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Granny Pearl: Beach Combing

   Time to celebrate! This summer we are able to get out and enjoy the coast together and Granny Pearl would love to invite you to take part in a special beach combing and rockpooling session! Taking place at Birling Gap this session builds on our natural curiosity and are full of rockpooling, beach combing, making things inspired by what we find and a little bit of marine magic!  Sessions are inspired by our beautiful coastal environment and all the wildlife we find is treated with care.


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What happens?

This session is designed for children aged 3-10yrs to enjoy with their families. Grandparents are very welcome, in fact we'd love to see you!

Sessions will be filmed with footage featuring a new series of short films to be shared on Granny Pearl's playlist on Youtube and other social media channels.

Saturday 14th August, 10am

Find us on the beach near the steps down

from the National Trust car park at Birling Gap.

Book HERE for one child £15

Book HERE for one child at £15 +sibling at £5

Accompanying adults and under two's free


Granny Pearl is very special Granny. Not only is she 103 years old but she happens to be a mermaid! She is inviting you for a special beach combing and rockpooling adventure down at beautiful Birling Gap beach this summer where you can explore, create something arty inspired by what you find and meet her to show her what you've created!

We will meet on the beach bright and early at 10am to make the most of the brilliant rockpools at low tide. The session will be done by 12noon and should work with the tides. We will check times of the tides a few days before our session and update you should timings change, but please mark off the morning of Saturday 14th for your beach combing adventure! When you arrive, look out for the big tail!


Sign in and receive your special beach pack which will include your arty activity.


We'll get busy rockpooling and collecting so bring a bucket, and something to sit on so you can be comfortable while creating your artwork! We are also asking families to film their explorations and anything interesting they find, and send us the footage so we can include it in our next series of Granny Pearl films. We'll be filming some of the session too so please be aware that you signing up for the workshop means you may be featured in our new series of Granny Pearl films. Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.


We'll be exploring and searching for some exciting seaside wildlife and will be keeping our eyes and ears open for the sights and sounds of the coast. You'll make your own artwork inspired by the environment with all arts materials supplied and Granny Pearl will drop in to see how you're all getting on! She may even have a song and a story or two for you.

This session is hosted by Jenny Lockyer, (creator of the Granny Pearl theatre show and children's Youtube series) in partnership with Go Wild With Us Uk, specialists in exciting outdoor adventures in the forest and at the coast.



Getting to Birling Gap is easiest by car. Lots of details here regarding directions :


Please consider sharing your car journey with others if you can. You can park in the Birling Gap National Trust car park. Charges apply.

You can reach Birling Gap beach via the steps down from the National Trust car park. Please note, the steps are not suitable for buggies.

For info on facilites please take a look at the National Trust website page here:


Every child must be accompanied by a responsible adult and please note that we will be running our session away from the cliffs to ensure your safety. The beach environment is beautiful but please take care on the rocks as we explore. All adults are responsible for their own and their children's safety on the beach!

Our sessions will also respect the beach environment and ask that you take any rubbish (this includes nappies) home with you.

The session will go ahead unless the weather is absolutely terrible so please dress for the weather. If the weather is too bad to go ahead we will postpone to another date. We regret that tickets are not refundable.

COVID regulations:

Despite all restrictions hopefully having been lifted by then, this session allows for social distancing as we explore the beach and minimum contact between groups / other members of the public on the beach.


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