When: 2nd & 3rd July 2016
Where: Hove Lawns, Brighton & Hove
£: Free, but there is a suggested donation of £2
What is it?
Paddle Round The Pier, the world’s biggest free charity beach festival, is back on 2nd and 3rd July. This will be the 20th anniversary of the event.
The first event was held back in 1996, organised by a group of local surfers wanting to raise funds and awareness for the charity, Surfers Against Sewage.
The Paddle Round The Pier is a mass sponsored paddle, with people taking to the water in every type of craft from surfboards, windsurf-boards, bodyboards and kitesurf-boards, to canoes, kayaks, swim fins, and lilos.
There will be a packed program of water and land events over the weekend, including a ‘Paddle Village’ full of retail, exhibitions and entertainment stages, all based on Hove Lawns.
The main event, the Paddle Round The Pier, takes place on the Sunday at 2pm, but another crowd pleaser is the Paddle Something Unusual event at 12pm.
For this event, teams attempt to paddle the most ridiculous thing they can think of, around the remains of the West Pier. In the past, brave (or crazy) teams have attempted to paddle beds, sheds and aeroplanes across the water.
Other sporting events taking place this year include the Fatyak Kayak Race, the WOO Big Air Competition, the Stand Up Paddle Games, and a 15K swim.
Back on dry land there will be a dog show, a classic VW show, and a Jeep Beach Sports Arena. The Paddle Village will have over ten restaurants and bars, a music stage, the Ocean Flooring Kids Stage, the Ukulele Stage and the Street Dance Arena.
Paddle Round the Pier is a charity event, run by volunteers, so there is a suggested donation of £2 per person. This year the event is raising money for the RNLI, the Amaze children’s charity, and Surfers Against Sewage.