FOR the final year, 24 beach huts along the seafront of Brighton and Hove will be transformed by local artists into nativity scenes to be opened — one hut, for an hour, each evening of Advent — to the public (see gallery).
Visitors can peruse the artwork with a mince pie and mulled wine, and sing carols.
The Beach Hut Advent Calendar has been running since 2008. The organisers, Beyond, have announced that this will be the last year, so that they can focus on “other creative projects”. They are open, however, to others’ taking over the calendar.
The founder of the event and principal organiser, the Revd Martin Poole, said: “Since 2008, we have met thousands of people, served more than 4000 warm drinks and 3000 mince pies, and witnessed 264 unique art installations.
“It has been a wonderful experience, creating this event and seeing it grow and develop over the past 11 years. I am grateful for all the people who’ve contributed in all weathers, and for the relationships that have formed through doing this. . .
“I hope we’ve helped to remind people of the true meaning of Advent and Christmas, and been able to offer a pause for thought away from the busyness and commercialism of the season.”
For details of the schedule this year, or to buy a Beach Hunt Advent Calendar, visit www.beyondchurch.co.uk.