The Living Coast Undersea Experience

The Living Coast Undersea Experience is an interactive, virtual reality & 360 experience, enabling users to explore the underwater environment of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (BHW MCZ), which runs between Brighton Marina & Beachy Head, without getting wet! Click on the image below to explore.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 put touring on hold for the last couple of years. We are, however, finally redeveloping for a region-wide tour of community venues, festivals & events, schools etc from 2022 &, thanks to CRF funding, have made everything Covid-secure.

Please get in touch if you’re interested in hosting either the interative VR or 360 film version; see below for further details.

The 2019 pilot tour was an amazing success. To date, the VR installation & 360 film have visited 18 venues, including community centres, visitor centres, arts venues, an aquarium, a museum, an outdoor event, three primary schools & a STEM event for secondary schools, over 28 days.

An incredible 2,455 people dived underwater with us & the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many inspired to change their behaviour to help conserve the marine environment. Find out what YOU can do

Have a look at this short film to see people’s reactions:


Mosaic of drawings

An amazing mosaic has been created to showcase 499 drawings made by our younger users. Click HERE to explore

What’s next?

Going forward, we aim to continue developing education & interpretation materials, research into the project’s impact, & extending touring into local communities beyond the MCZ coastline & into the wider region across The Living Coast, South Downs National Park, Sussex Heritage Coast & the new MCZ, Beachy Head East.

Fundraising is starting again & we’re delighted to carry forward awards from The Chalk Cliff Trust & South Downs National Park, to continue developing our educational work in schools; & another from Sussex Community Foundation’s Newhaven EZ fund for training & work experience opportunities in Newhaven. These awards will help us get started on the next phase… How you can get involved…

Please get in touch, info if:

  • You are an arts or community centre, or venue, museum, visitor centre, festival or outdoor event along the Sussex coastline, in The Living Coast or South Downs National Park areas, & are interested in presenting TLC Undersea Experience, we are looking for partners for funding bids to tour from 2022
  • You are a primary school, we are looking to roll out TLC Undersea Experience as part of a modular, quest-learning programme piloted in 2019, to engage pupils with the local marine environment, marine life & conservational behaviours
  • You are a secondary school, we are looking to run a inset day training & develop lesson plans around TLC Undersea Experience exploring a range of possible curricula areas from geography to technology & beyond

Other ways you can help:

  • Volunteering opportunities from 2022, more here…
  • There are exciting & engaging sponsorship opportunities & the project needs patrons & funders to help develop subsequent touring opportunities for this amazing project across the Biosphere region to schools, community centres & venues.  Please get in touch for further information:

The Experience aims to:

  • Open up one of the UK’s most unique marine environments to everyone, without getting wet!
  • Raise awareness of the Marine Conservation Zone on our doorstep, which runs from Brighton Marina to Beachy Head & is home to one of the world’s only chalk reefs, with unique species of plant & animal life, & which only a fraction of people know about.
  • Be a powerful kinaesthetic & educational experience to help people understand the environment & the things we can all do to help conserve it.

 Read a blog from the Producer HERE; an outline from our partner, The Living Coast; & see another snippet, HERE:


Have a closer look:

The Living Coast Undersea Experience is created by Simon Wilkinson of C!RCA69 & Karen Poley of KP Projects CIC; The Living Coast Brighton & Lewes Downs, UNESCO designated Biosphere Region; Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (IFCA); & Sussex Wildlife Trust.