There is no denying there is something compelling about Beachy Head, so I was delighted to hear about the new Twilight Festival at this iconic landmark which celebrates and heralds the arrival of autumn. Organised by Heritage Eastbourne, from the 23 – 31 October Beachy Head will signal the changing of the seasons with a festival that includes stories of folklore, twilight nature walks and night time astronomy. From tales of Sussex to creating craft naturescapes and stealing a glimpse of the Milky Way through expert telescopes, “Afterlight” will feature events for both adults and children, with some added spook factor on Halloween.
Acknowledging the changing face of Beachy Head at night, “Afterlight” will also mark the clocks going back. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, via the Welcome Back Fund, the new nine-day festival will feature a range of free events during both the daytime and evening in and around the vicinity of The Beachy Head Story exhibition.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Despite hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many do not stay to see Beachy Head’s unique evening glow, mystical landscape and starry night sky which make this such a beautiful and unrivalled location. With this event we can really immerse ourselves into its rich history with tales of myths and legends, discover some of our rare wildlife at twilight and see for ourselves why this unique part of the country is now classed as a Dark Sky Reserve.”
Events will include Sussex folklore storytelling for children, light and shadow craft workshops creating naturescapes and the chance to meet the owls from Sussex Falconry, while evening talks for adults reveal some of the stories from Eastern European legends to Viking warriors and Norse gods. Wildlife lovers can join a twilight nature walk with Sussex Bat Group, or for a stellar evening try a spot of star gazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society and then pop into the pop-up planetarium courtesy of The Observatory.
Halloween will also see spooky Sussex folklore stories for children, with more festival events to be announced. Events are free but must be pre-booked, with tickets available to book online at the end of the month.
For more information visit www.HeritageEastbourne.com
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