Full list of beaches named for WW1 'Pages of the Sea' commemoration

Images © 14-18 NOW (Sand Portrait, depicting Captain CN Taylor of the Royal Artillery)
Images © 14-18 NOW (Sand Portrait, depicting Captain CN Taylor of the Royal Artillery)


The final list of beaches for Danny Boyle’s Armistice commission ‘Pages of the Sea’ has been announced.

On 11 November, communities will gather on beaches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to say goodbye and thank you, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

The public is invited to beaches at low-tide on the day to take part in a series of community-led events. 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 in many locations and washed away as the tide comes in. In addition, the public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people on the beaches, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited by Boyle to write a new poem which will read aloud as people gather. Copies of the poem will be available online and at the participating beaches around the UK for those who wish to come together or to offer their own personal contribution.

Danny Boyle said:

“I hope that Carol Ann Duffy’s poem will be something that you’ll read privately as individuals, or with friends, or publicly amongst people on the beach on 11 November. Poetry in First World War was such an extraordinary artform – it reported in the way that television does now on experiences that were unimaginable to the people at home.”

Final list of beaches


• Blackpool, Lancashire

• Brancaster, Norfolk

• Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

• East Looe, Cornwall

• Formby, Merseyside

• Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk

• Lyme Regis, Dorset

• Perranporth, Cornwall

• Porthcurno, Cornwall

• Porthmeor, Cornwall

• Redcar, North Yorkshire

• Roker, Sunderland

• Saunton Sands, Devon

• Seahouses, Northumberland

• Sunny Sands, Folkestone, Kent

• Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire

• Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

• Weymouth, Dorset



• Ayr, Ayrshire

• Cula Bay, Benbecula Island, Outer Hebrides

• Roseisle Beach, Moray

• Scapa Beach, Orkney

• St Ninian’s Beach, Shetland

• West Sands, Fife



• Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire

• Colwyn Bay, Conwy

• Swansea

• Ynyslas, Ceredigion


Northern Ireland

• Downhill, Derry/Londonderry

• Murlough, County Down

• Portstewart Strand, Derry/Londonderry


Republic of Ireland

• Dunree Beach, Donegal


Volunteering Opportunities.

If you can spare some time to help make these events happen, then please consider joining our friendly volunteer team. Register your interest online here.

The work is the culmination of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for First World War centenary commemoration, and is delivered in conjunction with arts foundations, theatres and other partner organisations across the UK and Ireland. It is supported by the National Lottery and the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Source: Pages of the Sea / 14-18 Now

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