Workshops & Events 2015

The Big Draw – Sunday 11th October

The big draw print

As part of this years Big Draw Festival dark space within the fort will be used to create unique artwork responding to the theme Every Drawing Tells a Story.  Join together with artists as your senses are heightened upon entering the old rooms of the old fort.  Take part and join in to celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies and the Coast programme of events through the National Trust.

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Making Waves Workshops with RAW Foundation

Making Waves Workshops

Hooray! It’s finally here – the Somerset Art Weeks brochure available across the South West

Delivery will be taking place to the Cove Cafe at Brean in the next few weeks, so don’t forget to pick up a copy

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Look out for the information postcard and Somerset Art Weeks brochure coming soon

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The Big Beach Picnic is now over… but it was fun.

Waiting for the tide to go out before setting up.prepicnic

The intrepid NT team start putting in the first posts for the gazebos….NTsetup1

….and the Artists Hub is up and ready to be filled with arty fun.NT set up

Some fantastic artwork was produced by the children.windyartfishrub

and Donna’s mangle came into its own for printing.Donna

This was also the launch of the new National Trust ‘Coast’ bottle in the Cove Cafe shop in collaboration with RAW Foundation- a time to replace plastic bottles with something more sustainable to protect our amazing coast line.bottle launch

Next Event: Big Beach Picnic July 4th 2015

Come along to a Brean Down for a ‘sandtastic’ one-off day out.  Celebrate the work of the National Trust and meet the artists taking part in the Sense of Place project.  There will be lots going on including Bunting for Brean, geocaching, print workshops, alongside talks about the environment and what we can do to protect our stunning coastline.


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Joy has been busy creating some collagraph plates made from materials found on the beach clean up.  These will be available for visitors to print from during the artists hub.

Why not come along and have a go.


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The Big Beach Clean Weekend

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Big Beach Clean-up Saturday March 21st 2015

Spend the day outside in the fresh air and help our rangers give Brean a jolly good clean.

We’re celebrating our coastline this year, and as part of our programme of events we’ll be holding a Big Beach Clean-up to get Brean Down looking it’s best, and to preserve the site for future generations. Why not bring along the whole family and make a day of it? This would be the perfect event to attend if you’re thinking about becoming a volunteer with the Trust or would like to learn a bit more about volunteering. Why not pop into our Cove Café for a hot chocolate afterwards?

More Information: Jean Hume, 01452 814 213

Event details

  • Booking Not Needed
  • Suitable for Groups
  • Please make sure you bring sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing in case it rains. Remember to wrap up warm – it may be windy. Our rangers will supply any equipment you may need.
  • Our friendly rangers will be running the event, please meet them at the beach hut in the car-park.
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • We’ll mostly be litter-picking to get Brean spotless. We want to get everyone outside to help us ensure that the beach at Brean is safe and accessible for people and wildlife. How much rubbish do you think we can collect and what will we find? Did you know that there are two pieces of litter for every footstep you take on a beach? Or that it’s estimated that over 100,000 marine animals die every year from entanglement or ingestion of plastics, discarded on our beaches or at sea? Did you know that our top ten most unusual beach clean finds include a Spanish washing up liquid bottle, a scaffold clamp probably from a WW2 beach defence barrier, an unbroken light bulb, a telegraph pole weighing 1 tonne and a hot water bottle?
  • The beach and car-park are easily accessible with disabled facilities. Wheelchair or pushchair access to the Down is at your own discretion – the paths are uneven and steep.

Next dates at Brean for your diary – please check to confirm details and updates nearer the time:

Big Beach Picnic July 4th 2015

Treasure Hunt August 20th 2015

Wild Art  August 27th 2015

Kite Festival September 27th 2015

The Brean Down Project – Sense of Place.  Art Installation in the Fort launch October 3rd 2015 as part of Somerset Art Weeks


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