 3 times a day, we must stand up for them and fight for a truly sustainable food system.”
On May 11th Julian Howell gave a short talk about cohousing projects and a very clear ‘how to’ to help groups to get started. Julian Howell is a founder member of Sussex Cohousing a Brighton-based community in the making.
After the talk there was a lively discussion about what people were interested in doing locally. There was an interest in finding ways to live together in a supportive and collaborative way or living with a deeper connection to nature by sharing land. We hope the conversation continues and cohousing projects or land sharing projects can be realised in and around Hastings, a town where good quality affordable housing is hard to find.
New Economics Foundation have recently published this guide to help groups looking to build community-led, affordable housing development in their area overcome one of their greatest obstacles: acquiring land.