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Come and explore England’s Creative Coast!

Some of the country’s leading arts venues, cultural events and festivals have been connected for the first time across the beautiful South East coast of England, if you love art, it’s the ideal time to visit.

Explore the South East

If you’re a history-lover, have an eye for art or simply like to immerse yourself in the local culture, now’s the time to come and explore England’s new Creative Coast which connects some of the country’s top galleries, leading artworks, events and festivals across 1,400km of outstanding coastline.

The south east counties of Kent, Essex, East and West Sussex are packed with cultural attractions and from 2020, new outdoor artworks and cultural activities will link the unique galleries across the South East’s stunning coastline.
Seven new artworks entitled Waterfronts by seven international artists will join up the coastline, created by Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros and Michael Rakowitz.  The works will open in sequence from Spring to Autumn 2020.

Make sure you don’t miss out on seeing these, only on show for a limited time and book your trip. To make it easy, Creative Coast offers a series of inspirational itineraries. 

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Embrace England's Cultural Coast

Ideas and inspiration for your itinerary!

Or head to the idyllic harbour and sandy beaches of Chichester in West Sussex.  

Explore Arundel Castle, dating back 1,000 years, don’t miss the sweeping views across West Sussex and the Arun Valley.

Essex’s tidal inlets and rich wildlife boasts a unique coastline but it’s also a hub for arts and culture. Soak up the seaside fun at Southend-on-Sea before delving into its museums, historic houses and art spaces.     

For vintage shops, seaside charm and the freshest oysters, head to Whitstable, Kent.  From here you could cycle along the seafront to Margate to visit The Turner Contemporary gallery, one of most exciting galleries outside London. Or head to Faversham, home to festivals, walks, attractions and markets which include an antiques and vintage market on the first Sunday of each month.

Visit the East Sussex coastline to see the dramatic South Downs National Park and explore the 1066 trail.  The Hastings Contemporary features a fascinating mix of modern and historical works.  Continue your cultural trail by visiting Bexhill-on-Sea, home to the De La War Pavilion, featuring free exhibitions from internationally famous artists.

Wherever you explore, we look forward to seeing you on the Cultural Coast!

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