Community & Events

The harbour, Newhaven with fishing boats

Pitch your event for Newhaven’s summer of culture, and win £5,000 to stage it at The Sidings

Sidings creative space

This spring sees the launch of a new cultural programme for Newhaven, and the opportunity to produce creative, arts, or entertainment events here, at the Sidings on Newhaven’s east quay. £5,000 is available to the winner of the BN9 Competition, which is open to event organisers who are in a position to stage their event this August. A shortlist of ideas will be put to a public vote for Newhaven residents, and the winning entry will receive £5,000 towards their running costs, plus support with marketing, logistics, PR and production.

Are you an experienced event organiser with creative ideas? How would you spend the prize money? Open-air cinema? Outdoor theatre? A music festival? Silent disco? The possibilities are endless at this flexible, river-side site, which is adjacent to the UTC building, the Sidings Bistro and a short walk from bus, train and ferry links.

The winning event will form a central strand of the BN9 Cultural Programme, which is funded by the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, partnered by Towner Eastbourne, and will bring together a series of creative events and opportunities in and around Newhaven throughout the summer.

Nick Stockman, the programme producer, says,
“The BN9 competition is an exciting way for the community to choose their favourite event idea for the Sidings. We can’t wait to hear from all those creative event organisers out there who want to produce something extraordinary that will make the people of Newhaven vote with their feet.”

For more information about the BN9 competition please download an entry pack or, to discuss your ideas, or arrange a site visit, email Nick Stockman
Send your entries by Wednesday 25 May at 5pm. The public vote will be open from Tuesday 21 June 2022 and close on Tuesday 5 July, and the winner will be announced shortly after.

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The Sidings community courtyard is available to host events and activities for the Town. These will work in conjunction with the bistro and other users of the site and will become a honeypot of outdoor community activity. 

Outdoor community activities & events

We are open for arts and crafts events through the season.

Local fun events, music, community and heritage events.

The Sidings is centrally located, on a main cycle route, opposite the bus interchange and near to the railway station and ferry, it is easy to get to without using the car.   And being part of the port it will be actively engaging with visitors from Europe and its ‘sister’ ferry town Dieppe. 

The events will be managed by the Newhaven Enterprise Zone. Please use the contact form on the right-hand side to request further information. 



    The first phase of the site is the impressive waterside bistro, supported by the community courtyard, and community spaces ready to promote the river, cycling and walking. Later phases will include additional container space to support more social enterprises.


    Railway Approach, Newhaven, BN9 0DF, East Sussex