Bring your little explorers to Pevensey Bay this August Bank Holiday and discover a free safari animal wildlife trail between 14-31 August.

Eight life size grass animal sculptures including a lion, rhino, giraffe and warthog will be on display across the Parish.

Families can make memories and have some fun as they follow the walking trail, learn interesting facts about each animal and take ‘safari selfies’ for their holiday album.  A free trail map can be downloaded here or collected from the Information Centre in Sea Road Car Park or venues around the Parish.

The trail project is part of a summer makeover for Pevensey being funded by Wealden District Council and delivered by Prowse & Co. Ltd to help local businesses recover from the pandemic and encourage people back to the high street as part of the ‘Shop & Dine Well in Wealden’ campaign.

Cheery lamp post banners and bunting are being installed; a new leaflet promoting local eateries has been produced and a promotional video to showcase local businesses is being made.  Wealden District Council has also invested in a one-off maintenance programme in Pevensey Bay to smarten up the shopping area and car park, including weeding, repainting signage boards and upgrading flower planters.

Smart new (seagull proof) litter bins are also being provided along with two recycling rowing boats at the Sea Road car park and St Wilfred’s Church car park to encourage locals and visitors alike to keep Pevensey Parish clean and tidy and protect the environment by collecting plastic bottles.

This has all been possible due to monies allocated to Wealden District Council under the UK Government’s and European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Welcome Back Fund.

Council Leader Bob Standley said:  “We are pleased to deliver this special package of support for Pevensey Parish to help local high street businesses recover from the pandemic and encourage people back to shopping with them.  As a coastal location, it is vital that we present a safe, clean and welcoming environment. I hope these projects will encourage visitors to explore the area and help local people to be proud of their community.”

Councillor Peter Lowton, Chairman of Pevensey Parish Council, said: “Pevensey Parish Council is pleased to receive this help and has worked closely to deliver the project. Our community is dependent on the tourist trade and this focus, including promotional material,  will aid recovery from the pandemic for our parish businesses and residents alike. I look forward to seeing the wild animals across the parish and hope all will enjoy their short stay!”