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New Twilight Festival at Beachy Head in East Sussex 2021

Although the Twilight Festival at Beachy Head is over for this year, there is a year-long calendar of events hosted in the area, and for more information visit:

Alternatively, for more things to do in the area, you may enjoy this post: 10 of the Best Things To Do Near Eastbourne

I was delighted to hear about the new Twilight Festival at  Beachy Head 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 nighttime 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.

Beachy Head
Photo credit to Heritage Eastbourne and Ellie Fryer

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.”

Beachy Head Twilight Festival
Photo credit to Matt Kuchta

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. 

Beachy Head Eastbourne

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.

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