Pages of the Sea at Freshwater West

11 November 2018 marks 100 years since the First World War armistice. To commemorate the occasion we’ve partnered with arts commissioner 14-18 NOW and filmmaker Danny Boyle to create a nationwide commemoration event on beaches all around the UK.

Freshwater West

In Pembrokeshire, visitors are invited to gather on Freshwater West beach at low-tide for an informal gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War. 

Sunday 11 November, 12pm-3pm

A large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, will be drawn into the sand on the beach and washed away as the tide comes in.

On the day the public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. 

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has also been invited by Boyle to write a new poem, The Wound in Time, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on the beach. Copies will be available on the day and the poem is also available online.

The commemorative event at Freshwater West will run between 12pm and 3pm – we will have hot drinks and refreshments available on-site.

Getting here

There is free parking available at Freshwater West car park. The nearest postcode for the beach is SA71 5HW.