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Norman Cook opens inaugural LagoonFest to raise money for green revamp of Hove Lagoon

Brighton’s much-loved DJ Norman Cook will be opening LagoonFest, the inaugural festival being put on to raise money to install new natural plantings at Hove Lagoon, on Saturday 8th September 2018, from 11am to 4pm.

Organised by volunteers from Friends of Hove Lagoon (FoHL), LagoonFest will be the perfect family day out with live bands and dancing, food and drink stalls, a skateboard lesson and skateboard jam (for all ages), street art by Cassette Lord, a dog show, water sports demonstrations and children’s activities including a paddling pool, face painting, pirate and pocket science activities and craft. There will also be a theatre production, Tai chi, Pilates, model yachts, a tombola, a raffle and more! 

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Councillor Robert Nemeth of Wish ward and Chair of FoHL, says: “I’m really excited to be part of the team for LagoonFest. It’s a new venture for Brighton and Hove and our hope is that residents and those living further afield will come and support it. The main aim of this festival is to raise funds so that we can install new natural plantings around Hove Lagoon and make it a more appealing space for residents and visitors. We’re very thankful to Norman Cook for opening LagoonFest and hope it will be the first of many.”

LagoonFest is being put on to raise funds for a much-needed green revamp of Hove Lagoon. The design includes natural plantings, wildflowers and a herb garden and the aim is that it will attract more people and wildlife to the much-loved space. The design is by local Brighton designer Nicholas Dexter of nd studio: landscape design and the project is headed-up by Chair of FoHL and local Councillor Robert Nemeth, FoHL Secretary Sue Johnson and volunteer Chris Flint. The landscaping will be by Nigel Bowcock of Acre Landscapes.

Nicholas Dexter, of nd:studio landscape design, says: “This is a great project to be working on and I’m delighted to be a part of it, particularly having lived in Brighton for over 20 years and knowing Hove Lagoon so well. I’m passionate about creating simple, natural and ecologically friendly outdoor spaces and getting people closer to nature. In all our designs, we aim to protect, restore and reintroduce wildlife and wild nature to our landscapes.”


FoHL have raised £6,000 towards this project through crowdfunding, but they need to raise more. Once the Council has approved the project it will be consulted on comprehensively with local residents and businesses as well as FoHL supporters before it’s finalised. The hope is that this project will be a springboard to redevelop other areas in Hove that need an uplift, including the lawns along Hove seafront.

Sponsors of LagoonFest are: Shoreham Port, Brighton & Newhaven Fish Sales, Chandlers Building Supplies, Big Beach Café, Lagoon Watersports and Hove Lagoon Pirates.

FoHL are looking for volunteers to help them at LagoonFest. Please contact if you would like to get involved. 

LagoonFest details are below:

  • Date: Saturday 8th September 2018
  • Time: 11am – 4pm
  • Venue: Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, BN3 4LT
  • Tickets: Not required

For more information about LagoonFest, see the LagoonFest Facebook page:

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