Location: Arromanches Beach, Normandy, France Date: 21/09/2013 The Fallen: 9000 Volunteers: 200 – 900 Sand Drawing Size: 500 metres


It is free to take part in the Fallen Project.  Join us for International Peace Day where we draw in the sand with the sea behind us, together with people from all over the world and of all ages, just as it should be. Our challenge is to illustrate what such a number as 9000 people looks like as numbers themselves have little meaning but when we can see if from the cliffs of Arromanches afterwards that number will be suddenly quite incredible, more so because it represents a real event in history that is very much in our minds. But it is not overly somber.  It teaches us the value of peace and for me is a reflection on the gift of life, that if you have it then you must live it to the full and the best of your ability. For the day we need between 200-900 volunteers.  Making a person is easily done as we use a simple stencil that is laid on the ground, raked in and then lifted. This is manageable by people of all ages and one person can be done in 3-5 minutes; each person represents a life. A crash course in sand drawing for the volunteers will happen at 10:30am and then the sand drawing itself will happen from around 3pm onwards and be finished as the sun sets around 9pm after which the sea will take the 9000.  We politely request that the neutrality of the event can be respected and that people do not wear uniforms, symbols of nationality or organisation. Below there are a number of tabs with useful information that you may need to plan your trip.  In particular read ‘What you need to know’ and the ‘Disclaimer’ section.  If you like you can join us on the Bradford Coach that will take us to Normandy and back.  Most people will be staying in the municipal campsite and we would like to eat communally and enjoy the whole experience together.  Alternatively you can travel independently but let us know if you would like to eat communally. Cheerio for now Jamie


The Fallen is a free event and will be an amazing experience. Please join us.


The Fallen Test Day

What You Need To Know

Health and Safety

  • Participants need to have all weather clothing to protect them from exposure that you get on the beach or outdoors.  This would include warm clothes, waterproofs, suncream and hats.
  • Participants need to carry or have water and refreshments readily available as raking is very physical and continuous nourishment and rehydration is necessary.
  • All participants must carry with them any personal medication as locations are often remote.  SIYE will have first aiders and first aid kits available.
  • All participants need to wear footwear.  No bare feet please. Flat shoes or shoes with minor tread are required.

Travelling in France

If travelling in France by car there are a few things that you need to keep with you by French Law.

Important information if driving in France.

Should you take the decision to drive in France, there are several issues you need to be aware of. France has different driving laws to the UK, and there are some items you must legally carry to avoid falling foul of the law. The French police can hand out on-the-spot fines for failing to have the right kit, so it pays to go prepared. Please follow the links below for further information regarding up to date requirements for driving in France. http://www.rac.co.uk/travel/driving-abroad/countries/france/ http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ACArticleDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&articleId=897471&categoryId=245375


Participants may opt in to the Bradford Coach and communal eating.  Contributions can be seen on the Accomodation and Food section.  Independent participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation and it at their own expense.

Travel Advice

Travelling from Bradford West Yorkshire We have arranged an ‘all in’ rate travelling from Bradford to make the whole trip as affordable as possible.  This includes the coach to Arromanches and back, communal food and camping fees.  The only thing you have to worry about is getting on the coach with a packed lunch and bringing your own tent, camping equipment and some plates and cutlery. We’ve decided to have two contributions for this: 1.     Employed £115 2.     Unemployed/Child/Pensioner £55 You would leave Bradford on Thursday evening at 22:00 and then return on Sunday morning to be back in the evening.  Places on the coach are confirmed on payment. Email jamie@sandinyoureye.co.uk to get on the bus! If you would prefer to make your own arrangements for travel, food and accommodation, please refer to the information below: Once you have made the decision to join the Fallen team, you next need to arrange your travel and accommodation. The event will take place on the afternoon of 21st September 2013, on Arromanches-Des-Bains beach near Caen in Normandy, France. There are many different methods of getting yourself to the event, depending on your preferred method of travel, budget and personal preferences. How you do it is up to you, but, to try to make things a little easier, we have a few links and suggestions below which may help… Your first consideration is probably how to travel:

  • Trains from all over the UK will get you to London, where you can travel to Paris on the Eurostar in as little as 2hrs 15min. From Paris there are regular trains to Caen which take approximately 2hrs.
  • Approximate costs for return travel on the Eurostar are £100 per person.

If traveling by car, you have various options open to you:

  • The Eurotunnel takes approximately 35mins from Dover to Calais, the price you pay will vary on the size of your car, number of passengers and how far in advance you book. Calais to Caen is then a 345km (or approximately 3hr) drive. It should be noted that there are numerous toll roads between Calais and Caen which will cost approximately £25 in total.
  • Approximate cost for return travel via the Eurotunnel is £150 for a car and up to 9 passengers.
  • Alternatively, you might choose to take the ferry, again the price you pay will vary on the size of your car, number of passengers and how far in advance you book. Dover to Calais takes between 60 and 90 mins, with the same driving distance/time and associated costs to consider as above.
  • Approximate cost for return travel on the ferry is £130 for a standard sized car with 2 passengers.
  • However, you might choose to take the ferry from Portsmouth directly to Caen, this will save you driving time and toll fees in France, but the ferry crossing takes approximately 6-7hrs. For this reason, many people travelling on this route choose to travel overnight.
  • Approximate cost for return travel on the ferry is £ 320 for a standard sized car with 2 passengers, this includes a seat during the crossing, but not a cabin.
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By Ferry

Direct from the UK

Brittany Ferries

– Portsmouth to Le Havre: new high speed sailing 17th May to 16th September 2013, 4 times a week – Portsmouth to Caen, Ouistreham: regular cruiseferry all year round – Portsmouth to Cherbourg: daily high speed service from 16th May to 8th September 2013 – Poole to Cherbourg: daily cruiseferry service from 19th March 2013

Condor Ferries

– Portsmouth to Cherbourg weekly sailings from 26th May to 1st September 2013

DFDS Seaways

– Portsmouth to Le Havre: regular sailings all year – Newhaven to Dieppe: regular sailings all year The price comparison website aferry.co.uk has a search function to compare the available ferries from all operators at your chosen port between the UK and France.

Direct from Ireland

Celtic Link – Rosslare to Cherbourg: weekly sailings all year

Irish Ferries

– Rosslare to Cherbourg: sailings from three times a week starting 28 February 2013

Other Ferry Routes

Brittany Ferries

– Plymouth to Roscoff: regular sailings – Portsmouth to Saint-Malo: regular sailings Condor Ferries – Weymouth/Poole to Saint-Malo: fast craft summer service DFDS Seaways – Dover to Dunkirk: regular crossings all year – Dover to Calais: regular crossings all year Irish Ferries – Rosslare to Roscoff: service from 11 May to 20 September 2013 MyFerryLink – Dover to Calais: regular crossings all year P&O Ferries – Dover to Calais: regular crossings all year

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By Air

Direct from the UK


– London City Airport to Deauville-Normandie Airport Regular service throughout 2013 2 flights a week on Friday and Sunday Summer service from 22 July to 28 August 2013 with an additional flight on Mondays and Wednesdays

Other Air Routes

Dinard Airport, Brittany Direct regular flights from – East Midlands – Leeds Bradford – London Stansted Rennes airport, Brittany Direct regular flights from – Cork – Dublin – Exeter – Manchester – Southampton

Paris Airports

Paris Beauvais Direct flights from – Dublin – Edinburgh – Glasgow Prestwick Paris, Charles de Gaulle Paris, Orly Worldwide flights Other Normandy Airports Carpiquet, Caen Maupertus, Cherbourg Saint-Aubin, Dieppe Le Havre-Octeville Rouen-La Vallée

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By the Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel, le Shuttle – Folkestone to Calais: regular departures Eurostar – London St Pancras/ Ashford/ Ebbsfleet to Calais/ Paris, Gare du Nord: regular service

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By coach

 iDBUS – London to Paris: regular departures Eurolines – London to Paris: regular departures Megabus – London to Paris: regular departures 

Applying for a visa

If you’re travelling from outside Europe, please have a look at this worldwide list of French embassies and consulates. All information supplied from the Normandy Tourist Board

Accommodation & Food

Come and stay with us on the campsite in Arromanches! We would like to camp & eat together on the campsite http://www.arromanches.com/uk/camping_accueil.htm If you would like to book a place with us on the campsite then please email takepart@sandinyoureye.co.uk  There will be a £31.50 charge from Friday to Sunday morning and the food will be suitable for vegetarians.  If you wish to rent a mobile home them please contact the campsite and you can still eat with us for £21.50 Alternatively, if you wish to find your own accommodation then there are some tips below: Camp & Caravanning Sites For a full list of available camp & caravanning sites, visit the Normandy Tourist Board Camp Sites & Caravanning section

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More information Campsites of Normandie Qualité Tourisme Motorhomes Normandy has a wide range of areas reserved especially for motorhomes. Download the list of Motorhome areas Guest Houses & B&B’s For a full list of available Guest Houses & B&B’s, visit the Normandy Tourist Board Guest Houses & B&B section

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Normandy offers the visitor a wide selection of hotels, from luxurious 5* hotels to family run auberges. A room with a view of the sea or the rolling Norman countryside is just a few clicks away. For further accommodation information, please visit the Normandy Tourist Board Accommodation Section   For your information the Sandinyoureye Team will be staying at the following camp site: http://www.arromanches.com/uk/camping_accueil.htm camping email: camping.arromanches@wanadoo.fr If you can speak French you can contact the site direct on 0033231223678 (this is the full number including international dialling code to contact them from the UK, it’s approximately 22p per min from a landline and around £1 per min from a mobile. Prices may vary depending on your network provider, so please check with them first before making any calls abroad)

Useful Contacts

The Sandinyoureye Team

  • Please visit our CONTACT page for the Sandinyoureye Team contact details.

Normandy Regional Tourist Board

County Tourist Boards

  • EURE Comité Départemental de Tourisme de l’Eure Hôtel du Département Boulevard Georges Chauvin 27003 Evreux Cedex Tel : 33 (0)2 32 62 04 27 – Fax : 33 (0)2 32 31 05 98 Email: info@eure-tourisme.fr Website in French: http://www.eure-tourisme.fr

              Accommodation in Eure

All information supplied from the Normandy Tourist Board

Disclaimer Information

The Fallen Disclaimer This disclaimer document is between Jamie Wardey t/a Sand In Your Eye (herein referred to as SIYE) and the Volunteer. It relates to the event called ‘The Fallen’ produced by SIYE and to take place on the 21st September 2013. The volunteer enters into this disclaimer when they ‘JOIN US!’ for the Fallen project on the website www.thefallen9000.info The Volunteer accepts that:

  1. I participate in the Fallen event as a volunteer at my own risk and that SIYE will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expense which I suffer or incur as a result of participating in the Fallen project.
  2. I accept that SIYE is not liable due to cancelation resulting from a force majeure event.  A force majeure event is any cause outside the control of SIYE which the Company by the exercise of reasonable efforts could not prevent including but not limited to fire, casualty, accident, inclement weather, riot, war, act of God, strike, lockout, labour conditions, judicial order, enactment, or the incapacity, or illness, or death of a leading Artist, producer, director or any leading technician of the Art piece
  3. I am responsible for my own travel and accommodation arrangements and SIYE does not bear any responsibility on travelling in France.
  4. If I have any health problems or am unsure about my physical ability to participate in the Fallen event I will obtain advice from a doctor before participating.
  5. Artwork resulting from the Fallen project is the intellectual property of SIYE and I may not use it for commercial use without written consent from SIYE.
  6. I will abide by all SIYE Fallen Volunteer Policy rules and regulations that apply to the Fallen event.
  7. All information provided will be used solely for the purposes of administering the run and will be managed in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Wednesday 18th

Advance party will arrive in Arromanches

Thursday 19th

Coach party will travel from Bradford at 2200 with a couple of songs along the way and a nice snooze.

Friday 20th

Bradford Coach arrives in the morning and Independent travellers throughout the day.  We will have lunch together and then dinner in the evening with some songs and speeches about the following day and we will be joined by some French friends as well as others from around the world.

Saturday 21st  The Fallen

Timings are yet to be confirmed but this is a guide for now:


A good old breakfast


A demonstration on how to use the stencils and the plan of action for later.


Lunch and a rest

1500 – 1930

Raking 9000 silhouettes on the beach. I think the catering team will have made some sandwiches to keep us going.


Looking at the 9000 silhouettes from the cliff face and where ever you would like to stroll to take everything in.

2030 onwards

A late supper, entertainment and a couple of glasses of wine if that is your tipple!

Sunday 22nd

Another hearty breakfast and then travel home with that glowing feeling of being part of something quite special.