Shining a light

Shining a light on the harbour for two local charities this Christmas.

The organisers of Sovereign Shines are delighted to announce that the festive lights competition is back again for this year, with Premier Marinas inviting berth holders and residents of the Sovereign Harbour community to light up their boats and houses to create a magical light display in aid of two local charities.

Now in its seventh year, the light spectacle categories range include best boat or house, best snow scene, home-crafted display and even a ‘little and pretty’ display. Prizes for this year’s competition include luxurious Christmas hampers, dining out vouchers and a lift, high pressure wash and launch for your boat.

The event is a collaboration between Premier Marinas, the Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders Association and The Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour who are fundraising for two amazing local charities: the RNLI Eastbourne and the Children with Cancer Fund – Polegate.

Participants can register for the competition now, with lights on display by Friday 9th December. The Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour will attract residents and visitors who wish to stroll around the harbour to take in the sparkle of Christmas lights and finish the evening with a meal at one of the fabulous eating establishments.

This year’s Sovereign Shines will also be marked with an onshore event at The Waterfront on Friday 9th December between 4pm – 8pm. This will be an evening of free festive family entertainment to raise funds for both charities. Expect a magical atmosphere with a live performance by The Eastbourne Community Choir, meet Santa and his reindeer family, explore a festive elf hunt around the harbour and from 2pm enjoy a Christmas market with gifts and treats from local businesses.

The Christmas market will also continue into Saturday 10th December (10am – 3pm) in conjunction with the charity Santa Stroll around the harbour, organised by the Rotary Club with Premier Marinas as main sponsors.

To apply to take part in the light spectacle head to The Waterfront website. To make a donation to both charities visit the Sovereign Shines fundraising page. All proceeds raised will be donated equally between the two charities.


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Supported entirely by voluntary contributions and legacies, it is the oldest national lifeboat service in the world, saving lives at sea for nearly 200 years.

Children with Cancer Fund is an East Sussex based charity that aims to grant the wishes of children, and families of the children who have, or have had cancer and enable them to have a quality of life that we would hope to have ourselves.

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