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COVID-19 UPDATE

Following Government advice to stay safe and protect the NHS, we are working hard to continue to deliver for you. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

Virtual Wild Chalk Festival 2020

Virtual Wild Chalk Festival 2020

The South Downs National Park Authority will be running a virtual ‘Wild Chalk’ festival in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council.

Over the past two years the festival has taken place in East Brighton Park however, due to restrictions on public gatherings, this year’s event will be taking place online.

Running from Sunday 19 July until Friday 24 July, the festival will be celebrating the wildlife, history and amazing water filtering properties of chalk grassland. [All videos will be available to watch on the South Downs YouTube channel after the event]

This festival will be free, virtual and fun.

Throughout the six days, you can get involved by:

  • Tuning into livestreams on Facebook featuring rangers, farmers, archaeologists and a few friendly animal grazers throughout the week
  • Taking part in live virtual wildlife art classes on Instagram. On Tuesday 21, join us at 2pm to ‘Colour the Flowers of the Downs’ and on Friday 24 July it’s time to ‘Colour the Insects of the Downs.’ You can download the colouring sheets for both here sessions here.
  • Signing-up to our Wild Chalk quiz challenge, with a chance to win a Wildlife Explorer pack. Find out the answers to the quiz here!
  • Checking out Pinterest for craft ideas and activities on how you can help pollinators like bees and butterflies from home
  • Settling down for a daily ‘Wild Chalk Storytime’ to hear tales of past and present in the South Downs

You can see the full list of programmes & activities below:

Find out what makes chalk grassland so special:

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