Hastings seafront, from Warrior Square to the pier, is closed to traffic between 10.00 and 20.00 on Sunday 22nd September to celebrate World Car Free Day and begin the nine-day long Sustainability on Sea festival.

The road will become a pedestrianised space with entertainment and activities to reimagine the town without the pollution, noise and stress of traffic and promote sustainable transport alternatives. Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.

Organised by Transition Town Hastings in partnership with Hastings Borough Council, the Car Free Day programme includes guerrilla gardening, mini park zones, music, craft workshops, discussion groups, dance troupes, retro games, skate skills demonstrations and a community picnic.

Although new to Hastings and St Leonards, Car Free Day is observed annually around the world to encourage communities to enjoy their environment and promote the behaviour changes needed to tackle the dangers of air pollution and the climate emergency.

Sarah Macbeth of Transition Town explains: “Our community is already very engaged with environmental issues… we are thrilled the Council has agreed to join prominent cities all around the world in marking Car Free Day.”

 Maya Evans, Hastings Borough Council’s lead councillor for climate change, adds: “We declared a climate emergency this year…. Closing just a small part of our seafront is symbolic, and I do hope it will make people consider the impact their cars have on the environment.”

At the eastern end of the beach, to conclude Sustainability on Sea, the Big Green Fair comes to the Stade on Sunday 29th September.

The Market Place features stalls selling handmade soaps, local apple juice and plastic-free products among much else. Look out for Afro Retro – a collection of upcycled and ethical fashion and accessories, and Hastings and Rother Beekeepers Association.

The ‘What We Can Do’ Marquee has a diverse range of environmental friendly activities including: Craftivism – sewing craft meets activism, and the Energise Sussex Coast interactive model eco-home. Find some quiet time at the East Sussex Library and story telling, library information and craft making.

Pop in to Hastings Men’s Shed creative workshops, visit the Co Wheels Car Club and meet Extinction Rebellion.

Learn about alternative housing at the Walden Pond Housing Co-op stall and visit the West Marina Group to see the innovative and imaginative ideas for leisure development on the Old Bathing Pool Site.

Come and learn to knit and crochet or bring your knitting to the Knitting Circle, where children and adults can make a pom-pom.

Outside on the Stade Space visitors can try the Sustrans bike assault course for kids and sample food stalls, such as Pakora Angel, and Penelope’s Pitstop– with a South American street food menu.

Classroom on the Coast at the Stade Hall has a wide range of talks and demonstrations from ‘Grow your own HRT’ to ‘Making Sauerkraut’!

Speakers at the Shipwreck Museum will give talks on the ambitions of the Alexandra Greenhouse and how you can get involved, ‘The Future is Vegan’, ‘Creating a Home Forage Garden’, ‘Starting up a Green Business’ and why ‘Climate change is a class issue’.  


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