Inner harbour

Latest News & Updates

16 Nov - Recycling advice - EBC have issued some useful guidance on how to prevent contamination of household rubbish you intend for recycling. Read more here...

16 Nov - Date for your diary - Coffee Morning at the RNLI Lifeboat Station by the locks organised by  Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders' Association...   Saturday 25 November 10am to 12 noon. All welcome. Free event but £1 suggested donation appreciated. RNLI Xmas cards on sale. Poster...

14 Nov - Want a warning when your MOT is due? - Sign up to get free reminders by text message or by email when your MOT is due. You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due, and another if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due. Sign up on the official Gov.UK web site:

13 Nov - New rules come into force for Sovereign Harbour dog walkers - Dog walkers using walkways around Sovereign Harbour must now keep their pets on a lead or risk receiving a fine. Following a public consultation, EBC is implementing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Breaching an order could result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000.

The PSPO reads "A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if he does not keep the
dog on a lead in any part of the Restricted Areas, unless:
a) he has reasonable excuse for failing to do so; or
b) the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to his failing to do so."

The Restricted Areas are most of the pathways around the inner harbours and the outer harbour prom beside Macquarie Quay. View maps...

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13 Nov13 Nov - Bridge Club Charity Event - Every year the Sovereign Harbour Bridge Club runs a charity shield fundraising event in aid of Lupus Awareness. This was held at the start of November and £400 was raised. Congratulations to Shield Winners 2017, Hilary and Robin Levett.

The  Bridge Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club at 1.10pm for 1:30pm start. New players welcomed.

Starting Tuesday 30th January 2018 the Club will also be running lessons for beginners. These will be friendly, informal mini-bridge based lessons aiming to have you playing cards from the first lesson. Email:

13 Nov -Last Chance - The Haven School Tours. For any parent of a child starting school in September 2018, The Haven Primary School is holding tours of the school where you are able to come and meet the Headteacher, Mrs Trathen.

The remaining dates and times are Thursday 16th November 2.15 pm and Wednesday 22nd November 6.00 pm. We kindly ask that no children attend these tours.  If you would like to book your space please phone admissions officer, Mrs Bundy on 01323 471781 option 0.

11 Nov - Stand Up For East Sussex - The Eastbourne Herald reports that leaders of all five district and borough councils in East Sussex have thrown their weight behind a campaign calling for fairer funding for the county. Read more... The Stand Up For East Sussex campaign is urging people to sign a petition calling on the Prime Minister to urgently rethink the funding the county receives. Click here to sign the petition or for more information...

06 Nov - Garage Wanted - New Harbour resident and SHRA member Matthew Sheppard is seeking anyone with a spare garage to rent for storage. Any area considered. Contact:

06 Nov - Discounter's New Trading Name - David Davis, local financial adviser who offers free advice and discounts to SHRA members has published his Autumn Newsletter together with a list of Lenders and Insurance Companies that he has on his panel. From 10 November he will be trading under the name Sovereign Mortgage Brokers already registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.

06 Nov - Sovereign Shines 2017 Christmas Lights - The 2017 Sovereign Shines campaign kicks-off on Saturday 2nd December and The Waterfront will have an impressive display of lights.

All harbour residents and boat owners are invited to also get involved by going large on the Christmas lights this year on as many exterior balconies, houses, gardens or boats as possible.

For practical judging reasons, only residents and owners of properties or boats on or overlooking the four inner harbours can take part in the competition to win prizes for the best lights, but we hope that all harbour residents will join in the spirit of Sovereign Shines and once again light up ALL areas of the harbour over the holiday period. Let’s make this a Sovereign Harbour tradition.

To take part in the competition if you live in an eligible location, please complete the entry form on the Sovereign Shines web site...

 The main Sovereign Shines itinerary is:
 • Lights go on Saturday December 2nd
 • Carols with the lifeboat crew – Sunday 10th December at 2.30pm
 • Family fun and presentation event on Friday 15th December from 5pm until 7pm – see Father Christmas arrive by lifeboat.
 • Sovereign Shines ends 31st December.

Earlier and on-going items migrate from here to the News page or the Events page.

Welcome to the SHRA website


Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Sovereign Harbour is Eastbourne's prestigious marina development of houses and apartments arranged around an outer tidal harbour, four inner basins and alongside waterways and the shingle beach. It is a great place to live!

'The Waterfront' area at Sovereign Harbour offers a wide range of restaurants, cafés and bars, and also beauty, hair and dental salons. The adjacent retail park includes a large supermarket and other popular stores, a multi-screen cinema and a gym.

The digging out of the harbour on land known as The Crumbles, started in 1991 with  residential construction commencing in 1997 and continuing for the next ten years. More recently, a state-of-the-art medical centre External link logo has been built, and the local junior school External link logo has been enlarged. Further housing is under construction External link logo on three sites, and Pacific House, the first office building of the Innovation Park External link logo, has opened.

Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA)

The Residents Association was established in 2000 to give Harbour residents a strengthened and co-ordinated voice in all discussions on the management and development of Sovereign Harbour. Read more about SHRA here... The work of the Residents Association is funded by a one-off, life membership subscription. Click here to join SHRA... SHRA membership brings discounts from local businesses.

SHRA Newsletter and e-mail Distribution List

Our on-line newsletter, Waterlines, is published every second month. The latest issue can be found on the Waterlines page. From time to time we email members and subscribers with updates, notification of the publication of Waterlines, notice of meetings and other Harbour matters. Click here to subscribe to our confidential MailChimp distribution list (new members are automatically added). You may unsubscribe at any time.

SHRA Web Site

Our web pages are frequently updated with reports on the work of the Association and local news and issues. We publish information on harbour clubs and activities, future development, local events, local transport, local trades, and offer a page of useful links. We welcome your letters, event announcements and photos.


Sponsorship of the SHRA web site and our newsletter, "Waterlines" supplements the Association's income. To become a SHRA sponsor -E-mail the SHRA webmaster
Our current and previous Sponsors - Click here.

Harbour Weather External link logo - Eastbourne Tides External link logo - Flood Alerts External link logo - Live Marine Traffic External link logo

Visiting Sovereign Harbour

The Harbour is an interesting place to explore, with leisure and fishing boats, the sea locks, a harbour boat tour, the lifeboat station and many harbour and beach-side walks and cycle paths See maps.... The South Harbour has a large water feature External link logo  There is ample free parking.

The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour'The Waterfront' area at Sovereign Harbour offers a wide range of restaurants, cafés, and bars, some shops, and beauty, health and hair salons. Visit The Waterfront web site External link logo for further information and to obtain discount vouchers.

Sovereign Harbour Retail Park has several large stores, including Asda, Boots, Matalan and Next, a gym and a multi-screen cinema. The Waterfront and the marina are home to a number of companies offering services to the business and marine communities.

Eastbourne FishermenEastbourne Fishermen have proposed plans for a Fishermens' Quay at Sovereign Harbour. More info on the Eastbourne Fishermen web site... External link logo

Our Current Sponsors

Sanders Property Management banner G&S Property Sales and lettings banner CoCo Hair banner
Silver Car Services banner Inner Beauty banner
To become a SHRA sponsor -E-mail the SHRA webmaster
Our Previous Sponsors - Click here.



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