To help boost community spirit and raise much needed funds for three amazing local charities, this year’s Sovereign Shines will be marked with an array of onshore entertainment at The Waterfront.

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On Friday 8th December between 4pm to 8pm, expect a magical atmosphere with live choir performances from Langley Primary School and Eastbourne Rock Choir, children’s funfair rides, meet Santa and a real reindeer family, face painting and shop gifts from local businesses at the Christmas market. 

From Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th take part in a festive elf hunt around the harbour*. Find 11 cheeky elves hiding on lampposts, each containing a hidden letter that makes up a secret two-word password. Tell the team at Planet Golf the password and get a festive treat – sponsored by the Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders Association. Download the elf hunt map here.

*The elf hunt is suitable for children aged 3 to 11 years old and is open 3pm-7pm on Thursday-Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday-Sunday.

Download the Sovereign Shines poster

An evening to help raise funds for the RNLI Eastbourne, Defiant Sports and Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance hosted by Premier Sovereign Harbour in collaboration with the Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders Association and the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour.

The Waterfront will become the central hub for residents and visitors who wish to stroll around the harbour to take in the Sovereign Shines light spectacle, enjoy the onshore entertainment and finish the evening with a meal at one of the onsite eating establishments.

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The children’s fairground rides and Christmas market will also continue into Saturday 9th December from 10am to 3pm to carry on the festive celebrations.

You can donate to the charities online here and all online donations made will be distributed equally between the chosen charities.


We are also inviting all berth holders to our dedicated Premier Sovereign Harbour gazebo at Sovereign Shines for a complimentary hot drink, festive treat and a chance to chat with the team.