Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is running free drop in families creative sessions on a floating barge in Brighton Marina this December.

We have free sessions running all day from 11am-4pm on Sunday 3rd, Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th December on different Christmas activity themes with lots of talented artists. Children and families welcome ages 4 and upwards.
Come make some christmas decorations, try out new creative activities and visit the free Christmas Market at the same time!

Strike a Light will host three days of free drop in activities to encourage the exploration of and participation in the barge as a medium for creative Christmas activities aimed at children and young people.

We will deliver a multidisciplinary drop in programme of youth appropriate accessible Christmas crafts and arts and creative activities.

We will have lots of fun side activities including separate clay play to encourage making festive presents. We will also provide festive themed design sheets for colouring, and pirate books to read.

All the event info and publicity will is on the Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage Facebook page (and the Barge Facebook page too), on social media, our website, and on the family activities Hoop app. The sessions are all free and drop in all day.

We look forward to seeing you! #kidskreativekristmas
Funded by The Goodall Foundation

The Barge is located on the water in Brighton Marina, at the corner below Frankie and Benny’s restaurant and the West Quay pub:

If you’re arriving by train, there are buses (no. 7) that go to the Marina from outside the station entrance. There are also taxis there too.

The Marina has just installed a set of bike-share bikes, should you wish to travel that way too!

If you’re driving, there is free parking available in the multi storey carpark by the entrance to the Marina. There is a pedestrian bridge on Level 6 of the car park that brings you out almost directly by the ramp down to the Barge.

These sessions all take place on a large floating Barge based on the Waterfront, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5UP 

All sessions are  FREE  aand drop in, no need to book.
Ages 4 upwards welcome!
Find out more through our website: or on facebook:
@strikealight on Twitter

About us:

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a Community Interest Company based in Brighton but working across Sussex. Strike a Light has a two-fold purpose: To provide quality affordable accessible arts to the public – creatively documenting heritage, and to set up arts and heritage activities, projects and programmes for the wider community in the South East.

We aim to be free or affordable so that all participants and community groups in the South East can have access to our services. These activities can incorporate oral history, reminiscence, mosaic, textiles, lantern making amongst other community art enterprises.

A focus is also on creating material for public art and public events (through carnival and other events) on site at specific locations, as well as material for archival, exhibitions, and the production of resources. A recent project was Dr Blighty across Brighton with young people.

Activities can include lantern making, and dance amongst other community art enterprises. The organisation also focuses on capturing history and memories in creative ways through creative reminiscence, oral history and exhibitions.

Our vision statement is as follows:

Strike a Light exists to provide creative and heritage activities and projects of the highest quality which diverse sections of the community can access and enjoy, and which promote artistic achievement, learning and social inclusion.

Strike a Light’s mission is:

To provide affordable, accessible creative arts and heritage to the public, as well as artistic products to be enjoyed by all, and to set up arts and heritage activities, projects and programmes for the wider community in the South East.

Our social aims are as follows:

  • Advancing the education of the public in the realm of arts and heritage.
  • Run large scale participatory community arts and heritage projects
  • Provide opportunities for local experienced and aspiring artists to develop their skills
  • To enable local people to actively engage in building our community
  • To improve understanding and increase acceptance between different groups within the community.