Below you’ll find details of events that are happening around the city that support the Plastic Free Communities aims.  If you’d like to add details of an event, please do get in touch.


Southsea Beachwatch Beach Cleans

Saturday 4th January 2020 @ Prom near the coffee cup, eastney, 10am – 12pm
Saturday 1ST fEBRUARY 2020 @ Prom near the coffee cup, eastney, 10am – 12pm

All are welcome, this includes children & dogs

How it works:

Meet up. Listen to the mini-briefing. Group photo to help record volunteer numbers and to help promote the cleans (optional but helpful!). Borrow litter pickers and gloves, grab a bag and get going!

The aim is to remove anything manmade from the beach – e.g. plastics, metals, wood, glass, textiles, no matter how small.

You’ll generally find the most rubbish along the high tide mark, so it’s a good place to start.

Clean for as long as you like, just make sure you return your full bags to the start point by 12!

SHARP GLASS/NEEDLES – do not put these in your bag, do not pick them up – note the location and ask beach clean co-ordinator to deal with.

POO – Do not pick this up – cover it over with pebbles or sand.

Leave driftwood and seaweed as these help to support coastal plants while making the beach more stable (so important with all the stormy waves we get here!)

The Problem with Plastic (and what to do about it)

THU 13 FEB | 7.30PM | New Theatre Royal Book tickets here (prices from £7.50 to £10)

Join us for the opening event of Festival of the Sea 2020.

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our seas each year, breaking down into microplastics- an environmental scourge of our times. Join us for the opening event of Festival of the Sea 2020. A powerful call to arms for everyone, young and old, to make a difference to the plastic pandemic. Hear from our world-class expert speakers, download our new plastics app, and leave tooled up to make a difference.

Don’t miss Portsmouth’s environmental event of the year.

Our speakers include:

  • Lucy Siegle – Journalist (The Observer), broadcaster (The One Show, Good Morning Britain) and author (Turning the Tide on Plastic)
  • David Jones – Environmentalist, researcher and founder of Just One Ocean
  • Natalie Fee – Campaigner (City to Sea) and author (How to save the world for free)
  • Jessica Hickle – Plastics and sustainability programme, the Environment Agency
  • Geoff Holt – Sailor, speaker and founder of Wetwheels

The Problem with Plastic is presented by the New Theatre Royal, Company of Makers, the Makers Guild, and Hack Pompey.

The Problem With Plastic Fringe

To accompany our main event, the New Theatre Royal plays host to a range of workshops, films and displays, all designed to tool you up with the information needed on plastics and how we can all make a difference. Featuring both local and national experts and organisations, and all for free! Plastic Free Portsmouth will also be there, so come and say hi.

THU 13 FEB | 4PM – 6PM | Main House & Minghella Studio FREE