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Superstar DJ Norman Cook opens LagoonFest 2019 to raise money for Hove Lagoon revamp

Brighton’s very own superstar DJ Norman Cook is opening LagoonFest 2019; the family festival being put on to raise money for a new ambitious planting scheme at Hove Lagoon on Saturday 7th September 2019 (11am to 4pm).

After the success of last year’s inaugural festival, Friends of Hove Lagoon (FoHL), who are putting on the festival, are excited to announce this year’s line up:

LagoonFest 2019, which is free to enter, will be host to over 50 stalls selling local products, including hot and cold food stands and bars. Live music from local artists will be on throughout the day and festivalgoers will be able to try their hand (or foot!) at the skate jam and beginner’s skateboard lessons; as well as get involved with the stand up paddle-board race, enter their pooch in the ‘Coastway Vets Dog Show’, and have a go at 3D art pens. They will be able to buy items from local Brighton artists Manic Minotaur and David Allistone (Exploring Senses); get treatments from the ‘Purple Turtle Therapy Tent’, and enjoy the model yacht display.

There will also be a raffle and tombola with over fifty amazing prizes including dinner, bed and breakfast at the Ginger Pig; afternoon tea at The Grand; underground gym membership; spa treatments; signed books by Peter James, Abie Longstaff, Dorothy Koomson and Julian M. Armstrong, and vouchers for restaurants, shops, hair, fitness and entertainment – plus lots more!

Cassette Lord, LagoonFest’s Artist in Residence, will not be there on the day, but has painted four boards (donated by Chandlers), which will be auctioned off in the autumn, after the festival. See FoHL Facebook page for photos and further auction details. 

Councillor Robert Nemeth of Wish Ward and Chair of FoHL, says: “LagoonFest is a true community festival and we’ll once again be bringing together hundreds of volunteers and thousands of participants from across Hove and beyond. It’s all about showing off what a great place the Lagoon is and raising funds to improve our area.”

LagoonFest was launched in 2018 by Friends of Hove Lagoon to raise funds for a new ambitious planting scheme to soften and improve the landscape of the Lagoon. The scheme will include natural plantings, wildflowers and a herb garden; the aim being to attract more people and wildlife to this much-loved space.

The design is by Brighton designer Nicholas Dexter and the landscaping will be by Nigel Bowcock of Acre Landscapes. The project is headed-up by Chair of FoHL and local Councillor Robert Nemeth, FoHL Secretary Sue Johnson and volunteer Chris Flint. Nicholas and Nigel are working closely with the FoHL Committee; the design will be consulted on comprehensively in conjunction 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.

Last year, FoHL raised £8,000 for the planting scheme. Brighton & Hove Council has agreed to fund some of this project, but FoHL need to raise additional funds to ensure the project is realised and maintained. All profits from LagoonFest 2019 will be match funded from schemes that provide grant funding.

Friends of Hove Lagoon are extremely grateful to the local companies that are sponsoring the event.

The main sponsors of LagoonFest 2019 are: The Cheese Hut, Empire Construction, Shoreham Port Authority, and Vero Screening.

LagoonFest 2019 is also sponsored by: Big Beach Cafe, Lagoon Pirates and Lagoon Watersports, and Cales Estate Agents. 

LagoonFest 2019 details are below:

  • Date: Saturday 7th September 2019
  • Time: 11am – 4pm
  • Venue: Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, BN3 4LX
  • Tickets: Free entry

For more information about LagoonFest, see the LagoonFest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsHoveLagoon

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