Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Here's what you missed.

Hello and welcome to my blog. It's lovely to see you again and sorry I've skipped a week. I've been busy writing everything except this!

Well isn't the weather fabulous? The beach is in bloom and the sea is calm. You must come down, but don't forget your beach shoes, otherwise it's the knock-kneed shingle shuffle for you.

In my last blog, I mentioned two highlights of the Adur Festival, Beach Dreams and Sussex Yacht Clubs' Open Day. Just in case you couldn't come, here's some of what you missed.

West Beach parade led by Hamish and the samba band with parents and children from Buckingham Park Primary, Buckingham School, St Mary's and St Nicolas's School and Peebles pre-school.

East Beach parade lead by Neptune and the Beach Bateria with parents and children from the Beach School.

One of the live bands which entertained us.

Captain Jack Sparrow, who entertained himself.

That was Beach Dreams.

Over the footbridge was Sussex Yacht Clubs' Open Day where the Lifeboats, the Fisheries Protection Vessel, Watchful, and Moonlight Saunter were open to visitors.
RNLI Sarah Emily Harrop, a 47 foot Tyne Class all weather lifeboat (ALB).

RNLI Barry Lazell, a 16 foot D Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) in front of Watchful.

It was a super day so thanks to the army of volunteers who made both events such a success.

Next week I'll change into a different gear and focus on the breath-taking risks taken by local teenagers as summer gets under way. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.


Thursday, 10 June 2010

Our big weekend is here again.

Hello and welcome to my blog. It's lovely to see you again.

Now don't despair, it may be overcast today, but the weather forecast for the weekend is warm and sunny. Thank goodness, because this weekend, Shoreham-by-Sea comes into its' own.

On Saturday, Beach Dreams bursts into life with two parades, one from Shoreham Beach Primary School lead by the Beach Bateria Samba Band, and the other from the Church of the Good Shepherd. Both start at 11.00 a.m and converge on Beach Green at 12 noon. Their arrival marks the official opening of Beach Dreams, a two day festival of live music, dance, displays and entertainments. A full line-up of acts is on the Beach Dreams Festival link. Refreshments will be available in the marquee and around the Green, or you could just bring a picnic. Saturday's Dream ends at 9.00pm and Sunday's at 8.00pm. Parking will be a nightmare, so it's probably best to walk, cycle or park in town and walk over the footbridge.

In town, there's the Big Food Event in the marquee on Coronation Green, and in East Street, the award-winning Farmer's Market, which has teamed up with the Italian Food Market. Meanwhile, just down from East Street, Sussex Yacht Club has it's annual Open Day.

It's on from 10.00 a.m - 5.00 p.m during which time you can wander around Shoreham Lifeboat, the Fisheries Protection Vessel "Watchful" and "Moonlight Saunter" featured in the Royal Escape Race blog. Dinghies and powerboats will be on display on the river; sailing section heads will be on hand to talk about what they do, and they'll be free tea, coffee and biscuits if you start flagging.

If you've got any energy left on Sunday, the Revd Gail Souppouris, from the Church of the Good Shepherd, will be leading a service at 10.00 a.m in the Beach Dreams marquee. Then you can either wait for the start of day two of Beach Dreams, or head over to Shoreham Airport for a Family Fun Day.

All you need to do is grab a sun hat, head to Shoreham and be entertained courtesy of Adur Festival 2010.

See you next week. Ta-ra.