Sunday, 29 June 2008

Only 6 days til the 'Paddle'!

After a year of planning there's now only 5 days to go until the Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival. Here's the latest info you may need to know and remember to check out our website for more...
The Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival, is back in Brighton on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July and will be double the size of last years event in terms of space and events taking place.

Sponsored by the Custom Group, the event is hoping to raise even more money than ever for its three chosen charities the RNLI, the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and SurfAid International.

Across the weekend visitors will be able to watch and take part in a whole host of activities both in the water and on the land, centred around a massive ‘paddle village’ on Hove Lawns.

Saturday is ‘Hardcore Day’ and kicks off with the Oxbow Stand Up Paddle Race, which will see competitors paddle their Stand Up boards from Worthing pier to the West Pier. Other races on the day include the Pure Vacations Pier to Pier race and the Perception Kayaks Pier to Pier to Pier race.

Sunday is ‘Family Day’, with a much more laid-back vibe to it and main events include the Paddle Something Unusual and the main ‘Paddle Round The Pier’.

The paddle village is twice as big as last year and includes a large shopping area, children’s entertainments, the Chilled Turtle Ukulele Festival and the main music stage.

This main stage plays host to a number of bands and musicians throughout the weekend, including the Railing Stains, Los Albertos and Ukulele legends the Rinky Dinks.

David Somerville from the organising team said: “The popularity of the event from the last couple of years has meant that it just keeps growing.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring watersports enthusiasts together to have fun and raise thousands of pounds for three really worthwhile charities. As the largest event of its kind in the UK and is also completely free to visit.

“Being a charity event we rely heavily on the kindness of our sponsors, local businesses and individual volunteers, so make sure you come down on the weekend and do your bit to help too by donating some money.

“There is so much going on across the weekend that people should check out to get all of the latest info.”

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