Get ready to paddle round the pier

Aerial shot of Paddle Round the Pier
Aerial shot of Paddle Round the Pier

Paddle Round the Pier is returning to Hove Lawns for its 22nd year this weekend.

The annual paddle has grown from a group of 55 surfers to a mainstay of the Brighton summer, attracting more than 40,000 visitors in 2017.

A Mad Hatter's tea party at sea

A Mad Hatter's tea party at sea

Taking in the sea and the Paddle Village on the lawns, the weekend features a packed programme of watersports, three entertainment stages, food and drink stalls and live entertainment.

Chairman Jon Orrell expects this year’s event to be the biggest ever, and said: “Paddle Round the Pier is one of Brighton’s favourite events and something that raises really significant funds to encourage the healthy and safe use of the coastline.

“Paddle this year brings together the traditional swimming, sailing and surfing community with local Brighton businesses to allow us to offer even more activities than ever.”

The Paddle Something Unusual event sees teams paddling bizarre contraptions around the West Pier at midday on Sunday, followed by the main paddle itself.

Paddleboarders setting off towards the pier

Paddleboarders setting off towards the pier

There will also be a world record attempt for the most dogs on paddle boards, each wearing a tiny life jacket.

In partnership with compostables company Vegware, this year’s Paddle will be the UK’s first compostable beach festival – all cups, cutlery and plates will be fully compostable and disposable plastic has been almost completely eradicated from the festival.

There are still places available for the festival’s events. To book, visit: www.paddleroundthepier.com