Paddle Round The Pier

Published: Tuesday 20th Jun 2017

Written by: Elliot Hatt

Paddle Round the Pier is the world’s biggest free beach and watersports festival and will once again been hitting the shores of Brighton and Hove this summer. Based on the seafront on Hove Lawns, the annual festival brings the opportunity to have fun and try something new and this year takes place over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July. 

The Paddle festival hosts an array of watersports suitable for both experts and first-timers including surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. But it is not just about the water, as plenty of other activities take place on the seafront such as skating, free running, kitesurfing, mountain biking and land paddling! So, show off your skills and you might even win some prizes!

For the swimmers out there, why not try your hand at the one of the early morning swims going around each of Brighton’s iconic piers. There is both a 1.5k and a 2.5k swim to have a go at and challenge yourself and others. The swimming is not just limited to the more advanced though as there are a couple of safe swim sessions, allowing younger children the opportunity to experience swimming in the open water in a safe environment.

And make sure you don’t miss the main event which gives this festival its name, the Paddle Round the Pier! At 14:00 on Sunday 2nd July everyone takes to the water, filling the sea with boards and paddles, providing the chance to have great fun whilst raising money for some local charities.

Not only are there all of these fantastic sports and activities to get involved in, but there is also live music with great local bands (and a whole stage devoted to the ukulele), as well as kids entertainment and a fairground, making this the perfect festival for the whole family to enjoy - definitely not one to be missed!

Elliot Hatt



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