Lewes events in March!

A reminder of all the exciting events happening in March to immerse yourself in. There’s something for everyone. Some require booking in advance so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Malling Community Centre

11am – 4pm, Sat 23rd March, FREE drop in

Pop in anytime for exciting talks, debates, activities, and stalls. There’s something for everyone. Take part in our river community mapping, contribute your ideas to the Ouse Rights of River Charter, help make a Beaver Dam and sign up to be a citizen scientist. Our talks programme is Ousing:

11.00am River Run & Rescue
Western Road Primary School
Pupils will present reports about river species that accompany their artwork, performing a selection of poems from last year’s whole-school River Run poetry anthology and also performing the Ouse Song by James Cory Wright.  They will also be exhibiting their Rescue our Rivers art installation and selling  greetings cards featuring this art to raise funds for the school.

11.40am Rights for the River Ouse
Love Our Ouse
An energetic talk and workshop session on the potential to give the Ouse back its rights. Have your say on what the Ouse Charter should contain!

1.10pm A Public Jetty for Lewes?
Love our Ouse
There used to be a couple of public places to easily access the river, the steps by the Riverside are still there. Not one public launch site exists in Lewes. There is enthusiasm for safe and practical access to the river. This discussion explores the practical options for a return to river recreation in our town.

2.40pm Beavers on the Ouse – a matter of time?
Beavers are back! Ecologist and self-confessed fanatic Dylan Walker explains what makes beavers special, where they are now, and what we need to do to bring them back to the Ouse Valley.

3.20pm Fishes of the Ouse
Clean Ouse Project
Lifelong Angler Stewart Allum talks us through the Ouse fish with fantastic visual photos they’ve taken including details of the threats they face.

River Revelry

7 – 10pm, Sat 23rd March

Upstairs, Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land Nature Reserve
Tickets £10 in advance & on door (subject to availability)
A social event celebrating our watercourses through a flow of poetry, song and performance featuring the best in local talent. Tickets are limited and popular so book in advance! Book tickets here


Glimpses of the Ouse

6pm, Wed 27th March

Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall
FREE tickets in advance

The Mayor of Lewes, Matthew Bird, is hosting a special event to celebrate the heritage and rich history of the River Ouse with an exciting talks programme featuring:

Ships and Industry – Mary Burke
Bridges – John Bleach
Heritage – Dr Graham Mayhew
Rights of Rivers – Emma Montlake

Book your FREE ticket in advance HERE

How to protect yourself from surface water flooding

11am-12.30pm, Sat 30th March

Lewes Climate Hub, 32 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2LU
FREE drop in
Lewes has experienced severe flooding several times and the town is at increasing risk due to climate change and development. As climate change results in more severe rainfall, join experts from Friends of Lewes, with support from the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust and Love Our Ouse, to delve into practical solutions and get answers to your questions about sustainable flood prevention.

Image: Mary Long-Dhonau OBE, www.floodmary.com