After the success of the inaugural Spring Water Festival in 2021, Plastic Free Eastbourne are thrilled to bring this multi-faceted, vibrant festival back for 2022, celebrating water in all its aspects, including as a vital resource, habitat for marine and wildlife, the impact of climate change, health, tourism and its spiritual influence.
The Spring Water Festival will celebrate our water, our beach and our network of Refill stations, located along the 19km of Eastbourne’s seafront and coastline.

By providing free mains ‘spring water’ we can raise awareness for everyone to refill reusable water bottles and reduce the amount of single use plastic, to help protect our environment.

Our Downlands are a precious resource, as the rain percolates down into a vast chalk aquifer that provides the town with about 75% of its fresh drinking water.

This Festival is an important opportunity to celebrate this initiative and to encourage further expansion. We welcome everyone to download this free App and to use it (download it here:

Creative Competition
New for 2022, the Festival is running its first Creative Writing and Media for all ages, on the theme of ‘The Sea’. Responses can take the form of poetry, creative writing or video. If YOU wish to enter, please email
There will be prizes! This competition is OPEN NOW with the closing date Friday 13th May: the opening day of the Festival itself.

Activities & Events
A wide range of exciting events is being planned, for all ages and interests – from walks visiting
the refill stations along Spring Water Way, Plastic Free Eastbourne’s second annual ‘Big Beach
Clean’ event, pilgrimages, art exhibitions and studio on the beach events, citizen science studies
and health and wellbeing events.
This year, ‘Blue Planet @ Eastbourne’ conference is planned at the Lansdowne Hotel, and there
will be a series of stalls on Western Lawns from a range of partner organisations, where the public
can learn about how many local organisations are approaching water, our precious resource.
Also new for this year, there will be a rock and blues concert at the Function Room of the Crown
and Anchor – music by local group Southern Spirit. This will be a fundraising event to help
finance the Festival. Continues…
About Plastic Free Eastbourne
Plastic Free Eastbourne promotes initiatives to improve the way we care for our planet.
“We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the
most pressing issues facing our environment. We are driven by a single goal: to do our part in
making Eastbourne a better place for everyone. We want to influence all stages of this
environmental crisis and we strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact.”
Oliver Sterno, Founder and Community Leader, Plastic Free Eastbourne

Event Listings
All events are free for everyone to enjoy. Most events are open to the public, and we have
included details to join the events in each listing. To register for any of the events visit: