August 10th, 2022.

Save the date for Saturday the 20th of August, when mermaids and sea creatures will take over the Sidings on Newhaven’s Railway Quay. The winner of the recent BN9 public vote, Sea Magic was chosen by Newhaven residents to be the first of many events to take place at this new community space.

Between 11.00am and 3.00pm, the courtyard will be transformed into a magical underwater world full of mermaids and monsters in a showcase of local talents. Meet a mermaid in her deep-sea ‘show globe’, mingle with watery characters from Newhaven’s Ignite Theatre Company, hula-hoop with Kiki LaHula, and watch dancers from Norcross Dance School conjure up a bubbling mermaid party. There will be an opportunity to hear the Trixie Nixie of Newhaven spin her marine tales as Seaford-based Xanthe Gresham Knight tells stories created especially for Sea Magic.

Interwoven with the free and immersive family fun is an environmental message, with local climate action groups Seaford Climate Hub, Divest East Sussex and Plastic Free Eastbourne on hand to inform and urge us to protect our waterways and oceans.

The whole extravaganza will be brought to the Sidings by Sussex-based arts organisation, 18 Hours. This experienced production team has been creating inclusive, sustainable, and accessible cultural experiences across the region since 2002, including Hastings Storytelling Festival, St Leonards Festival, and street theatre festivals in Rother, Battle, Rye and Bexhill, to name a few. Their winning idea netted them £5000 to stage the event, which is just one of the strands of the BN9 Programme funded by Newhaven Enterprise Zone and supported by Towner Eastbourne.

Visit for the full lineup, but drop in at any time throughout the day and something is bound to be happening. Come dressed as your favourite sea creature and become part of the scene, with prizes for the best costumes. Make a day of it with lunch at The Sidings Bistro, then take a walk over the bridge and up to Bay Vue Road where the Hillcrest Community Centre will be hosting the first of a new monthly flea market, run by the Stanley Road Store. Just two of the free and fun things happening in Newhaven this summer, with more to come in this year’s Newhaven Festival.

Sea Magic BN9. 11am - 3pm, 20th August 2022. The Sidings, Railway Quay, Newhaven BN9 0DF (next to Newhaven Swing Bridge). Parking is limited, so please use the excellent public transport links adjacent to the site.
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