Coastal / Seaweed Foraging Workshops in Sussex (2020)

Email: geoff@geoffdann.co.uk  (If you want a voucher as a present, or are interested in private events, please email me).

Our coastal foraging events take place near Eastbourne. They are mostly focused on edible seaweeds, but depending on the time of year and the tide height we sometimes take a look at some of the edible coastal plants and/or marine molluscs and crustaceans. We will prepare/supply 2 or 3 dishes on the beach. There are 12 places per event, and they last about 2 and half hours.

The best time for coastal foraging is during a very low tide. In Sussex, these always occur quite early in the morning, or in the late afternoon or evening. The biggest tides of all happen around the equinoxes, and the seaweeds are at their best in the spring and summer. The tide heights given below refer to the height in metres above the lowest weather-independent tides to occur at the location (so 0.00m is the extreme lowest tide). We don’t run events if the tide isn’t below 1.00m, 0.50m is an excellent low tide for foraging, and 0.20m is a typically the lowest tide of the year).

These events are only suitably for fully able-bodied and fit people; they are not a gentle stroll on a sandy beach. Most of the food served is vegan, some will involve butter. £40.

Good Friday April 10th 7.40am (low tide 0.20m at 7.57am). 12 places free.

This is the lowest daylight tide of the year, with the seaweeds at their best and the shellfish at their most exposed. Be there or be…snuggled up warm in bed.

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Easter Saturday April 12th 8.20am (low tide 0.33m at 8.40am). 12 places free.

Still a very low tide, but you don’t need to get up quite so early.

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Friday May 8th 6.30pm (low tide 0.38m at 19.11pm). 12 places free.

This is our only evening seaweed foraging event of the year.

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Sunday May 10th 8.00am (low tide 0.49m at 8.20am). 12 places free.

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Sunday June 7th 7.00am (low tide 0.59m at 7.17am). 12 places free.

A very early start, but this is the lowest tide of this lunar cycle, and the beach is incredibly peaceful and beautiful early in the morning at this time of year.

 

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Saturday July 25th 9.15am (low tide 0.77m at 9.40am). 12 places free.

The tides are not so extreme near the solstice, but it is a later start and hopefully the sun will be shining.