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Pages of the Sea


What to expect on the day:

On 11th November: Armistice Day, 12pm – 3pm

– Come along to Gorleston Beach to view the numerous artworks created in the sand, to be washed away by the tide.

– Contribute to the artwork by stenciling your own into the sand

– Visit to quietly contemplate the sacrifice of the many who left these shores, many to never return

– Listen to the specially commissioned poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

– Visit the community art installation located at the event site on the day.

What’s the weather going to be like?
The forecast currently predicts it to be a pleasant day with only a minor chance of rain. If weather conditions worsen, we will analyse the situation and continue with the event if it is safe to do so. Please stay updated via our social media channels for any announcements regarding weather conditions.

How should I dress?
It is recommended to wear warm, comfortable clothing possibly waterproof clothing as the event is taking place by the sea.

Should I bring any equipment?
No need! We will be providing rakes to create stencils in the sand.

Will there be food available?
We will be serving Trench Cake provided by Kirsty’s Cakery at 2PM. Supplied free of charge but stock is limited. The cake does not contain eggs or nuts but does contain gluten.

You will also be able to purchase a variety of hot and cold food and drink from Jay Jay’s Cafe, which is a five minute walk away from the event site. Other catering outlets are available via a 15 minute walk from the event location.

Will there be seating available?
There will be sheltered seating available with priority assigned to accessibility needs.

Will there be toilets?
We will be providing portable toilets at the event location.

There also public toilets available at a 5 minute walk away from the event location and some further by the Pier Hotel

Where can I park?
Parking will be available at the Marine Parade Car Park.

Info on Pages of The Sea:

2018 marks the centenary of The Armistice and the end of The First World War. To mark this occasion, SeaChange Arts have been invited to collaborate on the Pages of the Sea project, producing workshops and engagement events across Gorleston and Great Yarmouth.

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say thank you and goodbye to the millions of men and women who left their shores, many to never return. Film-maker Danny Boyle invites us to join him in delivering those thank yous and goodbyes as a unified, national event.

Gorleston Beach has been selected as a place of remembrance, where over the course of several hours, artwork made from stencils will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it’s washed away offering a moment for a collective goodbye.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day.



The project will provide the local community opportunities to find out more about the people and the stories surrounding The First World War. Leading up to November 11, SeaChange Arts will be gathering and creating a variety of materials with the local community, writers and artists; from poetry to music to oral histories in a variety of events located in Gorleston and Great Yarmouth. Some of the content produced in these events will be shared on November 11 on Gorleston Beach.

You can also take part online at pagesofthesea.org.uk. Discover other individuals who left their shores. See their faces and find out who they were. Those from your community, those who shared your name. You can even add your own images of someone from the First World War from your own family or community and say a personal goodbye.

Get involved and find out more about the events happening across the 30 beaches at pagesofthesea.org.uk. For information about local opportunities, workshops and events follow our social media channels and look out for updates on our website.